How to Effect Change of Name, DOB, Email, 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 and your BVN, this is to avoid account closures, account freezing, and other issues. You can make changes to almost everything on your BVN – your names, date of birth, email, phone number, and so on. You cannot change your picture though. 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 phone/Trade Monitoring System Portal issues (email update)

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.

Also, the new portal introduced by CBN – the Trade Monitoring System Portal for Form A, PTA/BTA require that you must have an email attached to your BVN. If you want to add/link your email to your BVN, follow the instructions below.

If you reside outside Nigeria, the best thing to do is to contact your bank/account officer for assistance. You will likely have to receive a form to print, fill, and scan back to Nigeria for processing. The same processing time of 24-48 hours apply.

Requirements

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

Changing from your ‘Married Name’ Back to your Maiden Name

First, I’d like to say that this is not an unusual situation, and it is absolutely doable. This is for some women who were once married to their spouses but situations changed, and now there’s a need to revert to their father’s name (as it were before).

Requirements

If you wish to change your last name from your husband’s (married) name to your father’s (maiden) name, you will require to take the documents below to any branch of the bank where you enrolled for the BVN for the update:

  1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID) that carries the proposed maiden name.
  2. Your signed divorce papers or any other official document that suggests that you’re no longer married to your spouse.
  3. A notarised piece/court affidavit stating:
    a. The proposed name
    b. That you’re the same person
    c. That you are no longer married to your spouse.
  4. A newspaper publication, notifying the general public that you are now changing from your old name to your maiden name. This publication can be done at any of the national dailies. Go to the bank with an original copy of the dailies to show that it is genuine
  5. An instruction to the bank to effect the change of name on BVN.

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?

Just make sure your bank-registered phone is with you, your card, and all your secret bank details remain with you only.

167 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.

      1. Anonymous says

        How can I text you personally on issues like this please

  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.

    2. Fiskem says

      What do I require to change from my married name to my maiden name on my BVN

      1. Gbenga says

        Hi Fiskem,

        Basically, you’d require:

        1. A valid government-issued ID (international passport, drivers’ license, voters card, or national ID) that carries the proposed maiden name. The ID card must be valid.
        2. Your signed divorce papers or any other official document that suggests that you’re no longer married to your spouse.
        3. A notarised/court affidavit stating:

        a. The proposed name
        b. That you’re the same person
        c. That you are no longer married to your spouse.

        4. A newspaper publication, notifying the general public that you are now changing from your old name to your maiden name. This publication can be done at any of the national dailies. Go to the bank with an original copy of the dailies to show that it is genuine
        5. An instruction to effect the change of name on BVN

        Thank you for the question. The article has now been updated with this response.

      2. Akewushola Soliu Olanrewaju says

        I have a big problem on this bvn issue my sister was unable to open account in every bank almost 6month to 1year now due another person name was placeted on her one bvn in time of enrollment, and we are unable to change it in the bank because she not enrolled it in the bank is was enrolled to her by government works in time of owo isowo , pls any help about this issue because she have to open of an account

        1. Gbenga says

          Many traders enrolled with wrong names when they were trying to get loans, to avoid repayment.

          For total name change, she should get a newspaper publication, a sworn affidavit of total name change, and valid ID carrying the new name. She can take these to any branch of the bank where she enrolled for the BVN for an update.

          1. Anonymous says

            Is it possible to change parents names and phone number to avoid fraudsters from Calling

  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

      1. Andrew says

        I’ve forgotten the bank where I enrolled my BVN o . How do I do it now?

    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

        1. Oluwole olajide ojo says

          I have issue with my BVN
          I have my picture there with the thumb printing but the names,DOB, phone number are not mine…
          Please save me out 🙏

          1. Gbenga says

            Hi Oluwole,

            Please get:

            1. A newspaper publication stating that you’ve changed your name, dob and phone number to the correct one
            2. A sworn affidavit stating the same
            3. A government-issued ID with your new name on it

            Take these to the bank were you enrolled for the BVN to request an update.

            Thank you,

  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 banknaija@gmail.com 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.

