How to Generate VNIN on Airtel (2023)

how to generate vnin on airtel

If you are an Airtel user and you’re looking for how you can generate a Virtual NIN (VNIN) with your airtel sim, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we will provide you with a step by step guide on how to generate your VNIN on Airtel.

A Virtual NIN (VNIN) is a 16-digit unique identification number assigned to an individual by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nigeria. It’s a digital version of the National Identification Number (NIN) that can be generated and accessed through your Airtel sim.

It’s a secure and convenient way of having your NIN without the need for carrying a physical NIN slip. With your virtual NIN on Airtel, you can easily provide your identification details whenever it is required, this helps you to save time and effort. Let’s see how you can generate your VNIN on airtel, it’s very easy and without stress.

How to generate VNIN on airtel

To generate your virtual NIN on Airtel, follow these simple steps below;

  1. Ensure your airtel sim is properly inserted on your phone. Then dial *346#
  2. Select 3 (Virtual NIN)
  3. You’ll be required to enter your NIN – Enter your NIN to proceed
  4. Supply the required information to generate your virtual NIN

Note: Generating your Virtual NIN on airtel will cost N20. So make sure you have up to that in your airtel account balance before proceeding with the above steps.

Also, the Virtual NIN is only valid for 72 hours. After 72 hours, it expires and can’t be used again until you generate a new one.

How to generate Virtual NIN on NIMC mobile app

With your smart phone and stable data connection, you can easily generate your vnin via the nimc mobile app. Follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Go to your device Play Store or Apple Store and download the official nimc mobile app.
  2. Launch the app by tapping on it. When it opens, login to the app by entering your PIN.
  3. Locate the “GET VIRTUAL NIN” option in the home screen and click on it.
  4. Read the “Enhance Data Privacy Agreement” text.
  5. At the lower right corner of the page, you’ll see the “+” sign, click on it to generate your virtual nin.
  6. The next page that pops up is where you’ll have to either “Scan Enterprise’s QR Code” or “Type Enterprise’s ID”. Tap any of the options and provide the required details.
  7. Your virtual NIN will then be generated.
  8. Send the Virtual NIN to the enterprise for verification. You’ll get a notification once the verification is complete.

Benefits of Virtual NIN

  1. Virtual NIN allows you to access various services and transactions without carrying the physical NIN slip.
  2. Your Virtual NIN is much more secured than the physical NIN slip. This helps in reducing the risk of identity theft or loss of NIN slip.
  3. It expires after 72 hours, thereby reducing the chances of being used for illegal activities after you use it for verification.
  4. Your Virtual NIN is valid and can be used for various government services and across multiple platforms and services that require NIN authentication.


Generating your virtual NIN with your Airtel sim is a very easy and straightforward process. It’s much more convenient and accessible than carrying the physical NIN slip with you every time. Follow the steps in this article to get your virtual NIN, anytime, anywhere.


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