How can I apply for a National Insurance Number?
A National Insurance Number is absolutely vital to getting by in the United Kingdom. It is the main way in which you interact with the government when it comes to personal taxes, and there are very few jobs that you’d be able to undertake without first giving over your National Insurance Number. Each NI Number – as they’re known – is unique to each individual, and the system is so complex that there is almost no way around not having one. As long as you’ve never had one in the past – for whatever reason – applying for a National Insurance Number is fairly easy to do. If you have had one in the past and have simply lost or forgotten it, this is a different matter – you should be able to find your solutions to that elsewhere on this website.
How to apply for a National Insurance Number
The main way in which people can apply for a National Insurance Number is over the phone. The UK Government helpline staff will be able to walk you through any questions, and get you all the details that they may need in order to make sure you’re issued with your own NI Number that will allow you to work in Great Britain. As ever when calling any helpline, it is advisable to have any personal documents close by, so you can quickly and effectively deal with any questions that are put your way.
Contact number to apply for a National Insurance Number
To apply for a National Insurance Number, the contact number you need to phone is 0800 141 2075. This is known as the National Insurance Number application line, and should be able to answer your queries.
Textphone contact number to apply for a National Insurance Number
If you need to deal with the matters via textphone, the National Insurance application textphone line number is 0800 141 2438.
Welsh language contact number to apply for a National Insurance Number
If you are a Welsh Language speaker, you are able to contact the Welsh Language National Insurance Number application line on 0800 141 2349
National Insurance application line opening hours
The National Insurance application line has some fairly standard opening hours, which is a testament to quite how vital it is to many people. You can contact the National Insurance Number application line between the following hours:
Monday – 8am to 6pm
Tuesday – 8am to 6pm
Wednesday – 8am to 6pm
Thursday – 8am to 6pm
Friday – 8am to 6pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed
Requirements to apply for a National Insurance number
Broadly, to apply for a National Insurance Number, you simply need to be both be in the United Kingdom, and have the right to live, or the right to work in the United Kingdom. For further details, please see our guide here.
What happens once I have applied for a National Insurance Number?
Once you’ve applied and this has been processed by the application line staff, you’ll be required to attend and interview at your local Jobcentre Plus. You should receive a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions detailing your interview place and time. At the interview, you will be asked questions about why exactly you require a National Insurance Number, and the circumstances that have lead to this. This is also the point at which you’ll be informed as to how long you may be required to wait for your National Insurance Number to be issued. At this interview, you will need to attend with the following (according to the UK Government website):
- passport or identity card
- residence permit
- birth or adoption certificate
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- driving licence