How To Renew National Identity Card in Nigeria (2021)

National Identity Card remain the most acceptable means of identification in Nigeria.

How to renew national identity card

The document is issued and managed by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Nigeria national identity card is a plastic document containing holder or bearers passport, biodata and national identity number.

It is not yet clear if NIMC will do away with issuance of identity cards and rely on use of National Identification Number (NIN) as hinted in the past by Minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Currently, citizens are being admonished to enroll for NIN and after the process, National identity cards are still been issued.

One of the major feature of current Nigeria national identity card is validity period.

The new Nigerian national identity card has a validity period after which the cards expires and holders are expected to renew these national identity cards in Nigeria through National Identity Management Commission.

Nigeria national identity card has five (5) years validity period after which the card is assumed due for renewal.

However validity period is not affected or does not affect the national identification number (NIN) as it is a permanent number used to identify or track identity of any Nigerian in the data base.

Recently, Nigerian government through federal ministry of communication, a ministry under which NIMC is domiciled has put up stringent measures aimed at getting citizens massively enrolled and obtain national identification numbers and national identity cards.

Since announcing the new national identification regime in 2012, many citizens have enrolled and have their cards given to them.

Many of these national identity cards are already expired and this has left many Nigerians in this position in a state of confusion of what next step to follow to acquire another valid means of identification in Nigeria.

For Nigerians whose national identity cards are expired, the only option left for them is to renew their national identity cards.

The question of how to renew national identity cards and where to renew national identity cards is what this post sets out to tackle.

So, in this write up, we will be be giving out guides on how to renew national identity card in Nigeria.

National Identity Card Renewal in Nigeria: How To Get A New Identity Card in Nigeria

Expired national identity card in Nigeria are expected to be renewed by holders.

The exercise of renewal of national identity card in Nigeria is not free.

It comes with a fee of N3000 paid through remita at any Nigerian banks. Renewal of national identity card can be done at any National Identity Management Commission office across Nigeria.

So, you necessarily does not need to return to NIMC office in your state to get your national ID card renewed.

Steps To Renew National ID Cards in Nigeria

  • Write an Application indicating Your Interest To Renew Your National Identity Card
  • Pay Renewal Fee of N3000 using remita and bank teller
  • Attached Your Evidence of Payment To Your Application
  • Submit At Any National Identity Management Commission Office

These are steps required to renew national ID card in Nigeria.

How Long Does It Take To Renew National Identity Card (ID) in Nigeria

According to National Identity Management Commission, it takes about 1 – 2 months after successful submission of application for renewal of national identity card for new card to br ready for pick up.

So, it takes about two (2) months to renew national identity card in Nigeria.

How To Change Information or Make Corrections on National Identity Card

There are process involved to change certain informations entered in error on national identity cards like date of birth, name and address.

This also comes with a fee of N5000. If you are changing a full name or date of birth it will require newspaper publication or affidavit.

Steps to Amend/ Change Data on National ID Card

  • Write an Application indicating Your Interest To Change Data or Information or make corrections Your National Identity Card
  • Pay ID card Correction Fee of N5000 using remita and bank teller
  • Attached Your Evidence of Payment To Your Application
  • Submit At Any National Identity Management Commission Office

How Long Does It Take To Make Corrections or Change Data on National Identity Card

It takes approximately 2 months to have data entered in error on ID card changed or corrected after successful application for such exercise, change of information on national identity card in Nigeria.

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Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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