Easy Method: How to Link Your NIN on MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile [Updated]

How to Link Your NIN on MTN, Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel

How to Link Your NIN On MTN, GLO, Airtel and 9Mobile

The Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) is a unique identification number issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

It is expected that every Nigerian is enrolled and issued the NIN for the purpose of all round identification. In the nearest future, this unique number is to be linked with every individual activities including banking transactions.

It is no longer news that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has made it compulsory for all Nigerians to link their NIN with their SIM cards. This is to ensure that they remain connected to their Network service providers.

On this post StudyLoaded.com have outlined practical ways of retrieving and linking your National Identification Number (NIN): How to Link your NIN to MTN, How to Link your NIN to Airtel, How to Link your NIN to Glo, How to Link your NIN to 9mobile via the USSD code on the major network operators or through other online platforms.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to telecommunication operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers; although there was an intervention by the senate for a possible extension which expires soon.

What Is The NIN Number?

The NIN number is also called the National Identification Number. It is a unique number assigned to an individual upon successful enrolment and during enrollment data such as Demography, occupation, state, and more are collected.

The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non-intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB)

National Identification Number Registration

For those who are yet to enrol for the NIMC’s NIN, it is important to do so as to meet the set deadline. To get registered;

  • visit the online pre-enrolment portal for enrolment forms and guidelines or
  • You can download NIMC registration form through this link or
  • Walk directly into any NIMC’s enrolment centres nationwide
  • You can register through other licensed agents

Note: You need one registration to be issued both the NIMC card  and NIN. The 11-digit National Identification Number (NIN) is however not the same thing as the National e-ID Card which is a physical token.

The NIN can be used on its own for digital identity verification without the e-ID card.

NIMC Enrolment Centres:

There are designated centres country-wide and in overseas locations where you can easily work in to register enrol for NIN.

To find NIMC enrolment Centres near you, visit the NIMC webpage and click on your state or Diaspora location for a comprehensive list of centres across the location.

Requirements for NIN Registration:

To enrol as an adult, walk into the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the following required Original and Valid supporting documents:

  • Old National ID Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  • Nigerian International passport
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  • Birth certificate
  • Declaration of age
  • Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  • NHIS ID card
  • Government staff ID card
  • Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  • School ID Card (private/public)
  • Tax Clearance certificate
  • Valid immigration documents

NIN Registration Deadline [Updated]:

The deadline for NIN registration and linkage to phone lines has been extended a number of times and the new date has been shifted to May, 2022 for all subscribers.

How to Retrieve NIN Number Using USSD

To find your NIN number, use the following simple steps;

  • Dial *346# on your phone
  • Enter ‘1’ to choose NIN Retrieval Option (if the phone number you are dialling from was used during your NIN registration).
  • Enter ‘2’ to choose NIN Search option (if you have lost your number; you will be required to input some of your registration details)
  • Once you have retrieved, congratulations

How to Link Your NIN Number on MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, Glo

You can link your national identification number on these network operators as follows;

How to Link Your NIN on MTN

How to Link NIN to MTN:

MTN users, here are the three ways on how to link your NIN to your MTN number

  • Online registration portal via https://mtnonline.com/nin
  • USSD code: Dial *785# or
  • Via myMTNApp, get it on Google Play or Apple Store
  • 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.

How to check NIN on MTN

To check your NIN dial *346#. After this, you will have several options displayed. Select NIN retrieval by typing 1. This service costs only N20 on your mobile phone network.

How to Link Your NIN on Airtel

How to Link NIN to AIRTEL:

For Airtel users, here is how to link your NIN to your Airtel line;


  • dial *121*1# on your Airtel line to submit your NIN
  • 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.

How to check NIN on Airtel

To check your NIN dial *346#. After this, you will have several options displayed. Select NIN retrieval by typing 1. This service costs only N20 on your mobile phone network.

How to Link NIN to 9MOBILE:

How to Link Your NIN on 9Mobile

Here is how to link your NIN to your 9mobile number, simply;

  • Dial the USSD code *200*8# and follow the prompts to submit your details;


  • Visit 9mobile.com.ng/nin to submit online
  • Click on ‘Verify and Link your NIN now’
  • Fill the required information and submit.

