How to Retrieve and check National Identity Number (NIN) Via USSD

How to Retrieve and link National Identity Number (NIN) to Glo, MTN, Airtel and 9mobile

Last Updated on December 9, 2023 by admin

Welcome to National Identification Numbers (NIN) Information Center where you can get all the information you need about your NIN.-  Do you want to learn how to  retrieve your NIN number, track your card when it will be available or check if your details is valid or you want to learn how you can link your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL AND 9MOBILE  with your NIN ?  if yes continue reading.


After you enroll for NIN you should be able to carry out your Verification using the National Identification Number (NIN) also you should you able to retrieve your NIN conveniently using your mobile phone.

Last week my younger sister wanted to open an account with the first bank but unfortunately she wasn’t able to due to her NIN challenge because she was told that the NIN number is a bank verification “BVN” generated Number.

To avoid this kind of story it’s better you understand the process and Guide on how to Check and Retrieve your National Identity Number (NIN) on Phone via USSD code method.

Don’t remember where you kept your NIN slip or forgot your PIN, Not to worry, NIMC’s USSD service enables you to retrieve your NIN conveniently using your mobile phone though it has a charges of NGN 20

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

1. Just dial *346#
2.Then follow the options displayed,
3. Select “NIN Retrieval”,
4.Then enter ‘1’, if you are using the same phone number you enrolled with for your NIN

5. Then follow the steps displayed on your screen and provide the required inputs

Please note that using this service attracts a N20 (twenty naira) fee only (deducted from your phone credit balance).this can be done from MTN, GLO, Airtel and 9mobile.


How do you know if your permanent National Identity Card is ready?

To check if your National Identity Number (NIN) card is ready, After obtaining your NIN slip — which is only a temporary requirement — you are also required to keep monitoring when your permanent national ID card will be ready.

This can be done by using the following steps:

1. Visit the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) website-

2. Once you on their online portal, then scroll down the home page and click on ‘e-ID Card Status Portal

3. Check if your card is ready and if it’s available at the activation centre

4. Enter your first name, last name as well as your NIMC check tracking ID and click on the ‘check now’ icon


How to link Your mobile to  NIN

If you are Not sure how to link your NIN to your MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile line? Here are steps easy ways to do so now!

How to link NIN To MTN

To link your MTN number just dial *996#

2. Then  enter 1

3. ENTER Your 11 digit NIN# from the phone number you wish to link.


How to link NIN To Glo

To link your NIN to your GLO phone number, follow the steps below:,

send  ‘UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName’ to 996.

For example, send ‘UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola’ to 996.”


How to link NIN To Airtel

To link your NIN to your Airtel phone number,dial *996#


1. just Dial *996# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
2.Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
3.Enter your 11-digit NIN and send.


How to link NIN to 9Mobile

To link NIN to 9Mobile kindly Visit Alternatively, you can dial *996# This should automatically link your National Identity Number to your mobile number.

oR Visit Alternatively, you can dial *996*# This should automatically link your National Identity Number to your mobile number.

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