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How to Check and Retrieve NIN number using USSD code

How to Check and Retrieve NIN number using USSD code


If you have just registered for the NIN (National Identification Number) by NIMC and you are looking for how to check your NIN number using the USSD code to save you the stress of going to the registration center again, you have just stumbled upon the right post.

I'll be explaining to you how to check your NIN using USSD code but before that, let's quick run through some frequently asked questions about NIN. Like what is NIN? Benefits of NIN, e.t.c.


What is NIN?

The National Identification Number - NIN (pronounced as “Neen”) is a unique set of 11 digit numbers issued to a successful enrolled individual by the NIMC (National Identity Management Commission). This number is randomly generated and it is issued for life.

It's mandatory for all legal citizens of Nigeria to enroll and be successfully registered for NIN (National Identification Number) on the National Identification System. 

Benefits of NIN.

  • Uniquely Identifying Individuals
  • It provides a platform where no one is excluded socially or financially
  • Transforms the delivery of social welfare programs, especially those cut off from such benefits.
  • It enables people to claim their entitlement
  • It helps to eliminate duplicate identity
  • It helps to eliminate fraud
  • Reduces cost of resources as infrastructures are shared

What NIN is used for

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

Important Things to Note about NIN

  • A transaction slip is always issued after successful enrollment for NIN
  • Then a second slip called the National Identification Number (NIN) slip is issued after the registration is completed.
  • The slip contains 11 unique digits i.e no two individual can have the same NIN number.
  • The NIN becomes invalid after the death of a person
  • Most times, it takes 1-5 working days for the NIN to be ready after registration.
  • The NIN is a unique number and should be protected like your ATM card number or PIN.
  • The National e-ID Card is free at first issuance for now. However replacement or renewal will attract a fee.
  • Every Individual can enrol for the NIN but the card can only be handed over to individuals above the age of 16.
  • There are registration centres in all the 36 states including the FCT. Click here to see all the registration centres.
Back to the title of the post about how to check your NIN number using USSD code.

How to check NIN number using USSD code

Have you forgotten your NIN? or you don’t remember where you kept your NIN slip? worry less, NIMC’s USSD service enables you to retrieve your NIN conveniently using your mobile phone.

To check or retrieve your NIN number,

  • Simply dial *346# on your phone
  • Select 1 for NIN retrieval to check your NIN number using the same phone number you used to register for NIN.

  • Follow the instructions on the screen to check and retrieve your NIN number. 
Note: This service cost a fee of N20 (deducted from your airtime balance) and is currently available on all the mobile networks in Nigeria.

You can also check for your Card Status here.

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