How to: Check NIN Using Your Phone 2023; How to Validate NIN Online for Free; Link Your NIN to SIM (USSD Code)


The National ID is one of four valid means by which a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can identify his/her self, and is a property of the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC).

The NIN, meaning National Identification Number, is the unique code attached to each citizen. In most cases, the NIN is most important because this is the exact thing that links the individual to the NIMC system.

This article will look at how to check your National Identification Number (NIN) using your mobile phone conveniently (USSD Code). To check your NIN on any SIM (MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile) on your phone, dial *346#.

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Forgotten your NIN? Don’t remember where you kept your NIN slip? Not to worry, NIMC’s USSD service enables you to retrieve your NIN conveniently using your mobile phone.

To check your NIN, simply go through the following steps:

nin check ussd phone
  1. dial *346#
  2. From the options displayed, select “NIN Retrieval”, by typing in ‘1’ (only if you are using the same phone number you enrolled with for your NIN)
  3. Follow the steps displayed on your screen and provide the required inputs
  4. The NIN is displayed.

Note that using this service attracts a N20 (twenty naira) fee-only (deducted from your phone credit balance). My advice is to screenshot the code or write it down somewhere for reference.

This, up here, is how to check your National Identification Number (NIN) using your mobile phone conveniently (USSD Code).

How to Validate your NIN Online for Free

After registration, people are always met with the serious challenge of validating the NIN given to them. Usually, the NIN was given right after registration returns ‘record not found’ whenever anyone tries to confirm it. There are two ways to this – I have heard that option 2 is more efficient:

Here’s how you can validate your NIN by yourself, online, and free too:
  • Visit the NIMC Verification Services Website
  • Tap the ‘Verify NIN” button
  • Enter your NIN
  • Respond with the security code sent to you
  • Confirm correctness of your details
  • Click Submit
If the first option does not work, I’d advise that you visit any NIMC office close by and ask to “validate” your BVN. If a cost is attached to this, we can’t say. It usually takes 24-72 hours.

To confirm if the validation has taken effect, try linking the NIN to any of your SIM. If the link is successful, that means the process worked.

Simple Steps on How to Link your NIN (National Identification Number) to Your SIM

Now that the Federal Government, via the NCC has issued a directive to block all phone lines/Sims not linked to NIN, it is extremely necessary to know which codes will help you link your NIN to your SIM. Note that terms and conditions will apply.

MTN link mtn sim to nin

To link your NIN to your MTN,

  1. Dial *785# using the phone number you wish to link
  2. Enter your NIN and,
  3. Submit.


Dial *785*NIN# from the phone number you wish to link


Visit the MyMTNApp and follow the prompts.

AIRTEL link airtel sim to nin

To link your Airtel SIM/line to your NIN,

Just dial *121*1# to link your Airtel SIM to your NIN


Simply visit

GLO link sim to nin glo

To link your GLO SIM/line to NIN,

Simply go to your messages, create a new message, and type:

“UPDATENIN (space) NIN (space) FIRSTNAME (space) LASTNAME” to 109, for example, “UPDATENIN 23499384883 LASISI AGWU” to 109.

9MOBILElink sim to nin 9mobile

To link 9Mobile SIM/line to NIN,

Simply dial *200*8# on your 9mobile SIM, add the NIN when prompted and submit.


Simply visit their website at to follow up on the latest updates from them as they are yet to advise their customers on how to link straight from their mobile lines.

NIN Enrollment, Capture, and Registration Centres Outside Nigeria

For citizens outside Nigeria, provisions have also been made for their convenient enrollment. Have you been asking yourself where to enroll for NIN as I’m out of Nigeria? The NIN enrolment centres outside Nigeria are displayed below:

