How To Retrieve NIN Number Without Phone Number

To Retrieve NIN Number Without Phone Number

If you have ever asked, “how to retrieve my NIN Number without phone number?” Then this article is for you.

Retrieving your National Identification Number (NIN) without access to your phone number can be quite an hassle, but if you follow this article closely, you will be able to retrieve it without stress.

The national identification number (NIN) is an 11 digits unique number used for the purpose of identification. It is a means of identification that every Nigerian citizen must have. NIN is  a required document for use in banks, during JAMB registration, or even to get your international passport.

Despite how important it is, it is not uncommon to forget it or worse still misplace your NIN slip. The NIN slip is a document containing the details of your NIN. If you have forgotten your National Identification Number (NIN) or you have misplaced your NIN slip, you can easily retrieve it using your phone number.

To do that, dial *346# on your mobile phone using the phone number you used to register the NIN.

NOTE: the code is same irrespective of the mobile network you are using: GLO, MTN, 9MOBILE AND AIRTEL. Also, this service will cost you a charge of N20 by your network provider.

What Happens When You Misplace Your NIN, Can You Still Retrieve It Without Your Phone?

There is the chance that you have misplaced the phone number with which you did your NIN registration. Or you may just not want to use your phone number to retrieve your NIN. What do you do then? Does that mean you can never get your National Identification Number?

The answer is an absolute NO! All hope is not lost, because, even without your phone number, you can still retrieve your National Identification Number (NIN). Did I hear you ask how? Worry no more, because in this article I will be showing you just how you can do that.

How To Check Your National Identification Number Without Your Phone Number

There are several methods you can use to check or retrieve your National Identification Number even without the traditional method of your using your phone number. The methods are;

1. The NIMC mobile app

2. Visiting the nearest NIMC office or registration center to you.

These methods are easy to follow, fast and efficient. Let‟s go on to explain just how each method works.

The NIMC Mobile App
How to Download the NIMC Mobile App

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is a legally recognized body in Nigeria that manages the nation’s identity management programs. It was created, operated, and managed by the NIMC act No. 23 of 2007 to introduce general multipurpose cards, register citizens and legal residents, integrate the current identity database with government institutions, and develop Nigeria’s national identity card database.

Upon registration with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) your details and database will be available on the NIMC website. But the good thing is that, it can be accessed easily by you.

Checking your NIN detail can be done using the NIMC online portal. First, you will need to download the NIMC mobile app, to enable you get your user ID and OTP.

Before you can get your National Identification Number, you will need:

  1.  Internet enabled mobile phone (in simple terms, you need A phone that can browse the internet)
  2. Strong WIFI or data connection
  3. National Identification Number (NIN)
  4. Phone number (it must be the same number you used for initial enrolment for NIN)

Follow The Steps Below, To Check Your NIN Details Online Without Your Phone Number.

1. Download the NIMC MWS MOBILE APP. You can download the app from Google play store (for android devices), or apple store (for IOS devices), you can also click on this link; and you will be taken directly to the download page.

2. After downloading the app, you will have to install it on your mobile phone.

3. Open the app and on the app‟s home page, click on the “I need a pin” button

4. A user ID and OTP will be displayed on the “get OTP” section. Take note of

this as you will need it in the next step

5. Next, go to the NIMC online portal and input the user ID and OTP

6. Your details, as shown on your NIN slip will be displayed. You can decide to reprint out your NIN slip from the portal.
Check your NIN on NIMC online Portal

7. Alternatively, after installing the app, you will see a “show my ID” button on the app, click on it and your virtual ID card will be displayed. You can click on the virtual card to flip it over and display the back. You will also see the option of “basic info” or “full info”; this will help control how much information is displayed. When you are done with the app, click on the ‘Lock’ button at the bottom right of the screen to lock the app. This is to prevent anyone from gaining access to your information on the app.

This method is fast and reliable.

