Steps to Register and Link Your NIN to MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile How to Get Started

Steps to Register and Link Your NIN to MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile and Bank
Steps to Register and Link Your NIN to MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile and Bank

Steps to Register and Link Your NIN to MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile How to Get Started

Steps to Register and Link Your NIN to MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile and Bank? The Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) is a unique identifier issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It is mandatory for every Nigerian to be enrolled and issued the NIN for comprehensive identification purposes. In the near future, this number is expected to be linked to all individual activities, including banking transactions.

This post outlines practical ways to retrieve and link your National Identification Number (NIN) using the USSD code on major network operators or through other online platforms.

The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), had previously mandated telecommunication operators to block all unregistered SIM cards. To prevent disconnection, ensure you follow the procedures to link your line with your National Identification Number (NIN).

National Identification Number Registration

For those yet to enroll for NIMC’s NIN:

  1. Visit the online pre-enrollment portal for forms and guidelines or download the NIMC registration form here.
  2. Walk into any NIMC enrollment center nationwide.
  3. Register through licensed agents in your neighborhood.

Note: One registration issues both the NIMC card and NIN. The 11-digit NIN is distinct from the National e-ID Card, which is a physical token. The NIN can be used independently for digital identity verification.

NIMC Enrollment Centers

Designated centers across the country and overseas locations facilitate NIN enrollment. Visit the NIMC webpage for a comprehensive list of centers.

Requirements for NIN Registration

To enroll as an adult, visit the nearest NIMC Enrollment Center with your BVN (if available) and any of the following required original and valid supporting documents:

  1. Old National ID Card
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  4. Nigerian International passport
  5. Certificate of Origin
  6. Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  7. Birth certificate
  8. Declaration of age
  9. Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  10. NHIS ID card
  11. Government staff ID card
  12. Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  13. School ID Card (private/public)
  14. Tax Clearance certificate
  15. Valid immigration documents

How to Retrieve NIN Number Using USSD

To find your NIN number:

  1. Dial *346# using your phone on any network.
  2. Enter ‘1’ for NIN Retrieval Option (if the phone number used during your NIN registration).
  3. Enter ‘2’ for NIN Search option (if you lost your number; input some registration details).
  4. Once retrieved, congratulations.

Link NIN to MTN:

MTN users can link their NIN in three ways:

  1. Online registration portal via MTN NIN Portal.
  2. USSD code: Dial *785#.
  3. Via myMTNApp, available on Google Play or Apple Store.


Airtel users can link their NIN through two options:

  1. Online registration link via Airtel NIN Portal.
  2. Dial 1211# on your Airtel line.

Link NIN to 9MOBILE:

9mobile users have two options to link NIN:

  1. Visit 9mobile NIN Portal.
  2. Dial 2008# and follow the prompts.

Link NIN to Glo:

Glo users can link NIN through three methods:

  1. Online registration portal via Glo NIN Portal.
  2. Dial 109yourNIN# (e.g 10990123456789#) and follow prompts.
  3. By SMS – Text your 11-digit NIN number to 109 (e.g., 90123456789 to 109).

NIN Retrieval without a Phone Number

If you’ve lost your phone number used during enrollment:

  1. Dial the general retrieval code (*346#) with your current number linked with your BVN.
  2. Use the NIMC Mobile app or visit NIMC webpage or Google Play store.
  3. Go to to print your NIN slip with the QR code.

If unsuccessful, proceed to any NIMC office for assistance.

Further Notes

  • NIN Code: *346# is the general NIN retrieval code for all networks.
  • If unable to link NIN through outlined methods, visit the nearest office of your service provider or call customer care.
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