Little plastic NINO cards on the way out
Last year, the Chancellor announced that HMRC intended to stop issuing National Insurance number (NINO) cards and send letters instead. HMRC stopped issuing replacement National Insurance number cards in October 2010. Since then, if you ask for a reminder of your National Insurance number you get a letter confirming it instead.
For the past few years, HMRC has notified individuals of their National Insurance number for the first time by sending them a plastic National Insurance number card.
From July 2011, HMRC will stop issuing cards to adults. In future, an adult needing a NINO for the first time will be sent a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (Jobcentre Plus).
However, young people approaching age 16 who are automatically eligible to a number, will still be sent a National Insurance number card. This will continue until later in the year.