If you don’t already have a Bank Verification Number (BVN) in Nigeria, you will be unable to carry out any form of financial transaction online within Nigeria. BVN is a must-have for anybody who wants to access full financial services in Nigeria. BVN – a unique 11-digit number allocated to you upon biometric registration – is a security number used by banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to identify individuals and banking details.
BVN was introduced in 2014 to help banks curb the increasing compromise of their customers’ security data (passwords, PINs, face identity, etc.). Now, because BVN is a unique 11-digit number, a lot of people struggle to memorize it and often forget it or don’t have it saved somewhere.
The good thing is, you can check your BVN on your phone, from anywhere – you don’t have to go back to your bank. And in this article, we will be showing you how to do just that.
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Check Your BVN on Your Phone
You can easily check your BVN from your network provider (MTN, Airtel, GLO, and 9mobile). But before you can do this, you must ensure that the line you’re using to check is registered to your BVN. If that is the case, you can then go on and check your BVN. Here’s how;
- From your phone dialer, type in and dial the USSD code *565*0#.
- Your 11-digit number should pop up after some seconds.
- Now, we advise that you copy the number immediately after it pops up. Keep in mind that you will be charged 20 Naira every time you check your BVN on MTN.
Finally, you should note that the process of checking BVN highlighted above is the same across all network providers in Nigeria. That said, if you don’t have a BVN yet, you will need to visit your local bank to get issued one.