Frequently Asked Questions

What is Diaspora Enrolment?

In relation to a mandate by the Federal Government of Nigeria to enroll all Nigerians in the Diaspora into the National Identity Number scheme which was started in 2015, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) with the help of accredited vendors are enrolling all Nigerians both within and outside the country. This move is to make it possible for Nigerians in the Diaspora to enjoy the benefits of being included in the National Identity Database.

How to Enrol?

The Nigerians in Diaspora enrolment process includes the following processes:
1. Visit a NIMC Accredited Agent site
2. Start the NIMC Pre-enrolment Process by clicking on "Proceed to Pre-Enrol" on the Homepage
3. Print out or Save your Transaction Slip after the Pre-enrolment is done
4. Make a Payment of $50 via your card or any Accredited Enrolment Payment Agent
5. Schedule and appointment at one of our Enrolment Centres
6. Visit an Enrolment Centre and complete your Enrolment
7. Collect your NIN Slip

Why do I have to pay $50 for this enrolment when NIMC says its free?

The allocated amount of $50 for the enrolment of Nigerians in Diaspora is mandated by NIMC to cover for all expenses incurred by the enrolment process. This fee is solely for the purpose of this registration only.

Please ensure the name of the cardholder and accountholder is the same

What is an Accredited Enrolment Payment Agent?

These are agents authorized to make payment on behalf of enrollees. An agent can receive cash payment or transfers from individual and make payment on their behalf.

Please ensure that the payment was successful and you receive a transaction number from the agent before you leave. This is how your payment will be verified at the enrolment centre.

How do I locate an Enrolment Centre

There are a couple of Enrolment Centres across your Country of Residence. Please use the Locate a Centre button on the Homepage to locate Enrolment centres in your region.

If the NIN registration is free in Nigeria, why do Nigerians in diaspora have to pay for it?

Answer: NIN registration is paid for because of the direct and indirect cost of delivering the NIN to Nigerians in diaspora. The fee covers processes like logistics etc.

The data already captured in our passport registration should be sufficient enough for identification of Nigerians. Why do we need to have ID cards?

The National Identity Management Commission is by law the constodian of civil identity in Nigeria and it is the body to be able to identify and verify Nigerians. Data captured during passport process is not complete and is for that purpose only while that captured by NIMC is for all purposes which includes future passport capture, driver license, voter's registration, etc. The NIN is used by Nigerian both within and in the diaspora to access Public services.

Why are Nigerians getting threatened to register for NIN? And why should NIN be a criteria for passport renewal?

The NIN is the unique identifier for Nigerians and hence a passport can't be issued for a Nigerian without it. This is in line with practices in other parts of the world.

It will cost Nigerians more than 50 dollars to fulfil the registration and many Nigerians in our constituency will struggle to meet this additional financial burden, due to the location for registration.

We are trying to make sure we have centres and agents in as many cities near you to reduce the distance traveled for this registration.