The local personal reference number in the United Kingdom is called a National Insurance Number (or NINo for short). A NINO is usually in the format of LLNNNNNNL (where L represents a letter and N a number).
A national insurance number is used for pretty much everything from taxation, to applying for a driving licence. Further information can be viewed here:
You can only obtain a NINO if you intend to do one of the following things:
- Become self employed
- Claim state benefits (IE: Child Tax Credits, Child Benefit ETC)
- Get a student loan
To apply for a National Insurance Number you need to arrange an ‘Evidence of Identity’ interview for you or send you a postal application. If relevant, they will confirm the date, time and location of your interview and what information/documentation you need to support your application. The documentation is usually:
- A visa showing that you have valid leave to remain (or documents that confirm this – IE: the same kind of documents which would be submitted in support of an EEA2/EEA Family Permit Application).
- Proof of Identity (Passport, Driving Licence ETC)
- Proof of Address (Bank Statements, and Utility Bills)
If you have the right to work in the UK (and as an EEA National / Family Member you do), you can telephone Jobcentre Plus on telephone: 0845 600 0643 to arrange to get them to begin the process of issuing a national insurance number. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and are normally less busy before 9am. You can apply for your nino on a postal application. However this would require sending off a number of documents.
If you can’t find your National Insurance Number – but already have one, you can ask HMRC to confirm it by:
- completing and returning form CA5403 – Your National Insurance number
- contacting the National Insurance Registrations Helpline on telephone 0300 200 3502 (lines open 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday). You will be asked some questions to confirm your identity. If you can answer these questions correctly HMRC will send your National Insurance number by post. If you can not answer the questions you will need to complete form CA5403.
HMRC cannot confirm your National Insurance number by telephone. They will write to you instead.