Vienna      Embassy/Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rennweg 25, Postfach (P.O. Box) 183, 1030 Wien, ViennaWebsite:
Berlin Nigeria Embassy, Neue Jakobstraße (Jakobstrasse) 4, 10179 BerlinWebsite:
Frankfurt    VFS Global office, Gutleutstraße 8060329, FrankfurtWebsite:
JeddahVFS Global Services office, TasHeel Commercial Plaza, First Floor-Suwaid Bin Sakher Street, Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street, Al Mohammadiyah District 1, JeddahWebsite:
Riyadh      VFS Global office, Shop 2, Zahra Building Umm al Hamam, Opposite Hyper Panda (Dove Plaza), Umm Al Haman Street, RiyadhWebsite:
Atlanta      Online Integrated Solutions office, Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 204, Roswell, Atlanta, GA 30076Websites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >>
National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
Chicago     Knowledge Square Nigeria Limited office, Africa International House, 6200 S. Drexel Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637Website:
Houston    Thebez Global Resources/Cox & Kings, 6666 Harwin Drive, Suite 260C, Houston, Texas, TX 77036Website:
Online Integrated Solutions office, 9894 Bissonnet Street, Suite 745 Houston TX 77036Websites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >>
VFS Global office, 2425 West Loop South, Suite 340, Houston TX 77027National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
Minnesota   UGS Technologies Limited, 319 Barry Avenue South, Suite 300, Wayzata, MinnesotaWebsite:
New York   Thebez Global Resources/Cox & Kings, 336 W, 37th Street, Suite 550, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018Website:
Online Integrated Solutions office, 370 Lexington Ave, Suite 1505 New York, NY 10017Websites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >>
National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
DubaiOnline Integrated Solutions DMCC office, 22nd Floor, Silver Tower, Cluster I, Jumeirah Lake TowersWebsites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >>
National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
VFS Global office, WAFI Mall, level 3, Falcon Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai 114 100Website:
LeicesterOnline Integrated Solutions office, St. Georges House, 6 St Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1SHWebsites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >>
National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
VFS Global office, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DPWebsite:
LondonKnowledge Square Nigeria Limited office, 160 Maple Road, London, SE20 8JBWebsite:
Online Integrated Solutions office, 56/57 Fleet street London EC4Y IJUWebsites: Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) >
National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL) >>
Thabez Global Resources Limited/Cox & Kings,169 Old Kent Road, Ground Floor, SE1 5NA LondonWebsite:
VFS Global office, 66 Wilson Street, London, EC2A 2BTWebsite:
Dakar VFS Global office, rez de chausses, Immeeuble atrium centre, km 8 route de Ouakam, DakarWebsite:
Chennai     UGS Technologies Limited office, 5 & 7, Thiruvottiyur High Road, Tondiarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600081Website:
VFS Global Services office, No 74, 3rd Floor, Fagun Towers, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai – 600008Website:
New Delhi  UGS Technologies Limited office, 1st Floor, Plot No. 7, 8, Garg Shopping Mall, Opposite Sector 11 (Extension), Rohini, Delhi 110085Website:
VFS Global Services office, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001Website:
MumbaiVFS Global Services office, Urmi Axis Building, Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai – 400001Website:
Cotonou    Satguru Travel & Tours Services, Immeuble Satguru, derriere Espace Dina, St. Michel, CotonouWebsite:
Feu de circulation Stade Matheiu Kerekou, rue pavée d’ Agla, 1ère rue à gauche, Immeuble MSS Sarl, Cotonou (Traffic light at Mattheiu Korekou Stadium, Paved Street of Agla, MSS Sarl Building, 1st street by the left, Cotonou)Website:
Porto Novo  Rue Tokpota, en face de project Songhai, rue de l’église catholique Charles Ouganda, Immeuble Carrefour le Destin, Porto Novo (Tokpota Street, Opposite Songhai Street of the Catholic Church Charles Uganda; at the edge of Carrefour Destiny, Porto Novo)Website:
DublinKnowledge Square Nigeria Limited office, Unit 9, Porters Avenue, Cool Mine Industrial Estate, Dublin 15Website:
JohannesburgThebez Global Resources, 205 Rivonia Road, Morningside, JohannesburgWebsite:
VFS Global office, 1st Floor Rivonia Village Office Block, Cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia, JohannesburgWebsite:
Pretoria     VFS Global office, Cherry Lane Office Park, 1st Floor, 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181Website:
Brampton   Knowledge Square Nigeria office, 8 Melanie Drive, Ste. 202, Brampton, ON, L6K 4L2Website:
Edmonton   VFS Global Services office, Scotia Place Tower 2, Unit 531, 10060 Jasper Avenue, T5J 3R8, Edmonton, AlbertaWebsite:
Ottawa      VFS Global Services office, Suite 505, 294 Albert St, Ottawa, Ontario, ON, K1P 6E6Website:
VFS Global Services office, 280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, ON, K2P 1R7Website:
Winnipeg   Knowledge Square Nigeria office, Unit 104, 1200 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2A7Website:
Accra VFS Global office, First Floor, Atlantic Towers, Airport City, AccraWebsite:
Rome Interservice Roma, Via Orazio, 17, 00193 Roma RMWebsite:
Lome Kevonne Consults Limited office, 2073 Jean Paul II Boulevard, Ancien Immeuble, Air Burkina, LomeWebsite:

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