Call Jobcentre Plus to apply for a National Insurance number.

You must have the right to work or study in the UK to get a National Insurance number.

Jobcentre Plus may ask you to go to an interview to confirm your identity.

Jobcentre Plus application line
Telephone: 0845 600 0643
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Welsh language: 0845 602 1491
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
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National Insurance number interview

Jobcentre Plus may write to you and ask you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.

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

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

You turned 16 and didn’t get a number

You should automatically get a National Insurance number just before your 16th birthday.

Call the National Insurance Registrations Helpline if you didn’t get a number and you’re under 20.

National Insurance Registrations Helpline
Telephone: 0300 200 3502
Textphone: 0300 200 3519
Welsh language: 0300 200 1900
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
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