How To Link Your Phone Numbers To Your NIN (Closes December 31st, 2020)


Reports have it that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has mandated all telecommunication companies and network providers in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with NIN within 2 weeks.

Meaning that subscribers who fail to update their registration records with their network operators with NIN will be having their lines blocked or disconnected. This policy is given a due period of between the time of announcement up till 31st of December, 2020 though there has been a huge public outcry about the sudden announcement of the policy and short time frame to implement it.

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also directed that subscribers can link their NIN to more than one sim card. This can be done by taking their NIN to the office of their service providers.

NIMC said that Nigerians already enrolled in the NIMC scheme but have lost their NIN should dial *346# to retrieve the NIN. It also said that USSD code is available on MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile.

However, some Nigerians who have the NIN are still unsure how to go about linking their phone numbers to the 11-digit number.

Here are the few steps to link your phone number with your NIN across the major networks at the comfort of your home or office.


MTN Users

Using the phone number or sum with which you wish to link or update with your NIN, siimply dial *785#, enter your NIN and submit or;

Dial *785#Your NIN# from the phone number you wish to link. The number will be linked to your NIN automatically.

Alternatively, visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/ on your Android phone or computer.

Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.

Finally, submit the form as soon as you’re done and wait for feedback from the network, as you'd receive an OTP message to input.


Airtel Users

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.


Globacom Users 

Subscribers are to text “UPDATENIN followed by the NIN First Name Last Name” to 109 or simply visit the nearest Globacom office to register/link their NIN.


9Mobile Users

9mobile said it is making effort to develop a system that would make things simple for its customers. You can check your NIN status by dialling *346# from your 9mobile line.

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