The Bank Verification Number (BVN) which is an 11 digit number was introduced in Nigeria in other to curbed all forms of financial fraud and theft. The BVN serve as your universal identity (ID) in all the banks and financial institution within the country. So as you can see this is for your own personal banking safety.
I have seen many people having one problem or the other about their BVN details which include, the wrong date of birth or names. This problem can really affect you in the banking sector.
Try as much as possible to avoid any form of mistake when filling out forms for a new bank account or other forms that require your BVN number (If you already have BVN). Make sure the names and dates of birth details you give correspond with the one on your BVN.
What of if the deed has been done. For example, you want to open a new bank account and you don’t know the dates of birth you use during your BVN registration.
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Well, you can actually check your BVN date of birth and details. But you can only do so by visiting the Bank you enroll with or any of the Bank branch you have an account with.
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First of all, you need to copy your BVN number by dialing this code *565*0# using the mobile number you registered with. Copy the code and visits any of the Bank branches to check your BVN Date of birth, phone number, and other details. If you have an account with GTBank, dial *737*6*1# to check your BVN number.
How To Correct/Change and Update Your BVN Details
To update your BVN or makes some corrections, or changes which can be a name, date of birth, and phone number, you will need the following documents.
- To change the date of birth: Birth certificate.
- To change names and other details due to marriage: Marriage certificate as proof.
- For a change of names, phone number: You will need an international passport, national identity card, or voters card showing the correct name.
After you have all the requirements above, take them to any of your bank branches and they will attend to you.
How to Change Phone Number on your BVN
The truth is that changing your BVN phone number if you don’t have access to anymore is very important. This is because you will always need your BVN registration number many times during any banking application or even when applying for a federal job or a program like Npower.
To get your BVN number you will have to dial *565*0# on any of the network providers in the country. You will have to dial this code using the number you used during your BVN registration.
The good news is that you can visit the Bank you registered your BVN to change your phone number. If you register your BVN with First Bank, go to the Bank to make the changes and if you register with Union Bank, you also have to visit Union to make the change and so on.
While going to your Bank for the changes, make sure you go with your ID as it will be required to process with the correction. The ID can be your voter’s card, driver’s license or National ID.
How to change BVN Number Online
This is the message many wants to know. Changing the BVN number online seems to be the best and easy. However as easy as it seems, it won’t be that possible. In fact, it’s not possible to change your BVN phone number online for now.
Yes, there is no website that lets you change your BVN number online. To make the changes, you have to visit your bank with your ID to make the changes.
How to Check BVN Details online
You can easily get your BVN number through SMS by dialing *565*0# on the MTN line. Yes, it’s that simple, however, if you wish to check further details like date of birth, the phone number you used, etc, you will have to visit your bank.
To get the details, make sure you visit the Bank you enroll with. For example, visit FCMB if you registered your BVN with FCMB bank and so on with other banks.
It’s very easy to link your BVN with your Bank. You can do this through SMS, Bank portal, USSD code, and Bank BVN portal.
Example to link your BVN account, dial *945*bvn#. The BVN is the number and it will link your BVN with your account.
You can also link your BVN through the Bank portal. For example, to link your BVN number to your GTB, the steps below will be followed.
- Log on to GTB Internet Banking.
- Select BVN Linker from the left-hand panel.
- Click on New Request.
- From the drop-down menu, put your Bank Verification Number.
- Select the Nigerian Bank where your BVN was Issued.
- Answer your Secret Question and continue.
After that, your BVN will be linked to your GT Bank account. You can also use a similar method to link your BVN with other Banks.
BVN Online Registration
Registration of BVN online can be stressful especially at this time where social distancing is the new regulation. The stress and other factors has made it almost impossible for some due to their tight schedules.
Because of that, many have been looking for ways to register their BVN online. But the question still remains, is it possible to register your BVN online without going to the Bank?
For now, the answer is No. You can not register your BVN online. You can only link your BVN online by following the instructions provided by your Bank.
Hint To Note: There is no method, for now, to know your BVN details without going to the bank because all BVN database is secured (Correct me if I’m wrong).
You can only check your BVN number with this code *565*0# both on MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9Mobile. After that, a charge of N20 will be deducted from your account and the 11 digit number will be sent to you.