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How to link your NIN to your SIM Card

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How to link your NIN to your SIM Card

How to link your NIN to your SIM is very simple as far as you know what to do. People are sometimes confused as to how to link their various line to NIN. If you have registered properly then is very easy to link.

The national identity number (NIN) is a vital and important means of identification in Nigeria. National Identity card is issued to Nigerian citizens as a peculiar means of identification.

The guide in this article will show you how to check your NIN by using USSD codes across the main network providers consisting of MTN, GLO and 9Mobile.


🆔 NIN Importance Unique ID in Nigeria for verification.

📱 Retrieve via Phone       Dial *346# on any network (MTN, AIRTEL, GLO, 9mobile).

🌐 USSD Codes        Use specific codes for NIN check across networks.

💳 Service Charge  Small fee (e.g., N20), ensure phone credit.

📞 SIM Registration           Must use NIN-linked phone number.

🔒 Keep NIN Private          Security tip: Don’t share your NIN.

🚀 NIN Retrieval Steps      Dial *346#, select “NIN Retrieval”, confirm fee.

📜 NIN Card Status Visit NIMC site, check e-ID Card Status Portal.



Important Things

Service charge will be deducted from your credit cards so check if you have some funds in your phone before you start making the request.

You will need to use the phone number used in registering your NIN if not the linking will not work out very well because there is no two ways about that.

In all case for security reasons try and keep your NIN private and avoid sharing you NIN information around.

How to Check NIN

Having your National Identification Number (NIN) at your fingertips is crucial for any Nigerian. Below is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to check your NIN on all Nigerian mobile networks, including MTN, AIRTEL, GLO, and 9mobile.


Tip 1: Dialing the USSD Code for NIN Retrieval

You have to start the by dialing *366# on your mobile phone and wait for response. The code is mainly for retrieving of National Identification Number (NIN). When you dial the number you can wait for the system to process your request.


Dial the NIN USSD Code *346#


Tip 2: Selecting NIN Retrieval Option

When the USSD code is processed, a menu will be displayed on your phone screen. You have to navigate through the menu option labelled NIN retrieval and many option will pop up so select the select option 1 in response to direct you to making your request.

press 1 for NIN retrieval


Tip 3: Acknowledging the Service Fee

After selecting the NIN retrieval option, your network provider will inform about a service fee that will be deducted from your account balance generally N20 as a processing fee.

The cations confirm you’re your consent to carry out the said transaction and make sure you have enough and sufficient balance in your account in order to cover the cost of processing the NIN.


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NIN retrieval service cost

Tip 4: Displaying Your NIN

When you have finally confirmed your service, your NIN will be displayed on your screen. The number is very unique to and is registered in the national database. You can take down the number somewhere for subsequent usage.


Get NIN on Phone


To sum up, the era of waiting in long queues at registration centers  to retrieve essential identification numbers is over. With today’s technology, you can easily access your NIN using your mobile phone, regardless of your network provider. Whether you are with MTN, Airtel, GLO, or 9mobile, a simple USSD code is all it takes. Keep informed and take full advantage of these digital options!



How to check if your NIN Card is Ready

To know if your National Identity Number (NIN) is ready for collection is important you visit the National Identity Management commission (NIMC) website. https://nimc.gov.ng/


On the homepage, scroll down and click on the ‘e-ID Card Status Portal’ to see if your card is ready and available at the activation center.


Then, enter your first name, last name, and your NIMC tracking ID, and click the ‘check now’ button

For more information you can always check on our website to get first hand useful information.

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