Is Your National ID Card Ready? Here is How to Check!

Here's how Nigerians can see if their identification cards are ready to be picked up.
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Your Nigerian National ID card may be ready, but you are unaware of it. If you registered for a National ID card in Nigeria, you can check if it is ready online, according to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Here's how Nigerians can see if their identification cards are ready to be picked up.

How do I know if my National Identification Card is ready?

You can now search your National Identification Card online, and here's how to do it:
  1. Visit the website of the National Identity Management Commission [NIMC].
  2. To check if your card is ready and in an activation center, scroll down the home page and click on 'e-ID Card Status Portal.'
  3. Fill in your first and last names, as well as your NIMC search tracking ID, and then click the "check now" button.
If your card is ready, you can pick it up and unlock it at an activation center.

Collection and activation requirements for the National e-ID Card.

The following conditions must be met in order to obtain and enable your e-ID card:
  • Your Batch ID Number should have been sent to you via SMS.
  • For the e-ID Card activation, you should have a four-digit hidden lock.
This PIN should not be shared with someone else. Also, keep in mind that your fingerprints will be used to activate the system.

Process of card activation

The card activation procedure is straightforward, and it is also completely free. The process for activating your card is as follows:
  • Show the text message or email printouts from NIMC with the batch ID at the NIMC card collection center.
  • The Batch ID derived from your SMS will then be used by the Card Operations Support Officer to figure out your card.
  • The Activation Officer will issue you the e-ID Card after sorting the card and confirming your names and addresses on the card envelope.

  • Until activation, you can open the card envelope, remove the e-ID Card, and double-check the names, dates of birth, and picture on the card's face.
  • The Activation Officer will collect the e-ID card from you for a Match-on-Card (MOC) check if you are satisfied with the details on the e-ID card.
  • The Activation Officer will unlock the Electronic Public Key Infrastructure (ePKI), Electronic ID (eID), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) applet, and Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) applet using a four-digit password provided by you after the Match-on-Card (MOC) verification (and only known to you).
  • The National e-ID card will be returned to you once the activation process is completed.

The national e-ID card's functions

  • It includes the applicant's National Identification Number (NIN), address, name, and other personal information.
  • This one-of-a-kind feature is critical for validating the applicant's National Identification Number (NIN) and positions the National e-ID as a powerful tool for organizations providing services to their clients, such as banks and other financial institutions' "Know Your Customer" (KYC) tools.
  • It can be used in any part of the world to make payments for goods and services. It securely stores the ten fingerprints taken at the time of registration into the National Identity Database. They can't be accessed by someone who isn't approved. The Match-on Card (MoC) is the most reliable method of verifying a person's identity.

  • The security feature of the Electronic Public Key Infrastructure (ePKI) enables safe communication between individuals, users, and devices. It is also a travel document that, like the international passport, adheres to ICAO requirements.
  • It will have potential functionality for anyone who wishes to engage in cross-border migration, such as regional travel within West Africa and/or travel to other countries that do not need a visa.
  • Health insurance plans may be administered using the eHealth feature on the national e-ID card in conjunction with the National Health Insurance System (NHIS).

  • The Pension applet, developed in partnership with PENCOM, would enable people to better manage their retirement savings accounts.
  • It can be used as a voter registration card.
  • It can be used as a self-service payment channel, allowing cardholders to pay their taxes from the convenience of their own homes or offices.
  • By inserting the National e-ID Card into a POS-like card reading system with the requisite digital certificate, information on the national drivers' license can be obtained.
  • It can be used as a travel card, with cardholders being able to load credits/units onto their cards to pay for public transportation.