How to Quickly Link Your BVN to Any Bank Account in Nigeria

Bank verification number aka BVN is a biometric identification system that is integrated by Central bank of Nigeria to reduce illegal banking transaction in Nigeria. However, this is a modern security measure that is in line with the CBN Decree which helps reduce fraud in the country.

Recently, I was trying to make an order online, and it was denied, only for me to find out that I was locked out from internet banking and all other related transactions. My bank account was temporary locked out. I was a bit confused only to find out that my BVN was not linked to my bank account.

According to Central bank of Nigeria, customers who haven’t linked their BVN to their bank accounts would be restricted from internet banking access and other related channel. And the restriction have been effective since the 1st of November, 2015. So, if you’ve registered your BVN with a particular bank, I advise you follow the guide below and link with your other bank accounts (that’s if you got more bank accounts).

How to Quickly Link Your BVN to Any Bank Account in Nigeria

GTBank Account
There are two methods to link BVN to your GTBank Account.

1.       Simply use the BVN Linker here and you’re done.

2.       Alternatively, you can make use of the nearest ATM close to you. Simply follow the process as described below.
a.       Firstly, insert your GTB ATM into the machine and input your 4 digit pin.
b.      On the ATM menu screen, select BVN Linking option.
c.       After that, input your 11 digit BVN digit.
d.      Confirm the details and submit.

That’s it. Your BVN would be linked with your GTBank account. You can now perform any internet transaction you wish with your GTBank account.

Access Bank Account
All you need to do is text BVN leave a gap, your account number, another gap and your BVN number to 20121. For instance, BVN 0123456789 23564287659 to 20121. Alternatively, you can use the BVN online linker from their website.

Fidelity Bank Account
Simply send the below details via mail to
“BVN, Mobile number, date/bank of enrolment and date of birth”. Alternatively, you can call 080034335489 for updates.

Diamond Bank Account
Simply send your BVN details along with account number to via mail or you can send to 30811 via text. Alternatively, you can call 07003000000 for updates.

EcoBank Account
Simply dial, *326*9# and follow the prompt.

First Bank Account
Simply text, BVN#account number#BVN Code to 08076664444 e.g BVN#1033****48#12345654378. Alternatively, link it here.

FCMB Account
Simply send your BVN to

Heritage Bank
Go to the Heritage Bank’s BVN linker here.

Keystone Bank
Go to the Keystone Bank’s BVN linker here.

Skye Bank
Email your BVN details to

Stanbic IBTC
Text “BVN’’ then your BVN Number (e.g. BVN 53435678936) to 30909 by SMS or visit

Standard Chartered
Send Name, Account Number, Local Government Area (LGA), Sate of Origin and BVN, via any of the following options:
24-Hour Contact Center: call +234 1 270 4611-4
Online Banking: logon to your Online Banking and send a mail by clicking on the “Contact us” button
Email: send an mail to
Sterling Bank:
Send your BVN and account details to

Union Bank
You can use Union Banks BVN account linkage tool here, to link your account to a BVN.

Dial *919*6# on the mobile number linked to your account and follow the prompts or or use UBA’s BVN linkage tool.

Zenith Bank
Update your BVN via your iBank profile or call ZenithDirect on +23412787000,2927000,4647000 or mail

Just follow the guide above to successfully link your BVN to your bank accounts.

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