FG Introduces DigiToken for Verification in Replacement of 11-digit NIN

The Federal Government has announced the introduction of “DigiToken” (Digital token) which is a 16 alpha-numeric token that will be used for verification, that’ll replace the current 11-digit National Identity Number (NIN)



FG made the disclosure though Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, stating that the use of “DigiToken” for verification will take effect on January 2022.


“The virtual NIN is issued by an ID holder who has onboarded the NIMC MobileID application or generated via the USSD service. The Digitoken is issued to a specific verification entity and may be only verified by that entity and no one else.”


FG Introduces DigiToken for Verification in Replacement of 11 digit NIN
“DigiToken” for Verification



It was disclosed that the vNIN is non-transferable and expires after 72 hours. It was further revealed that minors could generate a virtual NIN from their parents’ profile on the NIMC application.

The booklet also read in part,

“The Digitoken issued by the ID holder (to be known as the Issuer) will now replace the raw 11-digit NIN in all databases around the country, with the exception of the National Identity Database domiciled at the NIMC.


“It will become illegal and punishable to the full extent of the law to store or attempt to verify the raw NIN”.


It was disclosed that full implementation of the digitoken should happen by January 2022.


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