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Getting your Bank Verification Number (BVN) Outside Nigeria



Getting your Bank Verification Number (BVN) Outside Nigeria


To increase security and to prevent bank customers in Nigeria from illegal transactions the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) implemented a new verification system for customers of Nigerian banks called the Bank Verification Number.  BVN affects Nigerians, Nigerians in the Diaspora and other customers of Nigerian banks. BVN is a unique number for customers of Nigerian banks which is linked to the biometric details of the customer and each of his/her bank accounts. The biometric details include fingerprints of all ten (10) fingers of the customer and his/her picture.

Bank customers in Nigeria had to get their BVN before October 31, 2015 to prevent access to their account being limited. However, for bank customers located outside Nigeria, the deadline was extended to January 31, 2016.

How BVN Works.

  • Customer visits a Nigerian bank or an enrollment center, with required information and gives his biometric details 

  • After a few weeks, the customer is assigned a Bank Verification Number (BVN)

  • The customer will need to link his Bank Verification Number to each of his accounts in order to continue using them.

  • Transactions performed from any of the customers accounts in any bank in Nigeria can be traced by to the customer. 

  • After 10 years, the BVN expires and customers will have to register for BVN again.

Requirements for getting your BVN outside Nigeria

– A valid identification (ID); International Passport, Driver’s License card or National ID Card.

– Your Account Name and Account Number

– A recent passport photograph

– Enrolment fee (the amount depends on location of the BVN centres)

How to Enroll for Bank Verification Number (BVN) Outside Nigeria

There are several providers that have been contracted and work with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) to provide BVN registration services for Nigerians in the Diaspora.

Bank Verification Number (BVN) Enrollment centers for Nigerians In The Diaspora

If you are outside Nigeria and want to register for your BVN, find a provider that is closest to you, then book an appointment and visit the locations with the items listed above

BVN registration providers include:

Avante Global Services

  • Canada: Toronto

  • USA: New Jersey, Dallas

  • Tanzania: Dar Es Salaam

  • Philipines: Manila

  • China: Shenzen

OIS Solutions

  • China: Beijing, Guangzhou

  • France: Paris

  • India: New Delhi:, Mumbai (Maharashtra)

  • Italy: Rome

  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

  • Netherlands: Amsterdam

  • South Africa: Johannesburg

  • Turkey: Ankara

  • UAE: Dubai

  • USA: Atlanta, Washington D.C / Maryland, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey

  • UK: London, Leicester

VFS Global Services

  • Australia:

  • Kenya

  • New Zealand

  • Saudi Arabia

  • South Africa


VFS Global, Ground Floor, Unified Visa Application Centre, King Faisal Road, Al Rakah Al Janubiyah Dist, Al Khobar

Telephone: +966 920011494


VFS Global, Al Etimad Visa Centre - TasHeel Commercial Plaza, Ground Floor - Suwaid Bin Sakher Street, Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street, Al Mohammadiyah District 1, Jeddah

Telephone: +966 920011494


VFS Global (BVN Enrollment Centre) 47 Strand Street 5th Floor Office 504 Cape Town Western Cape

Telephone: +27 (0)12 425 3011


VFS Global (BVN Enrollment Centre) Suite 4, Level 12, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria - 3000

Telephone: +612 9252 1152


VFS Global, Dove Plaza (Hyper Panda), Umm Al Hamam Street, Riyadh

Telephone: +966 920011494 UNITED STATES OF


VFS Global (BVN Enrollment Centre) Avenida das Nações Unidas, No 12.551, World Trade Center São Paulo, 17o floor, room 1704B. Brooklin Paulista São Paulo - SP. Brazil

Telephone: +55 11 3443-7511


VFS Global (BVN Enrollment Centre)

2nd Floor, West 1 Offices, Opposite Engen Petrol Station 

Parklands Road, Nairobi

Learn more here Getting your BVN outside Nigeria

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