How to Check SIMs on CNIC

In this era of technology, where everything is verified by an online system, SIM cards are registered on CNIC. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has provided several services to verify your SIM card ownership.

How to Check SIMs on CNIC


To check the SIMs on your CNIC or ID card, PTA has launched several ways to verify the SIM cards. These methods will provide your CNIC ownership details in a very few moments.

You can check how many other SIM cards are registered on your CNIC. For more details and easy ways to check your SIM on CNIC, here is the article:


Understanding the Limit on SIM Cards

With the limitations of SIM cards, PTA has allowed only five SIM cards on one CNIC. It means you can only register five SIM cards on your CNIC.

In some situations, if you want to register one more SIM card on your CNIC with five others then you should need to block one unused SIM card. When you block one old SIM card, you will be able to new SIM card.

Blocking your old SIM card does not mean it can not be used in the future. If you want to unblock your old SIM then you need to block some other SIM card. In this case, you change SIM cards with your requirement to use.

Also, it was necessary to register your SIM card on your CNIC to stop illegal activities and to take care of your data and information.


Methods to Check Active SIMs on CNIC

Here are the two easy methods to check your SIMs on CNIC. These two methods are easy to apply and you will find ownership verification from PTA.

Checking Through Website

Hers is the first method to check SIM card numbers on CNIC is through the PTA website. Below are the following instructions that will lead you to apply the method.


  • The first thing is to visit the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) website 
  • You will find a toolbar and then enter your CNIC number in the mentioned bar
  • Complete the captcha, verify this captcha, and then click on submit 
  • After some moments, the SIM cards or numbers will show to you that are registered on your CNIC or ID card.

Checking Through SMS

The second method is easier and can be applied by anyone. Here are the instructions to apply this method and how to check SIM cards on your CNIC or ID number.


  • First of all, open your messaging or SMS app
  • Compose a new message and type your CNIC number
  • Send your CNIC number to 668
  • After a few minutes, you will receive a message with your SIM card details and how many SIMs are verified.

Note: The SMS sent to 668 will be paid, and the SIM network will deduct 2.5 rupees per SMS.

PTA Biometric Verification System (BVS)

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has introduced a Biometric Verification System (BVS) for SIM users all over Pakistan. 

To ensure the safety of your SIM data and to stop illegal activities PTA needed to verify the SIM owners. PTA Biometric Verification System is used for getting duplicate SIMs if the other card is lost. 

The second benefit of BVS is the activation and purchasing of a new SIM with online registration and biometric verification.

You can also change the SIM ownership or transfer from one to another with the help of this Biometric Verification System.

Also, you can recheck your SIM number on your CNIC. It also helps in mobile-related issues of selling and purchasing.


How to verify your new SIM

  • To verify your new SIM card, visit your nearest franchise of SIM network.
  • When you get your SIM card number then make sure that you are verifying from the same spot.
  • Ask the operator to verify your SIM and also use the Biometric Verification System.


In Pakistan, using a SIM card without verification is almost not possible. Due to the restrictions and limitations on the usage and ownership of SIM cards PTA has launched these several safety procedures.


How can I check the number of SIMs registered on my CNIC?

You can check through the PTA website or by sending your CNIC number via SMS to 668.

How can I unregister SIMs on my CNIC?

Contact the relevant SIM Network franchise and ask the operator to have the unregistered SIMs blocked.

How many SIMs I can register on my CNIC?

You can have a maximum of five SIMs registered under your CNIC.

How could I know that my SIM is biometrically verified?

Visit your SIM Network franchise and ask the operator or customer service center to verify your CNIC for biometric verification.

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