How To Link NIN To MTN, Glo, 9mobile, Airtel (Complete Guide)

In today’s guide, I will be showing you easy steps on how to link NIN To MTN, Glo, 9mobile, Airtel in no time.


Nigerians are no longer in the dark about the Nigerian Communication Commission’s (NCC) order that all Nigerians link their National Identity Numbers (NIN) to their respective SIM cards or they will have their service terminated by the providers.

The major mobile network providers in Nigeria (MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile) responded to the NCC’s order by providing subscribers with simple and easy instructions for linking their National Identity Numbers (NINs) to their numbers.

Meanwhile, in this post, we’ll show you how easy it is to link your NIN to your phone number—MTN, Glo, 9mobile, or Airtel.


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National Identification Number (NIN)

The National Identification Number-NIN (pronounced as “Neen”) is a unique number issued to a successful enrolled individual This number is randomly generated and it is issued for life.

The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual into the National Identity Database and is also used as a valid means of establishing or verifying individual identity.


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NIMC (National Identity Management Commission)

The NIMC is the primary legal institution in Nigeria mandated by law to institutionalize identity management system and regulate the identity sector. (NIMC Act 2007; Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6).

NIMC is set up to:

  • To operate and manage the National Identity Management System (NIMS).
  • Carry out enrolment of citizens and legal residents and issue a unique National Identification Number (NIN).
  • After enrolment, issue a National e-ID Card which is also called a Smart General Multi-Purpose Card (GMPC).
  • Manage the National Identity Database (NIDB).
  • Harmonize and integrate all databases in the country into one centralized identity (The NIMC database).
  • Verification and authentication of citizens’ identity via the platform to be provided by NIMC.

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How Do I Register My NIN Number?

This is the “do it yourself whenever and wherever you are” process of enrolment.

For this option of the enrolment process, the applicant visits the official website of NIMC and pre-enrols online using the Pre-enrolment Portal, filling in his/her data in block letters, then confirming the accuracy of the data provided.

The applicant finally prints out a summary sheet that has a 2D barcode. At a NIMC enrolment centre, the 2D barcode is scanned with the applicant’s details then directly captured on to the enroller’s computer system.

It is important to note that the Online Pre-Enrolment is an initial step in the enrolment process.

The enrolment is only completed after the applicant gets his or her biometric data (fingerprints, headshot photograph and signature) captured and processed by an Enrolment Officer at any NIMC Enrolment Centre.

How To Link NIN To MTN

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.

You can also visit MTN website or download MyMTN App to submit your NIN details.

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How To Link NIN To Glo

You can now link your National Identification Number (NIN) to your mobile number as a Glo subscriber. Simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109.

How To Link NIN To 9mobile

You can simply link your NIN to your 9mobile number by visiting 9mobile official website, Or you can dial *200*8#

To Link NIN To Airtel

To Link your National Identification Number (NIN) to your Airtel phone number. Just dial *121*1# now to link.

How To Link Your NIN To Your MTN, Glo, 9mobile, Airtel Using The NIMC Mobile ID App

Follow these easy steps:

  • Open the app and log in with your security PIN.
  • Tap on ‘My Devices’ button on the bottom right part of your dashboard on the app.
  • Tap on ‘Add Mobile Number’ and input the mobile phone number you wish to link.
  • Next input the OTP sent to that mobile phone number.
  • You can link up to seven (7) mobile phone numbers.

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How Do I Know If My SIM Card Is Linked To NIN?


The easy way to check this on MTN Network is to dial *785#

After dialing the USSD code, it will show you an option to enter your NIN.

Enter your 11-digit NIN. After entering the number, tap “SEND,” button, it will display this message; “Yello! your NIN has been successfully received. Kindly note that this is subject to verification, as all NINs will be validated by NIMC. Thank you.”

Note: If you are not sure that your NIN has been linked to your MTN SIM, try it again until you see the “successfully” message as shown above.

For Glo

Glo network sends a message to users whose NINs have been successfully received.

Dial *109#, you will be ask to enter your 11-digit NIN, followed by your first name and last name.

After that the following message will be displayed; “Dear esteemed customer, your NIN has been successfully received. Thanks“.

Note: you can do this more than once if you are not sure if you have linked your NIN to your Glo line before.

For 9mobile

To check for 9mobile line : Dial this USSD code: *2008#.

You will be given two options to verify if you have linked your NIN to your 9mobile SIM or you just want to link it. Press “1” and SEND to verify.

A message would be displayed that you have successfully linked your NIN to your SIM.

For Airtel

To check if you have successfully linked your NIN to your Airtel line, dial 1211#. Enter your 11-digit NIN and SEND.

You will receive a message that you have successfully submitted your NIN to Airtel.

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Why is NIN Important?

Your National Identification Number (NIN) is used to tie together all records about you, demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data and digital signature in the National Identity Database making it relatively easy to confirm and verify your identity when you engage in travels and transactions.


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