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How To Activate BVN-Generated NIN

Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Opeyemi Quadri

There are so many fuses about those whose National Identity Number or NIN were generated when they registered for the Bank Verification Number (BVN).


One such widely circulated message on social media and messaging app since 2020 is:

“So many Nigerians have NIN and they are unaware. The truth is that everyone that did their BVN when it was introduced in 2014 has NIN automatically assigned to them.”

The message further instructed the affected ones to simply *346# with the same number they registered for BVN to retrieve their NIN.

In this post, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to do if you have a BVN-generated NIN.

How true is this claim?

It is a half-truth. NIN can only be generated when such 11-digit has been certified by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

If you a NIN that’s BVN-generated, dialling *346# will only return an error because it has not be validated by the commission.

Interestingly, NIMC has made us understand that there are two types of NINs

  1. NIMC-generated NIN
  2. BVN-generated NIN

NIMC-generated NIN

The NIMC-generated NINs are the digit issued by the commission during registration which will be used for issuing the national ID card at a later date. If you have this type, you shouldn’t have any issues except you want to make correction in your NIMC data

BVN-generated NIN

BVN-generated NINs are the identity numbers generated when you registered for the bank verification exercise a few years ago.

Should this be an issue?

In a country that effectively utilises the use of technology, all that the NIMC should have done was to get the BNV-generated NIN from the financial institution and automatically validate them and send the update to the owners.

But since it sin’t done that way, the user will have to take actions for the generated NIN to be validated by NIMC as discussed below.


How To Activate BVN-Generated NIN

But the commission says NO, it must be manual. So, if you are among those who already have NIN which was generated by your bank during BVN registration exercise, here what you need to do:

  • Visit NIMC centre with your BVN
  • Request NIN validation form
  • Fill in your details and submit
  • You will be contacted

The commission said recently that Subscriber Identification Modules would not be linked with National Identity Numbers generated through Bank Verification Numbers.

It also called on the affected individuals with BVN-generated NINs to visit NIMC offices to validate their NINs, stating that BVN-generated NIN would not work on its newly inaugurated NIMC mobile app.

“You must complete your NIN registration even if your BVN has generated a NIN,” the commission stated.

“If your NIN was generated due to the BVN record harmonisation with the National Identity Database, you will not have access to the NIMC mobile app and your NIN-SIM integration will be invalid. “Kindly visit an enrollment centre to complete your NIN registration.”

Does it worth it in the face COVID-19?

The answer is NO!

NIN registration doesn’t worth it in the face of the rising cases of the deadly coronavirus which has killed millions across the world.

A commenter said:

Must the Federal Government continue to suffer the masses on things like this? You keep advertising the dangers of Covid-19 and you want the whole populace to get nin even with limited registration centres. Which one is right? For how long will the Nigerian Government continue to scam us?

One might also want to ask: Why are Nigerians rushing for NIN registration now when the exercise has been on for close to five years?


It’s contradictory for the government to warn Nigerians to abide by COVID-19 protocols at the same time threaten to block SIM cards that are not linked to NIN.

It’s expected that the government extends the deadline

Nigerians should not take the risk of contracting COVID-19 because of NIN


6 thoughts on “How To Activate BVN-Generated NIN”

  1. Idid my NIN since last year but I can not get it since then I don’t know what is wrong ,and they have blocked my line last week,I went back to mtn office again to do another one but they said I have done in it before

  2. Onwukwe Chika Glory

    Please my NIN was generated through my BVN. My lines has been banned and I try linking it, is writing unable to charge. Please I need solution

  3. Owoyemi Ahmed olamide

    Pls i have collected NIN number when I take It to MTN office I was told the NIN is BVN generated NIN that can not be validate that I need to update NIN pls I don’t understand and I register from nimc

  4. Ugwu Ifeanyi Stephen

    I have NIN but don’t know the number and don’t have the SIM anymore but I have my BVN number my name is Ugwu Ifeanyi Stephen
    I did my NIN in Enugu state at Emene

  5. Joseph Ikpeazu

    I lost my phone with the sim card I use in the registration of my bvn, I tried so many times to retrieve my lost Airtel phone number but all in vain. Now that my NIN is then generated through my bvn, is it possible for me to use my present Airtel phone number to retrieve my NIN? If yes, please help me on how to get it.

  6. Olubode Samuel Olugbenga

    I used bvn generated to register my NIN and I want to do the correction for the date of birth did I need to pay #15,000 for the correction or I should go and register another NIN.

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