  15. FASOLA KAYODE MATTHEW says

    My name was written FASOLA MATTHEW MATTHEW instead of FASOLA KAYODE MATTHEW and my DOB was written 20/09/1984 instead of 20/09/1992 , what can i do ? I have went to my bank and they have collected necessary information from me and they have send it thrice they have not change it, what can i do sir/ma?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Kayode,

      Tell your bank to log that issue to their IT Team to resolve, as that is an obvious system/portal glitch.

  16. Micheal Dolapo says

    Pls can I use temporary voter’s card to change my date of birth on my BVN

    1. Gbenga says

      Dear Michael,

      Yes, you can correct your details with a temporary voter’s card as long as the Voter Identification Number (VIN) and other details of the voters’ card are verifiable on https://voters.inecnigeria.org/ or https://voterreg.inecnigeria.org/

      Good luck.

      1. Patrick Anietie MaruAnn says

        Pls I want to change the Arrangement of my name to suit my cridientials how do I go about it?

        1. Gbenga says

          Visit your bank of enrolment with an ID that contains the correct name in the correct arrangement for an update.

  17. Anonymous says

    Pls, I was underaged when my mom pushed me to go register for Voter’s card and my month was mistyped as Sept instead of Oct and ever since I’ve been using that age on all my informations, NIN, BVN and the rest but now I want change all to my real age which is 3 Oct 1997. Where do I start from please?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hello Anonymous,

      You can rectify this issue in this order below:

      1. First, you must get your NPC Birth Certificate and a sworn affidavit stating the error.
      2. Then proceed to the bank where you enrolled for the bvn to apply to correct dob.
      3. Then visit any NIN office near you to effect the dob update with NIN (should cost around N15,000 (officially). Just visit them.
      4. Update all your bank accounts to the new date of birth.

      Hope this helps,

  18. Divine says

    Hello, please I have changed my date of birth on my BVN once, and I seriously need to make another adjustment on the age because I had to change it previously to match up a previous document. Can I make another change to my date of birth?

    1. Gbenga says

      Absolutely.

      Visit the bank with the required documents.
      Thank you.

    2. Miracle says

      Please my BVN is having an issue with my date of birth what will I do and I need money na

  19. Odili promise says

    Please I did a change of birth on my bvn, but I still showing the old one,please what can I do

    1. Gbenga says

      Ideally, the change should take effect 24-48 business hours from the date the DOB change was done. If not, that means you should contact your bank.

  20. twinkle says

    my names were not properly arranged. my middle name was used as my first name and my first name used as my middle name. please how do I rectify this?

    1. Gbenga says

      This is one of the most common errors in BVN.

      Visit the bank where you enrolled with a valid govt-issued ID and a sworn affidavit that states your correct name in the correct arrangement for a name update.

    2. Chioma says

      I can’t remember the bank I registered BVN, how do I go about it

      1. Gbenga says

        Walk into any bank with your BVN, all banks have access to that information.

  21. Paulina Uboh says

    I register my B V N in U S A and thay are not more there, now Iam in Nigeria and I have issue with my middle name was miss spell and my date of birth, what can i do..

    1. Gbenga says

      Hello Paulina,

      Visit your Nigerian bank with your sworn affidavit and valid ID card. The request to update can be forwarded to NIBSS directly from your Nigerian bank.

      1. Chukwuma somto princewill says

        please help me to change my BVN namethe reason I want to change my bvn name is that the name in the national ID card is not the same with my bvn

        1. Gbenga says

          Hello Chukwuma,

          I don’t change details on BVN. The requirements + procedures are in the published article up here.

          Thank you,

          1. Anonymous says

            I forgot my username and password in my wemma bank alerts app

      2. Salis Nuhu Muhammad says

        Please if i change my BVN last name, can that make my account name change? Because i don’t want to it to be change, i like it the way its.

  22. Grace says

    I found out that my bvn name is oloyede grace oloyede instead of Grace Abiodun oloyede…please what is the requirement documents I’ll take to bank for the correction of name?

  23. Damilola says

    I have been to the bank to change the number on my BVN but till now verification code still gets directed to another number, and on loan apps it says the bvn doesn’t belong to me. What can I do at this point? I’ve sent several mails and also been to the several times

    1. Gbenga says

      Dear Damilola,

      I will suggest that you go back to your bank and ask for your ‘BVN Verification’ page. Your registered phone number would be displayed there.

