How To Check BVN – Step-By-Step Guide

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How to check BVN

How To Check BVN

If you’re a Nigerian resident, you may need to check your Bank Verification Number (BVN) for various reasons, such as opening a new bank account or applying for a loan. Luckily, there are several ways to check your BVN quickly and easily, without any hassle. Here are five methods you can use to check your BVN number in Nigeria.

What is BVN?

BVN means Bank Verification Number. It is a unique set of 11 digits that is linked to all your bank accounts, and consequentially, all your bank transactions.

It is essentially like your identity in the banking space and can track your activities across different banks. It requires those who have different bank accounts to link all their accounts to a single BVN after registering for one. BVN uniquely verifies each bank’s customer for the “know your customer” purposes.

Having a BVN is currently compulsory to own and operate a bank account in Nigeria. Your bank accounts would freeze and remain frozen without one. This applies to all types of bank accounts.

Check your Bank Verification Number (BVN):

The NIBSS “check your BVN” service allows individuals to retrieve their BVN numbers, Customers are required to dial the shortcode (*565*0#) and the BVN is provided.

How To Get A BVN

Registering for your BVN is a pretty simple and straightforward process. Follow the steps below to successfully register:

  1. Visit your bank with a valid ID card (voter’s card, driver’s license, national ID) and request for a BVN enrollment form
  2. Fill the form and capture your biometrics; fingerprints and photograph. The bank does your Biometric capturing.
  3. On completion of biometrics, they would give you a ticket ID
  4. You should receive your BVN number a few days or less after registration

Many banks today now offer a completely digital process, where you can download the form online. After getting your BVN, the next step is to link it to all your other bank accounts. Simply visit your bank, where they would give you a form to complete the process.

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How To Check BVN Online

If you can’t access or have lost the sim card that you used to create your BVN. You can go through the following steps:

  1. Log to NIBSS BVN Online Portal. OR CLICK HERE.
  2. Enter your BVN details as required.
  3. Now enter your password and select ‘Login’.

You can also validate your BVN on their portal through the following steps:

  1. Navigate to NIBSS BVN Online Portal.
  2. Put your BVN in the first box they provided.
  3. Enter your date of birth, in this order; Date-Month-Year, in the second box.
  4. Select ‘Validate’.

How To Check BVN On MTN

  1. Dial *565*0# using the phone number you used in registering for your BVN
  2. In a few moments, your phone’s screen will display your unique eleven digits.
  3. Know that this is a premium service. Your operator will charge you up to 20 Naira for this.

As a result, saving the number somewhere so you don’t have to pay for it every time you need it is a good idea.

How To Check BVN On GLO

  1. Ensure that you have up to 20 Naira airtime on your phone
  2. Dial *565*0# using the phone number you used in registering for your BVN
  3. Your 11 digits BVN will be displayed on your screen

How To Check BVN On 9Mobile

  1. If your network is Etisalat (which is now 9mobile), you will have no problems. Simply dial *565*0# to get started.
  2. Wait until you see the number on your phone’s screen.
  3. This should also charge you too. Having at least 20 Naira in your phone account is a good idea.

How To Check BVN On Airtel

  1. If you’re an Airtel user, the exact code, *565*0#, will get you the numbers you need.
  2. After submitting your inquiry, you will receive a phone number shortly.
  3. For the inquiry, they’ll deduct up to 20 Naira from your mobile account.

Note: If you are a client of a Nigerian bank that has been authorized by the Central Bank of Nigeria. You can use the *565*0# code. Aside from that, this service is not free.

From the information above, you now understand how you can use a mobile phone to check your BVN. Mobile network operators in Nigeria such as MTN, Etisalat, Airtel, and GLO use the universal code *565*0# to verify BVN. If you’re looking for a quick way to retrieve your BVN number, this code will come in handy.

Another easy way to check your BVN number in Nigeria is to contact the BVN helpdesk via phone or email. You can call the BVN helpdesk on 0700-2255-226 or send an email to [email protected]. Make sure to provide your full name, date of birth, and phone number or email address associated with your BVN registration. The helpdesk will verify your identity and provide you with your BVN number. This method is also free of charge and can be done from the comfort of your home or office.


BVN is a very important and beneficial development in the banking industry. Its ability to create a unique identity for customers has reduced fraud and also simplified loaning processes. Hopefully, you’re now well-informed on the different ways to check BVN details without having to walk into any banking hall.



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