How To Check BVN Details Online? No. 4 is the easiest


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How to check BVN details online includes the NIBBS lookup tool, USSD banking, internet banking, and mobile apps.

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So, you’ve probably been filling a form online or registering for an app, and then they request for your BVN, and then you don’t remember it. We’re 100% positive that you don’t want to go and stand in a long queue in your bank just to get those details.

If that’s you, rest easy because, in this article, we will be exploring how to check BVN details online via USSD and teach you everything you need to know about your BVN

Sit tight because we will unravel every mystery in this post, so read on.

How To Check BVN Details Online

What exactly is a BVN?

Alright, let’s start at the beginning. BVN stands for Bank Verification Number.

It’s a unique 11-digit number issued to every individual by their bank in Nigeria. Think of it as your financial fingerprint. This number is designed to make banking transactions safer and more secure for everyone involved.

It was introduced by the CBN BVN in 2014 to combat fraud, identity theft, and other financial crimes.

How To Check BVN Details Online: 4 Easy Ways

1. Through the NIBSS BVN lookup tool

This is my favourite of all the ways in this article to check BVN details online. The NIBSS is an agency that manages the electronic interbank interface of all banks in Nigeria. 

The agency provides the name check feature when doing a transfer. They have this nifty tool called the BVN lookup tool to help verify and retrieve your details. 

Here’s how to check BVN details online using the NIBSS’s website:

  1. Go to the NIBSS website using your mobile phone or a computer.
  2. If you have an account with them, login; if not, register with your details
  3. Provide your name and date of birth in the required fields.
  4. Enter the phone number linked to your BVN; they might send an OTP to this number for confirmation.
  5. Click the “Submit” button.
  6. Select a preferred payment option and pay the required ₦20 verification fee.
  7. If successful, you will see your 11-digit BVN displayed on the screen.

Please Note: Sometimes, the portal glitches, and the BVN lookup tool might be unavailable. You can check back after a while.

2. How To Check BVN Details Online Using Internet Banking

Nigeria has improved a lot in digital transactions and online banking, and internet banking is one of those ways.

Note that the exact steps of this method I will teach you will vary depending on your bank’s user interface. Still, the following is the general method of checking your BVN details using Internet banking:

You can check your BVN via Internet banking by following these steps:

  1. The first thing to do is to visit your Internet banking website; it should be located on the official webpage of your bank on Google. Make sure you are visiting your bank’s official page. This is why we suggest typing your bank name in Google. Please don’t click on any link in WhatsApp, Facebook or Telegram.
  2. Sign in using your credentials. The credentials required will vary depending on the bank, but they typically include a username, phone number, account number, etc.
  3. When successfully logged in, Check the menu for the “Account Settings” or “Account Details” option and click on it.
  4. You should now be able to view the details of your account, which your BVN is part of.

Note: Not all banks might be able to do this, though.

3. How To Check BVN Details Online Using Your Mobile Banking App

Mobile banking apps are all the rage these days; literally, almost everyone with a smartphone has one. If you use a bank, you should probably have its mobile app, so here is the process for viewing your BVN on the mobile app.

  1. Sign into your mobile banking app using relevant credentials.
  2. Click the “Account Details” or “Account Information” option on your profile picture.
  3. Select “Identification” or “BVN”; it should display your BVN for you.

Note: Just like Internet banking, the exact steps you will be required to take to achieve this will differ per app; for example, my Access Bank app has mine with a click of a button, but I can’t say the same for all banks. It depends on the user interface, but the overall process is explained above. Also, know that not all banks provide it in their mobile apps

4. How to Check BVN Details using USSD

How to Check BVN Details using USSD

This is a final straw option and can be used if all the other steps fail; this step does not require internet but requires the sim you registered your BVN on and up to #20 on that sim as a transaction fee.

The step is simple: dial *565*0# on the registered sim, and if it is valid, it will display your BVN. It is that simple.

Why Check Your BVN Details Online?

You might think, “Can’t I just walk into my bank to check my BVN details?” Well, sure, you can. But there’s a more convenient way – doing it online! 

With the power of the internet, you can access your BVN information from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you have an internet connection—no need to wait in long lines or deal with paperwork.

Here are five benefits to checking your BVN details online

1. Instant Access to BVN Information

With a good internet network, checking your BVN online grants you access instantly, unlike the queues at some of our traditional banks

2. Convenience

You can check your BVN from your toilet, your bathtub, literally everywhere with a connectivity

3. Enhanced Security

The process of checking your BVN online is always encrypted and made secure so that you are the only person with access to that information. This is unlike at the bank, where you could write it down, and then someone would take a peep at it.

4. 24/7 Accessibility

With round-the-clock availability, you can access your BVN information anytime.

5. Efficient Account Management

With your BVN at the tip of your fingers, there are a lot of banking stuff you can do efficiently.

How to Check Your BVN

How to correct and update your BVN details

Primarily, the only way to correct and update your BVN details is by visiting any bank branch that issued your BVN. When they verify that the account you claim is genuinely yours, all your details will be accessed and updated.

To make the process faster, just dial the code *565*0# using the mobile number you opened your bank account with.

Once that is done, a “successful” request will warrant a deduction of N20 from your airtime balance. Immediately after your account is charged, your 11-digit Bank Verification Number will be displayed.   

However, if you don’t have up to N20 in your airtime account balance, the request will be declined, and you will have to recharge before your request goes through.

Also, please be aware that they don’t send BVN as an SMS for an apparent reason: the information is sensitive and should not, by any means, be available to external persons. So, your best option is to write it down or save it in a place only you have access to.  

To complete the update, go to your bank with the following documents:

  • For the date of birth issue, present your birth certificate.
  • If the error comes from your new name as a result of marriage, present your marriage certificate.
  • To change your name (if not married), your bank will request a valid means of identification, such as an International Passport, National Identity Card, or voter card to verify your true identity.
  • What about a change of phone number? You must present your valid means of identification alongside your new mobile number.

Conclusion on How to Check BVN Details Online

That ends the article. In summary, the ways to check your BVN details online are the NIBBS BVN lookup tool, internet banking, mobile apps, and USSD.

What I did when going about how to check my BVN online was I made sure I used the official channels and kept my personal information safe. You should keep your BVN number safe because it is an integral part of many banking and financial activities.

If you know how to do it and use the available online tools, you can quickly check your BVN number whenever needed. This will make it easier for you to use Nigeria’s banks and financial services. 

So, following the steps above will guide you on how to check your BVN details like name, phone number, address, and all other records online.

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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

55 thoughts on “How To Check BVN Details Online? No. 4 is the easiest”

      • Please. How can I get my BVN phone number. I know my BVN. But I don’t remember the phone number. I lost is since 2016. I need help with it. I’m not around to go to the bank as well

  1. I still have the same phone number link to my BVN but now I’m unable to check my BVN number, I don’t know what to do right now

  2. Pls,I want to check my Bvn number on mobile phone but I’ve lost my phone and the phone number that I used to open the Acct before….
    Pls????????????way out

  3. Please I need advice…
    My BVN is carrying 3 names but I use only 2 names on all my credentials. Please what do I do to remove the middle name on my BVN?


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