      If what you have there is the correct and current phone number and the challenge persists, then your bank has to notify their IT dept to correct that.

      1. Tadda says

        How can i link my email address to my bvn

      2. Saawuan Nelson says

        I want to change DOB on my bvn will birth certificate be enough?

        1. Gbenga says

          Some banks request for sworn affidavit. confirm from your bank

  24. Ibrahim Hamisu says

    Can someone change his BVN name to other different name, both the first name and the last name

    1. Gbenga says

      Dear Ibrahim,

      Yes

    2. Ismaila says

      Please what is the requirements for change DOB in my bvn

      1. Emma Afadapa says

        the phone number i originally use to open my bvn lost and unretrievable. i approached the bank and it had included and updated my current line. however. when i seek for my bvn no with my current, it pops open and unveil my digits. however, when i try to get loan facility, and a check is done on my bvn, it is the first original old line that còmes up, and otp is sent there instead of my current line. This puts me at a disadvantage position not to receive the otp. kindly advise.
        thank you

        1. Gbenga says

          Please contact the bank of enrolment to log this to their IT team which will, in turn, escalate the issue to NIBSS.

  25. Anonymous says

    Please, the name on my BVN contains my surname, middle name and last name. And now, I want to omit my middle name because my national ID only contain my name and surname, excluding middle name. Please what are the requirements for this effect?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Anonymous,

      To expunge a middle name from your BVN, you’ll be required to get the following:

      1. A sworn affidavit that states that you are the same person who bears the 3 names and the 2 names (state the names), but you prefer the 2 names arrangement for unification of your data.

      2. Your NIN

  26. Anonymous says

    Good day ma
    I did a change of name at union bank

    I went with my affidavit
    A newspaper that shows my name
    And my national id
    I also did some fingerprints
    It’s been a month
    And my name has not changed

    1. Gbenga says

      Truth is, it takes 24-48 hrs for an update on BVN to reflect. I’d advise that you re-visit the bank for a full explanation.

      Thanks,

  27. Ismaila says

    Please what is the requirements for change DOB in my bvn

  28. Dorcas says

    My year of on birth on my account and bvn is 1988 but the one my NIN id card is 1986, then the name on my account and BVN is Ayetan Taiwo Dorcas but my NIN is Ayetan Taye Dorcas
    I needed to upgrade my account but they find out this problem, please what can I do to be able to withdraw my money

  29. Kelly says

    Please , i have been using a wrong date of birth in my bvn , to open accounts in three different bank, so i later changed it to the correct DOB,if i want open another account in another bank will it be corrcected

  30. Jemila says

    I was 16yrs old when I went to the bank and opened an acct with my sister’s Id card and my bvn ad acct name everything was her name, not until I went to the bank to open an acct with my own Id card after filing the information and waiting fr days I still got her name on my acct and bvn. Please i don’t know if there is anything i can do

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Jemila,

      Please get:

      1. A newspaper publication stating that you’ve changed your name to the correct one
      2. A sworn affidavit stating the same
      3. A government-issued ID with your new name on it.

      Take these to the bank were you enrolled for the BVN to request an update.

      Thank you,

  31. Toheeb says

    Please sir…I lost the number I used to registered my bvn, now I want to change the number to another one…..

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Toheeb,

      You can go to the bank where you enrolled with you valid govt-issued ID (intl passport, voters’ card, DL, or NIN) for the update.

      1. Godwin Francis says

        Please, the name on my BVN and my NIN contains my surname, middle name and last name. And now, I want to omit my middle name because my all my personal documents contain surname and last name excluding middle name. Please what are the requirements for this effect?

        1. Gbenga says

          Hello Godwin,

          I don’t fully get the issue. Last name and surname mean the same thing. Names are arranged this way: (Last name) (First name) (Middle name).

          Kindly rephrase your question.

