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News - 6 October 2010

National Insurance Number cards - Soon to be extinct

Traditionally HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has notified individuals of their National Insurance number for the first time by sending them a plastic National Insurance number card.

A suggestion was made through the Spending Challenge website that HMRC could save money by not issuing a plastic card but by sending a letter instead. This suggestion was accepted by the Government and on Friday 10 September the Chancellor announced that HMRC would replace the plastic card with a letter.

HMRC has now stopped issuing replacement National Insurance number cards but will still provide you with written confirmation of your National Insurance number if you ask for it.

However, if you have recently applied for a National Insurance number or are approaching age 16 and are eligible to receive a number automatically you will still be sent a National Insurance number card. This will continue for some time.

You do not need to have a National Insurance number card; it is your number that is important.

The card is not proof of identity or of a right to work in the UK.

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