How to check NIN on 9mobile

To check your NIN dial *346#. After this, you will have several options displayed. Select NIN retrieval by typing 1. This service costs only N20 on your mobile phone network.

How to Link NIN to Glo:

How to Link Your NIN on Glo

Here is how to link your NIN to your GLO number, you can either;

  • Visit the online registration portal via www.gloworld.com/ng/nin to fill your information and link. Or
  • Dial *109*yourNIN# (e.g *109*90123456789#) and follow the prompts to submit your details Or
  • By SMS – Simply text your 11-digits NIN number to 109 (e.g 90123456789 to 109) and wait for reply.

How to check NIN on Glo

To check your NIN dial *346#. After this, you will have several options displayed. Select NIN retrieval by typing 1. This service costs only N20 on your mobile phone network.

How to Retrieval NIN without a Phone Number

If you have lost your phone number (which you used during enrolment for the NIN) and the temporal NIMC slip, then try the following to retrieve your NIN.

  • Dial the general retrieval code (*346#) with your current number linked with your BVN
  • Try using the NIMC Mobile app – you can get the app at NIMC webpage or on Google Play store
  • Go to nimc.gov.ng to print your NIN slip with the QR code and view your mobile
  • If none of the above work, then proceed to any NIMC office near you to liaise with an official to help you.


  • NIN Code: Please note that the USSD code *346# is the general NIN retrieval code for all network. If you are unable to link your NIN through the methods outlined on this page, then
  • You should simply visit the nearest office of your service provider to submit/link your NIN.
  • Go with your NIN and SIM pack
  • Alternatively, call the customer care line of your service provider.

How To Confirm Your Mobile Number Registration Status?

After you have followed the steps above to link your phone number, it is advised to check & confirm if your verification was successful: Here is how you can check your NIN registration status do that on various networks:

  • MTN: Dial *789*1#
  • Airtel: Dial *746#
  • Glo: Text REG to 746 or 3456.

Really hope this helps in sorting the connection of your mobile number to the NIN number.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About How to Link NIN to MTN, airtel, GLO and 9Mobile.

Below is a list of some questions people ask about linking NIN to their mobile numbers.

1. Should I register for NIN again if I lost my NIN?

If you have registered for NIN but are not with the printout, you can retrieve your NIN by dialing the USSD code *346#. There’s no reason to register again.

2. How can I check my NIN status?

You can check whether your number has been successfully linked by dialing *996#

3. Does *346# work on all telecommunication networks?

Yes, the USSD code works for all telecommunication networks. If you have registered for NIN but find it difficult to link it with your mobile number, contact your service provider to find out the reason.

4. Can NIN be linked to SIM cards in the absence of the subscriber?.

Yes, the NIN-SIM card linking can be done without the SIM card owner being physically available. However, you have to make available the SIM card you are linking for OTPs and confirmatory messages. If you are using a code, you must dial with the SIM card you are linking.

5. If I fail to link my NIN to my mobile number, what happens to my mobile number?

Failure to link your NIN to your SIM cards before the final deadline given by the Federal Government, your SIM cards will be blocked.

6. How genuine are the *346# codes and other codes circulating on the internet?

The NIN retrieval code *346# was provided by NIMC; therefore, it is authentic. Other codes provided by the NCC, NIMC, other service providers are the only authentic codes for the exercise.

7. Why should I link my NIN to my SIM cards?

The main reason for linking SIM cards is to address the national security problems regarding the use of SIM cards. It is also a means by the Nigerian government to harmonize the citizens’ data to create a national database for a better service to the people.

8. Will my bank account be blocked if I fail to link my mobile number to NIN?

No. Only SIM cards will be blocked if you fail to link them during the period of the exercise.

9. If I have more than one mobile number, is one NIN enough to link them all?.

Yes. Your NIN is your unique identity, and one is all you need. It can be used to link all the mobile numbers you have. The only thing you need to do is to dial the linking code with the exact phone number you want to link, and it is done.

10. Can one be scammed with his NIN?

Yes. Your NIN, just like your BVN, contains your vital information and should be kept private. The details it contains can be used to scam an individual in one way or another. It is advised to keep such information well guarded. Do not send to any suspicious websites or individuals.

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