How to Check Your BVN Online


Before you learn how to check your BVN online, let’s find out what exactly BVN is.

Bank Verification Number also known as BVN is an 11 digit number. The BVN serves as your universal ID in all the banks or financial institutions in the country.

The need for BVN came up when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) implemented its cashless policy. One of the reasons for the BVN was to curb all forms of financial fraud and theft. Additionally, your BVN also enables you carry out transactions at any point of banking operations.

how to check bvn online

Here’s the statement released by the CBN with regards to the BVN

Identity theft and fraudulent transactions have become a menace to the global banking system in recent times. In order to ensure trust relationship in the Nigerian banking system is not undermined, The Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with all Nigerian Banks launched Bank Verification Number (BVN) project in February 14, 2014. The BVN uniquely identifies every customer across the Nigeria banking industry using biometric details. It is a requirement for operating a bank account in Nigeria as no withdrawal shall be made on accounts without validated BVN (customers in diaspora accounts were exempted till January 31, 2016”

Overall, the BVN can be said to be an initiative by the CBN to ensure transparency, security and easy assessment of data in accordance with best practices in developed countries. These are the benefits of having a BVN:

  • Secures your bank account
  • Exposes fraudulent transactions, theft and blacklisted customers
  • Provides with a unique ID that you can use in any bank
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Once you register, the BVN is attached to your name across all banks or financial institutions in the country.

Despite being an 11 digit number, you don’t neccesarily have to memorise your BVN. There are ways to check the number on your mobile phone anytime you need to even if you don’t have an internet connection.

How to check your BVN online

So the question you’re obviously asking is how do I check my BVN online?

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Well, it’s quite straightforward.

All you have to do is to simply dial *565*0# using the mobile phone you used for your account registration. But it comes at a cost. You will be charged N20

If you’re yet to register you’ll receive this information, “Sorry your number is not enrolled on the BVN platform. Thank you for using BVN service. You have been charged N20 for this service.”

In this case you can register by following the steps below;

  • Enter any Nigerian bank of your choice
  • Request and fill the BVN enrolment form
  • Submit the form
  • Your biometric data will be taken i.e facial, thumb print
  • You will be given an acknowledgement slip with a transaction ID
  • Within 24 hours you’ll receive your BVN

Apart from the code *565*0#, some banks also have their specific shortcodes to allow their customers check their BVN on their phone. For instance, if you’re a GTBank customer, you can dial *737*6*1# to check your BVN.


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  1. Angry reader

    Dear author, with all due respect this is a very misleading post title! You said “how to check online” and eventually resulted in teaching us the ussd way. SMH!!!

  2. Ossai Ikechuku Nelson

    Hello morning sir/ma I’m contacting you because I have lost my sim that I used to verify my BVN number Thor I still have my BVN number but o want to change the phone number please help me out

    Best regards
    Ever iyke

  3. ayinde

    pls sir I have lost the sim card I used to register my BVN how can u help me

  4. Ekene jude Sylvester

    I lost my phone and the phone and the number I used to open the account and I need my bvn please what do I do

  5. Rapheal bello

    I don’t remember the bank I opened my bvn.I have date of birth was not written properly..I am 08/07/76,but in the bank I registered for my bvn they wrote 08/06/76.I have problems doing transactions in other bank accounts. I have been asked to go to the bank I registers for bvn,but I don’t can I know the bank.pls

  6. Augustine Bassey King

    GT bank Verification Number

  7. elisha

    have already open gtbank acc already have acc number,but I want to do my bvn online

  8. sadiq

    How could i find my account number unity bank

  9. Opaniyi Anuoluwapo

    Please I need my BVN number I lost my phone in NYSC camp and I need it fast please

  10. Opaniyi Anuoluwapo

    Please I need my bvn number, I lost my phone with the sim I used to registered for the account.

  11. Dahiru Hussaini Yelwa

    What is the swift code of any access bank in Nigeria

  12. James Isaiah chigozie

    access bank verification number

  13. Idowu Omolola

    I misplaced the ticket id and number I used to enrolled for the BVN so how do i get the ticket id? pls I need it urgently.. I beg of you

    1. BADEWA olubunmi blessing

      Pls I lost the phone ND the SIM I used to register my BVN pls how can I get it back I mean the bvn pls

  14. Idowu Omowunmi

    I misplaced the ticket id and number I used to enrolled for the BVN so how do i get the ticket id? pls I need it urgently.. I beg of you

  15. wallep

    I also have the same problem with that, I lost my phone with the SIM together and I don’t know how to get my bvn code back?

  16. opadayo dare samuel

    Same problem I lost my phone with my Sim I register my BVN with since then am having problem with my account and they give me excuses at bank..what can I do to get it back plssss name Opadayo dare Samuel bank GTBank of Nigeria..

  17. Akusebo Maxwell Damilola

    my name is Akusebo Maxwell Damilola I enrolled for a bvn number at wema bank and u was sent my bvn number without been given an account number.After a month my phone got stolen and my sim card was stolen.
    last week I opened an account with GTB bank now am told to get the old bvn number which I can’t find anymore… I was told to go down to wema to get the bvn number but they told me the phone number can’t be found I don’t know what to do and I need the bvn number urgently

  18. akunne nneka

    I also have the same problem with that, I lost my phone with the SIM together and I don’t know how to get my bvn code back?

  19. yahya

    My name is yahya from niger state.. plzz pals i seriously need your help, i have been having issues with my account do to BVN. I lost the number i use in registering BVN and now, i cant withdrawal in my acct which i also dont have NY ticket….. pzz how do i retrieve my BVN????

  20. iAmusan Emmanuel O

    I want to use another sim card to check my BVN due to lost of phone, pls any code

    1. yahya

      Hi bro… we are having the same problem. so, is yhurs? solve. if yes, plsss help me out

  21. Tijani Abass

    Am having a problem with my BVN registration in opening another bank account in JAIZ Bank,
    So what will I do to solve the issue and see my BVN details,
    I register my BVN through GTBANK,

  22. akindele adedeji iyanu

    haven’t received bvn message lost NY ticket I’d nd number for registration
    can’t make transactions since then
    how do I get it

  23. adedoyin obadare

    Please I have an issue with my BVN for mistakenly putting the wrong date of birth when I opened an account with GTB, what should I do

  24. Abikoye Babajide

    My name is Abikoye micheal.I’m Exhibiting my regret starting with a Financial club from Nigeria since 2006 and i hope all Nigerians shouldn’t be a victim of these regret a Financial Club of Skyebank erollment Bank Verification number 22351296743. Carries themseleves with Representative as Staff to steal personalities and never also post themseleve to Make Advantage of Requirement like details of Maiden phone number and Next of kin to work Against citizen of country of Nigeria Also i’m a Dual citizen which my interest with the Skyebank Plc was to Have my Great Britian Home office payment for Document to Return to my Country Nigeria since i have Captured Proof of Living to the world from my Parents As Nigerians And Agreement After studies from Nigeria for 38 years and return to United kingdom successfully and They are bunch of pit of hell as discovery.Hope more to fall victim was the reason of publicity.

  25. Alashe Omotayo

    pls i lost the sim i use for my Bvn number and i went back they couldn’t find or trace it so till don’t know my Bvn number pls what can i do bcos i need the account now

    1. Idowu Omowunmi

      Have anyone find solution to his/her lost BVN and SIM. Help someone please, it’s urgent

  26. Onipe David

    please I have challenge linking my BVN to other bank. when a open another bank account with GTB, due to an error in my votal’s card that I used to register the BVN at Union Bank Plc Okene branch in Kogi State. what should I do?

    1. James Isaiah chigozie

      access bank verification number

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