A CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card) is an identification document issued by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) to Pakistani citizens as proof of identity. It contains key information like name, date of birth, gender, and nationality. The CNIC number is a unique 13-digit identification number assigned to each citizen.
It is important to verify the SIM cards registered against your CNIC periodically. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken several initiatives to regulate SIM registration and prevent identity theft or illegal activity.
There are two main methods available to check the number of SIMs registered against your CNIC – the online method via the PTA website, and the SMS method.
Verify SIMs on CNIC Online
Follow these steps to check SIMs registered against your CNIC online:
- Go to the PTA website: https://www.pta.gov.pk/en/consumer-support/sim-information-system
- Select the ‘CNIC’ tab if you are a resident Pakistani citizen.
- Enter your 13-digit CNIC number without dashes in the search bar.
- Solve the captcha challenge on the page.
- Click the ‘Submit’ button.
- Your SIM information will be displayed on the results page.
The results page will show the number of SIMs issued against your CNIC for each mobile operator like Jazz, Telenor, Zong, etc. It is updated in real-time from the databases of the telecom companies.
If you find unknown or unauthorized SIMs registered on your CNIC, you should immediately approach the relevant mobile company to block and cancel that SIM.
Verify SIMs on CNIC via SMS
You can also check the number of SIMs linked to your CNIC using the PTA’s SMS service:
- Open the messaging app on your mobile phone.
- Type in your 13-digit CNIC number without dashes or spaces.
- Send this CNIC number to the shortcode ‘668’.
- You will receive an automated SMS response displaying the number of total and company-wise SIMs issued against your CNIC.
Please note you will be charged Rs. 2 (+tax) for each SMS sent to 668. In case of finding any unknown SIMs against your name, contact the mobile company immediately to block the fraudulent SIM.
PTA Initiatives Against Illegal SIMs
The PTA has taken several important initiatives to regulate SIM registration and prevent identity theft or illegal activity:
- Mandatory biometric verification for new SIM registration since 2014
- Automated Biometric Verification System (BVS) to authenticate identity
- Limit of 5 SIMs per CNIC imposed by Supreme Court order
- Real-time SIM verification databases allow citizens to check SIMs on CNIC
These measures have had a significant impact in curbing the registration of illegal SIMs. The verification methods described in this article also empower users to monitor SIMs issued in their names and control the misuse of their identities for unlawful activities.
We have covered a step-by-step guide on how to check SIMs linked to your CNIC number, using the PTA’s online portal and SMS service. Verifying SIM information against your name is important to prevent identity theft.
Users should periodically check SIMs registered to their CNIC and promptly cancel any unknown or illegal SIMs. The PTA has introduced several security initiatives to control unauthorized SIM registration. However, citizen vigilance also plays a vital role.
For further information or updates on the SIM verification mechanisms, visit the PTA website or contact your mobile operator’s customer support. Be alert and verify your SIM data regularly!