Dear HM Revenue and Customs,
I understand that the National Insurance Number (NINO) is in the format "AA NN NN NN A", where A represents a letter and N a number from 0–9.
Could you please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. A list of the two-letter combinations ever used as the first two characters of NINOs so far issued to people in the UK.
2. A list of the two-letter combinations ever used as the first two characters of NINOs used for administrative or other special reasons (e.g. "TN", "MW", "PP").
3. A list of the two-letter combinations scheduled to be used as the first two characters of future NINOs for people in the UK.
4. A list of the two-letter combinations scheduled to be used as the first two characters of future NINOs for administrative or other special reasons.
5. A list of letters ever used as the final (9th) character of NINOs.
6. The reasons why "GB", "BG", "NK", "KN", "NT", and "ZZ" cannot be used as the first two characters of a NINO.
7. The reasons why "F", "M", and "P" were used as the final (9th) character of NINOs.
Could you also answer the following questions:
1. Is it true that the numbers (the 3rd–8th characters) of NINOs are allocated consecutively from "000000" to "999999"? (And if not, how are they allocated? And from what starting number does the allocation begin? And at which number does it end?)
2. Do any of the characters of NINOs act as a "check digit" by which the validity of the NINO can be verified (using the other constituent characters of the NINO)?
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Freedom of Information Team
Dear Mr Hilton
Please find attached the response to your request made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.
<<FOI 2461-13 Response.pdf>>
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Dear HM Revenue and Customs,
Thank you—I'll get in touch with the DWP then.
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