8 Feb 2017

NIMC Terms & Acronyms You Must Know to Enrol Yourself Successfully

 As you know, the whole process of registering with NIMC is made a lot easier if you are able to do the pre-enrolment process yourself online. After that, you may then proceed to the nearest enrolment centre to complete the process.
However, you may be completely discouraged if you keep coming across some terms and acronyms during the self-assisted process of NIDC registration or while otherwise reading about it. In order not to be pissed off, we have compiled a list of some of those acronyms and what they stand. Read on to find out.


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1.    NIMC: This stands for National Identity Management Commission. They are the body established by the Act 23 of 2007 as the main legal and regulatory agency and institutional mechanism for compiling and managing the identity of all eligible Nigerians as contained in the National Policy and in the Sections 1,2,5 and 6 of NIMC Act. It replaces the former DNCR.

2.    DNCR: It stands for the Department for National Civic Registration. This was the agency that issued the former National ID card that many people are carrying about. It was dissolved and replaced with the current NIMC to conduct a more permanent registration that goes beyond the issuance of ordinary cards.


3.    NIMS: This means the National Identity Management System. It is the main software which was developed by the NIMC for the conduct of the entire process of enrolment to the point of production of the card. It operates online and offline, and presently has the capacity to enrol at least, 300 million individual registrants.

4.    NID: It is National Identity Database being which functions as a complement of CIDR.

5.    CIDR: This is known as the Central Identity Repository or Register. It is the identity database for the NIMS. It is a chip-based and secure identity card and also a network of access and means to accurately prove or assert the identity of each person on the database.

 6.    NIN: This means the National Identification Number. It is a non-intelligent set of numbers that will be assigned to each one when he has been successfully enrolled. Your NIN is unique and cannot be used by another person. Without your ID card, you can still present your NIN for a concrete prove of your personality.
One of the main objectives of the NIMC is to have all eligible Nigerians registered and generate an identification number for them. This number helps to link a person to all his records in the database and confirm his identity.

7.    CAD: This means Card Access Devices. Upon the production of the card, it can be read by a set of machines referred to CAD. This feature of the ID card makes it possible to transact business with the card. It also makes it possible to verify the authenticity of the card, thus preventing identity theft and renders fake identity cards useless if ever produced.

8.    ID: It is the short form of the Identity or Identity Card. The final stage of registration is the issuance of the Identity Card itself. Your being given an ID card is the conclusive and tangible proof of the fact that your data is in the CIDR of the NIMC.

9.    FEP: This acronym stands for Front-End Partners. These make available field registration possible without the individual having to go to the office of NIMC in their local government area. Though their job is mostly outsourced, they are under strict supervision of the NIMC.

10.    LEA: This stands for the Law Enforcement Agencies. The relevance of these in the NIMS is that they are one of the statutory bodies to be given access to the relevant portion of the system as they may need the identity of any Nigerian for adequate enforcement of various laws. Their involvement will deter any identity theft. This also makes it harder for criminals to use false or multiple, ghost or duplicate identities.




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11.    PIA: Private Impact Assessment. This is the assessment or study conducted by the NIMC before they started collecting individual’s data. It provides the assurance that the data submitted will not be compromised. Even if your card is lost with so much information on it, your identity is not automatically stolen courtesy PIA. The PIA has shown the impact the data collected will have on the individual.

12.    PIVS: This is Personal Identification Verification Service. Your National Identification Number, the bar code on your pre-enrolment slip, and your fingerprints, among others serve in different context and circumstances to complement your PIVS.

Your understanding of all these will maximise your use and benefit from the card you are enrolling to collect and minimize your difficulties in the self-assisted method.



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