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How To Link Your NIN, BVN To Your Bank Account



How To Link Your NIN, BVN To Your Bank Account

In a circular issued on December 1st, 2023, the Central Bank of Nigeria mandated all bank customers to connect their National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) with their respective bank accounts.

Additionally, the apex bank instructed banks to impose restrictions on Tier 1 bank accounts lacking BVN credentials.

Tier 1 accounts are accounts that can be opened with a valid identity or proof of address.

While some banks indicated February 29, 2024, as the deadline, some banks were silent about any deadline.


The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non-intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual after completing enrollment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

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Bank Verification Number (BVN) is a biometric technology with secure unique identifier to analyze human characteristics as an enhanced form of authentication for real-time security processes.


To link your BVN or NIN to your bank account, you can use one of the following methods

Via SMS: Simply text BVN/NIN, your account number, and BVN/NIN number to the number/code provided by your service provider or bank.
Via Internet Banking: Log in to the Internet banking platform of your bank, select the BVN/NIN, click on new request, enter your BVN/NIN, select the bank where your BVN/NIN was issued and answer the secret questions and follow the instructions.
Send an email request to your account officer.
Visit the nearest bank branch to you.

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