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What Is My National ID or Personal Code Number?

Your national ID or personal code number is a unique and a specific digit number assigned by the state. The number is used in all Baltic Countries for identification purposes. Most governments around the world use a similar identification number system. What may vary is the purpose of the number, the number of digits and the term used to refer to it. The personal code number is among the most common names used to refer to the national ID number. Some other common names are;

  • Social security number
  • ID number
  • Personal code
  • Registration number
  • Citizen number
  • Personal numeric code

The identity number is included in all your other identification, and personal documents such as passport, ID card, driving license, residence permit among others. It is either printed below or next to your full name or date of birth.

Why should I have a national Id number?

Your national ID number plays a very important role both to you, the owner and the state at large. Here we look at three major pros of having a national ID number

  1. Enhancing security, Your national ID number identifies you uniquely. That means that even if someone has your other personal details like name and date of birth, it is still hard for them to steal your identity if they do not know your identity number;
  2. Social-economic importance Some business transactions such as signing an agreement or registering an asset are enhanced by having your national ID number;
  3. Political Aspects Your national ID number facilitates some aspects of politics, such as the voting process.

How do I get a national ID number?

States have evolved from the manual process of registration to semi-automated or even automated registration systems. Introduction of automated ways of issuing ID numbers is aimed at addressing the emerging problems that are mostly related to security. Such problems are; duplication of identity numbers, forgery and fraud. Another reason is for automation is to overcome the labor intensive manual process of issuing identity numbers.

The bottom line is that the state should issue error free and secure national ID numbers to all eligible citizens. Successful identification, registration and assignation of national ID number to all persons are very important. Your national ID number comes printed on your ID card (or whatsoever term you refer to it in your country). To get the card, you have to apply to the department that has the mandate to issue you with it. Categories of application are slightly different from one state to another. But there are three categories of application that are common in many countries.

  1. Initial registration is for people who have never registered before
  2. Duplicates Duplicate category is for persons who had previously applied, but their cards have been lost, defaced or mutilated.
  3. Change of registration details This is for persons seeking to change their particulars such name(s) or residence

For initial registration, you will be required to prove your citizenship and eligibility to be issued with a national identity number. You will be asked for personal details such as name, birth date, area of residence and other varying details according to the State’s registration system.