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How to check BVN on MTN, Airtel, Etisalat (9 Mobile), Glo and other Nigerian Banks

Due to the numerous fraudulent transactions and identity theft that occurred in the time past which left many bank customers devastated, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) came up with the initiative to introduce the BVN to curb all financial fraud, theft and also ensure transparency and security of personal information in financial transactions in the banking system.

BVN which is also known as Bank Verification Number is a unique number in which every Bank customer across the Banking industry can be identified with and can also be used to verify any banking operations done by them.

For any Banking operation or transaction to be approved, the customer BVN has to be provided and failure to do so will result in the decline of the customer banking activities by the Bank.

It might be a problem to remember the BVN 11 digit number but not to worry because there is an easy way to check your BVN if you have forgotten and this article would show you the easy steps to follow in order to get your BVN when in need of it.

BVN is very important as it uniquely identifies the customer in any banking institution in which financial operations are to be carried out and it should be easily accessible when payments or any other banking activities are to be made in the bank.


It is quite easy to check your BVN without Internet connection thanks to your network provider which can be done by dialling a short code on your mobile device and this can only be possible with the number used for BVN registration.

All right! Before proceeding, you may also want to read about Nigerian Bank transfer codes and all contact details of Nigerian banks and also how to check MTN data balance.

How to Check BVN on Glo

For Glo subscribers, dial *565*0# on your mobile device and make sure it is the number you used when registering for your BVN

After dialling the code, your BVN would appear on your mobile device screen after a short time.

A service fee of 10 Naira is deducted from your account.

Note: If your Glo number is not registered on the BVN platform then you would not receive your BVN but the service fee would still be deducted and this also applies to other networks.

How to Check BVN on Airtel

If you are an Airtel subscriber and your number is registered on the BVN platform then dial *565*0# just like how you would do for other networks.

.After a short time, your BVN would be sent to your mobile device in which a service fee of 10 Naira would be deducted.

How to Check BVN on MTN

Dial *565*0# on your mobile device if you are an MTN subscriber.

Your BVN would appear on your phone screen after a short time and just like the previous networks, a service fee of 10 Naira would be deducted.

How to Check BVN on 9 Mobile

9 Mobile was formerly known as Etisalat and the same code used in other networks can also be used to check your BVN for 9 mobile

.As a 9 mobile subscriber, dial the short code *565*0# and shortly your Bvn would be displayed on your phone screen to which a fee of 10 Naira or 20 Naira would be deducted.

You can see from the above simple steps that retrieving your BVN is no problem at all.

How to get BVN in Nigeria/Requirements for BVN Registration

To get registered for BVN in Nigeria is not a difficult task and can be done in any of the bank branches nationwide.

If you are yet to get your BVN, the following steps would show you how it can be done and in no time you would have your BVN like every other Nigerians.

The following are the steps to follow in other to get your BVN and also the requirements needed for BVN registration

Go to any bank branch near you. It does not necessarily have to be the bank in which you have an account with but if it is the bank you opened an account with then it is all good.

  1. Tell any of the bank employees that you want to register for BVN and a Bvn enrollment form would be given to you.
  2. After the BVN enrollment form has been filled, the bank employee would put you through the process of registration.
  3. After your data has been inputted by the bank employee on the BVN platform, your Biometrics would be captured which is very important for identity management and this has to do with your fingerprint and facial features.
  4. A ticket ID would be given to you by the bank employee and it is very important for you to keep it as you would be asked to present it when next you visit the bank to get your BVN.
  5. Your BVN would be sent via SMS to the phone number you used for the registration and this would be done within 24 hours to 48 hours.

With the above steps, you can see that getting your BVN is no big deal at all.

How to Change Number on BVN

Many Nigerians are faced with the problem of how they can change their number on BVN due to the fact that the number they used for BVN registration has been changed or the SIM got lost and as such the number is no longer in use.

This problem can be solved without any hassle, all you have to do is to visit the bank in which you did your BVN registration and request for a change of number on your BVN.

The bank employee would give you a form to fill and your number would be changed.

BVN for Banks – GTBank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Diamond Bank, First Bank, Union Bank

Banks have made it quite easy for bank customers to link their BVN to their bank account without having to visit the bank.

BVN for GTBank

If you have an account with GTBank and you want your BVN to be linked to your account, it is quite simple as it can be done by either visiting the BVN linking portal on GTBank website or making use of any ATMs nationwide or it can simply be done on the GTBank Internet Banking Platform.

BVN can be also be linked via SMS by simply texting your BVN details to 08076665555 or via the 737 BVN linker by dialling *737*20*BVN#

In case you are wondering how to get BVN for GTBank, it is pretty much like the steps I mentioned earlier in this article on how to get BVN in Nigeria and if you want to know how to get your BVN through GTBank then on your mobile device dial *737*6*1#.

BVN for Zenith Bank

To link your BVN to your Zenith Bank account, dial *966*BVN# or you can simply visit Zenith Bank website via BVN update and fill the form.

BVN for Access Bank

To link your BVN to your Access Bank account can be done through the website or by sending a text with your BVN and account number to 20121.

BVN for Diamond Bank

Your BVN can be linked to your Diamond Bank account by sending your BVN and account number in an SMS to 30811 or via email by sending your BVN details to enquiries@diamondbank.com

BVN for First Bank

Linking your BVN to your First Bank account can be done by texting BVN#account number #BVN code to 08076664444 or by visiting the First Bank website and filling the form to link your BVN to your bank account.

BVN for Union Bank

Visit the Union Bank website and via the BVN linker portal, fill in the necessary details to link your BVN to your account.


BVN is a wonderful initiative by the Central Bank in collaboration with all Nigerian Banks in order to prevent unauthorized access to customers account and also to safeguard customers banking transactions. I hope this article has been able to help you greatly by giving you the necessary information needed on BVN.

Cynthia Victor

The article was written by Cynthia Victor. Cynthia Victor, a Nigerian Writer shares her passion for fashion, food and music through colourful stories on NaijaDazz.