How do I get a NIN (National Insurance Number)?

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How to get a national insurance number NIN (or NINO)

Hello. Are you new in Brighton or the UK? Do you want to work or get benefits here? You will need a National Insurance Number (NIN). You can start working without one, but you must get one as soon as possible. This is the law in England. Perhaps you wondering how to get a NIN.

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What is a National Insurance Number?

Your National Insurance number (‘NINO’) helps the Government record your National Insurance contributions and taxes your pay. It is also your reference number for the whole benefits system. Your NINO is unique to you but it is not a form of identity. You must never use someone else’s NINO. Every person over 16 in England has their own number.

Do I need a national insurance number to study in a language school?


How do I get a NIN (national insurance number)?

You will need to apply for one by phone.

These calls can be long. You might need to wait on the phone for a long time before somebody speaks to you. Be patient, you will get you NIN eventually!


National Insurance number application line
Telephone: 0800 141 2075 
Textphone: 0800 141 2438
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm


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