Nigeria’s Ministry of communications says that over 9 million mobile lines are unregistered and has directed that they be blocked. If you are worried about the registration status of your SIM card, you can easily check your SIM card registration status right on your phone using the codes provided in this article.
The federal government has added the National Identification Number (NIN) as a key requirement for registering SIM cards in the country. If you are looking for information about NIN, see the following articles: SIM Card Registration: How to get your National Identification Number (NIN), List of NIN Enrolment Centres across Nigeria, and How to use the NIMC Mobile App.
Why is SIM registration important? It provides a database of registered mobile users in the country, and so helps to recover stolen/lost cards, as well as help security agencies to track criminal activity.
Codes to check SIM card registration status for Nigerian mobile networks
Below are the codes you need to check whether your SIM card registration has been done and the details are up-to-date. The codes differ across the four mobile networks, but they are all simple and require you to dial a number or to send an SMS.
To check SIM card registration status on MTN Nigeria
To check your SIM card registration status on MTN, dial *789*1#, or text “REG” to 789.
If your registration details are in order, you will get a feedback that says: “Dear subscriber, thank you for checking your status. Your account information doesn’t need to be updated at this time.”
This same message will be sent to your line via SMS. If your SIM registration details are not in order, you will be required to update them.
How to check SIM card registration status on Airtel Nigeria
To check SIM card registration status on 9mobile –
Dial 746 or 200 with your 9mobile line. You will get a voice response that tells you whether your line is registered.
To check SIM card registration status on Globacom
To check the status of your SIM card on Glo, text REG to 746 or 3456.
If your SIM details are in order, you will get an SMS saying, “Your SIM 234xxxyyyzz has been registered. Thank you.” If not, you will be required to update your details.
How To Update Your SIM Registration Details
If you have checked the status of your SIM card registration and got a message that says you need to update your details, don’t fret. You only need to find your network’s nearest SIM registration centre or customer care centre to get it done. You can confirm your registration status again using the above codes.
Update: Here is an important piece of information. National Identification Number (NIN) is now one of the requirements for buying, registering and replacing a SIM card. So, be sure to register for one. Here are helpful articles about NIN registration and SIM card registration/replacement:
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