How To Check BVN Code: MTN, Glo, Airtel & Others

Check BVN code without airtime.

BVN Code - What is it?

BVN, or Bank Verification Number, is your financial fingerprint. It’s a unique 11-digit code identifier linked to your biometric information, serving as a means of verifying your identity in the banking system. Can I tell you something, BVN was one of the issues why many NPOWER beneficiary could not get their stipend till today. This article is aimed to guide you on how to check BVN without hassles.

Introduced in 2014 by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), BVN aims to curb identity theft, fraud, and other financial crimes. Beyond being a set of numbers, it’s the key to unlocking various banking services securely, making it essential for transactions, account verification, and other financial activities.

How to Check BVN Code Online (Without Airtime)

Now, picture this: you’re in a rush, trying to sort out your banking affairs, and suddenly you realize you’ve run out of airtime. The frustration is real! Your thought is like, “How do I check my BVN?” But worry not; in this guide, we’ve got some easy steps that ensure checking your BVN without airtime is a hassle-free experience. So, let’s explore these straightforward tips together and make accessing our BVN stress-free.

BVN Check: Using Online Banking Platforms

 Overview: Got some browsing data? Online banking can be a game-changer.

Step-by-step: Log in to your bank’s website or app, navigate to the ‘BVN’ section, and there you have it – your BVN without any fuss. Familiarize yourself with your bank’s website, and you’re good to go.

Emphasis: It’s quick, convenient, and all you need is an internet connection.

Check BVN on Mobile Banking Apps

  • Explanation: Your bank’s app is your BVN buddy. Most of the bank apps have a dedicated space for your BVN after verification. I have always find this handy whenever I needed my BVN. 

Instructions: Log in, find the ‘personal details’ section, scroll to where you see BVN, click to open and there’s your BVN. For example, if you are using Zenith bank app, after log in, 

  • open the menu at the top of the app where you see “overview”.
  • scroll down and locate “settings”
  • Open it and scroll down to “My BVN”. Open and your registered BVN will be displayed.
  • Ditto to other banks too.

User-friendly: Easy as pie, and no airtime required – just ensure your internet is on. Explore your bank’s app for other useful features beyond BVN.

If you are using fintech banks like Opay, Palmpay and others, your BVN may not be fully displayed, some parts will be covered, probably for security reason.

Check BVN on MTN, Airtel, GLO and Etisalat with official USSD code

Check BVN with USSD Code *565*0#

For MTN: (2024 latest update)

(You will be charged at least N20)

  • Dial *565*0#.
  • Enter you full date of birth as requested.
  • Confirm and your BVN is displayed.
  • Make sure you write it down.

For Airtel:

The service will cost you N20)

  • Just dial *565*0#
  • Your BVN is displayed. Easy right?
  • Write it down and keep it.

For Glo: Service costs N20

  • Dial the official code *565*0#
  • Follow the prompt
  • Your BVN number is displayed.
  • Keep it save.

For Etisalat/9Mobile:

  • Dial the code *565*0#
  • Follow the prompt
  • Your BVN is displayed.
  • Keep it save.

Note: Checking your BVN on MTN, Airtel, GLO and Etisalat mobile network is as easy as a,b,c. However be sure to note the digits down as the displayed message containing your BVN code might disappear with a single tap, probably for security purposes. You will be charged once again if you dial the code. You may also dial your bank’s specific code for BVN. 

USSD codes are lifesavers.

Visiting Your Bank’s Branch for BVN Code

   – Acknowledgment: Sometimes, the old-fashioned way is reliable.

   – Instructions: Walk into your bank, ask for help, and your BVN is in your hands. Experience the human touch and personalized service at your local bank branch.

Check BVN number on ATM Machine

You can easily check your BVN on any ATM machine. Just insert your ATM card in the machine and navigate to where you see “BVN”. follow the instruction on the screen, and that is it! You got your BVN numbers.

Check BVN Online with NIBSS BVN Lookup Tool

Do you know there is a secured and approved platform where your BVN is kept? It is called NIBSS BVN Lookup Tool.

NIBSS is the government established organization saddled with the responsibility of BVN database management, their role include and not limited to the following:

  1. Ensuring seamless operations of the BVN system;
  2. Maintaining the BVN database;
  3. Manage access to the BVN information by the approved users;
  4. Ensuring adequate security of the BVN information
  5. Providing participants with a portal for the verification of watch-listed BVN

So when you need your BVN information, understand the database rest with NIBSS.

Using NIBSS BVN Look up Tool is as easy as A,B,C.


Step-By-Step Guide: Check BVN using  NIBSS BVN Lookup Tool

NIBSS BVN Lookup Tool is a secure and reliable tool for checking BVN. This tool, provided by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), offers a straightforward method to access your BVN without breaking a sweat.

  1. Access the Tool

   – Start by visiting the official NIBSS BVN Lookup website. Here:

   – Ensure you’re on a secure internet connection to protect your personal information.

  1. Enter Your Details

   – The website will prompt you to enter specific details, usually including your bank account number and other verification details to ensure your security.

  1. Verification Process

   – After entering your details, you’ll go through a quick verification process. This is to confirm your identity and safeguard your information.

  1. View Your BVN

   – Once verified, your BVN will be displayed on the screen. You can note it down or take a screenshot for future reference.

  1. Log out securely to avoid leaving your BVN code exposed.

Common Issues BVN Check

In our quest to make BVN retrieval seamless, it’s essential to address potential roadblocks. Here’s a guide on troubleshooting common issues you might encounter and how to resolve them:

  1. Website Not Loading

   – Tip: Check your internet connection. Switching to a different network or Wi-Fi might resolve the issue.

  1. Error in USSD Code

   – Tip: Double-check the code for your specific bank. Ensure your phone is on the network registered with your bank account.

  1. App Login Issues

   – Tip: Verify your internet connection and login details. If you forgot your password, use the ‘forgot password’ option to reset it.

  1. No Response at Bank Branch

   – Tip: Politely escalate the issue. Ask to speak with a manager or someone in customer service for more assistance.

  1. Security Concerns on NIBSS Tool


Congratulations! You’ve just discovered various ways by which you can check your BVN without breaking a sweat or burning through your airtime. Whether you opt for the convenience of online and mobile banking, the traditional charm of visiting your local bank branch,  the secure simplicity of the NIBSS BVN Lookup Tool, or even the MTN, Airtel, GLO and Etisalat USSD code,  your BVN is just a few steps away.

Now armed with these diverse methods and equipped with troubleshooting insights, you can confidently access your Bank Verification Number without any hassle. So, go ahead, check your BVN, and ensure your financial transactions continue seamlessly. Remember, a little know-how goes a long way in making your banking experience hassle-free.

Happy banking; enjoy the rest of your day!

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