How to Effect Change of Name, DOB, and Phone Number on your BVN

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Change is the only constant thing in life. Although it does not happen all the time, it could be a tedious task to adjust to one. Sometimes, people have to make little or major changes to their date of birth (DOB), phone number, or names on BVN. This is not unusual, as the reasons always vary. The reason could go from genuine BVN linking issues with several banks to malicious attempts to evade authorities. This is why bank officials are skeptical when customers come with this request. This article will guide you on how to avoid BVN linking issues. Also, how to effect a change of DOB, phone number, or name on BVN in Nigerian banks.

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It is only prudent to make sure your details are the same in ALL your bank accounts, this is to avoid account closures, freezing, and other repercussions of gross irregularities. You can only make a change on three things on your BVN – your names, date of birth, and phone number. However, you must have a VALID reason for changing your DOB, phone number, or name on BVN. Without this, no one will listen to you, there are a lot of fraudsters out there. 

NB: Only the bank that enrolled you initially has the right to update your BVN details. If you enroll for BVN in Bank A and you go to Bank B for an update, you will be turned back!

There are a few valid reasons one could be required to effect a change of DOB, phone number, or name on BVN. For these different reasons highlighted below, there are different requirements to effect a change of name, date of birth, or phone number. Don’t worry, I’ll take them one by one:

Spelling Errors

If at the point of initial registration, your name was misspelled by the operator, it could mean a huge issue for you – the customer. For instance, if “Peter” is spelled as “Petr”, this can be regarded as an obvious spelling error which will be treated as a low-risk transaction by your bank.

Requirements

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  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID). This is all you need. You will be made to present the original copy, this would be verified, and your change will be effected according to what appears on your ID.

Marriage

For females who are required to change their last names to their spouses’

For females who got married and now have to change their last-names totally, or revert to a compound name, their requirements are more robust. This is because, evidences must be shown for the said reason.

Requirements

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  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID). The ID card must be valid.
  2. Your marriage certificate

 or 

A notarised/court affidavit stating that got married to a spouse who’s last-name you wish to effect a change of name on BVN to.

  1. A newspaper publication, notifying the general public that you are now changing from your maiden name to your spouse’s name because of marriage. This publication can be done at any of the national dailies. Go to the bank with the original to show it is genuine
  2. An instruction to effect the change of name on BVN

Change of faith

e.g, David to Ismail

If you have recently changed your faith e.g Islam to Christianity, or vice versa, you might also be obliged to change your name because it no longer reflects your new spiritual self. The bank understands that.

Requirements

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID). This MUST be in your new name, arranged in your desired order.
  2. A newspaper publication, notifying the general public that you have effected a change of name and a brief reason.
  3. A written application to effect a change of name for on BVN you. The reason, also, must be clearly stated.

NB: This reason is regarded as high-risk because males are not expected to change their names all their lives.

Discovery of new information

If you just got wind of a discovery of something new, which renders a standing information false, then you need to effect a change of name on BVN to avoid BVN linking issues. BVN problems can be frustrating. Personal details like date of birth or name spelling are very personal and important. Thus this must be made correct and consistent in all your banks.

Requirements

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID).
  2. An evidence showing genuine reason to effect the change of name on BVN e.g, birth certificate, a court-sworn affidavit

Loss of registered line

If you registered initially with a phone line, and that particular phone is not with you anymore because you lost the number and cannot retrieve it, you have the right to change the phone number to whichever phone number you are currently using. People do this to avoid BVN problems.

Requirements

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID).
  2. An instruction stating the new phone number to effect the change of name to change to.

*565*0# issues

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As we know, the universal code to get your BVN right on your registered line (*565*0#) only works for you if your registered line has been used for ONLY ONE registration. This means one BVN can only be linked to only one BVN.

If the phone line is linked to MORE THAN ONE BVN, that is it, you cannot use the code to get your BVN anymore. Unless, of course, you change it and avoid all BVN linking issues or problems altogether.

Requirements

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID).
  2. An instruction stating the new phone number to effect the change of name on BVN to.

Loan application issues

Most microfinance companies scrutinize all their borrowing customers thoroughly, even to the last detail – your phone number. This is why people run down to their banks with urgency, they hate to have anything between them and their loans!

Requirements

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID).
  2. An instruction stating the new phone number to effect the change of name on BVN to.

EXTRA: For Diaspora Customers with BVN Problems

This is for Nigerians in the diaspora who have BVN problems, who wish to effect a change of name, date of birth, or phone numbers on BVN too. Simply contact your bank/account officer and avail your documents as appropriate. The bank would review this and treat credible requests, and update your detail.

FAQ

Can I have two BVN with different names?

No. You can only have one (1) biometric verification number in a lifetime, as proscribed by the Federal Government. If you wish to update your name(s) on your BVN, follow the steps above.

Can I change my BVN name?

Yes, just follow the steps you have above and get necessary requirements.

Can I change my BVN name in any bank?

No. However, you can walk into any branch of the VERY bank where you enrolled for the BVN for an update.

Can I change my BVN name online?

No. You have to walk into the bank where you enrolled with necessary document(s) to effect a change.

Can I open a bank savings account with a different name?

No. All banks now open savings based on a mirror-copy of your names as they are on BVN. This is done letter-for-letter and cannot be edited.

What to do if someone has my BVN?

Nothing. Just make sure your bank-registered phone is with you, your card, and all your secret bank details remain with you only.

