16th June 2020

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What is a national insurance number in the US?

Your National Insurance number is your own personal account number. The number makes sure that the National Insurance contributions and tax you pay are properly recorded on your account. It also acts as a reference number for the whole social security system.

Correspondingly, what do the letters in your NI number mean?

The suffix letter is either A, B, C, or D. (although F, M, and P have been used for temporary numbers in the past). Until 1975, the suffixes A, B, C and D at the end of the NI number signified the period of validity of the National Insurance cards originally used to collect National Insurance contributions (NICs).

Additionally, can someone use my national insurance number?

Be aware that the National Insurance number is not a means of identification but if it falls into the wrong hands it can be used as a means of counting towards proof of identification. It can also be used if someone living in the country illegally wishes to work.

Is NI number on passport?

Your National Insurance number can normally be found on a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or on your bank statement if your pension is paid into your bank account. Your National Insurance number is 9 digits long and starts with two letters, followed by six numbers and one letter e.g. AB123456C.

Should you share your NI number?

Do not share your National Insurance number with anyone who does not need it as this might help someone to steal your identity. Remember to keep the letter telling you what your National Insurance number is safe as it is a useful reminder of your number.
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