The federal government has started blocking SIM Cards that are not linked to the National Identity Number (NIN), and this development has made many Nigerians to seek for information on how to link their Sim cards with NIN. In order to avoid the blockage of your mobile number, you need to link your NIN to your SIM Card. In this post, we will provide easy guide on how to link NIN to SIM
Card using your phone. You may like to check out how to edit or modify your data on National ID Card.
The National Identity Number (NIN) is an eleven-digit unique number assigned to everyone who registered for National ID Card.
Before now, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has informed Nigerians to provide their NIN for SIM card upgrade, as those who failed to do so will have their lines (SIM card) blocked.
On the 14th of December 2020, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (CDE) Dr. Isa A.I, had a meeting with all related bodies, concerning the linkage of NIN to SIM Cards. He further instructed the stoppage of new SIM registration in the country.
From the briefing, the given conclusions were drawn;
- The termination of new simple card.
Compulsory record update on all sim.
Users mandatory submission of NIN number within two weeks, starting from the day this decision was made.
Blocking of active SIM Cards that didn’t upgrade.
Withdrawing of license from defaulted networks.
Before we show you how to link NIN to SIM card for all networks, let’s first take you through how to check if your SIM card is connected with NIN already.
The process to check this is by dialing the USSD code 346#, and the eleven-digit number will appear on your screen. 346# can be used for all networks.
You can only see the unique number if your NIN is linked to the particular line (SIM Card) you dialled it with.
All mobile phone users are hereby advised to confirm if their NIN is linked with their line by following the procedures above.
How to enroll/register for NIN
Like said earlier, NIN will be assigned to you after you have registered for National ID Card. To register for National ID Card;
- Fill the NIMC pre enrollment form.
Ensure you input the needed data.
Print out the pre-enrollment slip.
Visit the closest National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) office or NIN registration agents across the country.
Tender the required documents.
Get your biometric captured.
Collect your Slip (containing your NIN) while awaiting the time the permanent card will be available.
- Go to MTN NIN verification centre via https://mtnonline.com/nin/
- Select NIN
- Enter your phone number and 12-digit NIN
- Click ‘Next’ button.
- OTP will be sent to your MTN line through SMS.
- Enter the OTP, and click ‘Validate’ button.
Thank you for your submission!Thank you for providing NIN 8355207***5. SMS Confirmation will be sent to you once the NIN has been verified and linked to your line.
Linking NIN with MTN number via short code
- Dial *785#
- Enter the 11-digit NIN, and Send.
You will be notified if the linking is successful or not.
Send UpdateNIN (put space) NIN (put space) First name (put space) and Last Name to 109.
Example: UpdateNIN 83466578976 Ahmed Sani then send to 109.
- Dial *121*1#
- Enter your 11-digit NIN
You will receive a text message saying that it’s successful.
- Visit https://9mobile.com.ng/nin
- Click on ‘Verify and Link your NIN now’ button.
- Enter your mobile number and click Next
- Enter the OTP that will br sent to you through SMS and click ‘Next’.