The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has deployed a Short Message Service (SMS) that allows members of the public to ascertain and verify the authenticity of their National Identification Number (NIN) and access other services.
The services provided by the SMS platform include the personal NIN lookup, which allows an individual check his/her NIN; the Card Status Check, which check the print and delivery status of an individual’s National e-ID Card; the Change Telephone Number, which allows an individual change the phone number he/she used during enrolment to a new one where the old phone number is no longer available and the Help, which allows an individual seek help on available services.
In the instance where the individual wants to check his/her NIN, he/she can send the keyword “mynin” to any of the specified numbers (listed at the end of this document) and the result will be the sender’s NIN, provided the phone used for sending the request corresponds with the number the individual supplied to NIMC at the time of registration.
Where the individual seeks to change his/her telephone number, he/she sends “Changeme/FirstName/Surname/OldPhoneNo/Last4digitNIN” and the service will reply with the user’s full name and acknowledgement of the change from the old number to the new number.
To request for any of these services, the general public is invited to send the SMS to any of the following numbers: +234 908 000 0871 (Etisalat), +234 903 000 0872 (MTN), +234 705 820 0871 (Glo), and +234 708 420 0871 (Airtel).