In accordance with the directive from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), individuals must now actively create a Virtual National Identification Number (VNIN) to seamlessly link their NIN with their mobile numbers. If you, for instance, are an MTN subscriber attempting to link your NIN to your MTN number, the virtual NIN becomes a vital requirement.
Functioning as a digital counterpart of your NIN, the Virtual National Identification Number (VNIN) provides a secure means to present essential identification details. Its design prioritizes preventing unauthorized cloning or duplication, thereby safeguarding sensitive personal data.
How to Create a Virtual NIN
First and foremost, It’s important to note that Virtual NIN numbers are designed to automatically expire within 72 hours, regardless of usage. Hence, if you don’t use the number within this timeframe, you’ll have to generate a new one. The step is as follows:
- Dial *996*3#.
- Choose Option 3 for Virtual NIN.
- Enter your NIN to proceed.
- Authenticate by inputting ‘109071’ as your Enterprise ID, linking your NIN to the virtual number.
Alternatively, dial *346*3*11-digit NIN*109071# for flexibility in the process. Note that the service usually costs ₦20 per attempt.
Nigerians are advised to generate a Virtual National Identification Number to comply with NIMC guidelines and enhance the security of their identity information. The virtual NIN format reduces the risk of unauthorized access, instilling confidence in the protection of your private details.
As the need for digital identity verification increases, the implementation of VNINs represents a crucial advancement in bolstering the security and effectiveness of identity management systems. This innovation enables the seamless integration of National Identification Numbers with mobile services, promoting a more connected and secure digital environment.”