How to Get a Tax Identification Number (TIN)

The Tax Identification Number (T.I.N.), is a 14 digit sequential number generated electronically as part of the tax registration process and assigned to all taxpayers; company, enterprise or individual for identification. It is free and can be obtained from any Tax office closest to you.


FIRSIt is imperative that you obtain your TIN especially if you have a business. It is now mandatory to submit your TIN before you can open corporate account. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in 2011, directed that all corporate entities must provide a Tax Identification Number to open or continue operating a bank account in any Nigerian Bank. CBN deadline was September 13, 2011.


Therefore, it is imperative that you know the steps to obtain your Tax Identification Number (TIN).





Applying for a unique Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a simple, applicant-friendly process outlined in the steps below:

Step 1:

Visit any Tax Authority office nearest to you and obtain the relevant application form. I obtained my Tax Identification Number (TIN) at Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and it was free

Step 2:

Complete the application form and return to the Tax Authority with valid proof of identity such as Driver’s License, International Passport, Utility bill or any other similar valid document. For individuals, you need to submit your application letter and for companies, you need to submit your Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) certificate.

Step 3:

Provide required biometric information.

Step 4:

Upon confirmation, a card will be issued to you on the spot.

The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is issued FREE OF CHARGE.

Available at the offices of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and State Boards of Internal Revenue (SBIR).



9 thoughts on “How to Get a Tax Identification Number (TIN)”

  1. I obtain a Tin number for JTB Asokoro Office but could not used it to make remittances for WHT. What could be the problem?

  2. i registered at Alimosho and my tin number was sent but not with firs letter head. i need it resent with letter head of firs. kindly get anyone from Alimosho tax office that can help

    1. If you are a registered taxpayer in Nigeria, your Tax identification number (TIN) is a ten (10) digit number. This number is unique to individual taxpayers.

      I hope this helps.

  3. Hi Utibe, This article is short but very useful. However, I’m also looking for the format of TIN in Nigeria – at the beginning of the article you said it’s a 14-digit number, but in this comment you said it’s 10. Also, does it consis only from numbers, or numbers and letters? I’d appreciate any help I can get. thank you in advance! 🙂

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