How to Check and Get Your NIN Online & via NIN USSD Code for Free

With the recent regulations of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), its now time to get your NIN without any stress or paying any fee. The payment of the fee isn’t the main issue though, as the Government has already announced the cancellation of the fee to check Your NIN, yet some still complain they are charged checking for their NIN.

This page will guide you through the step-by-step to check Your NIN online and other channels you can check it and number your NIN. But the main mission is getting the information FAST, but certainly NOT FREE. YOu will be charge N20 to link your NIN to your phone number(s).

But before then, you need to know about the NIN and what it stands for.

About The NIN

The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you as a Nigerian and is issued to you upon enrollment by NIMC (the National Identity Management Commission). It is used to match your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.

Let’s jump in…

Checking Your NIN Online

There is no online platforms, like a website portal to check and get your NIN. But the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has provided a USSD method of getting your NIN see steps below.

NIN USSD Code for getting National Identification Number

To use this service, simply go through the following steps:

  1. dial *346# and send,
  2. from the options displayed, select “NIN Retrieval”, by typing in ‘1’, if you are using the same phone number you enrolled with for your NIN
  3. follow the steps displayed on your screen and provide the required inputs
  4. Your NIN should show up on your screen and probably get an SMS too.

Please note that using this service attracts N20 (twenty naira) fee only (deducted from your phone credit balance).

After checking for your NIN, where you charged the N20 fee?

Let’s get your reactions below, in the comment box. Because some people still complain they were changed, while some are not.


  1. I don’t have Nin

    • There are centres across the states in Nigeria, find the only one close to you to carry out your NIN registration. Some centres do it for free, some centres collectes between N500 to N1,000. But you will register and collect your NIN slip that same day.


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