Do you have a question regarding National Insurance Numbers?
We have listed some of the most common frequently asked questions you may need to know or unsure of. If you still unsure and need some help, please contact us using the form available on the contact us page.
What is a National Insurance Number?
A National Insurance Number (often called a NI, NIN or NINO) is similar to a Tax File Number in Australia, Codice Fiscale in Italy, Peszel/Knip in Poland, CNP in Romania, Securidad Sociale in Spain, IRD in New Zealand and SIN number in Canada.
In the UK the NI number is also used as a form of identification by many departments including the free NHS healthcare system.
Usually during your first week of work, your employer will ask for your NI Number.
If you don’t have one, your employer has no way of advising the U.K Tax Office, the amounts you need to NI contributions for state pension and the British social security system should be. You must pay emergency national insurance contributions (emergency tax) until you get one – typically a big percentage of your take home pay!
Do I need a National Insurance Number?
If you are planning to work in the UK or have official business, then you need a National Insurance Number. You easily apply through our site.
Do I have to have a UK work visa before I apply?
You will be expected to provide evidence to prove you have a right to work in the UK. If you don’t have the right to work in the UK, you won’t be entitled to a National Insurance number.
You will not be issued with a number until your interviewing office is satisfied that you have proved your identity. Some people may have problems because they do not have the documents usually accepted as evidence.
What documents will I need to take to the interview?
At your ‘Evidence Of Identity’ interview, you will be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.
Bring as many ‘identity documents’ (originals, not photocopies) as you can to your interview. Examples of documents which count are::
- valid passport (UK or foreign)
- national identity card (UK or foreign)
- residence permit or residence card including biometric immigration residency documents
- full birth or adoption certificate
- full marriage or civil partnership certificate
- driving licence (UK or foreign)
- proof of UK address (temporary or permanent address)
If you don’t have any of these – or other – identity documents you still must go to the interview. The information you are able to provide might be enough to prove your identity.
How do I apply for a National Insurance Number?
The quickest way to apply for your National Insurance number is through our standard ‘Fast Track’ service, which we don’t charge a premium for. We process ALL applications within 1 working day, and will process within a few hours if we are able to do so.
We offer professional services that ensures your application is handled with top quality, speed and follow up curtsy emails. We also offer SMS service to ensure you do not forget that appointment date.
Please note that if you decide to reach out to the HMRC directly, there will be no fee applicable.