The Improved NIN slip is a digital token designed to be more user friendly and readily available to anyone issued a National Identification Number (NIN) in Nigeria.
The Improved NIN Slip is only valid as a laminated sheet in credit card size or slightly larger (for the Standard Slip). Any NIN Slip that does not clearly and visibly display the Aztec Barcode is considered invalid and has been illegally tampered with.
The older one is larger and less pocket-friendly, meaning that it is not very ‘portable’. It also has some extra requirements to have the contents verified.
The form factor is a 3rd of an A4 Sheet of paper and contained some information that was a bit much in this era of Data Privacy.
But it served its purpose as a veihicle for the issuance of the NIN.
The Improved NIN slip is thus an enhancement of that original document.
Both, for now, remain valid means of identification in Nigeria.
The Improved NIN slip may be obtained by one of 2 methods:
This option is available to all NIN holders who may access the portal either via their Smartphone, via a USSD call or soon via an SMS callback.
Wherever the NIN Slip is presented, it shall be accepted as a valid means of identification anywhere in Nigeria, on the condition that:
The ID Holder reserves the right to know who scanned their ID (NIN Slip) at any time. The Federal Government of Nigeria assumes no responsibility where the NIN Slip is not verified following these guidelines.
Where a person’s names are longer than a certain length, in order to maintain consistency across NIN slips, and just as was obtained with the Polycarbonate National eID Card, the NIN Slip may be displayed with truncated names, suffixed with ellipses (…).
Where this is the case, the verification sheet will still display the full names of the person and should be seen as an exception.
The owner of the NIN may:
The verifier who is presented the NIN Slip by the owner of the NIN may:
The verifier may not:
The verification sheet can be downloaded at the NIMC Portal. Login credentials are obtained within the NIMC MWS app. The person would need their UserID and an OTP from within the app.
Only the person who carried out the verification (if consumer) may have access to the document. The noted exception is an appointed Administrator of an Enterprise for whom the verifier worked for at the time of the transaction.
The verification sheet is an optional document that a verifier may print out containing the following components: