How To Get BVN Without Going To The Bank

How To Get BVN Without Going To The Bank

We often get questions like; how do I get BVN without going to the bank? This question has become very common especially has the importance of having a Bank Verification Number is now widely known.

In this article, we will be providing you everything you need to know about creating or getting a BVN without having to leave your house or step foot in any bank.

What Is BVN?

BVN, which stands for Bank Verification Number, is a unique 11-digit number that uniquely identify every bank account holder. your BVN is as important as our fingerprint or signature and as such, it should be kept private and secure.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the BVN, which stands for Bank Verification Number, in February 2014 in coordination with all the nation’s banks in an effort to address the growing compromise of customer security information, including PINs and passwords, as well as the difficulties banks faced with identity management.

The BVN is quite similar to a security number; however, banks and other financial institutions use it to identify or confirm the identity of their customers.

After a successful enrollment, banks issue consumers with BVNs, which are 11-digit unique numbers. It typically takes 24 to 48 hours for a customer to obtain their BVN.

What To Expect From This Article?

  1. What is BVN?
  2. How to register for BVN without going to bank
  3. How to check BVN
  4. Importance of BVN

How To Register For BVN Without Going To The Bank

In the 21st century and with the advancement of technology, almost everything can be done with the swipe of a phone. This has made many persons wonder if BVN can be created using a phone, without having to visit a bank, well, as at now, it is impossible to register for BVN with your phone. This means that the only way to get or register for your BVN is by visiting a bank and asking for a BVN enrollment form, I will show you how to do that below.

BVN Enrollment Procedures

The procedure for enrolling or registering for BVN is quite easy and straightforward as long as you have all the requirements.

Before going for your BVN registration, you must have the following:
BVN Enrollment Procedures

  1. Valid Nigerian International Passport/ National ID Card/ Driver’s License/ International Passport (for non-Nigerians)
  2. One recent passport photograph
  3. A BVN enrolment form (you can get this at the point of registration or just simply download it online and print)
  4. Enrolment fee (confirm if the enrolment Centre require an enrolment fee and how much it is)

Now let’s look at the steps to follow for your BVN registration or enrolment

  1. After confirming that you have all the requirements above, then quickly make your way to the enrolment Centre of your choice.
  2. Go to the customer care service unit and request for BVN enrolment or registration.
  3. A form will be given to you to fill out according to the requirements. Ps: if you already downloaded the form online, then no need to request for a new form.
  4. Fill out the form correctly and submit it to them.
  5. Make sure you are available for data capture, which includes your fingerprint, facial image, and signature.
  6. You will be given an acknowledgment slip linked with the transaction ID.

After a successful enrollment, banks issue consumers with BVNs, which are 11-digit unique numbers. It typically takes 24 to 48 hours for a customer to obtain their BVN.

How To Check BVN
How To Check BVN

If you already have your BVN, but for some reasons, you forgot it or don’t have it handy, you can easily check it using the code *565*0# to find out more on how to check or retrieve your lost BVN, check our previous article;

Importance Of Registering For BVN

It is no longer news that the Bank Verification Number (BVN) is very important, but in case you’re doubt; here are some relevance or importance of the BVN:

  1. It deals with identity theft difficulties, shielding you against unauthorized access and fraud exposure.
  2. Between inter-bank transfers, it improves the security of your banking transactions.
  3. BVN provides a distinct identification that can be confirmed throughout the Nigerian banking sector. All banks in Nigeria recognize the number as a form of identification.
  4. Bank account holders benefit from improved banking processes thanks to the bank verification number.
  5. BVN helps to protect customers who run both a single and multiple bank accounts.



It is now quite obvious that the Bank Verification Number (BVN) is very important. As such, to operate a financial account with any bank in Nigeria, you will need it. If you don’t already have your BVN, then you should make plans to get one. As seen on this article, it is impossible to enroll for BVN online or with your phone. So, quickly run down to the nearest bank or enrolment Centers near you to get one. For more information, visit the NIBSS website;

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Written by Success Osagiede