Raphael Orji
About admin 206 Articles
Raphael is a seasoned and dynamic writer, with interest in Banking, personal finance, entrepreneurship development. A councillor and motivational speaker.

38 Comments

  1. Hello Seun Paul, thank for stopping over.
    Changing your name on BVN profile depends,
    first and famous, you have only one opportunity to be created on BVN platform so as to generate a BVN number as the case may be.

    To your question:
    Why did you opt to change your name on the BVN profile in the first place? If it’s for usual reasons, it’s then expected that what ever name you choose to adopt and might institute on a name change initially should apply to all your bank accounts in different banks if you run different accounts.
    What this mean is that the name used in Bank A should apply to Bank B and the list goes on.

    The bank will not tolorate subsequent amendments on your BVN profile as it simply waves a red flag on your person, thus amounting to integrity issue.

  2. Thank you sir, i wish to close my account in first bank and open another one in another bank, and like to use new bvn, am i allow to do so? i dont wanna use the old bvn again.

  3. Thank very much for visiting this blog Bisoye…
    Why would you want to close your account with First Bank? I respect whatever your reason could be, but just to let you understand that you can sought it out with them. If you have issues with your name on the BVN why not follow the listed procedures above to get it resolved. If it’s service issues fine, you can still open another account with another bank with the same BVN.

    Sorry enough, you have only one opportunity at this time to be enrolled on BVN PLatform as directed by Central Bank of Nigeria, which you’ve exhausted having being issued a number.

    Kindly state what the problem is here let me advice you on best way to level it, thank you.

  4. Thank you for this information. I opened account with diamond bank many years ago and recently I opened another one with GT bank, I deposited into GTbank account, to withdraw the money becomes problem because of my BVN name with diamond bank. I was ask to go do publishing and affidavit and id card which I did. To change the name now becomes problem, was told that the voters card is a temporary card that is not useful now…..Don’t know what to do…am a student of UNIBEN and I have some bills to pay with the money….What can I do?

    • Thank you very much for stopping over Emmanuel Maxwell.
      From the look of things it appears your BVN was not linked to your GTBank account immediately it was created otherwise this issue would had been averted.

      Besides any reasonable officer should had required for your BVN first ever before allowing you complete the account opening package, this is to ascertain if there’s any disparity between your ID card and the name on your BVN.

      In essence, the bank should ordinarily consider your name correction without the PVC since it contains the name on your account and that in the article of affidavit sworn and published.

      To resolve this, kindly walk into any GTBank branches and require to be enrolled on the NIMS National ID Card, the process is swift and should be completed within 24 hours. Ensure you supply the right name sequence as contained in your BVN.
      You can also access NIMS ID Card in any nearest Local government headquarters to you.

      Get me posted on the development while you commence the process so I can assist you further.

  5. i open an account in uba with my father surname, and i open another account in first bank with my mother surname, which means that i use different name and different id in the banks, so i was given bvn number in first bank with my mother surname and my account in uba have blocked or pend. so i wish to change my account and bvn name in first bank, but the procedure is very high to my task, thats why i wish to open account in another bank with wish name and new bvn, so i may have rest of mind, cuz my account in first bank is dormant, i hope all is gone, am i allow to open another account in another bank with new bvn?

  6. Thank you very much for stopping over Emmanuel Maxwell.
    From the look of things it appears your BVN was not linked to your GTBank account immediately it was created otherwise this issue would had been averted.

    Besides any reasonable officer should had required for your BVN first ever before allowing you complete the account opening package, this is to ascertain if there’s any disparity between your ID card and the name on your BVN.

    In essence, the bank should ordinarily consider your name correction without the PVC since it contains the name on your account and that in the article of affidavit sworn and published.

    To resolve this, kindly walk into any GTBank branches and require to be enrolled on the NIMS National ID Card, the process is swift and should be completed within 24 hours. Ensure you supply the right name sequence as contained in your BVN.
    You can also access NIMS ID Card in any nearest Local government headquarters to you.

