Recently, Nigerians went into full panic mode after the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) gave all Nigerians a few days to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards.
This followed the announcement that all telecom subscribers without NIN would be blocked.
However, NCC has now extended the time for linking the NIN with sim cards to 19th of January, 2021 for subscribers with NIN while those without NIN have until 9th of February, 2021 to register & link it.
The NCC also stated that USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.
Although the extension is a welcome development, it is important that you link your NIN to your mobile number as soon as possible.
It is also important that you register it through the right channels and not fall for scams or into the hand of fraudulent individuals that might use your unique number for fraud.
Below are steps on how to go about it for different networks and broadbands (including Spectranet). Note that all these information are verified and most of it gotten from the official website of the network providers.
For MTN users, You can check your NIN Slip, it has your 11 Digit Number at the top left corner, on the second row. You can also dial *346# and press 1, please note that you may be charged 20 naira.
To link the NIN to your mobile number, dial *785# (it is free of charge) and follow the prompts. You can also submit your NIN to us on myMTN app.
After your NIN has been submitted, MTN will begin the process of verification with the NIMC. If your NIN is verified, they will link it to your MTN SIM registration, and you may not need to do anything further.
If it is not possible to verify the NIN you have submitted, then you may need to visit an enrolment centre, in person.
For airtel users, to retrieve your NIN, You can also dial *346# on the number you used to register. After, doing this, submit your NIN for pairing with your line by dialing *121*1#.
You can also visit https://www.airtel.com.ng/nin/ to get it done.
For Glo Users, dial *346# and press 1 to retrieve your NIN number.
To link the NIN number to your Glo line, send UPDATENIN NIN(number) Firstname Lastname to 109 (e.g. Updatenin 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-ola) using the phone number you wish to link.
You can also visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/NIN to do it online
For 9mobile, simply dial *346# to get your NIN.
After you get your NIN, dial *200*8# using the phone number you wish to link, select option 1 to confirm if your NIN is linked to your number; option 2 to input your NIN to be linked to your number.
To link your NIN to your mobile number online, visit https://nin.9mobile.com.ng/ and follow the instructions.
To confirm if your NIN has been linked to your number, dial ✳️996# and select option 1.
For Spectranet users, dial *346# to get your NIN on your mobile no.
After doing this, visit https://unin.spectranet.com.ng/. You’ll be asked to put in your User ID, once this is confirmed, you’ll be given two options. You can either choose, ‘Update your NIN’ where you’ll be asked to input your 11-digit NIN number.
You can also choose the ‘Verify using your registered Phone Number’ option where an OTP (number) would be sent to your mail/phone number or you use the self-authentication method.
For Smile users, dial *346# to get your NIN on your mobile no.
To update your NIN number, visit https://www.smile.com.ng/kyc/index.php. You’ll be asked for your Username/Smile Number and password. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll be asked to follow certain instructions to input your NIN number.
NOTE (FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR NIN)
For those who have not registered, you can register in any NIMC ECRs (Enrollment Centres) close to you. Kindly visit www.nimc.gov.ng for a list of all enrollment centers nationwide.
For those abroad, please click https://www3.nimc.gov.ng/diaspora/ for details of diaspora enrollment
The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you as a Nigerian, and is issued to you upon enrollment by NIMC (the National Identity Management Commission). It is used to match your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.
The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual into the National Identity Database and is also used as a valid means of establishing or verifying individual identity