The Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) is a unique identification number issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It is expected that every Nigerian is enrolled and issued the NIN for the purpose of all round identification. In recent times and maybe in the nearest future, this number is to be linked with every individual activities including banking transactions.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to telecommunication operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers; although there is an intervention by the senate to extend it.

In this post we have outlined practical ways of retrieving and linking your National Identification Number (NIN) via the USSD code on the major network operators or through other online platforms.

National Identification Number Registration [Updated]

For those who are yet to enrol for the NIMC’s NIN, it is important to do so as to meet the set deadline. To get registered;

  • visit the online pre-enrolment portal for enrolment forms and guidelines or
  • You can download NIMC registration form through this link or
  • Walk directly into any NIMC’s enrolment centres nationwide
  • You can register through other licensed agents

Note: You need one registration to be issued both the NIMC card  and NIN. The 11-digit National Identification Number (NIN) is however not the same thing as the National e-ID Card which is a physical token. The NIN can be used on its own for digital identity verification without the e-ID card.

NIMC Enrolment Centres

There are designated centres country-wide and in overseas locations where you can easily work in to register enrol for NIN. To find NIMC enrolment Centres near you, visit the NIMC webpage and click on your state or Diaspora location for a comprehensive list of centres across the location.

Requirements for NIN Registration

To enrol as an adult, walk into the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the following required Original and Valid supporting documents:

  • Old National ID Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  • Nigerian International passport
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  • Birth certificate
  • Declaration of age
  • Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  • NHIS ID card
  • Government staff ID card
  • Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  • School ID Card (private/public)
  • Tax Clearance certificate
  • Valid immigration documents

NIN Registration Deadline [Updated]

The  deadline for NIN registration and linkage to phone lines has further been extended to April 6, 2021 for all subscribers.

How to Retrieve NIN Number Using USSD

If you are already enrolled for the National Identification Number, you follow these steps to check your NIN number on your mobile.

  • Open your phone dialler and dial *346#
  • Type ‘1’ to choose NIN Retrieval Option if you are dialling from the phone number you used in registering you NIN.
  • Type ‘2’ to choose NIN Search if you have lost your number, you will be required to input some of your registration details
  • Once you have retrieved, congratulations

How to Link Your NIN Number on MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, Glo

You can link your national identification number on these network operators as follows;

Link NIN to MTN:

Check How to Retrieve, Link Your NIN on MTN, Airtel, Other Networks

Mtn users can link their NIN to their line in any of these three ways

  • Online registration portal via https://mtnonline.com/nin
  • USSD code: Dial *785# or
  • Via myMTNApp, get it on Google Play or Apple Store
  • Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.
  • Submit the form as soon as you’re done.
  • Wait for feedback from the network.

Link NIN to AIRTEL:

Check How to Retrieve, Link Your NIN on MTN, Airtel, Other Networks

For Airtel users, to link NIN to your line;

OR

  • dial *121*1# on your Airtel line to submit your NIN
    • Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
    • Enter your 11-digit NIN and send.
    • Wait for the message confirming your submission.
    • If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.

Link NIN to 9MOBILE:

To link NIN to your 9mobile line, simply;

  • Dial the USSD code *200*8# and follow the prompts to submit your details;

OR

  • Visit 9mobile.com.ng/nin to submit online
    • Click on ‘Verify and Link your NIN now’
    • Fill the required information and submit

Link NIN to Glo:

To link NIN to your Glo line, you can either;

  • Visit the online registration portal via www.gloworld.com/ng/nin to fill your information and link. Or
  • Dial *109*yourNIN# (e.g *109*90123456789#) and follow the prompts to submit your details Or
  • By SMS – Simply text your 11-digits NIN number to 109 (e.g 90123456789 to 109) and wait for reply.

NIN Retrieval without a Phone Number

If you have lost your phone number (which you used during enrolment for the NIN) and the temporal NIMC slip, then try the following to retrieve your NIN

  • Dial the general retrieval code (*346#) with your current number linked with your BVN
  • Try using the NIMC Mobile app – you can get the app at NIMC webpage or on Google Play store
  • Go to nimc.gov.ng to print your NIN slip with the QR code and view your mobile
  • If none of the above work, then proceed to any NIMC office near you to liaise with an official to help you.

Further Notes

  • NIN Code: Please note that the USSD code *346# is the general NIN retrieval code for all network. If you are unable to link your NIN through the methods outlined on this page, then
  • You should simply visit the nearest office of your service provider to submit/link your NIN.
  • Go with your NIN and SIM pack
  • Alternatively, call the customer care line of your service provider.
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