National Identity Card Fees; How to Change Your Date of Birth and Name on National ID (NIMC) Card in Nigeria

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Last Updated on 1 year by Komolafe Bamidele

Since the announcement National Identity Card Fees by National Identity Management Commission,(NIMC) that renewal of the National Identity Card will cost five thousand nairas (N5,000) and other modifications fees payable through Remita

National identity card fees

Most of NIMC staff have taken the advantage to extort from most Nigeria that has one issue or the other related to the correction of data of birth, correction of Names, and addresses e.t.c

It is Illegal for any NIMC staff to collect any money that is not authorized by NIMC management.

on this issue, we tend to enlighten you the right National Identity Card Fees you are supposed to pay in case you need to correct any information on your National Identity Card database.

What is National Identity Card and It’s Uses?

The National Electronic Identity Card (e-ID card) is a chip-based card with multiple functions. It serves as means of identification of all Nigeria, in term of verification in banks, Travels documents and financial institutions.

Upon completion of enrollment National Identification Number (NIN) will be generated to you which is unique and different from others throughout the country

All the information about you like demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data and a digital signature – used all together records and give you database as legal Nigeria citizens

National Identity Database make it relatively easy to confirm and verify your identity when you engage in

Is a National Identity Card Free?

There have been the different reaction from Nigerians against NIMC over fee attached to National ID card, to the extent that most are asking how much does it cost to get National ID in Nigeria or is National Identity Card Free

National identity card

The basic truths and reality are that The National Identification Number (NIN) is FREE! The National e-ID Card is FREE! I am very sure that the main reason for those most asked questions is due that most NIMC staff are asking from the enrollers during registration.

NIMC Service/ProductFee
NIN – 1st Issuance (Adults)FREE
NIN – 1st Issuance (Minors)FREE
Modifications (Adults)#500 per updatable field;
(note Date of Birth not included in this group and carries its own fee of #15,000)
Modifications (Minors)#500 per updatable field;
(note Date of Birth not included in this group and carries its own fee of #15,000)
Re-Issuance of NIN Slips#500 in the case of loss, damage or theft,
#500 per data field in the case of change/modification of record
Death EnrolmentNot yet activated
e-ID Card Re-Issuance & Activation#5,000
NIMC Verification Service (NVS)Negotiable and based on the access level requested
NIMC Verification Service APICurrently free access for approved, registered developers
Source of this information


It’s very important for you to know that all these money are illegal and not from NIMC management, the only authorized National Identity Card Fees are to be through Remita and not from hand to hands.

It is Safer and recommends to do Online Pre-enrolment yourself using Personal Computers, Internet-enabled telephones and other devices, then heading to a NIMC enrolment centre near you to get you to slip.

National Identity Card Fees [2020 Updated]

NIMC management has specific national identity cards fees payable directly to their account through the Remita portal and not from hand to hands.

Therefore it is Illegal for any NIMC staff to collect money from you if they are found the guilty report to the NIMC management according.

National identity card fees and free

It’s very important to note that you have to meet those conditions before you will eligible to made corrections or any corrections:

  • Modification of data of an enrolled Citizen
  • Legal Resident of age 16 years and ABOVE.

These are the approved, 2020 non-refundable National Identity Card fees Payment, Should be made Via Remita see payment details below

1. Date of Birth Modification N15,000

2. Change of Name Modification: N500

3. Change of phone number N500

4. Change of address N500

5. Correction of name: N500

Any Extortion more than that should be reported according to the NIMC management for legal actions.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed that all SIM cards must blocked, if it’s not linked with NIN.

So what are still waiting for? Why don’t you follow the Easy steps to link your NIN to your MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile sim card to avoid been disconnected in 2021

What Can Be Corrected On National Identity Card?

Perhaps if find out that there have been mistakes in data you input during enrollment process of your National identity cards and there is need for you to make modifications or corrections, you have to understand that it’s not every field that is entitled to correction or modification.

Thus, some fields in the data are updatable and cannot be modified or corrected.