    Get me posted on the development while you commence the process so I can assist you further.

  7. thank you sir, i was told that i should go to bank for affidavit, newspaper publishing and national id card, if i change my bvn name can i change my bank cuz i dont like 1st bank service, help me out on this issue of bvn change of name, look forward for it

    • Once your BVN has been corrected in first bank having gone through the affidavit and newspaper publication process, you can open a new account with any other bank you so wished.

      But remember to use the name on your BVN as contained in your ID card, while opening account with other banks to avoid going through stress again.
      Enjoy.

    • Hello Balogun, thank you for stopping over.
      The newspaper publication should cost within the neighborhood of N5,000 depending on the newspaper though.
      Lesser authority dailies will cost less!
      For the affidavit just hold about N1000 while going to the court, ordinarily you shouldn’t pay a dime. Hope that helps?

  8. What of in a case where by I changed all my name to a different names entirely. Like for example: I was formally known as Nnamdi Chris Brown but now choose to bear tochukwu Emeka would CBN approve the new name and change it?

    • Hello Emecha, thank you very much for visiting and for your question as well.

      To your question, if you have a valid and verifiable ID card e.g (PVC)Voters’ card, Passport, NIMS National ID and Driver’s license which contains the name you now wish to be address as. It’s doable.
      However you’ll need to present a court affidavit reorganizing such name as well proceed for a newspaper publication.
      In a nut shell, you can change to any desired name if you provide the following;

      1. Valid ID card containing your new name you wish to be addressed with.
      2. Court affidavit containing a recognition of such name by a court of competent jurisdiction.
      3. Newspaper publication of such name. Hope that helps?

    • Hello Mike,thank you for visiting.

      The truth is that debit cannot be passed on any account without BVN. That’s the standard.
      closing your account is a choice, but getting the fund in your account is something else without BVN being linked, refer to my comment above. I will advice you to solve whatever the problem is with your account first then you can close it and withdraw your funds successfully.

      Now level with me what the real problem is, let’s see how I can help you out.

  9. Hi Mr. Raphael,
    Thank for you creating this platform to educate us on issues like this.i cant explain how i came and acrossd this site bt what matter is that i have arrived here. I have problem with my BVN & tried all possible ways to change my Bvn e.g from ALHAJI NUHU to SALISU AHMODU ISAH but all to no avail after provided all supportive documents.First bank said they dont do change of name like this..Please Can i close my 2 banks account and open new frensh BVN?
    Your Response would be highly appreciated.thanks

    • Hello Ibn,
      Thank you very much for visiting this blog.
      To put the record straight, you can only change or correct your name on BVN and not the BVN itself.

      May I know the documents you provided for the aforementioned change of name which first Bank happens to turn down in pretext that they don’t do change of such nature.

      However, to change your name completely from what it used to be. You may have to provide the following:

      1. A complete acceptable ID card bearing SALISU AHMODU ISAH which could be permanent voter’s card PVC, NIMS national ID card, International passport or Drivers’ license which are capable of being verified on the bank’s verification portal.

      2. You should be able to go to a court of competent jurisdiction and get an affidavit containing the same name you now wish to be address with.

      3. Proceed to do a newspaper publication and announce to the general public you’ve changed your name, buy the same news paper.

      Then proceed to the bank with the above mentioned particulars, they should be able to attain to you.

      You cannot have another BVN, you can only enroll once which you’ve done.

      If you have done all I mentioned above and the bank refused to honour your request, kindly forward a scan copy of the following;

      Your ID card containing the name you wish to be address with, copy of your affidavit, copy of the newspaper publication page and the first bank branch where the transaction was turned down. Forward your mail to raphdon515@gmail.com

      Let me here from you.

