A NIN is not just for Christmas, it’s for life

Shortly after we arrived in the UK back in early October, I sent away for a National Insurance Number (NIN). I already have one as I worked here over 15 years ago but I couldn’t remember what it was so I had to fill in a “I’ve lost my NIN form” and send it away.

They took a very long time to get back to me – almost two months! I phoned them a couple of times to find out what the problem was and whether I could just get a new one. They were adamant that the NIN was for life and that everyone only ever gets one NIN. Ok, no worries, I’ll just wait.

Earlier this week my NIN finally arrived in the post – yay – so I emailed it to the HR department at my work. Then yesterday my NIN arrived again – but it’s different to the first one! Now I have two 🙂