NIMC Approved Updatable Fields

  • Names
  • Date of Birth (carries a different fee, see above)
  • Addresses
  • Phone Number
  • Place of Birth – State
  • Place of Birth – LGA
  • Place of Birth – Country (if different from Nigeria)
  • Place of Origin – State
  • Place of Origin – Town, Village
  • Place of Origin – LGA
  • Father’s NIN
  • Father’s Town, Village of Origin
  • Father’s State of Origin
  • Father’s LGA of Origin
  • Mother’s NIN
  • Mother’s Town, Village of Origin
  • Mother’s State of Origin
  • Mother’s LGA of Origin

NIMC Approved Non-Updatable Fields

  • Gender
  • NIN
  • State of Registration
  • LGA of Registration
  • Registration Centre
  • Ward
  • Polling Unit
  • Date of Death
  • Date of Death Type
  • Tracking Number
  • Date of Registration
  • Originating Centre
  • Loading Centre
  • ID Card Number
  • Applicant’s FingerPrint (Finger 1 to 10)
  • Applicant’s Finger Print Reason (Finger 1 to 10)
  • Applicant’s Signature.

Note; NIMC Working Hour Before Visiting; Availability: Monday – Friday (8a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Compulsory Requirements for Data Modification Or Corrections.

Correction of data on your national identity database required proper application because you access to data is very sensitive, it might require to write a formal letter requesting that you the personality that wants to update on already existing information on national identity dashboard.

The following are the procedure and required you need to process the correction of data fields on the national identity fields

  1. Applicants apply for modification or corrections of information on the national ID card databases are to present the original copy of the NIN slip issued to them after the first registration.
  2. Applicants have to pay through Remita the exact amount of fees attached the modification he/she intends to carry out, for instance in case of correction of date of birth, he/she have to pay a non-refundable sum of #15,000.
  3. Then Printout Retrieval Reference (RRR) Number given at the bank after payment or a printout stating the payment details if the payment was made online.
  4. Applicants need to write an Application Letter stating the reason for modification of data fields, he/she wishes to modify, duly signed by the applicants and supported document to back the proposed changes to be submitted accordingly.

NIMC Supporting Documents for Data Modification Or Corrections

  • Change of Name
  • Sworn Affidavit
  • Newspaper Extract
  • Marriage Certificate (in cases of marriage)
  • Change of Address
  • Utility Bill
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Bank Statement
  • Community leader Attestation
  • Phone Number due to loss or mechanical damage
  • Police Report
  • Level of Education
  • Certificate obtained
  • Change of Occupation
  • Offer Letter.

How To Correct/Modify National Identity Card Personal Data For Adults

Change of date of birth Forms - National Identity Card Fees

Modification or correction of old data on the National ID Card database have to follow this process below;

  1. Applicants need to locate any NIMC enrollment centres closes to them and walks into the enrolment Centre with a supporting and required documents (documents like Printout Retrieval Reference (RRR), National Identity Card Modification Application letter and other important documents mentioned above).
  2. Upon provision of the applicant of the required documents will be issued a data modification form to fill.
  3. Applicants Information’s input on the data modification forms will be critically examined and vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck to avoid any forms mistakes and determine if the information filled on the form against the supporting documentation provided.
  4. Note: it’s highly recommended that applicants who are illiterate should come to the centre along with a person who can do the form filling for him/her.
  5. NIMC officer will then proceed to input the Applicant’s pre-filled information on the NIMC Software.
  6. The enrollment officer will ask the applicant to double-check and verify his/her information using the applicant monitor to check for errors.
  7. After applicants have properly examined their information and satisfied with his/her inputted demographic information, the biometrics of the applicant will be captured subsequently.
  8. After completing the modification of data’s, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to the applicant as evidence of the transaction.
  9. If possible the former NIN Slip will be retained by the enrolment officer if the modified data will affect details on the NIN slip.
  10. It’s very rare that the applicants will be the NIN instantly due to the speed of the network, an applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 2-5 working days or more
  11. After some days of applicant’s processing new National Identification Number Slip having the same NIN will be issued to them.

Temporary National Identity Card

If any case modification or corrections affects the information on the applicant’s card, the following process will take place:

  • A card replacement form will be filled and the old National ID card retrieved.
  • The new/modified National e-ID Card will be issued to the applicant within three (3) months after re-issuance of NIN slip

Condition of Getting Your Data Fields Changed Fast

Mind you in order to make the process of modification and correction of your National identity card data fields faster, here are some the prominent conditions below

  • Payment must be made before modification commences.
  • Availability of network.
  • Availability of NIMS Backend.
  • Availability of power.
  • Payment Process

How To Pay Through Remita For NIMC (National ID Card)

As said earlier you need to pay non-refundable national identity card fees for any correction you intend to make on you National Identity Card data fields each correction will cost you #500 expect a correction of data of birth which is #15,000.

Below are step by step process to follow when paying for change of name on national id card, via Remita: To start the payment process,

1 To start the payment process, go to

2 Click the option, “Pay a Federal Government Agency”.

3. A new page will pop up. Follow the instructions and input the details below.

  • Name of MDA – Input “National Identity Management Commission”.
  • Name of Service/Purpose – click “others”.
  • Amount to Pay – Input the amount you wish to pay.
  • Pay Description – Input “Payment for (service and product you’re paying for)”.
  • Payer’s Full Name – Input your full name.

4. An icon pops up, click on it and proceed to payment. An invoice page will come up, displaying your Remita Retrieval Reference, (RRR), at the top of the page. Print, (you can photocopy it if you wish), the invoice and pay close attention, to your RRR.

5. You can now proceed, to pick the payment method, convenient for you.

  • Pay Now with Internet Banking.
  • Pay at Bank Branch.
  • Pay Now with Remita.
  • Pay Now with Cards or Wallet

National Identity Card Renewal Fees [2021 Updated]

The question popped up on mind of most Nigeria citizen is that; should a National ID card expired in the first place? Because a lot of Nigerians are yet to receive their permanent National Identity Cards when records have shown that about 75% of Nigerians are using temporary National ID Card for their various identification and verification purposes in banks, Travel documents, pension documents, and passport documents.

For instance, one Nigeria queries the national identity card fees for renewal “after 5 years I enrolled for National ID Card, I got it nearly 5 months ago. … Now I’ll probably use it 2 months and it would have expired.”

National identity card renewal fees

The National ID card renewal news from NIMC disclosed through their official Twitter handle on National Identity Card fees on renewal, as well as charging the sum of N5, 000 for card replacement caught people unaware.

According to the tweet by the Commission, applicants who wish to renew their card can visit any NIMC office with the required documents to obtain their card.

” The requirements include a written application with attached proof of payment receipt made through remita, bank teller, NIN slip and submit it at our office.

” Card renewal is N3000 when your card expires and card replacement is N5000 for lost or stolen cards.” NIMC tweeted.

Other modifications fees are as follows Service Fee: N500 per field (except for Change of Date of Birth which is N15,000 for processing your request only – non-refundable). Payable through the NIMC into the TSA (CBN).

Explaining the recent development in the tweet, NIMC said the focus was to ensure that all Nigerians are enrolled.

“Our main focus is ensuring that all Nigerians are enrolled and issued their NIN. Your NIN is the most important token of your enrollment.”

Similarly, Nigerians can authenticate their National Identity Number and check National Identity Card status checker through the NIMC verification portal.”

“Your NIN can be authenticated through our verification portal without your card” NIMC tweeted alongside the portal link.

“You will be issued your cards when funds permit, Please bear with us and Your NIN is generated immediately for you upon successful completion of your enrollment.”

Wrapping NIMC National Identity Card Fees [2021 Updated]

Having known the legal fees authorized by the NIMC management for the modification, correct of any of your National ID card data fields.

It’s very important to ensure that your reports any NIMC staff asking for money aside from the National Identity Card Fees.

In this article, I hope I have able to enlightening you the right fees to pay and wrong ones you not supposed to pay if you find this article helpful you can drop your comment below and like share it with your friends.

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54 thoughts on “National Identity Card Fees; How to Change Your Date of Birth and Name on National ID (NIMC) Card in Nigeria”

  1. Ugorji Salome Ezenwanyi

    My son want to change the mistake in his date of birth because he had issues on it when he went to do his international passpor. The person doing the passport asked him to pay N40,000 to correct the mistake in his date of birth.

    1. Hi Bello thanks for you comment, its clearly explained in the article that you need to visit your nearest NIMC office with the required documents and fees to change your Date of Birth on your database

  2. A mistake was made by the registrar on my gender. I’m a female and he imputed male. Is there anything I can do about it?

