NIN generated by BVN cannot be linked with SIM, says NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says national identity number (NIN) generated through bank verification number (BVN) harmonization cannot be linked to SIMs.

The agency warned that an incomplete registration will hinder the user’s access to the NIMC mobile app and render the NIN-SIM integration invalid.

NIMC  thus asked Nigerians to complete their NIN registration irrespective of generating same.

The agency had earlier announced that NIN generated by the BVN can be used after it has been updated at the NIMC enrollment centre.

The biometrics capturing part of the registration can only be done at the NIMC enrollment centre.

In a tweet on Tuesday, NIMC said the NIN registration must be completed despite NIN generation through BVN.

“You must complete your NIN registration even if your BVN has generated a NIN,” the tweet read.

“If your NIN was generated due to the BVN record harmonization with the National Identity Database, you will not have access to the NIMC mobile app and your NIN-SIM integration will be invalid. Visit an enrollment centre to complete NIN registration.

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