The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it has commenced the printing of the electronic national identity cards to be issued all registered Nigerians.
According to the Commission, already-enrolled Nigerians are expected to keep their National Identification Number (NIN) slip that has a unique national identification number secured as it will not appear on the body of the e-ID card.
“You are advised to keep your NIN slip safe, you can also copy and save your number elsewhere because the number will not appear physically on the body of your eID Card when we issue it to you,” the commission said in a statement.
While assuring Nigerians that the era when banks reject the NIN slip presented by their customers as a means of identification will soon be over when the e-ID card is formally launched and issuance commences, the ID management agency says holders of the e-ID card can only verify their NIN via a chip reading machine like a POS or ATM.
“Your NIN can only be verified when your card is inserted into a chip reading machine like an ATM or a POS device for a transaction or for verification of your identity”, according to the agency.
For those who have not enrolled, the supporting documents acceptable as requirement for enrollment include birth certificate, driving license, international passport, voters ID, government photo ID card, educational certificate, photo ID card issued by a recognized educational institution, pensioner photo card, insurance policy, photo credit card, bank statement with passport photo, post office account statement passbook, electricity bill (not older than 3 month), water bill (not older than 3 month).
Others are telephone landline bill (not older than 3 month), property tax receipt (not older than 3 month) letter of introduction issued by public lottery, letter of introduction issued by Justice of Peace, letter of introduction issued by a government (not below the rank of a director), Authority (for rural areas), vehicles registration certificate and registered sale or lease or rent agreement.