  3. Lawal Sani Jume

    Pse ihave all the requirements for the change date of birth and gender and I went to the office of NIMC center enugu but they said as my birthday is reading 1984 and the correct of my birthday is 19/02/1968 I should go to abuja NIMC headquarter they can no do it for me here at enugu branch office pse I need help

  4. So if I send money through online banking for change of date of birth will it be changed how will I know it has been corrected.

  5. Muhammed Khadijat Ajanigo

    Good morning
    I just discovered when I checked my e-national I’d card that the picture on the printed slip is different from that online how do I correct it?

  6. Why on Earth will it be that everything in Nigeria citizens must pay . To change your date of birth will be 15k and to do the same NIMS is free …why is changing it not free too ….you people in Nigeria just have a way of making life difficult for someone
    It’s not fair at all
    Sometimes bank make this mistake and we citizens will bear the cross ..
    My point is the charge is too much and beside there’s not suppose to be charged ..
    Whose eating that money we will pay
    Federal government provides all you need to do our NIMS and they pay you as well ..this is not proper
    Nigeria is jus a difficult place to live in 😭😭😭😭😭

  7. Why on Earth will it be that everything in Nigeria citizens must pay . To change your date of birth will be 15k and to do the same NIMC is free …why is changing it not free too ….you people in Nigeria just have a way of making life difficult for someone
    It’s not fair at all
    Sometimes bank make this mistake and we citizens will bear the cross ..
    My point is the charge is too much and beside there’s not suppose to be charged ..
    Whose eating that money we will pay
    Federal government provides all you need to do our NIMC and they pay you as well ..this is not proper
    Nigeria is jus a difficult place to live in 😭😭😭😭😭

  8. Ibrahim azeez korede

    Please I registered for my NIN online last year before it was canceled this year but I haven’t captured my biometrics and I did error only on my name, i already have NIN number but my name I was told I can’t register twice only onesinstead of korede am seeing koree please how much do I pay on remita to make the correction besides, where can I get it done all the LGA here are not capable of doing it, I’m just tired I want to use it for my school registration and it very urgent thanks

  9. Njoku promise Nneoma

    I tried to do the correction of my date of birth but the officer at wk said dat it can only be corrected after two years of applying for corrections and dat it will cost me 70,000…pls how do I go about it

  10. Pls I want to rearrange my name that is change my surname to first name and first name to surname. How do I go about it?

  11. Pls there was mistake about my nin state of origin and this mistake come for the staff that help me register pls what can I do about it

  12. I made corrections for my name and did the necessary things but at the end of the day when I wanted to register for JAMB it still shows the wrong name

  13. Suliyat Olabisi

    I did change of name in nimc office,I try to use it for jamb DE, the name has not been effected for over a week now.

  14. Pls I need help about my son’s NIN registration on the day of collection I was given the temperal one instead of the original one and an IPE written on it I was told to be calling 3 numbers from abuja that they are to tell them what to do,I have been calling ever since not going through what can I do pls

  15. Good day, please the officer who registered my NIN filled in Male as my gender instead of female and she told me that there’s nothing she can do about it. Please what can I do?

    1. Hi Jane thanks for dropping your comments here, the truth is that the NIN officer has put you into trouble because you have to pay NIN modification fees before you can correct the error thanks

  16. Hi Mr Bamidele. Please can I know the amount I need to pay to correct the error and also, do I need to go to the nimc office or any enrollment center would suffice. I need it urgently sir.

  17. Went to make a change of name on my NIN,was told to come back after two weeks, they said twas not ready when I went back, but now they said it’s in IPE, what does that mean?

  18. Pls i based abuja and i need to do a change of birth on my NIN what and what is require and if am to pay for remita which bank am i to pay to

  19. I need to change the month on my date of birth, And am a minor how can I do that and collect it immediately because it urgent, and do they need to collect money from me.

    1. Please I need information for the first time to register NiN
      In block 2 of the form there is this question
      if yes did I need any documents to back it up?

  20. pls I have made a correction of name in my NIN before my jamb registration but i sent message to 55019 to creat my profile code the keep on showing the wrong name pls how can I do

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