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How Nigerians in Diaspora Can Register for NIN

Last updated on November 24th, 2021 at 06:14 pm

It’s has been mandated for every Nigerian at home and in the diaspora to register for the National Identity Number (NIN).

In our earlier publication, we told you about the National Identity Management Commission agents abroad. In this post, we’ll show you NIN diaspora registration method in order to get on Nigeria’s national database.

If you reside in the United Kingdom (UK), the United States, or Canada, you might want to ask: Why do I need to enrol for NIN? Does it really matter?

The government of government has been dragging the issue of having a national database for decades, this time, it seems the government is serious about the process. It might be consequences if you failed to get the unique 11-digit number, which is a prelude to getting Nigeria’s National Identity Card.

Benefits of NIN for Nigerians In The Diaspora

  1. It can be used to open personal bank accounts
  2. To carry out transactions relating to pension schemes
  3. To obtain a Permanent Voters’ Card
  4. To conduct land transactions, amongst other activities and transactions.
  5. To obtain a Nigerian driver’s license
  6. Importantly, you will need NIN to obtain or renew a passport.

If you don’t NIN, you won’t be able to renew or obtain passport.

NIN Registration Fee for Nigerians Living Outside of Nigeria

A few days ago, we informed you that NIN isn’t free. The cost of registering for NIN depends on your location in Nigeria because corruption and bribery go unabated.

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For Nigerians in diaspora, NIN enrolment fee is $50 for adults and $40 for children below 16 which is payable exclusive of jurisdictional taxation, via the payment portal of any of the NIMC agents abroad, slogani and neL are some of them.

Required Documents for Registration

When going to enroll for your NIN, kindly go to the centre with any of the following means of ID:

  • Nigerian International Passport (Valid or expired)
  • Nigerian Birth Certificate
  • Attestation Letter from Nigerian Embassy / Mission
  • Government ID for staff of FGN
  • BVN
  • A copy of your pre-enrolment slip (you can obtain this on diaspora.nimc.gov.ng)

Here is the step-by-step guide for Nigerian residents outside of Nigeria to register for the National Identity Card.
The registration process depends on the accredited agent’s platform you are using, but we will use the online payment method, see the steps below:

Step 1: Applicant visits an agent online portal to pre-enroll by downloading an NIN enrollment form

Step 2: Print, Fill-form & Submit when you come for biometrics capture.

Step 3: Make payment online.

NOTE: Most of the partners do online payment only, as such do not pay cash to any third party.

Step 4: An online receipt is generated after payment. Save to your phone, tablet or PC or just  print it out, you will need to bring the receipt when you come for biometrics and capture.

Step 5: Walk into any of the NIN registration Centres in the country you reside in (chech here to find a diaspora NIN Centre closest to you)

NOTE: Go there with a valid means of identification, your filled enrollment form & receipt of payment you got from the online payment.

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Step 6: The Applicant is directed to the Enrolment Officer for proper verification


You are advised to diligently check and confirm that all information is correct and complete before the enrolment officer enters your details into the system.

Step 7: Document is scanned and returned before the Applicant’s biometrics is captured (headshot photograph, fingerprints) and applicant append his/her signature.

Step 8: You are issued a Transaction Slip and issued ON SPOT a National Identification Number (NIN).

You will be notified when your National Identity Card is available for pickup.


  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics. Ope is available on Twitter @OpeQuadri.

15 thoughts on “How Nigerians in Diaspora Can Register for NIN”

  1. Elisheba Ijeoma Endurance-Akpesama

    I need a contact to call or email. I am based in Ghana, and I’m sincerely sad every day as I can’t have my kids around, the staff that enrolled them mistakenly use the same date of birth for both my girls and I’ve done the needful, paid NGN15,000 at NIN office Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

    For over 5months now, no result. I was told it will be done in the next 8weeks. I waited in Nigeria to be able to do it, my kids, international passport, but all in vain and I had to travel back without them and up till now, nothing has been done.

    Please I’m missing my children. I’m not in Nigeria to go back to NIN office who can I call or email?

    1. It is extremely difficult to contact officials of NIMC. Most times, the NIMC website isn’t accessible to lodge complaints. Many complaints remained unattended to the social media handles @nimc_ng (Twitter and Facebook).

      The NIN official number is 0815 769 1214. You can try, maybe you’d be lucky. However, Nigeria’s High Commission is another place you can try maybe you would be lucky on how to go about back home

  2. Pls sir, i made a mistake on the name on my nin, it’s not the same with my WAEC result and i want to register for jamb this year 2022 how much is it pls am in Lagos, i need assistance pls reply me

    1. Officially, it will cost you NGN15,000. Unofficially, you may spend up to NGN50,000 bribing NIMC officials, you’d get it done within a few days.

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