4 easy ways to link your MTN line to your NIN

Last updated on May 17th, 2024 at 06:09 pm


Five methods you can use to link your MTN phone number to your National Identification Number (NIN) are: using *996# USSD code, by visiting MTN outlet or accredited SIM registration agent, through MINC app, and through MTN-NIN verification portal.

If you’ve forgotten your NIN, dial *346# from the phone number associated with your NIN. The service charge is N20.

Via USSD code

Note that the *785#  code no longer for MTN, the correct one is now *996# and here is how to use the *996#, just like the way do for your GLO number, to integrate your MTN line to your NIN.

  • Dial *996# from the MTN line you want to link
  • Enter “1” to submit your NIN or your Virtual NIN (VNIN)
  • Choose “2”
  • Enter your 11-character NIN, and press send
  • Wait for a confirmation SMS from MTN

Besides, using the *996# code for your NIN, other activities you can perform with this code include:

1: Submit NIN/Virtual NIN

  • 2: Get entreprise ID
  • 3: Generate VNIN
  • 4: View NIN status
  • 5: Update SIM info
  • 6: Link Corporate Line
  • 7: Link device line

Via MTN-NIN verification portal

A screenshot from MTN website on how to link your MTN line to your NIN
  • Go ahead to MTN-NIN verification portal at https://nin.mtn.ng/nin/
  • Under select type, choose “NIN”
  • Fill in your phone number, email address, and your NIN
  • You will receive an OTP on the MTN line you want to link.
  • Enter the OTP and click confirm
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Attention: This option no longer works the last time we checked (as at Friday, May 17, 2024). It may be a network issue, anyway. In case it still doesn’t work, use other methods.

Through NIMC

  • Download the NIMC app. Use your NIN to gain access and setup access code
  • On the homepage, click on “Linked Numbers” and click the “+” icon
  • Enter the MTN phone number you want to link and press Next
  • An OTP will be sent to you for verification, enter it and confirm.

You should get a message that you have successfully linked your NIN to your line.

Through MTN outlet

Doing this online is the most convenient, however, if you encounter any issue or MTN outlet is closer to you, you visit their office to do the linking. Make sure to go with your NIN to get this done.

It is free. However, MTN SIM registration agent may charge you a service charge.

How to verify if your MTN line is connected to your NIN.

Using USSD code

Via MTN Portal

USSD code

  • To check the status of your submission, dial *996#
  • Choose the option “4”
  • Enter “1” to check your NIN status
  • A popup message will confirm your status.

“Dear Customer, NIN 07005303938 is linked to your Number 8034298961. Thank you”

Via MTN portal

  • Enter your MTN phone number at nin.mtn.ng/nin/status
  • A 6-digit OTP code will be sent to you as an SMS, enter it
  • And click confirm.

If it’s properly linked, you will get a successful message, “NIN is linked to your Number 08009000008.”

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The government has extended the deadline to link your mobile number to your NIN multiple times, so, to avoid blockage of your line, use any of the above methods perform the linking.

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22 thoughts on “4 easy ways to link your MTN line to your NIN”

  1. My line was blocked for about two weeks now as a result of not Link my line to my MTN but see then I have tried to link it which was successful but I don’t know why they not unblock my line.

  2. Ojifinni favour Festus

    I link my NIN to my MTN SIM, but they said I should wait for some minutes, and have been waiting for hours now,they did not link it for me

  3. I tried linking my NiN to my Glo,MTN and Airtel after sending the Nin I was told it was successful but i can’t get my jamb code . Their response “no record found or try again again later in 4hours”
    Pls, what do I do?
    I can’t register for jamb at the moment without my profile code.

    1. Type
      “NIN” 50893445675
      Send to 55019
      Use this formula via text message
      Type NIN then space then your nin number
      Get your code asap

  4. I have been trying to link my NIN to my line, to enable me get my jamb profile code but the response I got was that invalid NIN
    I’ve tried calling the customer service, and I was told to go back to the nin office but were I stay is quite far, and I don’t know what else to do

  5. I tried to link my nin to my sim by dialing*785*NIN# but they sent me a message, this: Dear Customer, This NIN *******4483 failed NIMC Verification. Please check and submit your registered NIN to avoid disconnection. What do I do…and I have been trying the customer care it’s not going. I sent the same nin to 55019 and I got my profile code but when I tried to link it that’s what I got. What do I do please. Thanks.

  6. Omoleye Joseph Abioye

    I dialed*785*NIN# to link my MTN no to service provider,but the response was that “you don’t use complete format”
    Pls direct me

      1. I dialed *346# on my 9mobile and it says my data doesn’t exist and am not in Nigeria right now and won’t be coming back anytime soon.am using my Nigerian line here in dubai,pls sir what can I do

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