One among millions of Nigerians whose SIM card may be blocked very soon asked, “Please I’ve lost the SIM Card I use in registering my National Identity Number, all efforts to retrieve it proved unsuccessful, what can I do?
Other related questions are:
Nimc I registered for nin in 2016. I can’t find my slip and I already lost the sim. Is there any solution of retrieval or I’ll need to redo another one
Another Nigeria who facing the same challenge tweeted:
I’m in the same situation. To buy another sim card MTN says the new directive is I must present NIN slip.
But to get NIN or the slip I need the sim on my phone. PARADOX. To get ‘A’ you need ‘B’, but to get ‘B’, you need ‘A’
Thousands of Nigerians are in the same problem, here is what you should do if the SIM card linked to your NIN is lost:
Step 1: Visit one of the nearby enrolment centres in your state.
Step 2: Go along with a means of identification.
Step 3: Apply for the data update form. It may not be free
Step 4: Input your new mobile line
Ordinarily, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy which recently launched an app for the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) should have gone more digital to make it easier for individuals to update their data right on the app.
The ministry deserves kudos for the NIMC app, but Dr Isa Pantami and his team should do more.
In 2020, the government stated that subscribers with NIN have January 19 as the deadline to link their NIN with their SIM cards while subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to do so.
As of October 2020, the total number of mobile network connections was 207.58 million, but currently, only 43 million Nigerians have NIN, thus 164 million telephone users may be deactivated.
Old Phone Number Linked To NIN Is Missing
If you’ve lost an old line linked to your NIN, you are likely to face the issue of sending an OTP to the misplaced SIM card (line).
This is very simple, go to the service centre of your network provider to retrieve the old line by doing a welcome. That way, new messages and OTP will be sent to the new SIM card.
15 Million BVN Linked With NIN
In January 2021, the Director-General of NIMC Aliyu Aziz disclosed that 15 million people with Bank Verification Number (BVN) have been linked with the National Identity Number (NIN).
“So if you have your BVN and you were captured, what you need to do is to go our website and update your record and then you would be issued the NIN”.
We think NIMC DG goofed because a check on the NIMC portal has no information on how Nigerians at home and abroad could generate NIN with their BVN right on the NIMC portal.
We hope they will continue to improve on their services. The world has gone digital than to slow down the NIN enrolment process through their seemingly archaic process.
Can NIN be linked to more than 1 SIM card?
You can link a maximum of 7 SIM cards to one National Identity Number (NIN). This is made possible on the NIMC Mobile App. You can check our guide on how to link 7 phone numbers to NIN
What is the NIN expiry date?
Unlike a drivers’ license, the National Identification Number (NIN) doesn’t have an expiry date. NIN is a unique 11-digit number issued to a successful enrolled individual.
How do I find out if my NIN number is linked?
You dial the USSD code prescribed by your subscriber. Or login to the NIMC mobile app to check if your SIM card is liked to your NIN
What will happen if I don’t link my NIN to my SIM?
Your SIM card will be blocked after the expiration of the ultimatum given by the Federal Government.
Will my bank account be blocked if my line is not linked to NIN?
Only SIM cards/phone lines will be blocked. But that can also affect prevent you from receiving debit or credit alert on the blocked phone number if the SIM card is linked to your bank account.
Is NIN the same as a national ID card?
A National Identity card is a physical means of ID while NIN is the digital aspect of it. NIN isn’t the same as national e-ID. NIN can be used on its own for digital identity verification without the e-ID card.
How do I get my original NIN card?
You will be notified through SMS when it is ready.