Find out the simple steps you can follow to link your NIN with your SIM or phone number so as to avoid disconnection.
The Nigeria Communications Commissions (NCC) issued out a circular warning that whoever doesn’t link their National Identification Number with their SIM will be blocked from using their mobile lines soon.
This report was made viral by the Special Assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad.
“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 registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement,” he wrote in a tweet.
In case you’re wondering how to link NIN with your phone numbers, this guide is intended to help clear your doubt.
How to Link Your NIN with Your Phone Number
To link your your NIN with your MTN SIM using USSD, follow the steps below:
- Dial *785# using the MTN you wish to perform the linking on.
- Type 1 for “Enter your 11-digit NIN” and send.
- Enter your 11–digit NIN and send.
Wait for the network to give a confirmation of your submission. You may get a message saying “Network error.”
Don’t panic if you do! Just wait for some time and try it again.
To link your NIN with your MTN phone number, carry out the following steps:
- Visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/ using your phone or computer
- Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN and email address.
- Submit the form as soon as you’re done.
- Wait from 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.
To link your 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 the message confirming your submission. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.
Alternatively, visit https://www.airtel.com.ng/nin on your phone or computer and complete the online registration form to link your NIN to your Airtel line.
Similarly, carry out the above steps on each of your Airtel lines if you have many other phone numbers you wish to link.
To link your your NIN with your Glo line, follow the steps below:
- Simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109.
- Wait for network feedback on your linking status.
Take note that the name you submit must match the one on your ID card/slip for the linking to be successful.
Alternatively, visit www.gloworld.com/ng/nin. Thereafter, enter your name, phone number and NIN to carry out the linking.
Also repeat the above steps on each of your Glo numbers if you have several other phone numbers you wish to link to your NIN.
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 feedback from the network confirming your successful submission.
If you’re facing any issues, visit any 9mobile office near you and submit your NIN to them. They should be able to complete the linking in a matter of minutes.
You can also visit https://9mobile.com.ng/nin/ and follow the instructions to complete the registration.
In the same vein, repeat the above steps on each of your 9Mobile numbers if you have several other phone numbers you wish to link to your NIN.
Frequently asked questions about NIN linking?
How do I apply for my NIN?
To get yourself ready to be able to carry out the linking of your NIN with your phone number here’s what you must do:
- Visit any NIMC office near you and apply for your National Identity Card if you haven’t
- Register and obtain your temporary ID slip which will contain your NIN
- Keep your NIN details in a safe place so that you’ll be able to provide them when necessary.
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 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, the most times do not send a feedback telling you that they have verified that your details are correct.
Meanwhile, if your NIN details doesn’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 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.
Let me know if you have any other questions using the comment section down below.