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How to Link NIN/BVN to UBA, First Bank, Fidelity and Fintechs

Here's the simple step-by-steps guides to link to NIN and BVN to UBA account, First Bank account, Fidelity account and Fintechs like OPay and PalmPay.
Linking NIN and BVN to Bank Account in Nigeria

Generally, you can link National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to your bank account by following your bank's guidelines. Mostly, people visit their nearest bank branch to complete this process. However, this is not necessary. You can actually link your BVN/NIN to your bank from the comfort of your home.

Now, it's been mandated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for every bank account holders to validate their BVN and NIN. Hence, updating your BVN and NIN is now essential to maintain access to your bank account. Here’s a comprehensive guide detailing the process of linking your NIN and BVN with First Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Fidelity Bank, Opay, and other banks and fintech firms in Nigeria.

Linking NIN/BVN to UBA Account

You can update your NIN and BVN on the UBA banking system via LEO, UBA mobile banking app and by visiting the bank branch near you. LEO is a UBA virtual assistant that let you carry-out various banking services right from your messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Linking NIN/BVN via LEO can be done on WhatsApp banking or Messenger banking. Here's how; chat UBA LEO on WhatsApp through this number - +234 903 001 0007 using your UBA-registered phone number.

Type "Hello" and LEO will reply you with list of services offers. Choose option A as highlighted in the image below.

Using LEO to link NIN and BVN to UBA Account

Follow the next instructions and input your NIN/BVN as requested to successfully update them on your UBA Account.

Secondly, you can link your NIN and BVN by logging in to your UBA Mobile banking app. Tap on "Profile" and select "Update Info". Scroll down and tap on "BVN" to update your BVN. Next, tap on "NIN" and enter your NIN to update it.

Lastly, you can easily walk in to any UBA branch near and request any available hand-on-desk customer care representative to help you update your BVN and NIN in your account. Make sure you have your BVN and NIN with you to avoid delay.

Linking NIN/BVN to First Bank Account

Follow these steps to successfully link your NIN to your First Bank account in Nigeria:

  • Login to your bank account to First Bank e-banking portal.
  • Scroll down the page and tap on "Update NIN/BVN"
  • You will be required to input your First bank account number to proceed. Now, enter the account and other required details such as "date of birth" and "phone number."
  • You may be required to confirm entered via OTP to BVN phone number or to your first bank registered phone number.

Once the OTP is confirmed, follow any other requested instructions to complete the linkage of your BVN and NIN to your First Bank Account.

Linking BVN/NIN to Fidelity Bank Account

Follow these steps to link your NIN/BVN to your Fidelity Bank Account:

  • Visit Fidelity Bank online portal on your device's web browser.
  • Sign in to your Fidelity Account Internet Banking.
  • Navigate the dashboard and tap on "Manage My Account".
  • On that page, select "BVN/NIN Linkage"
  • Enter your NIN and BVN simultaneously and tap "Update".
  • An OTP will be sent to your registered phone number. Confirm the OTP and tap "Submit".

Note: additionally verifications such as answers to security questions may be required to complete the NIN and BVN linkage.

Linking NIN and BVN to Access Bank Account

Follow these instructions to update and link your NIN and BVN to your Access Bank Account:

  • On your access bank registered phone number, dial *901*11# and follow the onscreen prompts to enter your BVN and NIN.
  • Review your input information again and choose the option to submit. Alternatively, you can link up your BVN and NIN via the bank internet banking portal.

Other means to link NIN and BVN to Access Bank Account is by visiting the bank branch. However, you may need to fight queue to speak with customer care service.

Linking NIN to Ecobank Account

Follow these steps to link your NIN and BVN to Ecobank Account:

  • Visit Ecobank specially made Customer Update Portal and enter your account number as per request.
  • Accept the service terms and conditions and confirm the OTP sent to your registered Email Address.
  • Choose the option for updating your statutory ID or identification information.
  • Now, upload a scanned copy of your National Identification Number (NIN) document.
  • Verify your agreement and proceed by submitting the form.

It can take up to two business days for your submitted document to be reviewed. However, you will get notifications via email on the decision; whether it's accepted or declined.

Linking NIN and BVN to GTBank Account

You can link your National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to your GTB Account by dialing *737*20*BVN# from your registered mobile number. Alternatively, you can seamlessly link both your BVN and NIN by accessing GTBank’s self-service portal on their official website, ( For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, assistance is available at your nearest GTBank branch.

Linking NIN/BVN to Zenith Bank Account

You can also link your NIN to your Zenith bank account by dialing *966*NIN# and following the instructions. Alternatively, you can utilize Zenith Bank’s internet banking platform, navigate to the “Account” section, and select either “Update Account (NIN)” or “BVN Update” to complete the required e-form for submission.

Linking NIN and BVN to OPAY Account

Follow these steps to link NIN and BVN to your OPay Account:

  • Login to your account via OPay App.
  • Tap on "Me" and select "Account Limit"
  • Tap on "Upgrade" and follow the prompts instructions to attach your NIN and BVN to the Account.

To link your NIN/BVN with other fintech banks such as PalmPay, simply visit these ultimate guides and locate the dedicated sections for NIN/BVN linkage. Follow the instructions provided to complete the process seamlessly.

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