  32. Emmanuel says

    Please I’m using another name to gain my bvn because I was living with one of my parent and I don’t want them to know that I get an account so I use different name entirely I have got my NIN and it’s carrying my real name and I want to upgrade my account please what will I do 🙏

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Emmanuel,

      If what you’re talking about is a total name change, you will need to do a newspaper publication, swear an affidavit, then take it all to the bank with your NIN. With those documents, you can ask the bank to update all your names on both account and BVN.

  33. Jacks says

    Please I Open an account with the Old National ID Card That the Last name does not match with my Documents and also linked BVN with the same information.And the new National ID Card must link with BVN. Please what should I do

  34. Odinakachi mark says

    My friend gave the reason why he needed to change my name that he used for his Bvn but they rejected it twice now. Is there any hint on what reason that could be cogent enough. He needs the money in that account urgently.

  35. Rukayat says

    My issue is anytime I want to fill an online form which requires my bvn details it always bring an error message “date of birth doesn’t match with Bvn” and of which it’s correct
    Been to bank to lodge complaints, was even given print out of my bvn details all the info is correct.
    I tried opening account with another bank same issue with date of birth
    Any idea what’s went wrong?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hello Rukayat,

      This issue is very rare. The dob on your ‘validation‘ page is likely different from the dob on your ‘verification‘ page. Ideally, those two portals mirror each other, but sometimes things go south.

      It’s a glitch that the bank of enrollment need to report to their dedicated BVN Team/IT Dept for a resolution. Do you have any compound names?

      1. Queen says

        I have the same issue too

      2. Nura iliyasu says

        Hi my name is Nura iliyasu
        I want make change of d.o.b on my BVN my question is that can I use voter’s card but not original copy.
        Thanks

        1. Gbenga says

          As long as the copy of the voter’s ID is clear and verifiable, yes.

  36. Muiz says

    I went to bank for date of birth correction on my bvn, but they didn’t ask me to thumbprint… I hope it will be corrected ??

    1. Gbenga says

      Hello Muiz,

      You should confirm after 24-48 hours of update.

  37. Arogunjo ayodeji says

    My middle name was not on my bvn. what are the things needed to update it?

    1. Gbenga says

      This is one of the most common errors in BVN.

      Visit the bank where you enrolled with a valid govt-issued ID and a sworn affidavit that states your correct name in the correct arrangement for a name update.

  38. Gbenga says

    With voters card ,and national ID
    Can I use it to change my date of birth on bvn

    1. Gbenga says

      Yes, please. You can.

  39. Osawaru says

    Please, can I enroll for another BVN? I misplaced my first BVN number.

    1. Gbenga says

      Hello Osawaru,

      You can only enroll for bvn JUST ONCE. Visit any branch of the bank where you enrolled to get it back.

  40. Queen says

    Please I’ve misplaced the phone number I used to register for BVN since three years ago, I want to change the number on my BVN to my current phone number, please how do I go about it?

    1. Gbenga says

      Go to your bank of enrollment with your ID card. You’d be given an update form to fill.

  41. Anonymous says

    I want to change my surname in my account and bvn is not same with my credentials how do i do that

  42. Adejo Joseph says

    I use different name when I enrolled my BVN and the reason why I use different name is because I don’t want my parents to know that I have an account, and now I want to change it to my real name, please help me what can I do

    1. Gbenga says

      You should 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.

  43. Sera says

    I want to close all my accounts. Will my Bvn also be closed?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Sera,

      BVN cannot be closed, the number remains the same indefinitely. You can only update the details on it.

    2. Deborah Ubong says

      I enrolled my bvn with my Marital name and on my current bank, its my Marital name that is showing on the bank portal. I want to open another account with nother bank and to my surprise I’m seeing my maiden name on their bvn portal. What do I do because in the bank where I enrolled my name is correct there. Pls help

      1. Gbenga says

        Contact the bank where you enrolled for bvn and instruct them to correct your name on bvn. The update will take 24 hours only to reflect.

  44. Eberechukwu Joshua says

    My date of birth the year is incorrect what do I do
    Requirements please

  45. Anonymous says

    Please if i am done with bvn correction in the bank i initially registered, do i need to go to my other banks to do the same correction or its automatic?

