Virtual National Identification Number (VNIN) | How to Register

Virtual National Identification Number (VNIN) | How to Register for VNIN – The NIMC have a made a virtual provision for registration. See below for all you need to know about the Virtual National Identification Number.

VNIN Information

What is VNIN?

  • VNIN stands for Virtual National Identification Number (VNIN)
  • It is simply a tokenized version of your National Identification Number (NIN)
  • It is a 16-character alphanumeric virtual NIN, i.e. “XS868977863229AU”.
  • It can only be used once and expires within 72 hours, whether used or not

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  • NIMC deployed VNIN to provide a secure means of presenting the National Identification Number (NIN) in a format that can protect the NIN from being cloned or duplicated.

    Click on the links below to find out more about VNIN:


    How do I get/generate a VNIN?

    You can generate your VNIN either via:

      • NIMC Mobile App
        • Download the NIMC App from the App or Play Store
        • Log in with your NIN and PIN (1st time users will be required to create a PIN)
        • Click on the tab that says Get Virtual NIN
        • You will be required to select the Network provider i.e MTN
        • The VNIN will then come up you can either scan the bar code or select the copy VNIN option
      • USSD – USSD short code is *346#
        • Dial *346#
        • Input 3 and send for virtual NIN
        • Input your 11-digit NIN and press send to generate VNIN
        • Enter MTN’s Enterprise ID to continue – 109071
        • The VININ is displayed, and the Customer also receives the VNIN as text

    Note: Your NIN is required to generate a VNIN.

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    Will I be charged for generating VNIN?


    You will be charged N20 to generate VNIN via USSD

    However, generating a VNIN via the NIMC Mobile App is free!

    If I do not have a NIN, can I get a VNIN?

      • No. VNIN is a tokenized version of your NIN.
      • Customers must have a valid NIN to enable them generate a VNIN
      • Your NIN remains valid and is required to generate a VNIN

    What do I Need to generate a VNIN?

      • You need your valid 11-digit NIN (National Identification Number)
      • You need MTN Enterprise ID – Enterprise Short-ID: 109071


    • Every mobile network operator (MNO) has its unique enterprise short ID.
    • You cannot use the MTN Enterprise ID on any other Network.

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