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Old 14-03-2008, 12:45
JAMESPEARCE91
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Hey!
Got a bit of a problem
I need to find my National Insurance number but I can't find it after moving house recently!
Anyone know how I can find the number out ASAP?
Thanks
JP
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:53
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Do you have a payslip of any kind? it'll be on that
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:57
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No, not yet
But I have found it!
Thanks for the help Justabloke just in case I do forget it!
JP
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Old 14-03-2008, 12:58
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Have a look at this website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nic/ynino.htm#c

Look at "What do I do if I have lost my National Insurance number card?"

Hope that helps.
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Old 14-03-2008, 13:35
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Thanks twinkle42
Luckily I found it already but again, extremely helpful to know!
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Old 14-03-2008, 14:45
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I managed to memorise mine once I got my card when I was still at school.
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Old 14-03-2008, 17:31
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Go into any Jobcentre office with 2 pieces of ID, one should be photo ID, they'll tell you it there and then.
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Old 25-09-2012, 11:41
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Have a look at this website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nic/ynino.htm#c

Look at "What do I do if I have lost my National Insurance number card?"

Hope that helps.
The URL is now “If you've lost or can't remember your National Insurance number or lost your National Insurance number card” for those who are still 'disenfranchised'.

You may also be interested in “How to get a statement of your National Insurance account” as well as the other items in both of those FAQs.
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Old 25-09-2012, 11:51
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I've e-mailed mine to myself in case I ever lose it
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:36
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I managed to memorise mine once I got my card when I was still at school.
Me too.. a credit card type of card..still got it!!! ( Does this mean we are old??)
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:41
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Have a look at this website:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nic/ynino.htm#c

Look at "What do I do if I have lost my National Insurance number card?"

Hope that helps.
i lost my card like 15 years ago
never needed it...but i know the numbers/letters
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:43
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I managed to memorise mine once I got my card when I was still at school.
Same here. I still know it 30 years later
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:47
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I managed to memorise mine once I got my card when I was still at school.
Me too. 30 years later also. Would never remember it now, struggle with my PIN number.
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:50
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Me too.. a credit card type of card..still got it!!! ( Does this mean we are old??)
Me too but having employed many people over the years, i am the only person I know who can reel if off straight away. So we are a rare breed!
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Old 25-09-2012, 18:54
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I have the card stuck away in a drawer somewhere - along with student ID and several student pub discount cards.

I know the number though. Maybe it just has a nice ring to it which is why it's been easy to remember.
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Old 25-09-2012, 19:09
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I memorised it as soon as I got the card as I lose things easily.
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Old 25-09-2012, 19:50
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I can also remember my bank sort code and primary account number. Mind you at school I memorised Pi to 150 decimal places. I can even tell you that it was on page 57 of SMP Maths book G

It's partly muscle memory though as it's easier to recite verbally than to type. Not that I still know it all mind. I know about half way through it goes ..69399375105820.. and somewhere around there is 1971. I never use much in the way of memory tricks either. I just store the digits.
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Old 26-09-2012, 02:59
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I managed to memorise mine once I got my card when I was still at school.
Same here, in fact not seen my card in 25 years
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Old 26-09-2012, 03:16
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Me too but having employed many people over the years, i am the only person I know who can reel if off straight away. So we are a rare breed!
I was in the RN and had to use it every week for my pay. I use it as a password as i'm the only one who knows it.
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Old 26-09-2012, 03:38
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I use it as a password as i'm the only one who knows it.
Good idea, woodbush! I will use mine as a password as well, now.
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Old 26-09-2012, 08:54
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I was in the RN and had to use it every week for my pay. I use it as a password as i'm the only one who knows it.
Not sure if thats a good idea, if hacked.

The hacker probably wont know its an NI number but if they did and found your name and address, would they be able to claim for benifits etc.....

Maybe i'm just been silly and its a good idea.
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Old 26-09-2012, 09:29
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I use it as a password as i'm the only one who knows it.
Apart from everyone who's employed you, everyone who has access to HMRC's or the benefits agencies' databases, whoever's got a copy of those CD roms which went missing a few years ago, etc...
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Old 02-10-2012, 21:08
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Whilst HMRC can send you your NI Number by post if you complete an online form, you may need to supply a lot of historical information including previous addresses and employers and even then it can take a long time to get a reply.

However, your local Job Centre Plus can supply your NI Number to you on the spot if you pop in with the usual suitable forms of photo and address identification.

Last edited by Felim_Doyle : 02-10-2012 at 21:10. Reason: Clarification
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Old 02-10-2012, 22:08
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Stupid question but why do we all have a unique NI number but not one for PAYE/Income tax?
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Old 02-10-2012, 22:18
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Stupid question but why do we all have a unique NI number but not one for PAYE/Income tax?
Because once you've handed over your income tax that's the end of the matter. There's no need to trace it back normally.

However NI is (in theory) exchanged for future services so it's important to be able to assign the payment to a specific account so that the government can work out how much you're entitled to.
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