How to Link NIN to MTN

The Nigerian government has made it compulsory that all citizens must link their national identity number(NIN) to their networks.

The federal government has mandated the Nigeria communications commission (NCC) to ensure that all active sims are registered and linked to a national identity number. Failure to do so leads to the deactivation of the sim card.

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Because of the traffic caused by the critical linkage of NIN to sim cards, various outlets have been set up all across Nigeria for easy access to registration and linkage.

To avoid your MTN line getting banned, or in a case where it’s already banned, you could follow the Information provided in this article on how to link NIN to MTN to resolve it.

How to Register for NIN

The national identity number is found on your national identity card.

A national identity number is a unique 11 digits number issued to everyone who has successfully registered for a national identity card.

Here is a simple guide on how to get your NIN;

  • To get your NIN, visit any government-accredited centers.
  • Manually fill out the form with the required details and give it to the service operator to input into the system.
  • Wait for your NIN issuance.
  • You can also visit the NIMC portal to fill out the NIMC pre-enrolment form, download and print the slip, submit your application at the nearest NiMCregistration center, and await issuance.

How to Link NIN to MTN

There are different ways to link your NIN to your MTN line, such as;

  • Using the USSD code
  • Using the MTN app
  • Visiting the MTN NIN portal

Link NIN to MTN Sim Using USSD Code

  • Dial *785*NIN#
  • you will receive a prompt message telling you that you have successfully submitted your NIN

Note: this is strictly for MTN users

Link NIN to MTN using myMTN Mobile App

  • If you have an android phone, visit the google play store and download MYMTN APP.
  • Open the mobile App and log in using your phone number.
  • Then click the submit icon to submit your national identity and phone numbers (NIN).

Link NIN to Mtn Using MTN NIN Portal

  • Visit the MTN -NIN online portal.
  • Fill in your name, phone number, email address, and NIN.
  • Then click on the “submit” button.

Other Options for Retrieval of NIN

  • Download the NIMC mobile app and follow the guidelines.
  • Go to any registration center to print the NIN slip.
  • Visit NIMC online website, put in your details, and print the slip
  • Call customer care lines to provide you with your NIN details.


If you have registered and can’t remember your NIN, Dial *346#

This is the general code for anyone wanting to retrieve their NIN regardless of the network used.

Dial *346#

And press 1 for a retrieval option as long as the number you are using is linked to your BVN.

Press 2 for a NIN search. If the number you use is not linked to your BVN, you must provide other Information, like your name and BVN, to retrieve your NIN.


Can I link my NIN to another person’s sim?

The national communication commission has warned telecom subscribers not to allow their national identification number (NIN) to be linked to another user. It is bad for one’s security.

Can Nigerians who live abroad register and link their NIN to their sims?

NIMC has licensed foreign enrolment partners for Nigerians living in the diaspora.

Is NIN automatically allocated to BVN holders, or do I need to register for NIN separately even though I have my BVN?

BVN holders must dial *346# with their registered sim to check if they have been allocated a NIN. However, it is advised you verify and validate any NIN gotten through BVN by the national identity management commission(NIMC)


It would help if you took the necessary measures to link your NIN to your MTN line to avoid getting banned. This article provides easy steps to follow to achieve the linkage process.

If you found this article helpful, kindly share it with others who might need help linking their lines to their NIN.

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