How To Change And Update BVN Details (Phone number, names..)

Here is an article on how to change, update, or correct certain bvn details like names, phone number, or date of birth.

Sometimes, inconspicuous human errors can lead to documenting wrong details when one is applying for BVN. Most times though, it is because we fail to supply the right information and the bank will have no choice but to follow the signed mandate from the Customers.

Although, I have never had any issue with incorrect data because I always try to ensure that everything is totally right. If it ever happens, it has to be from their own end.

I can still vividly remember when Bank Verification Number (BVN) was still new in Nigeria. A lot of errors were made because people had no idea nor knew the repercussions of submitting wrong BVN details.

It was only when CBN enforced freezing of accounts due to wrong spelling, omission, and a disparity between names that people started taking it seriously.

Even up till now, all Bank Account Holders must register for Bank Verification Number (BVN) and registrations have to be free of errors and hitches. And if at all it happens, there are provisions for people to make changes or correct their details.

It is exactly the reason for this article, and we will ensure you get the necessary steps to change your BVN phone number, names, email address, or even age.

WHY YOU MAY NEED TO CORRECT OR UPDATE YOUR BVN DETAILS

The most common question that internet users ask is how to change my bvn phone number online in Nigeria but unfortunately, there are not many available contents for that.

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Most frequently asked questions are – How to change BVN phone number online, How to correct my name online, How to change my BVN phone number without going to the bank, How to change my BVN mobile number online, How to update and correct BVN data, How to edit my BVN phone number online.

However, I can confirm that you can change the mobile phone number attached to your Bank Account using a mobile or internet banking platform, but for BVN phone number, names, date of birth, or any other bvn details, there are strict steps that you will need to take. Unfortunately, it cannot be changed online. Also, there is no bvn code to change phone number online.

Remember, that the BVN is an order from the Central Bank Of Bank and efforts will be put in place to ensure that you are what you say you are. Letting people correct, update, or edit their BVN contact details such as Phone number, names, age, or date of birth may let unscrupulous people take advantage of it especially when one person can now have two numbers. One can understand why the banks ensure that all updates and corrections are carried out at the bank.

Luckily for you, all banks in Nigeria allow correction and update of contact details. The banks include Access Bank Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, First City Monument Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Heritage Banking Company Limited, Keystone Bank Limited, Polaris Bank Limited (Formerly Skye Bank Plc), Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Standard Chartered, Sterling Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc, and Wema Bank Plc.

Reasons Why People May Want To Change Or Update Bvn Details Include:

  1. When you lose your Phone number and could no longer retrieve it, then there will be a need to change the BVN MOBILE PHONE NUMBER.
  2. A situation where an error or omission was made during the Bank Verification Number (BVN) Registration.
  3. Another reason why some bank customers will need to update their bvn details is when they get married.
  4. Another scenario that can play out is when you prefer a particular phone number. For instance, your mobile number network may be poor in your location, there may be a need to discontinue the sim.
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RULES GUIDING BVN RELATED ISSUES AS MANDATED BY CBN

The bank customer’s name on the BVN database should be the same in all his or account across the banking industry. If a name is partially or totally different, the customer will need to visit the bank that BVN registration was carried out with accompanying documents. Documents such as a national id card, voter’s card, driver’s licence, or international passport would do in this case.

Also, if the change of name is due to marriage which is common with women, then you will need a marriage certificate or affidavit to effect the BVN name change.

Minor correction of name due to misspelling is also allowed, however, a valid ID card will be needed to make changes at the bank. The valid ID card remains the accepted IDs in Nigeria which include National ID card (NIMC), voters card, national ID card, etc.

For correction of Date of Birth, the customer will need to present a birth certificate and also be required to complete the incidence/correction form.

Timelines for resolution of correction or update of BVN details shall be 5 working days from the date the customers submit the necessary documents for the change of Bvn names, phone number, or date of birth.

Therefore, customers that are unable to link their BVN due to differences between the records on the BVN database and the records on the core banking application of Deposit Money Banks (DMB) can now go to the bank to make necessary changes, corrections, or updates.

HOW TO CHANGE BVN PHONE NUMBER, NAMES & DATE OF BIRTH

Few of the requirements you need to make corrections to your BVN details have already been dished out in the preceding post. Customers will also need to complete an incidence form, otherwise known as BVN correction form.

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The BVN incidence form contains all the necessary fields that you are to complete, it includes Names, BVN number, Gender, Date of birth, Email address, and other minor details.

The form can be gotten online but you will still need to visit the bank you registered for BVN for corrections.

Below are steps to correct or change your Bvn details –

  • Visit the bank you registered for Bank Verification Number (BVN).
  • Go to the customer section unit of the bank and inform them you need to make some alterations to bvn details. It could be corrections to phone numbers, names, or dates of births.
  • The customer service section will now direct you to the Officer in charge of the BVN registration. It is always a special unit of the bank.
  • The bank officer will now give you a BVN incidence/correction form to complete.
  • Having filled the form, you are expected to return the incidence/correction form.
  • As it has already been stated, the maximum working days for the resolution is 120 hours, equivalent to 5 working days.

HOW TO CHECK BVN NUMBER

It is common knowledge that the code to check BVN number on any GSM mobile number is by dialing *565*0#. In the event that you can not access the phone number because you are not with the phone number, customers can ask the Bank officer.

Go to the bank officer, make your intention known, write your bank account number on a piece of paper and hand it over to the bank agent.

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