How to apply for a National Insurance number

How to apply for a National Insurance number

How to apply for a National Insurance number

National Insurance number, also known as the NI number is a must if you are looking to work in the UK. Applying for a NI number is easy, but you can only apply for it once you are in the UK and have the right to work or study.

Your NI number will be used as identification for the British Tax Department and the NHS as well. If you don’t have one your employer will have no way of advising the British Tax Department on the amounts you need to NI contributions for state pensions, tax and the health services.

Applying for your NI number

To apply for your NI number, all you need to do is follow the below four steps.


Call the Jobcentre Plus on 0845 600 0643 and register your details.


You will receive a postal application from Jobcentre Plus. Complete the relevant section and return it to address mentioned in the pack.


You may be asked to attend an Evidence of Identity interview, where your documents might be checked.


Within 4-6 weeks from the date you retuned your paperwork or attended the interview, you should receive your NI number or NI card. Your NI number will be made up of letters and numbers and will never change.

Remember to keep your NI number safe as you will need it when applying for jobs, paying taxes or setting up a UK pension.

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