Is there anyway to check if a NI no is correct/valid/kosher?
in what circumstances?
Are you asking as an employer? If so then you will need a P45/P46 from employee and HMRC will correct it if it's wrong when these are submitted
If it's for a client - send in 64-8 with all the details on. You can then check UTR and call HMRC to check NI number
There is a set of rules
but it is not apparently as straightforward as the UTR checker.
The format is obviously 2 letters followed by 6 numbers and then either A, B, C, or D
The characters D, F, I, Q, U and V are not used as either the first or second letter of a NINO prefix
someone who, as far as I know, STILL (despite letters and 'phone calls) has 2 NI numbers (my main one, the one I've always used and which is on my card, was being used by someone else last time I checked), I don't think HMRC have a clue.
I assume given my NI number is getting twice the contributions I can retire early?
Yes, in my long experience as an accountant, I've come across a few clients who have had two NI numbers or two UTR numbers!
NI number cock[***] up
Because HMRC have lots of people with the same number....meant we all had to be issued with new UTR's instead of using the existing N I numbers which were not always unique.
That's the civil service for you !
Thanks to all who replied
My client is not too happy about asking his employees for copies of birth certificates,passport & driving licence to prove that they are legally entitled to work in the UK
My post was intended to see if there was a way to check an NI to see if it was valid and therefore entitled the employee to work in the UK
It seems that my client has to ask for the information
National insurance number
My query concerned a client who was not too keen about asking his employees to prove that they were entitled to work in the UK ie copies of passport,birth certificate and driving licence
I therefore wondered if it was possible to check the NI no that I hold against personal details ie to prove that because the NI no is correct the holder is entitled to work in the UK
It appears that this "shortcut" is not acceptable