BVN does not expire
  • CBN

By Starrys Obazei | May 12, 2023.

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor Godwin Emefiele has said the insinuation that the BVN expires after 10 years of issuance is incorrect.

“Contrary to these claims, we wish to clarify that the BVN issued in Nigeria has no expiry date. Once a customer’s biometrics have been captured and enrolled in the database of NIBSS, the BVN remains for life.”

It, however, said based on “the Regulatory Framework for BVN issued by the CBN in 2021 stipulates that customers can only change their records due to certain conditions spelled out in the document and after being cleared by relevant authorities”.

The CBN urged bank customers to be wary of unverified news from questionable sources.

“Therefore, we urge bank customers in the country, especially those whose biometrics have been captured by the system to continue using their unique identifiers as they last their entire lifetime,” it said.

The statement was a response to a trending video alerting Nigerians to the need to revalidate their BVN after 10 years of issuance. With the BVN program taking off in 2014, the video circulating on WhatsApp said most Nigerian depositors would need to update their BVNs next year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *