Disabling SIM cards: How to easily register with NIN and link your SIM card

The Federal government of Nigeria, in its effort to curb criminal activity through the Nigerian communications Commission (NCC), has ordered all subscriber identification modules (SIM) to be linked to a National identification number (NIN).

Following the directives given to all network operators in the country by the Federal government to disconnect every SIM card not synchronized with valid National Identity Number (NIN).

The directive to disconnect SIM cards without valid NIN came after an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry convened by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) on Monday, December 14, 2020.

The meeting in its resolution insisted that all telecom operators must from Thursday, December 16, 2020 require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

The Minister explained that the order was in line with Federal government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of September 2019 SIM card registration.

The Federal Government of Nigeria in its bid to stem criminal activities has through the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) mandated that all Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) be linked with National Identity Number (NIN).

This is to allow governmental and other accredited agencies to be able to access anybody’s details from the national database when required.

Fresh registration?

If you have never registered for the NIN, you will need to visit any National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) office closer to you.

Disabling SIM cards: How to easily register with NIN and link your SIM card

However, make sure when visiting, you adhere to all COVID-19 prevention protocols:

(1) Wear your face masks

(2) Sanitise your hands

(3) Maintain social distancing. Stand at least 6 feet from the person closest to you especially if on a queue

Failure by some Nigerians to adhere to this has made the NIMC shut down some of its centres.

To locate the NIMC office closest to you, visit this link:

To hasten your registration process, fill the enrollment form prior to visiting any NIMC office.

You can download it here:

Below is how the form looks like;

NIMC form

How to retrieve your NIN

For those who have already registered and obtained their NIN but can’t remember it, it is easy to retrieve.

(1) Dial *346# using the phone number you registered with

(2) To print another slip, visit a NIMC office.

NIMC form

Nigerians in diaspora

The registration exercise does not exclude Nigerians in the diaspora.

For those willing to obtain their NIN, they are required to visit an accredited agent in their residence country.

NIMC form
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How to link your NIN to mobile number

 To link your NIN to your mobile:

Airtel: *121*1#

Glo: “Send UPDATENIN, NIN First Name and Last Name” to 109

MTN: *785#

9mobile: *200*8#

NIMC form

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