This article on Naijaknowhow contains everything you should know about the MWS: NIMC MobileID app. Keep reading to download the NIMC Mobile ID App and explore its features.
The MWS: NIMC MobileID app is the solution to Nigeria’s identification crisis, it was launched after multiple revisions, security audits, and privacy analyses. For those who are unfamiliar with the NIMC Mobile ID app for Android and iOS, we have taken the effort to clearly explain all you need to know about it.
Countries all around the world are gradually turning to a more efficient method of providing identification services via mobile devices. Listed below are a few examples:
- Estonia’s Mobile ID service
- the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ mobile Driver’s License (YouTube video)
- China’s WeChat virtual ID card smartphone app
- South Korea’s planned Mobile ID card >> and Driver’s License (YouTube video)
- Kuwait’s Mobile ID app
- the European Union’s planned Digital ID app
That said, Nigeria is on the right path with the introduction of the MWS: NIMC MobileID application. In this article on Naijaknowhow, you will find out more about this app and its features such as NIN-Phone Number linkage, scanning an ID with a QR code, getting a virtual NIN and printing your NIN slip.
MWS: NIMC MobileID App – About
Mobile Web Service (MSW) Application also known as the NIMC MobileID is a very useful application that was introduced in 2021, it serves as a new suite of Personal Identity tokens and services, developed, administered and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
This NIMC MobileID, coupled with your real National ID Card, passport, driver’s license, and/or voter’s ID card, is a legal form of identification everywhere in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The NIMC App provides a safe and convenient way for Nigerians and legal residents to verify and validate their identities while on the go.
MWS: NIMC MobileID App – Features
- Module to link a mobile number to NIN (NIN-Phone Number linkage)
- Show a list of mobile Numbers linked to your NIN and dependents List.
- Scanning an ID with a QR code
- Getting a virtual NIN
- Printing of NIN slip
- Proper error handling and other performance improvements.
- Date filter to the verification history list with error handling profile data mismatch during provisioning.
- Refresh functionality to showMyId page.
Using MWS: NIMC MobileID App
Before you can start using this app, you require a National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission or one of its accredited agents and a Mobile Number (which you used during enrolment for the NIN) – to receive an OTP for installing the Mobile ID app.
For those who are yet to register for their NIN, you can visit the NIMC enrolment centres or your preferred network provider centres to register your National Identification Number. Nevertheless, for those who have already registered but can’t remember their NIN, you can dial *346# directly on your phone to retrieve your NIN.
MWS: NIMC MobileID App – Download on Android & iOS
The buttons below will take you to the official mobile app store where you can download the MWS: NIMC MobileID app for Android and iOS.
The NIMC Mobile ID app includes a number of features that address the Nigerian identification crisis; nevertheless, let’s take a closer look at a few of them.
NIMC MobileID App as Means of Identity – What You Should Know:
Since the MobileID app is a valid means of identification within the Federal Republic of Nigeria just like the physical National ID Card, your Passport, Driver’s license and/or Voter’s ID Card, you can present it as a legal means of identity to anyone in Nigeria.
However, here are a few things you should take into consideration before presenting your MobileID as means of identity.
- Your ID must be verified on the spot.
- You should not allow anybody to photocopy or scan your MobileID via a scanning machine.
- If they wish to have a copy for their records, they should use their own copy of the NIMC MobileID (which means they have a NIN too), to scan the QR Code on the ID page. They can then log into the portal which will be available at https://myportal.nimc.gov.ng and print out the verification sheet.
- Your ID is YOURS – you, therefore, reserve the right to know who verified your identity and when.
How to Link Phone Numbers to NIN via NIMC Mobile ID App
On the 4th of April 2022, the federal government through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has ordered telecommunication companies to bar calls from phone numbers that are yet to be linked to their National Identity Numbers (NIN).
Subscribers who have not yet linked their phone numbers to their NINs will be unable to make calls until this is completed. As a result, the search queries for MTN NIN Code, Glo NIN Code, 9mobile NIN Code and Airtel NIN Code skyrocketed.
Nevertheless, if you’re still having trouble connecting your NIN to your line after trying the codes contained in the links above, you may try this NIMC MobileID App NIN-linkage option. This method differs from the others because this requires you to download the official NIMC application from your mobile app store directly.
Follow the steps to link your phone numbers to your NIN:
Step 1: Download the’ MWS: NIMC MobileID’ app
First, you have to download the ‘MWS: NIMC MobileID’ application on Google Play Store for Android devices or App Store for iOS devices. You can use the download buttons above.
Step 2: Insert NIN and phone number to get started
Launch the application and insert your NIN and phone number. An OTP is sent to your phone number for verification. Take note that this OTP is valid for 1 minute.
Step 3: Create your 6-digit PIN
Once that’s out of the way, you’ll be required to create a 6-digit password/PIN. You will always need that 6-digit PIN to sign in to your NIMC mobile app dashboard.
Step 4: Link your phone number(s)
On your dashboard, select the ‘LINK MY NUMBERS’ option to add and validate your phone numbers. You can add up to 7 mobile numbers using this application and an OTP is required to verify all numbers added.
Note: The NIMC has said that only those who link their phone numbers to the app before the 31st of January 2021 will receive free OTP for verifications. However, after the date, network operators will choose the amount to be charged on SMS.
That’s it, that concludes our review of the MWS: NIMC MobileID App. This app provides a secure means of being verified at the click of a button, there’s no need to carry lots of cards around, that can get lost, stolen or even damaged. All it requires to get started is your full National Identification Number (NIN), your Mobile Number and a PIN to protect the app.
Aside from linking your phone numbers through this application, there are way more you can actually do on the NIMC MobileID app, and these include scanning an ID with a QR code, getting a virtual NIN and printing your NIN slip. For enquires or support, you can contact [email protected].
We’ve covered quite a lot on how to link NIN on your phone specifically for various telecoms — MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile etc, you can check here if you need to learn how to connect NIN on all networks in Nigeria.