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How to get a National Insurance Number in the UK

By KulayL 08 Aug 2018

Your National Insurance Number (also known as your NI number or “NIN”) is the UK version of a social security number. It is used to give tax and benefits.  

It is a requirement for anyone who intends to get a job and work in the UK. It is made up of a combination of numbers and letters such as ‘AA-12-34-56-A’.

Who needs a National Insurance Number? 

If you want to work in the UK, you will need a national insurance number.

How can I get a National Insurance Number?

For those who plans to get one, here is the step-by-step procedure to help you with it. 

1. Make an appointment 

The first thing you need to do is make an appointment to place a NIN application. You need to contact the NIN application line on the numbers below: 

National Insurance number application line:

Telephone: 0345 600 0643 

Textphone: 0345 600 0644 

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm 

2. You will receive a letter from jobcentre plus 

Over the phone, you will be given a code, which you will need to note and keep a hold of for your reference.  

Then within 7 to 10 days you will receive a letter informing which steps to take next. These steps will vary depending on your circumstances. Usually, it requires you to fill out the form and send it back with the necessary documents attached. But sometimes it will just indicate a specific time, date and place where you will need to attend an interview. 

3. Prepare your documents 

Just like any legal or government-related procedure, it will require photocopies of any of the applicable documents to you below.

  • Passport
  • Identity card
  • Copy of your visa
  • Residence Permit  
  • Birth or Adoption Certificate 
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate 
  • Driving License.  

4. Wait 

It normally takes two weeks or more depending on the season, then your new NIN card will be posted to you. However, depending on your employer, you can sometimes start working before you have received this.   

These four easy steps for this identity code will not take longer than few hours to complete. Obtaining your National Insurance Number will make more than just employment accessible for you and your time in the UK, so why not find out more and apply today?

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KulayL is your UAL International Social Repesentative and studies MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins.
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