How to Generate VNIN on Airtel in Nigeria

How to Generate VNIN on Airtel in Nigeria

A Virtual NIN (VNIN) is a temporary, tokenized version of your actual National Identification Number (NIN) that can be used for various SIM-related services, including linking your Airtel line. In this blog post, we’ll cover the simple ways to generate a VNIN on Airtel Nigeria.

What is a VNIN?

  • A unique 16-digit alphanumeric code linked to your actual NIN.
  • Used for secure transactions where sharing your full NIN might be unnecessary.
  • VNINs expire after a set period (usually 72 hours).
  • Different networks generate their own specific VNINs. An Airtel VNIN cannot be used with MTN or other providers.

Methods to Generate VNIN on Airtel Nigeria

Airtel offers two primary ways to get a VNIN:

1. USSD Code

  • Dial *346*3*NINAgentCode# on your Airtel line.
  • Replace “NIN” with your actual 11-digit National Identification Number.
  • Use an agent code provided by the service you want to access. You can often find this code on the service provider’s website (for example, Youverify’s agent code is 471335)
  • You will receive an SMS containing your VNIN.

2. NIMC Mobile App

  • Download the NIMC Mobile ID App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • Install and follow the app’s registration process.
  • Navigate to the “My Devices” section and click the “+” button.
  • Select either “Scan Enterprise’s QR Code” or “Type Enterprise’s ID” and provide the Agent code where requested.
  • Your VNIN specific to that service provider will be generated and displayed on the app.

Important Reminders:

  • You must have your actual NIN to generate a VNIN.
  • VNINs are temporary and should be used for the specific transaction you generated them for.
  • Contact Airtel customer support (dial 111 or 121) if you face issues.


Generating a VNIN on Airtel Nigeria is a straightforward process that helps streamline SIM-related transactions and protect your personal information. By using the USSD code or the NIMC mobile app, you can easily obtain a VNIN and link your Airtel line to your NIN.

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