  10. Hello Mr.Raphael Orji,
    please i had a recent issues with a particular account of mine, which i’m not licence to make a withdraw from it, due to an error in my name spelling when registering for my BVN and this complain has not been reviewed to me until this date when i really want to run a transaction for my travelling documents. Now im stranded, not knowing what to do because the Bank which i registered my BVN from has now recommended me to go and request for an Affidavit on change of name. but i have few time to complete my transaction from now.

    Thanks

  11. Hello Mr Emmanuel,
    Thank you very much for visiting.

    I want to believe that you abandoned this account otherwise you would have been communicated on the BVN name disparity as you suggested.

    I also want to believe that BVN has not been linked to this account, however there’s only one way out in this issue.

    Kindly visit a court of competent jurisdiction and obtain your affidavit as advised, won’t take you a whole day, just few minutes probably an hour. To make it faster motivate the court clerk/attendant.

    In any case, you can write the embassy responsible for your travelling to keep them abreast while you meet up with this demand, but you can actually beat time if only you make up your mind to follow the laid down directive. Hope that helps?
    Let me know how it goes…

  12. Banks could be funny at times… they allow you to open an account without verifying BVN to tell the customer if it (BVN) has issues or not… they allow customer to open and even make deposits in account. Coming to withdraw the money they begin to say BVN bla bla bla.

    Am not happy at all

  13. In my account it’s nwachukwu Raymond chinedu. first name isn’t the first name on my BVn rather my middle name chinedu …. I don’t know what to do and the requirements demands ID which iD pls

  14. Thank you very much for stopping over Dr Nwachukwu Raymond.

    I understand how you feel, but the good news is that the issue you’re battling with is a lesser one.

    Kindly visit any branch of the bank where you enrolled for your BVN with any of the following ID cards
    1. Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC)
    2. Driver’s license
    3. NIMS National ID Card.
    4. International Passport.
    Any of the above ID cards you choose to provide must contain your name Nwachukwu Chinedu Raymond as the case apply. With this your BVN name correction will be executed.
    Hope that helps?

  15. Good afternoon, my problem is this recently I applied for birth certificate with the name Okonkwo Mary Lynda Chinenye. then I wanted to open an account in another bank and I was told I can’t because the id card i provided is not in line with my bvn name. I went to gtb where I did my bvn to complain and I was told to bring an id card bwaring my bvn name Okonkwo Mary Lynda. but i have no id card with such name, the id card i have bear Okonkwo Lynda Chinenye. I have no idea what to do. because I want my name to align with my birth certificate name.
    also, how does one write the affidavit for change of name

    • Thank you very much for coming here Lynda.

      The challenges you’re going through is not an unusual one among Nigerians and banking. However your complaints sounds a bit confusing, but I tried to understand that you’re in need of an ID card bearing the name Okonkwo Mary Lynda.

      To get the ID card, kindly walk to any local government headquarters and apply for a NIMS national ID card with the name you intend to commence the BVN correction with.

      You do not write affidavit yourself, kindly go to any court of competent jurisdiction to swear an affidavit.

      Note: The affidavit should contain the name on your regularized ID card.
      Hope that helps?

      • I opened an account today with fcmb I was call now that, my date of birth is not correspondent with my BVN, and I have only temporary voters card.please what can I do, I did myBVN in Gtbank

        • Hello Oluwakemi, thank you for being here.

          Which ID card was required of you while opening the account?

          Which of the dates is your correct date of birth, the one on the BVN or the account opening package?

          You will however need to visit a court of competent jurisdiction to swear an affidavit on your real age.
          Then take it to the bank and have them regularize it accordingly.

          Hope that helps?

          • I used temporary voters card to open account today in fcmb, my date of birth on bvn was 1990 while my correct date of birth is 1988,but I have original certificate date of birth With Me.