    1. Gbenga says

      Changes done on BVN do not automatically reflect on your bank account(s) as they are different entities. So, yes you have to go to each bank to effect your desired change to conform with BVN details.

  46. Bright says

    Can my bvn details be amended twice?

  47. Bright says

    I had changed the name on my bvn earlier this year. Like a name was removed from the names in my bvn details. I also went to correct the year on my date of birth some days ago, will the change reflect since it is the second amendment?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Bright,

      You can make updates on your BVN as frequent as you wish. It will reflect.

  48. Chinyere says

    Please, I went to bank to do upgrade and they noticed that my names were rearranged, they used my middle name as surname and surname as first name. And also, my first name was wrong spelt. Instead of Victoria, they wrote Victori. What should I give them to ratify it

    1. Gbenga says

      Just your Valid ID should do.

  49. Olufunmi says

    Good afternoon Mr Gbenga!
    Pls my application was rejected because my phone number was not reflecting. I really need ur help on how to go about it sir.

  50. daniel says

    pls my bvn show that an email is not attached..can this be updated from the bank

    1. Gbenga says

      You can Update this at the bank where you enrolled for bvn.

  51. Yusuf says

    I want too change my name on Bvn, am using four account did I need too take all the requirements also too all the bank am using or only where I collected my bvn

    1. Gbenga says

      You need to update your details on all your banks as well.

  52. iyoha patience Ella says

    l apply for a change of name in my BVN for like three weeks now, l have provide all the information needed but still not change. I’m banking with first bank of Nigeria please what should I do, I’m really tired of the whole stuff wasting my transport and time

    1. Gbenga says

      The update now takes a maximum of 24 hours to reflect. Truth is, your bank is yet to initiate the update from their end. They should do that.

  53. Ruth Ola says

    How many times can one change bvn name

    1. Gbenga says

      Unlimited.

  54. STEPHEN says

    BVN: DATE OF BIRTH NOT MATCHING ANYTIME I WANT TO FILL AN ONLINE FORM OR APP. WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM

    1. Gbenga says

      Get it corrected then.

  55. ADEKUNLE says

    If I need to correct my Bvn email, can I do it remotely(Owó though going to the bank)

    1. Gbenga says

      You need to contact your bank for this information as different banks have varying rules on this.

  56. Morgan says

    Please , I have a challenge, I did change of name for all my three names which I have my newspaper publication and affidavit from the court, I took it to the bank that I did my BVN, they said that I have to bring a report from the police and also my account number will be changed, is it possible for the account to be changed? This is the account that I had during my NYSC. So please, I need your assistance. Will the account number be changed?

    1. Gbenga says

      The account number will remain same but effect the name change.

  57. Olaniyi Rukayat omoniyi says

    How can I change my name on my BVN

  58. Hauwa says

    Hello sir
    During my NYSC my last name was change due to marriage andi had both my bank account and bvn changed as well so to be able to withdraw my allwee. Now i want to change my last name back to my Father’s on my bvn and bank account without being divorced , what are the requirements please…

    1. Gbenga says

      The requirements for this sort of update are your divorce papers, except you have another strong reason you want to stop bearing your husband’s name.

  59. Miko says

    Can BVN number be changed, because someone else has my BVN number and he is using it without my consent.

    1. Gbenga says

      BVN is not changeable or transferrable. All you need to do is ensure the protection of your bank account e-channels and your registered phone, you should be safe.

  60. Adeoye Ismail says

    Pls mr gbenga ,i have sent my request fory name change since 2weeks a go through my bank access bank for my total name change of my bvn till not yet see the effect the after I have summted all what they asked me bring and stated my reason the lady continue telling me I have to still wait that the policy has changed, pls what can i do because it really costing me a lot, i need it to be done very ve5 urgent sir

    1. Gbenga says

      Total name change is a very delicate transaction to deal. If you have given a valid reason as stated, try to contact your bank again to know exactly what the delay is about.

  61. Ndubuisi David says

    I generated my NIN through BVN and it does not matched my passport which I wanted to renew. My bank name is ude David ndubuisi while my passport name is ude ndubuisi David pls I need ur help. What should I do.

