How to get an NPI

A National Provider Identifier (NPI) is an identification number that is used to determine your health care plan. The number is an identification number. That is, it does not contain any information about the healthcare provider, such as where the healthcare provider is located or their type of healthcare. The NPI is given to health care providers who need to file work-related claims, such as a fall or back injury, through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Your NPI ensures that you have work-related insurance and benefits.


Online registration

1 Go to the “National Plan and System Provider Enumeration” website. Scroll down and click on the “National Provider Identifier” link.

2 Click the “Apply online for an NPI.” On the “NPI Application Instructions” page, read the terms of the agreement and then click the “Start Application Form” button.

3 Access the “Application Security Check.” Answer two easy questions to verify that you are not activating a fictitious account.

4 Complete the application. Fill in the information, such as taxonomy codes, license numbers, postal address, practice address, phone number, and the name of the person who will serve as your emergency contact. Click the “Submit” button to request the NPI.

Apply through the mail

5 Call the enumerator NPI. Phone 800-465-3203 and request an NPI form. The NPI will mail the form.

6 Fill in the form. Mail in the application of P.O. Box 6059 Fargo, ND 58108.

7 Call the NPI office back in four days. Ask if your application has been received and how long it will take to process.

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