Issues & Deadline for Creating JAMB Profile Code in 2024/ 2025

If you participated in the recently concluded JAMB registration, you may have noticed some modifications in the registration procedures.


Students were required to furnish their NIN (National Identification Number), a 10-digit profile code, and an active phone number as prerequisites for creating their JAMB profile.

This recent change in the process caused difficulties for many students, as they were unfamiliar with obtaining the necessary profile code and NIN.

Given the prevalent lack of awareness among students, we have decided to provide comprehensive information in this article regarding the JAMB profile code and the use of NIN for JAMB registration. Therefore, please pay close attention as we delve into the details.


Regarding the New JAMB Profile Code

As previously mentioned, JAMB has introduced a fresh registration system as part of its efforts to deter students from applying multiple times. These recent modifications are also viewed as part of the organization’s commitment to curbing exam irregularities in the nation.

The JAMB profile code constitutes one of the elements introduced by the board. It is a 10-digit code that students are required to provide during UTME registration.

The only way to obtain the profile code is by sending your NIN (National Identification Number) to one of JAMB’s designated SMS numbers, either 55019 or 66019, using your registered phone number.

JAMB will automatically associate your NIN with your mobile number before sending you the profile code. This means that your phone number cannot be used with someone else’s NIN, and vice versa.

Regrettably, obtaining a profile code is impossible without providing your unique NIN digits. Consequently, students without NIN cannot proceed with JAMB registration. Now, let’s explore the process of acquiring your NIN from the relevant agency.

How to Obtain NIN for JAMB Registration

Here are the necessary steps to obtain your NIN for JAMB registration:

1. Gather all the required documents, which include your state of origin certificate, BVN (Bank Verification Number), and birth certificate.

2. Visit a nearby NIN registration center, which may include NIMC (National Identity Management Commission) offices, as well as the offices of mobile network providers such as MTN, GLO, and Airtel.

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3. Request the NIN registration form.

4. Complete the form with precise and mandatory information, including your full name, BVN, date of birth, gender, address, next of kin, phone number, and more.

5. Submit the form to the NIN registration representative overseeing the process.

6. Your biometric data and passport will be recorded by the representative.

7. Exercise patience as they generate your NIN slip.

8. Collect your NIN slip. Although the NIN registration process typically doesn’t take long, you may be instructed to return the following day for the slip.

How to Generate JAMB Profile Code

There are two methods for generating a JAMB profile code: through SMS and USSD.

How to Obtain JAMB Profile Code via SMS

Follow the steps below to acquire your JAMB profile code via SMS:

1. Open the Messages app on your smartphone.

2. Send a text containing “NIN” followed by your 11-digit NIN number to either 55019 or 66019. For example, send “NIN 12356813842” to 55019 or 66019. Make sure to include a space between “NIN” and your NIN number.

3. Wait for a few minutes for JAMB to receive and process your request.

4. JAMB will send you a message containing your 10-character profile code.

Please note that you must complete this process using the same phone number that you used when obtaining your JAMB E-PIN.

How to Obtain JAMB Profile Code Using USSD

Having explained the process of obtaining your Jamb profile code through the SMS method, let’s now explore the USSD option.

Getting your JAMB profile code through USSD is a straightforward process. Simply dial *55019*1*NIN# or *66019*1*NIN#, but ensure that you have a minimum of ₦50 airtime on your phone.

Your newly generated Jamb profile code and your full name will be displayed on your phone screen. Alternatively, JAMB will send you a message containing the profile code along with your full name.

Precautions to Take When Generating a Profile Code

1. Avoid sending SMS with a phone number that has been used for JAMB registration by someone else in the past.

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2. Any phone number linked to another existing JAMB account is automatically ineligible for a JAMB profile code. In essence, you need a new or unregistered phone number to obtain your JAMB profile code.

3. Do not use someone else’s NIN (National Identification Number) because it will not display or reflect your name accurately.

4. Ensure that you do not send the wrong NIN.

5. Do not send a message to 55019 or 66019 without having sufficient airtime on your phone. You need at least ₦50 for each SMS.

6. Avoid sending multiple messages simultaneously. Wait for 20 minutes to see if JAMB will respond to your initial message before sending another one.

What to Do After Receiving Your JAMB Profile Code

Once you have obtained your JAMB profile code, proceed with the JAMB registration process. Obtain your JAMB E-PIN from the nearest designated center, which may include post offices. It is essential to use the same phone number throughout all the registration stages to avoid potential issues in the future.

After securing your E-PIN, proceed to any JAMB/UTME registration center to complete the registration process.

Deadline for Creating Your JAMB Profile

We strongly recommend creating your JAMB profile as soon as possible because there is a specific deadline for JAMB profile creation.

JAMB has announced that the registration for this year will close shortly. Therefore, we urge you to complete your registration well before the deadline approaches to prevent the need for rushed actions that could lead to mistakes and errors in your profile.

Issues with JAMB Profile Code and Their Resolutions

1. Problem: I’ve sent my NIN to 55019 multiple times, but I still haven’t received my profile code.
Solution: This issue may be due to insufficient airtime on your phone. Make sure you have at least ₦50 of airtime before sending the SMS. Additionally, poor network service can cause delays, so wait for a few minutes or an hour before sending another message. If you’re using a phone number previously used by someone else, the only solution is to use a new phone number.

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2. Problem: There is a mistake in the full name sent to me. What should I do?
Solution: JAMB automatically sends the names associated with your NIN. To correct this, visit an NIMC registration center and request a name correction. The correction process may take some time depending on their workload. After the correction, send another message to 55019, and you will receive a message with the corrected name and your profile code.

3. Problem: I received an “invalid character found” error message. What is the solution?
Solution: This error occurs if you included unsupported characters in the message sent to 66019 or 55019. JAMB does not support characters like “+ – ( ).” To avoid this error, send only your NIN using the specified format without any unsupported characters.

4. Problem: I received a “Record not found for the NIN” error message. What should be done?
Solution: This error message indicates that you have sent an incorrect NIN. Double-check your NIN to ensure there are no errors in the digits you sent. Resend the correct NIN to the same number, taking care to input the correct digits. If the problem persists, consider visiting the nearest NIMC or NIN registration center to seek assistance. They will correct the issue without any service charges.

I received an error message stating that my NIN passport is invalid, what steps should I take?
This error message typically occurs when you have used a blurry or unclear passport during your NIN registration. To resolve this issue, visit the NIN registration center where you originally registered, and they will assist you in making the necessary corrections at no cost.

In Conclusion

You should encounter no difficulties in generating your JAMB profile code if you adhere to the guidelines provided on this page.

However, it’s possible that you may have faced some issues not covered in this post. Therefore, please share any problems you encountered and the solutions you found to assist others.

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