Federal authorities and telephone companies announce easy ways to register, link phone numbers to the NIN – the national-ID numbers database.

Authorities have extended the deadline for linking of phone numbers to NIN from 30 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

Subscribers continue to enjoy free SMS services during the period of extension, NIMC said in a statement released 20 December.

READ: Where to register for NIN in Enugu

All four major networks, led by MTN, established SMS link codes to enable their subscribers seamlessly integrate their numbers.

Here are linking methods published by telcos:

MTN Subscribers
  • 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/ online
  • Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.
  • Submit the form
  • Wait for feedback from the network.
Airtel Subscribers
  • Dial *121# from the Airtel line you wish to link.
  • Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
  • Enter your 11-digit NIN and send.
  • Wait for confirming message
  • If you get error message, wait a while and retry
Glo Subscribers
  • Type UPDATENIN NIN FirstName LastName
  • Send to 109 as SMS.
  • You’ll receive an SMS that your NIN has been successfully received.
9Mobile Subscribers
  • Dial *200*8#
  • Check 1 to display your NIN or 2 for your 11-digit NIN.
  • Enter 1*NIN#
  • You will receive a confirmation message that NIN has been received.
  • You can also link by visiting the website 9mobile.com.ng/nin

To check your NIN status

  • Dial *346# from your line.

To register for NIN in Enugu

Enugu Metro has a comprehensive listing of the locations to register for National Identity and get their National Identification Number (NIN) in Enugu State.


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Use established SMS codes between now and 9 February 2021 to retrieve your National-ID numbers and register link phone to the NIN database. SMS Service is free of charge for MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9Mobile.

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