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How to apply for UK National Insurance Number

The National Insurance Number is required by law before starting employment. This article is aimed at helping you get yours. 

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Apply National Insurance Number

Applications for the National Insurance Number are made by phone. 

These are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm GMT 

Telephone: 0345 600 0643
Textphone: 0345 600 0644
If you want to speak in Welsh when getting yours, call between 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday here:

Welsh language: 0345 602 1491


NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER INTERVIEWS

After calling the Job Centre to request your number, you will be sent by post, details of your interview. 

The letter received from them will also ask you why you need to apply for the National Insurance Number. Most people answer "to start work to sustain myself" and that counts as a good reason. 

The same letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity, like:

  • passport or identity card
  • residence permit
  • birth or adoption certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • driving licence

You’ll be told, of course, at the interview how long it’ll take to receive your new National Insurance number.


LOST NATIONAL INSURANCE?

If you had not yet memorised or taken any photocopy or scanned it, it can be easily found on previous wage slips.

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