The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) has launched the National SIM Card Registration Exercise across Ghana, starting today, October 1, 2021.
Starting today, to be able to register a SIM Card in Ghana, every mobile subscriber is required to provide the name and residential or occupational address, date of birth; and Certificate of Incorporation, in the case of a body corporate; or registration, in the case of a partnership or an unincorporated body of persons; and an identification document.
Only the National Identity Card (Ghana Card) issued to an individual can be used for the registration of SIM cards of Citizens. Also, foreign Residents and foreigners staying in Ghana for more than 90 days are to use the Ghana Card for their sim registration.
For those foreigners visiting Ghana for a short period, they can acquire a SIM Card using their Passports or Travel Card but they can only use the SIM Card for 30 days after which it will be deactivated. Foreigners intending to use a SIM Card for more than 30 days will have to obtain the Non-Citizen Ghana Card to do so.
All existing subscribers to mobile networks can register their SIMS via USSD and a SIM registration App (which is yet to be provided).
You can now register (or re-register) your Ghana SIM card (MTN, Glo, Vodafone, AirtelTigo) to your Ghana Card by using the official shortcode (USSD) *404#.
How to register your SIM Card with Ghana Card
Follow the steps below if you want to do the SIM Card re-registration in Ghana so that you update your details and keep your number safe.
- Dial *404# on the SIM Card you want to register
- Enter Ghana Card PIN (Enter letters and figures without the hyphens)
- Confirm Ghana card PIN
- Enter your Surname, First Name and other names
- Enter your Date of Birth in the format DDMMYY
- Select your Sex
- Confirm details
- Submit the details provided after confirmation
- Visit your Service provider (Agent Customer Care) to complete the registration.
If the shortcode is not working, it is because there is a lot of pressure on it. You have up to the end of March 2022 to complete the registration. You can also check early in the morning or late at night to do the update.
- The shortcode for SIM Card registration in Ghana is *404#
- If successful you get a confirmation message with a unique code
- Due to wrong details, you have 3 attempts to answer security questions
- If Unsuccessful due to verification failure at the National Identification Authority (NIA), you will be informed to contact the NIA.
Why it is important to re-register/Update your SIM Card
Here are some reasons why you should register your SIM Card with the Ghana Card right now:
All unregistered SIM Cards will be de-activated/blocked by the end of March 2022. Therefore, you need to do this exercise to keep your number safe.
It helps keep everyone else secure from scammers since the registration database will be up to date The new SIM Update will help reduce phone related crimes like prank calls, cyber-crime, mobile money fraud, and its related issues and general security
It enables subscribers to be properly identified for the use of value-added services such as mobile banking, mobile money, and electronic payment services.
The new SIM Registration update will help the law enforcement agencies to identify the SIM card owners, track criminals who use phones for illegal activities, curb incidents such as phone theft, hate text messages, mobile fraud activities, inciting violence, and combat crime such as SIM Box fraud.
Follow the steps outlined in this article to link your Ghana Card and your SIM no matter the network you are on. If you don’t have a Ghana Card.
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