How to apply for new National Multi-purpose ID Card

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has recently unveiled a multi-purpose National ID card designed for identity verification, payments, and access to government social services. According to NIMC, the card will be accepted for various government interventions and services across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). Additionally, it will be compatible with the eNaira in accordance with EMV operational and security standards. While NIMC has not specified the release date for the card, it has outlined the application process.

Application Process

While the exact rollout date remains undisclosed, but NIMC has outlined a clear pathway for Nigerians intending to apply for the National ID card. The process is straightforward yet comprehensive, underscoring NIMC’s dedication to accessibility and inclusivity.

To obtain the card, you are advised to visit nearest bank or accredited center, initiating the process with a simple request. However, you must provide your National Identification Number (NIN) for verification, and you must be at least 18-years old.

The bank will then forward your NIN information to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and obtains authorized identity data in the required format. Using this verified data, the bank securely generates standard EMV data for the card, which is then personalized and printed by a partnering bureau. Finally, the bank issues the completed card to you.

Card Lifecycle and Usage

NIMC has highlighted a key feature of their solution, emphasizing that while the payment aspect of the card, labeled as “ATM card,” includes a standard expiry date printed on the front, the identity component on the card’s reverse side will only display an issue date, with no expiration date indicated.

Regarding the expiration of the payment feature, the Commission outlines three options for cardholders to consider for continued use:

  1. Request a new payment card from the bank, incorporating both payment and identity features, while discarding the previous one.
  2. Choose to utilize the card solely for identification purposes, opting to obtain a new, separate payment card from the bank.
  3. Opt to use the card solely for identification purposes without obtaining a new payment card, particularly relevant for individuals without banking accounts.

However, NIMC cautions that the card will still function as an ATM card even after the payment feature expires, underscoring the importance for users to refrain from sharing photocopies or scanned images containing sensitive payment information with unauthorized parties.

Furthermore, the Commission underscores that while the user’s National Identification Number (NIN) isn’t visibly printed on the card, it can be accessed by scanning the QR code provided on the card.


In a final flourish of innovation, NIMC has embedded additional layers of security, ensuring that while the National Identification Number (NIN) remains discreet, it remains readily accessible through the card’s QR code.

As Nigeria steps in boldly into the digital age, the launch of the multipurpose National ID card enhance a new era of efficiency, accessibility, and empowerment. With its transformative capabilities and unwavering commitment to citizen welfare, this card stands as a sign of progress, promising to redefine the Nigerians social life.

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