Visit Any NIMC Office Or Registration Center Near You To Get Your NIN Without Your Phone Number.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has an office in each state of the federation, also there are numerous registration center scattered across each state. In fact, the reality is that there is likely to be at least 1 registration center in the community where you live. The NIMC enrolment centers are basically everywhere and this has made registration and retrieval a lot easier. So, to retrieve your NIN, simply visit any of the centers near you, preferably the center where you initially did the enrolment. At the center, a new slip will be printed out for you.

Before the NIN retrieval will be carried out successfully at the enrolment center, you will be asked to provide the following:

1. Your phone number (the number you used during registration)

2. Your name

3. A means of identification

4. N500 payable to the bank.

Alternatively, you can just go to to request for a reprint of your slip.

So, you see, it is 100% possible to retrieve your NIN slip without your phone number. But then, what should you do next after retrieving the NIN, especially in cases where your phone number was stolen or got missing? The next step should be to secure your NIN.

Why Do I Need To Secure My NIN?

The answer is quite simple: because you don‟t want your National Identification Number falling into the wrong hands and the person uses it for criminal purpose.

Remember that, with your SIM, your NIN can be easily retrieved, so let say your SIM was stolen, and the person who stole it decides to dial *346#, viola! They now have your NIN and can do with it what they want, and that may include committing crime with it. In order to prevent all these scenarios, you have to secure your NIN.

To secure your NIN, this is what you do: Visit the NIN enrolment center near you and request to change the phone number on your NIN, and the NIN agent will assist you in blocking out the other number from your NIN and linking this new number to your National Identification Number.

Why Do I Need To Retrieve My National Identification Number

It is not strange that some persons still do not know how important NIN is, why in the first place they need a National Identification Number or why they should bother retrieving it when it gets lost. If you are one of this persons, don‟t feel awkward, I won‟t judge you, in fact I will tell you just how important your NIN is.

Earlier last year, the federal government gave a directive that all phone numbers must be linked to NIN and that any number not linked will be barred from making calls. So, if making and receiving calls is important to you, then you need your NIN.

Secondly, if you are a student and you are thinking of enrolling for the WAEC examination or you plan on sitting for JAMB, then you need you need your NIN, because National Identification Number is now a compulsory requirement for registration of WAEC and JAMB. Also, to get your international passport; you will need your National Identification Number (NIN).

Lastly, NIN is more than just an 11 digit number combination; it is a unique means of identification just like your voter‟s card, international passport, driver‟s license and school identification card.

That been said, I hope you now know how important your NIN is? So, if you haven‟t been enrolled with the NIMC, quickly locate any enrolment center near you and get registered, or, if you misplaced your NIN, scroll back up and follow the steps above. You will find more information on how to retrieve your NIN using your phone on our previous post. Do check it out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

below is a list of commonly asked questions.

Why Do I Need a Phone Number In Order To Get My NIN Back?

at the point of registration for your NIN, you will be required to provide your phone number, this number will be linked to your NIN and it will be used when seeking to retrieve your NIN.

Why do I need to retrieve my NIN without a phone number?

there are so many reasons you may need to retrieve your NIN without your phone number; you may have misplaced or lost your phone or SIM card; you may not have access to your phone number anymore; your phone number may have been blocked; you may have changed your number; you may have registered with a number you no longer use.

I Don’t Have Any Identity Documents. Can I Still Get My NIN Back?

It is unlikely. Identification papers are essential for proving your identity and protecting your NIN.

How Much Time Does It Take To Retrieve My NIN?

The amount of time it takes varies. The time frame may vary from a few hours to several days, depending  on the volume of work at the NIMC office and the effectiveness of the system.


See! You thought it will be impossible to retrieve your lost National Identification Number without your phone number, but I just proved you wrong and showed you just how you can do that. So what are you waiting for? Start retrieving your National Identification Number (NIN) now.

Also, remember to always keep your national Identification Number safe. Write it down somewhere private keep. Also, your National Identification Number slip away in a secure place to prevent it from getting lost.

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