Very soon, the Federal government will start blocking every SIM Card that is not linked to National Identity Number (NIN). To avoid the blockage of your mobile number, you need to link your NIN to your SIM Card. In this post, we will provide guidline on how to link NIN to SIM Card using your phone. Also 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.
How to check if your NIN is linked to your SIM card
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.
How to Link NIN to Airtel SIM Card
You can easily link your NIN to your Airtel SIM using your mobile phone. Follow the steps below to link your NIN to your Airtel phone number:
- Dial *121# on your mobile phone and allow it to process,
- Enter ‘1’ to select “NIN Capture”, and click on “Send” button.
- When it opens, enter ‘1’ again to send
- Enter your 11-digit NIN.
Note: you must already possess a NIN before attempting the steps.
How to Link NIN to MTN SIM Card
Below is how to link your NIN to your MTN number using your phone:
- Dial *785#
- Enter your 11-digits NIN, and “Send”.
Note: You can as well visit https://mtnonline.com/nim and fill the online form to get it linked. Or call their customer care on 180.
How to Link NIN to Glo SIM Card
To linked it to your glo line, you have to use a text message format;
- Text “REG” to 746, and follow the subsequent instructions to get it linked
How to Link NIN to 9Mobile SIM Card
All you have to do is to;
- Dial 200 (Customer service).
- Follow the instructions, and speak with their representative to get it linked.
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