If you have registered for National Identity Card and you don’t know how to check its readiness, well you can check here to learn how to do that. However, we are moving to how you can retrieve back the NIN number in case of emergency or misplacement.NIN

For those who have enrolled or registered but yet to to be issued the temporary slip or misplaced the NIN number, instead of stressing yourself to the NIN office to get it, you can simply do that with the aid of the newly introduced USSD code.

The National Identification Number (NIN) is a set of numbers (usually 11 in number) that is assigned to a user individual upon successful enrollment for the National Identification System by NIMC.

ALSO READ: How To Check and Link Your Phone Number With Your NIN 

How To Check NIN Number Using USSD Code

To check, simply follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to your dialer or phone app and dial *346# 
  • Select the “NIN Retrieval” option, by typing in ‘1’ to check your NIN number if you dialed this code from the phone number you used when registering for your NIN.
  • Select “NIN Search” by typing in ‘2’, to check your NIN by inputting some of your registration details if you’ve lost your phone number or using another phone.
  • Congratulations, you are finally able to check your NIN for your mobile device.


Ensure you have at least N20 Airtime on your phone because you’ll be charged a onetime fee of N20 once you dial the USSD code above.

You must dial from the sim associated with a previous registration of either voter’s card, driver’s license, bvn or any other registration that got your thumbprint and photo. 

How To Check The Availability Of You Original Plastic NIMC

And finally, you can also check if the original Plastic NIMC is ready for collection or not by checking this post here.

Kindly share your thoughts with us via the comment box.

ALSO READ: FAQs on the National Identification Number (NIN): Retrieve, Link Your NIN and More


  1. Thanks so much for this. I have been having issues with my nin. I just tried the ussd code. And it said my request is being processed.

    Plus option 2 says cancel .

  2. I’ve tried the ussd code, it’s saying my data doesn’t exist and the option of entering number 2 will go to cancel instead of nin search

    • Remember, you are to dial that *346# on the phone number used to enrolled for the NIN. If you dial it on a number that has never been register on NIN, you will be getting that error message.

  3. Can national I D card serve. I got my NIN when i dialled the code but i didn’t register for NIMC. Am i required to still go to the enrollment center to register?


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