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National Insurance Numbers
What is a National Insurance Number (NINO)?
A National Insurance Number (NINO) is a number unique to you to help your employer pay your National Insurance contributions; no one else can use this number.
You do not need a National Insurance number to start work but you will need to get one when you get a job.
Download our guide: Getting a National Insurance Number (for International Students)
Some employers think they cannot employ you if you don’t have your National Insurance Number. This is not true, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support if you have problems.
How do I get my National Insurance Number?
When you get your job you need to call the National Insurance Number Allocation Line on 0845 600 0643 to enquire about getting your permanent National Insurance Number
When you call for your National insurance Number you need to know your
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Date you arrived in the UK
- Confirm whether you are currently employed or not
Also it is important that you have your passport and visa information to hand you will not be able to proceed without them. Depending on your nationality and where your visa was issued you may be asked to attend an interview.
If your country of origin is outside the EU and your visa was issued there
In some cases you may be asked to attend an interview, but it is more usual to be asked to complete a postal application instead. This will ask about your right to work in the UK and will require photocopies of certain documents such as your passport and visa. If you need help completing this form you can ask us for help, come to the Career Zone.
If your country of origin is in the EU OR If your country of origin is outside the EU and your visa was issued or has been renewed in the UK, you will be asked to attend an interview to show you have the right to work in the UK.
This appointment will be in Plymouth or Taunton, Plymouth is easier to get to - we recommend you book an appointment in the afternoon as trains cost more in the morning.
- Train timetable site
- Map of Plymouth Railway Station to Plymouth Jobcentre
- Map of Taunton Railway Station to Taunton Jobcentre Plus
It might take 16 weeks to get your permanent National Insurance Number but you can work and be paid while you are waiting.