Bank Verification Number (BVN) ▷ Change Your Details Now!

Are you interested in knowing the requirements to change the BVN name, date of birth, phone number, and email address online?

If YES, this article is only what you need to read today.

Getting started…

What is the Bank Verification Number?

The Bank Verification Number (BVN) is an 11-digit unique identity for every bank customers in Nigeria.

The Central Bank of Nigeria introduced the Bank Verification Number to:

  • Decrease illegal banking transactions in the country.
  • Curb fraud in the banking industry.
  • Ensures one can engage securely in transactions at any point of banking operations in Nigeria.

As proscribed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, you may not have two BVN with different names since BVN is attached to each account and can be used in multiple banks by the same customer.

Your BVN name is accepted by all the banks you are banking with.

So, once you use a different name apart from the one in your BVN, it’s likely that the bank will suspend your account until the name is changed to match with the name on your BVN.

You can’t be scammed if someone only has your BVN.

For safety, ensure your bank-registered phone number is with you, your ATM card, and all your secret bank details remain with you only.

How to Get Bank Verification Number

Here are the steps to enroll for BVN in Nigeria:

  • Visit any Bank branch and complete the enrolment form.
  • Your biometric data (fingerprint, photograph and signature) will be captured on the system.
  • You will then receive a Ticket ID.
  • BVN will be sent to your registered mobile number.

These banks in Nigeria allow correction and update of BVN details:

  • Access Bank Plc
  • Ecobank Nigeria Plc
  • Fidelity Bank Plc
  • First Bank of Nigeria Limited
  • First City Monument Bank Plc
  • Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
  • Heritage Bank
  • Keystone Bank Limited
  • Polaris Bank Limited
  • Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sterling Bank Plc
  • Union Bank of Nigeria Plc
  • United Bank for Africa Plc
  • Unity Bank Plc
  • Wema Bank Plc
  • Zenith Bank Plc

Reasons for BVN Details Change

Reasons for changing or updating BVN details include:

  • Lost phone number that can no longer be retrieved.
  • An error or omission during the Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration.
  • Marriage.
  • Having various names in several accounts.
  • Incorrect Date of Birth.
  • Error in BVN name arrangement.

BVN Name Change Requirements

Here are the eligibility requirements for name change on BVN:

  • National Identification Card, Voters Card or International Passport
  • BVN Number
  • Account Name
  • Newspaper Publication
  • Date of Birth
  • Court Affidavit
  • Name you wish to change which must appear in the Newspaper Publication and Court Affidavit

Newspaper Publication and Affidavit

You can do a newspaper publication displaying the correct name plus an affidavit.

This concern men and single women that carelessly used different names at several banks to open accounts.

Head to a court of competent jurisdiction and apply for an affidavit with your desired name.

The name should be on a national daily.

Have a copy of the publication to present to your bank and you are done.

Marriage Certificate and Newspaper Publication

This one is only for married women who no longer use their father’s last name and now use that of their husbands in account opening.

Here, you will need to present your marriage certificate showing your desired name and a newspaper published copy.

You might also need to present your ID card in some scenarios.

How to Correct BVN Date of Birth Online

You can’t change your BVN name, date of birth, and number online.

Follow these due legal processes to do so:

  • Go to a court of competent jurisdiction with a suitable ID card and get an affidavit.
  • Publish the same in a national daily/newspaper for a token.
  • Buy the paper and forge ahead to the bank.
  • You will be given a BVN correction form to fill alongside a customer information update as the case applies.

It takes a maximum of three weeks to change the name, date of birth, and number on BVN.

If it exceeds the three weeks and no changes occurred on your BVN, kindly visit the customer care unit of your bank.

BVN Date of Birth Change Requirements

Here are the eligibility requirements to change the BVN date of birth:

  • National Identification Number (NIN), Voters Card or International Passport
  • Wrong Date of Birth
  • Birth Certificate
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Account Name
  • BVN
  • Court affidavit

How to Change Date of Birth on BVN

Here are the steps to change the date of birth on BVN:

  • Visit the bank in which the BVN was registered.
  • At the bank, navigate to the customer care desk and make your request.
  • Provide the requirements mentioned above and fill in the correction form you’ll be given.
  • Having filled the form, you are expected to return the incidence/correction form.
  • The maximum working days for the resolution is 120 hours, equivalent to 5 working days.

How to Link BVN with Bank Account

Here are the steps to link your bank account with BVN:

  • Login into bank Internet banking.
  • Choose BVN Linker from the left-hand panel.
  • Tap “New Request.”
  • From the drop-down menu, enter your BVN.
  • Choose the Nigerian Bank where your BVN was issued.
  • Answer your “Secret Question” and continue.
  • Submit.

For Diaspora Customers with BVN Problems

For Nigerians in the diaspora who have BVN problems, and wish to effect a change of name, date of birth, or phone numbers on BVN; simply contact your bank/account officer and avail your documents.

The bank would review this and update your details.

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Final Words

Sometimes, human errors can lead to documenting wrong details when one is applying for BVN.

Most times, though, it is because we cannot supply the right information and the bank will have no choice but to follow the signed mandate from the customers.

Your Bank Verification Number (BVN) and registrations have to be free of errors and hitches to avoid the freezing of accounts due to wrong spelling, omission, and a disparity between names.

In case of errors, use the provisions in this post to make changes and correct your details.

Good luck as you change your BVN today!

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  1. Please I want to do a name corrections my name was promise Monday moses now my name’s are kelvin effiong bassey

  2. Please I want to change my BVN names from promise Monday moses to kelvin effiong bassey

  3. my name was Miss arrange, my name’s are Pauline why my middle name amadi surname uboh. in my BVN this is how it was written my uboh surname Pauline. please sir/ ma. I will be grateful if the correction has been noted. thanks you.

  4. I want to do correction of date of birth on my bvn I have gone to the bank I did my bvn renlloment they told me that since I don’t av an account with them that can’t help me with it and I really need to change it
    Pls I need ur assistance and help

  5. hello good day,am here to make a complain about my name and my date of birth in bank account, I want to change it from Terry blessing okwari to Michael Choice James

  6. its now about years seen i whent to change my bvn name up to date i have no reply from the bank
    pls i needhelp my wasapp no 08023271155

  7. I wanted to change my date of birth on my BVN, i got the documents they’re demanded but still that, they’re refused to change it for me and i don’t know what to do now.
    I really need help, if anybody can help me this is my Whatsapp number 08060742506.

  8. Please how can I change my three name in BVN and my account access bank ask me to bring news paper publication and court affidavit and nin I have gotten everything needed but they refused to change it for me please I need help if any of you know any access Bank that can help me my WhatsApp number is 09152002374

    1. Exactly!
      they are meant to pull our details from Nimc to avoid these annoying errors. instead they fill whatever is in the form correct or not.

  9. My former name is rabiu mohammad ad my date of birth is 26/8/2003 ad I want to change my real name is rabiu usman

    1. please my name is Titus bittus I want to change my date of birth is not corresponding with my nin

  10. My real name is Hassan Muhammad Bako written on my NIN but the one written in my bvn differs please can it be changed now without going to any bank

  11. my names are supposed to be omojevwe oghenefejiro christabel but it’s on my BVN as omojevwe Christabel oghenefejiro..pls can it be rewritten?

  12. I did mistake for my name. It’s different with my NIN, in my NIN is Muhammad Gaddafi mustapha but in my BVN is Gaddafi Muhammad Mustapha.

    Please i want to change my BVN phone number without walking to any bank. Please what should I do?

    1. I want to change my year of birth to that of my bvn can i do that online without visiting the bank

  13. I did mistake for my date of birth. It’s different with my NIN.

    Please i want to change my BVN date of birth without walking to any bank. Please what should I do?

  14. Please I find it so difficult to change my BVN details which are my surname, middle name, first name and my phone number and including my signature, after I make a newspaper publication and affidavit and national identity card. Please help me through. Thanks

  15. Please I want to make a correction on my BVN. It was mistakenly written as Amadi Prince instead of Amadi Princewill. I’ve gone to court for affidavit which has been corrected and my current phone number is 08068452819

  16. Pleace I whant to edit my Bvn name date of birth and phone number but to here online without goinging any bank branch pleace send me a form by using my email address

  17. I provided all documents required of me by Polaris Bank to enable me update the information on my BVN. It’s going to 3 weeks now, and nothing has changed. The changes as contained in the Court affidavit and news paper publication reflects my Gender,name and recapture as I no longer look very much like the me in the BVN I did over 7 years ago. What more do I have to do? Cos I’m already feeling frustrated over not getting my BVN updated. I seriously need help regarding this…

  18. Hello, i have four names including my surname and I was told BVN can only capture three according to CBN directives. I submitted all required documents including affidavit, newspaper publication, NIN and marriage certificate yet they said it can’t be captured. What do i do


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