  16. Good day sir,
    In my Gtb acct I use my Isaiah Ewoma Victory. Later I opened a zenith acct with Okolosi Ewoma Victory. Then Then I told to bring my Bvn Number which I did a later find out that the names were not the same.
    I was told to go back to my 1st acct to do change of name. Which Which did and I was told to bring
    1. News paper publication
    2. Court Aff.
    3 Valid ID card with the name to change to and
    4. A letter to the manager for change of name.
    So So question is
    1. Is it a must to use newspaper publication and what are the reasons
    2. Can I closed a Bvn Name and open a new Bvn name.
    3. Can I do another Voters card bearing Isaiah Victory instead of Okolosi Victory.
    Pls help me out
    Thanks alot

    • Hello Ewoma Victory,

      I’m sorry my response is coming a bit late.

      From your questions…

      1. Why bank will always advice on newspaper publication in this regard is to certify an aspect of law, which demands that the bank cannot be held responsible for any thing arising from the said change of name. Being that you have obtained a legal back up which is affidavit, it’s hereby additionally convincing for the bank to act being that it’s been published on a national daily as notary public. If you choose to be involved in a fraudulent transaction tomorrow, the bank can be exonerated to an extent as the case may be having done proper documentation on you.

      2. Sorry to tell you that you cannot close your BVN in Nigeria at this time. CBN has not given that room. You’re entitled to only one BVN at the moment and the practice is expected to stay at that.

      3. You have the right to get any ID card you can afford with any name you so wished. But bear in mind that it’s however in your own interest to use a name that will enable you access your bank account.
      What I mean here is that, do use a name the bank might have advice on as it concerns your BVN, suitably use a name in conformity with your Bank details so that you can put BVN name challenge/correction to rest.

      Hope that helps?

  17. Please Sir When You Change The Name In Your Bvn Does It Also Reflect In Your Account Name? How Do I Know If My Bvn Name Have Been Rectified. I Submitted The Necessary Documents And They Said 48 Hours It Would Be Corrected But Till Now My Normal Account Name Is Still Showing. Is It That The Bvn Name Can Work Differently With The Bank Account Name. And How Do I Know If This Problem Is Rectified. Thank You..

    • Hello Ezema Elochukwu,

      Thank you so kindly for stopping over.

      The general rule is that the name on your BVN should be the same name on your bank account.

      It shouldn’t take up to 48hrs to effect your change of name, that’s laxity on the part of the bank, they shouldn’t treat you like a no body, demand to see the operation manager and communicate your predicament.

      The BVN can not work differently from the account name, however if the correct name is what you have in your account, it won’t change, it therefore stands that the name on your BVN should change.

      Hope that’s clear?

  18. Hello, please what if I want to add a name to my bvn and I already have an affidavit bearing the name I wish to add saying I’m the same person but my ID cards all bear the same name with the bvn;
    say for example, my names are Eze Amaka Sandra on my bvn and I wish to Chioma to lost of names for certain reasons,
    But my National ID and Voters card already bear Eze Amaka Sandra on them.
    Please what do I do?

    • Hello Sandra,

      Thank very much for stopping by, however to give a clear and concise answer to your question, I will like to have you clear this line in your question as it’s a bit confusing

      “say for example, my names are Eze Amaka Sandra on my bvn and I wish to Chioma to lost of names for certain reasons,

      • Sorry for the confusion.
        I just finished my tertiary education and would be going for nysc soon and I was told I would need my bvn details there. But the name on my school details are Eze Chioma Sandra. So I want to know if and how I can add Chioma to my Bvn.

        • I want to believe you have a valid ID card that bears Eze Chioma Sandra?

          If yes, your problem is half solved. Visit your bank branch and commence your name correction, remember to go with the supposed ID card I asked for above, your sworn court affidavit of name change inclusive.

          You will be required to fill customer information update form because your account name will be corrected as well to suit your new preferred sequence.

          They may also require a newspaper publication from you as the case may be, they may wave it if they deem not necessary depending on the policy they’re operating with, which will often times demand you have it.

          That’s just it, let me know how it goes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*