    1. Gbenga says

      Update your details

  62. Tobi says

    Please I cannot remember the particular bank where o enrolled for my BVN years ago. I want to update some details like adding my middle name and email address. Please do you have any advise on how I can go about this? Thank you

    1. Gbenga says

      Walk into any bank and ask them to check for the bank of enrollment for you

  63. Khalifa says

    Good day I want to change the email on my BVN how can I do that please

  64. Oluwatoyin Ilesanmi says

    Pls,the bank operator mis-spelt my Surname
    I gave them Ilesanmi and they mis spelt as Ilasanmi.
    Went to court for Correction of name and submitted to the bank with NIN and still no correction.
    The bank then say I should go and do newspaper publication.

  65. A K says

    Hello. I want to change the name on my BVN from Michael John to ****** ******. I used the former name cos I didn’t want my parents to know I have an account. How do I go about it pls?

    1. Gbenga says

      You’ll need these:
      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 sworn affidavit stating the name change and the reason
      4. A written application to effect a change of name for on BVN you. The reason, also, must be clearly stated.

  66. Anonymous says

    Please I want to change my year of birth.i was mistakenly using 25th,Nov,1990 instead of 25th, Nov 1992. Please how do I go about it.

  67. Nimatallah Muftaudeen says

    Do I need news paper publication if I just want to remove middle name from my BVN

    1. Gbenga says

      Yes, in most cases.

  68. Ibrahim says

    Please can I change my bvn date of birth after I already changed my name on my bvn

    1. Gbenga says

      Yes you can

  69. Anthony Etuk says

    Hi Gbenga, I did my BVN in London some years ago. I don’t think that place is there anymore. When I came to Nigeria, at the bank it was discovered that my name, Anthony was spelled wrong as Anothony. Please what do I have to do because I went to open account in Zenith Bank and they wrote my name as Anothony. I’m not comfortable with that at all.

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Anthony,

      If your enrolment was not done by any specific Nigerian bank, you can fill a modification form with a bank of your choice in Nigeria, and attach your ID. The bank can assist to liaise directly with NIBSS and get the misspelt name corrected.

  70. Chima Kenneth says

    How long does it take a bank to do total change of name for me. Because I have given them affidavit, Nepa bill, national ID, news paper,passport, for over a month now, and nothing has been done

    1. Gbenga says

      24 hours.

  71. Anonymous says

    Good afternoon . Is it possible to have all name changed and updated on bvn?

    1. Gbenga says

      yes

  72. Memey says

    Good morning, I have 3 names on both my bvn and NIN, but have just 2 in my credentials and I have to remove the last name on my bvn to match my credentials because of nysc, how do I go about it owing to the fact that my valid ID cards carry 3 names?

    1. Gbenga says

      Hi Memey,

      I will recommend that you try to remove your middle name on your NIN. This will leave you with just two (2) names.

      Here’s the process flow to remove your middle name from your NIN: 1. Go to Remita.com 2. Select the correct name update category and generate your RRR 3. Take the RRR to any bank to pay 4. Take the RRR receipt to any NIMC office for re-capturing/update 5. Allow a 30-day period for the update to take effect OR request for an expedited action from the NIMC attendant.

      Once the NIN has been updated to carry just 2 names, take your NIN to your BVN bank-of-enrollment to update same.

      1. Anonymous says

        How many times can one change DOB on BVN?

        1. Gbenga says

          there’s no limit to it.

  73. Mary says

    Hi Gbenga, Can I have two different accounts with different surnames bearing the same BVN? This is as a result of marriage. My current job pays me with an account bearing my Maiden name with the same BVN. But, I want to change my name in another back to apply for a new job. So, if I change my name on my BVN to my marriage name, will I still receive my pay from my salary bank bearing my Maiden name. Kindly help.

  74. Gift says

    Please I wanted to do upgrading ,so my BVN has three names while my NIN has two name , I went to bank the man said I should go back to the NIN office,so I went there, they said you cannot do NIN two times
    Please What should I do

  75. Ajoke says

    Hi Mr Gbenga. I used a wrong DOB for account opening and a correct DOB for bvn and nin, please how do I go about it?

    1. Gbenga says

      go to your bank with your NIN for an update

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