28 Comments
  1. Abdullahi Opyemi Raheem says

    My compound name is not complete on the bvn slip when printed with the response from the bank that bvn portal do not accommodate compound name.
    What is the way out please?

  2. Anonymous says

    My mum just called me now from UBA bank she said she was asked to bring 5,000 naira for newspaper publicity before her name can be change. Pls how true is this, is it how is done.

    1. Gbenga says

      True. Name change might require a newspaper publication if you’re updating your last name, or first name/total name change. She can contact a newspaper company of her choice, pay their fee to get her names on the next edition.

  3. Emmanuel Christos says

    My mum just called me now from UBA bank she said she was asked to bring 5,000 naira for newspaper publicity before her name can be change. Pls how true is this, is it how is done.

  4. Anonymous says

    Can i change my 3 names on my bvn completely

    1. Gbenga says

      Yes, you can.

      However, you must get a:

      (1) valid govt-issued ID that carries your proposed name
      (2) a sworn affidavit affirming the total name change
      (3) a newspaper publication.

      Visit your bank of enrollment with these to fill a form/write a letter for the total name change. Be ready to state a compelling reason for the total name change.

  5. Toyosi says

    I want to change my name on my bvn to
    eg.Adebayo olamiracle Seun…but the name on my bvn before was Adebayo Seun miracle..just want to add ola…and then rearrange do I need a court affidavit and newspaper publication

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Adebayo,

      In banking terms, ‘Olamiracle’ and ‘Miracle’ are not same/similar names. That said, get a valid govt-issued ID (voters’ card/international passport/NIN/DL) that carries ‘Olamiracle’ in the correct arrangement + a sworn affidavit that states that ‘Olamiracle’ is your middle-name. That should do.

  6. Jamiu olohunwa Asunramu says

    I made a mistake of 2003 instead of 2002 so I need to change it

    1. Gbenga says

      Visit any branch of the bank where you enrolled with your ID and birth certificate for a correction

    2. Precious says

      My bvn has just my first and last name and on my national ID , it has my middle name. What do I do cause I’m unable to upgrade my account.

      1. Gbenga says

        It’s not an unusual thing. Simply visit any branch of the bank where you enrolled for bvn with your govt-issued ID (DL/NIN/Intl passport/VC) and a sworn affidavit that states all three names in the correct arrangement

  7. John says

    Can I change my MONTH and YEAR of birth.
    I was not up to 18 when I opened my account and enrolled for bvn so I changed the month and year
    Can I change it back now I’m up to 18 to avoid it clashing with my NIN
    I was born 29 December 2003
    The bvn is 29 September 2002

  8. Oche says

    I used 29 September 2001 as my dob
    To open my acct and bvn coz I was underaged
    Instead of 29 December 2003
    Can I correct it with my birth certificate and affidavit?

    1. Gbenga says

      The birth certificate and sworn affidavit should be sufficient

  9. Anonymous says

    I added my husband name to my name and my former surname is now added to my middle name
    I went to the bank I enrolled my bvn
    Given them newspaper publication, marriage certificate and affidavit
    They are requesting for an ID carrying my new name
    And I have done all ID before marriage
    Only driver license
    Wat will I do

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Anonymous,

      From your explanation, I understand that your govt-issued IDs carry your old name. This issue is not unusual.

      The ideal situation will be for you to have your new names on ALL your IDs/documents. If you have an NIN prior to marriage, I will recommend that you update your NIN, as it’s the easiest to update for now.

      To update or change your name/date of birth/other details on NIN, do the following;

      1. Go to Remita NIN Biller Page
      2. Choose the correct category, enter your email, other details, and submit
      3. Generate your RRR
      4. Pay via the RRR in a bank
      5. Take the payment advice, old NIN, newspaper publication, and marriage certificate to your nearest NIN Office to effect the change.

      Thereafter, once your new details have been effected, take the NIN with the new details to your bank for the BVN name update.

      ***Shoot me an email on [email protected] if you need help with this.

  10. Anonymous says

    My name was not properly arrange on my bvn, my middle name was not found

  11. Faith says

    My year of birth was mis typed 1992 instead of 1997

  12. Chukwuka says

    I used the Ohanacho great on my bvn, and on my NIN I used Ohanacho Chukwuka Great. All I want is to add Chukwuka to my bvn.. please what can be done

    1. Gbenga says

      Get a sworn affidavit in the desired name (as it is on your NIN). Take both the NIN and sworn affidavit to the bank where you enrolled for the update.

    2. Anonymous says

      I used Egemba Peter on my bvn and on my NIN I used Egemba Franklin, all I want is that I should add Franklin to my bvn.have gone to the bank which I did my bvn with my sworn affidavits but they asked me to get newspaper publicity. Why

      1. Gbenga says

        You are changing your first name. The bank is right to request for a valid ID with the proposed name, a sworn affidavit, and a newspaper publication informing the public that you have changed your name.

  13. Anonymous says

    I have done that but they asked me to get a newspaper publicity and a affidavit. Why

  14. Mathew says

    I want to change my name on my bvn to correspond with the name on my NIN, and I have a sworn affidavits but they asked me to go get newspaper publicity.Why

    1. Ife says

      How long does it take for them to change name on bvn.and how will you know it changed

      1. Gbenga says

        24-48 hours. You will have to check with your bank to confirm if a BVN update has been effected, you won’t be sent an sms/emaial notification.

    2. Gbenga says

      Like I said earlier, newspaper publication is usually needed when a major update is requested. No one will ask you for a newspaper publication if you are simply trying to rearrange your Names or correct a spelling error.

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