Are you looking for how to link your NIN with your MTN number? If so, in this article, we will walk you through all the methods in which you can get this done without hassle in a few minutes.
How to Link NIN with MTN
If you are a Nigerian who uses MTN or any other mobile network in Nigeria, you must be aware of the regulatory requirement to link your NIN to your MTN line. The Nigerian government issued an order to all telecoms in April 2022, mandating them to ensure their users link their NIN to their SIM cards.
Users who fail to link their line by the deadline of March 2022 lose the ability to make calls with that line.
The linking process is still in progress for all MTN subscribers, and in this article, we’ll guide you on how to link your NIN to your MTN line.
The Importance of NIN
NIN, which stands for National Identification Number, is a sequence of 11 numbers given to each Nigerian after they have registered in the system. It’s a unique identification number that is similar to the Social Security Number given to every US citizen and resident.
NINs are issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Your NIN is unique because it is used to identify you in the National Identity Database. All your records, such as demographic data, passport photograph, fingerprints and signature, are linked to your NIN. No NIN can be reused. Even if the owner of a NIN passes away, the number cannot be given to another person.
In 2020, the Nigerian government introduced a requirement for mobile network operators to get their subscribers to link their NIN to their phone numbers. It was a security measure taken to monitor fraudulent activities and address issues of insecurity across the country.
MTN even received a fine of N330 billion in 2015 for failing to disconnect all unregistered SIM cards, according to a news piece published by The Punch
How to Retrieve NIN from your MTM Number
If your MTN line is unregistered, you will need to visit any of their service centres near you to register it. For your NIN, you would also have to go to an enrollment centre to get it.
However, if you have registered and want to check your NIN through your MTN line, simply dial *346#. Do the following.
- Select 1. NIN retrieval and a pop-up will show your NIN.
- Note that it will cost you twenty naira (N20).
To generate a VNIN, dial *346# and select 3. Virtual NIN. Then enter your NIN, and a pop-up box will show your VNIN. MTN will send you a text with the number, but you can take a screenshot to store it.
You must have a valid and updated NIN to avoid complications with your information and for a consistent record across all databases.
How to Link Your NIN to Your MTN Number
You can link your NIN to your MTN line in two ways- through the MTN NIN portal or using a USSD code.
Link NIN through MTN Portal: Visit the MTN NIN linking portal nin.mtn.ng. Now, fill in the required information, including your VNIN, phone number and email address, and select Next.
Verify the information you have entered and click Enter. You will receive an OTP via text message to the number you entered. Enter the OTP and validated. Wait for confirmation that the linking was successful.
Link NIN to MTN using USSD Code: Dial *996# and select 1. Submit Virtual NIN. Follow the prompts and complete the linking process.
Note that you can only link 7 phone numbers to one NIN. So if you’re trying to register a line and it’s not working, one of the reasons could be that you have reached the limit of the number of lines allowed per NIN.
If you do not have a NIN, you need to visit a NIN enrollment centre nearest to you and be enrolled. You can use the self-service or assisted service. You will need your BVN and a means of identification (Old NIN card, driver’s license, Nigerian International Passport, Voter’s card, birth certificate, etc. See the complete list of accept