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How to Check Your BVN for All Nigerian Banks

BVN (Bank Verification Number) is now what every bank owner in Nigeria must have. I believe that by Now everyone maintaining any bank account with any of Nigerian Banks must have his/her BVN NUMBER now.So if you have Forgotten your BVN or you haven't gotten a text containing your own unique 11 digit BVN number from your bank.


Apart from that, i learnt you need to provide this number each time you want to make deposits as well as withdrawals from the bank and you and i know the brain is not always faithful at keeping track with our phone number not to talk of this 11 digit that is so difficult to memorize. However, MTN, Airtel and Etisalat (Glo is still loading... ) has made it easier for you and I to check our bank bvn using a ussd code.

Why Do We Need BVN Code

A BVN (bank verification number) code has become a crucial part of the Nigerian banking system, since it was made a must-have by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

With your secret 11 digit number, you can do anything from opening multiple bank accounts to securing those accounts from unauthorized access.

Your BVN code is important, and since it is  something can only have one,  you should keep it safe and never disclose it to anyone else or lose it.

However, If you have lost that piece of paper where you wrote your BVN, or need to access it immediately, there's an easier way for you to check your BVN code.

The code doesn't need internet connection to work. Its just a dial and your Bank verification number will be staring at you face to face on your mobile phone screen (even on nokia touch light phones). 

So if you find it hard to move around with your diary where you have your bank verification number neatly written down, or simply can't locate the one you have saved on your phone book, memorize this code.

How To Check Your BVN For All Nigerian Banks

Just dial *565*0# from the mobile phone number (sim) you have attached to your bank account. The code works for all banks bvn on MTN, Airtel and Etisalat lines only for now. Glo is still loading... but will let you all know once they have theirs available.

BVN Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the BVN communicated to the customer?

    Once the BVN is generated, the bank would inform you of your BVN. All customers would receive SMS alerts.

  • If a customer forgets his/her BVN what should the customer do?

    The customer should contact his/her bank where the enrolment was carried out, to retrieve the number.

  • How can you update customer information e.g. in case of change of address?

    The customer goes to his/her bank and follows the bank’s processes for updating customer information. A customer can update his/her information only at the bank where he/she has an account.

  • Does the BVN change when customers update their record

    No, the BVN doesn’t change.

  • When does my BVN expire and how do I renew?

    The BVN expires after 10 years. After 10 years of the issuance of the BVN, the customer goes back to his/her bank to re-enroll.

  • Does my BVN number remain the same for Life?

    Yes it does

  • Can a customer Enrol in one bank and get the BVN from another bank

    No. The customer can only pick up his/her BVN at any branch of the same Bank he/she enrolled.

  • If a person steals another customers BVN and comes to the bank what happens?

    The person’s live fingerprint will not match what is stored on the customer’s record.

  • After the BVN has been generated, what next?

    A customer’s identity can now be verified against their BVN.

  • Does a customer have to be physically present to Enrol?

    Yes, because the customer’s physical features e.g. fingerprints have to be captured.

  • What is the Enrolment procedure for corporate accounts?

    Individuals who are signatories to corporate accounts will enroll and their BVNs would be linked to the corporate account by the Banks.

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