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How to link your National Identity Number with your phone number

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had earlier mandated the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN) within 2 weeks.

This means that failure of the subscribers to register with NIN will lead to the blocking or disconnection of the line by the end of December 31, 2020, despite the huge public outcry against the sudden announcement of the policy and short time frame to implement it.

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have also directed that subscribers can link their NIN to more than one sim card. They said telecom subscribers should take their NIN to the office of their service provider.

However, some Nigerians who posses NIN are still unsure how to go about linking their phone numbers to their NIN
Here are a few steps to link your phone number with your NIN;
  • To link your NIN, simply dial *785# using the phone number you wish to link, 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.
  • Visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/using your phone or computer.
  • Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.
  • Submit the form as soon as you’re done.
  • Wait for feedback from the network.

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. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.
  • For the other networks, you simply visit the nearest office of your service provider (Glo or 9mobile) to register/link your NIN.
  • Go with NIN and your SIM pack or call the customer care line of your service provider.
  • 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.

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that following the directive of NCC to telecommunication operators on 2-week ultimatum to disconnect sim cards not registered with NIN; the NIMC warned the general public to beware of fraudsters and scammers who are on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting people.
  • 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.

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Modifications (Adults) National Identity Management Commission

This is the modification of data of an enrolled Citizen or Legal Resident of age 16 years and above, when the need arises.

However, some fields in the data are non-updatable and cannot be modified.

The approved fee for a Change of Date of Birth request is N15,000.

Updatable Fields (approved)

  1. Names
  2. Date of Birth (carries a different fee, see above)
  3. Addresses
  4. Phone Number
  5. Place of Birth – State
  6. Place of Birth – LGA
  7. Place of Birth – Country (if different from Nigeria)
  8. Place of Origin – State
  9. Place of Origin – Town, Village
  10. Place of Origin – LGA
  11. Father’s NIN
  12. Father’s Town, Village of Origin
  13. Father’s State of Origin
  14. Father’s LGA of Origin
  15. Mother’s NIN
  16. Mother’s Town, Village of Origin
  17. Mother’s State of Origin
  18. Mother’s LGA of Origin

Non-Updatable Fields

  1. Gender
  2. NIN
  3. State of Registration
  4. LGA of Registration
  5. Registration Centre
  6. Ward
  7. Polling Unit
  8. Date of Death
  9. Date of Death Type
  10. Tracking Number
  11. Date of Registration
  12. Originating Centre
  13. Loading Centre
  14. ID Card Number
  15. Applicant’s Finger Print (Finger 1 to 10)
  16. Applicant’s Finger Print Reason (Finger 1 to 10)
  17. Applicant’s Signature

Mandatory requirements for data modification:

Applicants are to present

  • the original copy of the NIN slip issued to them after the first registration
  • the printout of the Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) Number given at the bank after payment/ or a printout stating the payment details if the payment was made online
  • an Application Letter duly signed by the applicant for change in the data fields he/she wishes to modify stating the reason
  • the supporting document to back the proposed changes to be submitted accordingly.

Supporting Documents for Data Modification

Change of Name

  • Sworn Affidavit
  • Newspaper Extract
  • Marriage Certificate (in cases of marriage)

Change of Address

  • Utility Bill
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Bank Statement
  • Community leader Attestation

Phone Number due to loss or mechanical damage

  • Police Report

Level of Education

  • Certificate obtained

Change of Occupation

  • Offer Letter

Process of Modification (Adults):

  • Applicants walks into the enrolment Centre with a supporting document (including application letter).
  • Applicant will be issued a data modification form to fill.
  • Applicant data modification forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided. Note: applicants who cannot read nor write should come along with a person who can do the form filling for him.
  • Applicant’s pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrolment officer.
  • The enrolment officer will ask the applicant to double check his/her information using the applicant monitor to check for errors.
  • If the applicant is satisfied with his/her demographic information, the biometrics of the applicant will be captured subsequently.
  • After completing the enrolment, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to the applicant as an evidence of the transaction.
  • The former NIN Slip will be retained by the enrolment officer if the modified data will affect details on the NIN slip.
  • The applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 2-5 working days or more, as it is subjected to speed of the network.
  • A new National Identification Number Slip having the same NIN will be issued to the applicant after processing.

If the modification affects the information on the applicant’s card, the following process will take place:

  • A card replacement form will be filled and the old National ID card retrieved.

The new/modified National e-ID Card will be issued to applicant within three (3) months after re-issuance of NIN slip.

Service Fee: N500 per field (except for Change of Date of Birth which is N15,000 for processing your request only – non-refundable). Payable through the NIMC into the TSA (CBN).

Availability: Monday – Friday (8a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Dependencies:

  • Payment must be made before modification commences.
  • Availability of network.
  • Availability of NIMS Backend.
  • Availability of power.

Payment Process

Step 1:
Visit www.remita.net to start the payment process.

Step 2:
Click on the option ‘Pay Bills‘.

Step 3:
Who do You want to Pay – type in ‘National Identity Management Commission‘.
Name of Service/Purpose – choose ‘Modification of any other field other than DOB‘ or ‘Correction of date of Birth‘.
Amount to Pay – will be set based on your choice in the step above.
Payer’s Name – type your full name.
Payer’s Phone – type your phone number.
Tick the ‘I am not a robot’ reCAPTCHA checkbox and click on the stated selection of images before clicking on the ‘Verify’ button.

Step 4:
Click on the ‘Submit’ icon to ͞proceed to payment.
A new page which is the invoice will come up which will display your RRR – Remita Retrieval Reference at the top of the page.
Print the invoice and take note of your RRR.

Step 5:
Choose any payment method convenient for you.
Option 1: ‘Card’.
Option 2: ‘Bank Branch’.
Option 3: ‘USSD’.
Option 4: ‘Internet Banking’
Option 5: ‘Wallet’.
Proceed to complete your transaction by clicking on the “Pay…’, ‘Print Invoice’ or ‘Continue’ button as suited to your preferred method.