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End of National Insurance cards comes step closer

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has introduced the latest stage of its move to phase out National Insurance cards.

Last year, as part of a drive to reduce costs, it was announced that HMRC would stop issuing plastic cards and send letters instead, saving £820,000 a year.

HMRC stopped issuing replacement cards in October 2010, sending letters instead to anyone requesting a reminder of their National Insurance number.

From July 2011, HMRC will stop issuing cards to adults. Adults needing a National Insurance number for the first time will receive their number on a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions.

However, teenagers approaching the age 16 will still be sent a National Insurance number card and this will continue until later in the year.

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