How to link your National Identity Number NIN with your Phone number

How to link your National Identity Number NIN with your Phone number

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Have you completed your National Identification Number Registration, If so, it’s important you link your NIN with your sim or your phone number in order to avoid your line being blocked by your network provider?In this article, we will highlight basic steps you can follow to link your NIN with your SIM or phone

The Nigeria Communications Commissions (NCC) issued out a clear warning that anyone who refused to link his or her National Identification Number with their SIM will be blocked and might not be able to carry out any activity on his mobile line.

This report went viral after the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad made this announcement.

“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not linked to their National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement,” he wrote in a tweet.

At this point, you might be wondering how to go about this but I will highlights this steps by steps with respect to the various network provider we have

How to Link Your NIN with Your Phone Number

FOR MTN USERS

In order to be able to link your National identification number NIN with your MTN SIM using USSD, please follow the steps below:

  • Dial *785# using the MTN number you want to link your NIN with
  • Type 1 for “Enter your 11-digit NIN” and send.
  • Enter your 11–digit NIN and send.

After you have done this, it’s important you wait for the network provider to confirm that your submission was successful.

At times, You might get a message displaying “Network error.” When this happens, you don’t need to panic, all you just need to do is to be patient and try again after some time.

Alternatively, you can also link your NIN with your MTN phone number by carrying out the following steps:

Visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/ using your mobile phone or your computer

Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and your email address.

Submit the form as soon as you have completed the process.

Wait for feedback from the network in a couple of days.

Repeat the above process on each of your MTN lines if you have many other phone numbers you wish to link.

FOR AIRTEL USERS

To link your National identification number NIN to your Airtel phone number, follow the steps below:

  • Dial *121# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
  • Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send
  • Enter your 11–digit NIN and send.

Wait for a confirmation message showing that your submission was successful. If for any chance you get an error message, just wait for some time and try again.

Alternatively, you can visit their official website https://www.airtel.com.ng/nin on your mobile phone or computer and complete the online registration form to link your NIN to your Airtel line.

In case you have multiple Airtel lines, you can carry out the above steps on each of the lines you want to link them to.

FOR GLO USERS

To link your National identification number NIN with your Glo line, follow the steps below:

  • Simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109.
  • Wait for a confirmation message showing that your submission was successful. If for any chance you get an error message, just wait for some time and try again.
  • Take note that the name you submit must match the one on your ID card/slip for the linking to be successful.

Alternatively, visit their website www.gloworld.com/ng/nin after which you enter your name, your phone number and your NIN in order to be able your NIN to your Glo line.

In case you have multiple Glo lines, you can carry out the above steps on each of the lines you want to link them to.

FOR 9MOBILE USERS

To link your NIN with your 9Mobile line, here’s what you need to do:

  • Dial *200*8# on your 9Mobile line
  • Enter your NIN and press send

Wait for a confirmation message showing that your submission was successful. If for any chance you get an error message, just wait for some time and try again.

If you’re facing any issues, visit any 9mobile office very close to you and submit your NIN to them. They should be able to complete the linking within a short period of time.

You can also visit their website https://9mobile.com.ng/nin/ and follow the instructions to complete the registration.

In case you have multiple 9mobile lines, you can carry out the above steps on each of the lines you want to link your NIN to.

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Frequently asked questions about NIN linking?

How do I apply for my NIN?

Step 1 -Fill up the pre-enrolment form online, download and print Pre Enrolment Slip

  • Fill the NIMC Pre Enrolment online form by visiting Pre Enrolment Portal
  • All the mandatory fields need to be completely filled with correct information.
  • Download and print your Pre Enrolment Slip (Preview)

Step 2 – Submit Your Application

  • Walk into the nearest NIMC Registration Centre with any one of the following Original and Valid supporting documents.
  • At Enrolment Center you will be directed to a counter where our Enrolment Officer will verify the presence and compliance of all details of your application.
  • If your application is in order, the Enrolment Officer will guide you to proceed with the capture of biometrics (ten fingerprints and facial image) and you will collect the Transaction ID Slip as evidence of the transaction.

Step 3 – NIN ISSUANCE

  • The normal time frame for issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is 2 to 3 working days from the time the biometric details are captured at enrolment centers.
  • The issuance of NIN may take longer in certain cases due to the validation of details at NIMC. VFS has no role to play to expedite such cases.
  • The Transaction ID Slip is required to be stored carefully by the applicant as it is required to be presented at the time of collection of NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment

I forgot my NIN and don’t have the slip?

If you don’t know your NIN, just dial *346# on the SIM card you registered with the National Identity Management Centre (NIMC).

A message containing your NIN will be displayed, just copy it somewhere safe.

Note that checking your NIN via the USSD provided above costs N20 only.

Can I link all my phone numbers to the same NIN?

If you have several phone numbers, all you have to do is carry out the linking process for each of your phone number.

How do I know my NIN has been linked?

From my experience, the network will send you a success message confirming your NIN submission. Their officers will review your input to verify the details. However, most times do not send feedback telling you that they have verified that your details are correct.

Meanwhile, if your NIN details don’t correspond to the details of your SIM card, you’ll receive a message demanding a resubmission.

I submitted the wrong NIN, what do I do?

If you have entered the wrong NIN, simply wait for the network to get back to you informing you of the unsuccessful linkage.

Alternatively, visit your network provider’s office to lodge a complaint or call the customer care line for your network provider and provide details on the challenges you’re facing.

That’s all for now. I hope you were able to follow this guide to link your NIN with your phone number.

Challenges so far for NIMC

According to findings, the NIN process is being hindered nationwide, and this is as a result of a shortage of facilities that can cater to the large number of Nigerians who are ready to enroll.

Another reason is inadequate handling of the process by the licensed centers approved by the federal government across the country.

Some of the new equipment brought from abroad are not being fully utilized by the staff of NIMC due to a lack of proper training on effective handling.

Without any iota of doubt, the process has also led to the extortion of NIN applicants as staff of NIMC demand bribes to fast-track the process for “cooperating” Nigerians.

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