CBN reacts to alleged expiry date of BVN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reiterated that Bank Verification Number (BVN) issued in Nigeria has no expiry date.
The bank made this clarification in reaction to reports suggesting that the Bank Verification Number issued by the Bank in collaboration with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) expires after a ten-year period.
A statement signed by Isa AbdulMumin, Ag. Director, Corporate Communications CBN on Wednesday noted that 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 stated.
However, the Regulatory Framework for BVN issued by the CBN in 2021 stipulates that customers can only change their records due to certain conditions spelt out in the document and after being cleared by relevant authorities.
“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,” the CBN assured.