Apply for a National Insurance number

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How to apply

To get a National Insurance number you need to apply online and prove your identity.


You can apply for a National Insurance number if you have the right to work in the UK.

You must also be looking for work or have an offer to start work in the UK. If you have already started working you can still apply.

You must be over the age of 16.

If you've lost your National Insurance number

If you already have a National Insurance number but have lost it then you can request a paper copy.

What you'll need

If you have the following documents, use them when you apply:

a passport from any country

a biometric residence permit (BRP)

a national identity card from an EU country or from Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland

You can still apply if you do not have any of these documents but you may need to attend an appointment to prove your identity.

Need help?

Not sure exactly what you're looking for or just want clarification? We'd be happy to chat and clear things up for you!

Call (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

+44 (0) 333 014 7210

Email us

[email protected]

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