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How to find your SIM Card Serial Number

One of the few pieces of information needed for the SIM Registration Act, aside from the personal data 25, is the SIM Card Serial Number.

The SIM card has a unique code called the ICCID, which is found printed on the card or programmed into it. The ICCID is the same as SIM serial number (SSN).

The ICCID stands for Integrated Circuit Card Identification Number. It’s a unique 18-22 digit code that includes a SIM card’s country, home network, and identification number. You’ll usually find an ICCID printed on the back of a SIM card, but sometimes it’s included in the packaging materials instead.

Is the serial number the same as the IMEI?

No. The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is technically the serial for the mobile device and not the SIM card.

If the device has two SIM slots, it will have two IMEI for each slot. If the dual-SIM device supports an eSIM, it will have two IMEI and an EID (there serial number for the eSIM).

Where can I find the serial number of my SIM?

1) SIM Card Tray

The SIM tray that came with your SIM card has the serial number printed at the back.


Even with the newer nano SIM cards, the serial numbers also appear on the back side of the gold strips.

2) On your Smartphone

If your SIM is already inserted on your smartphone, you can go to Settings -> About -> Status information -> SIM Status and look for the ICCID.

3) App

Some apps are able to read the ICCID so you don’t need to remove your SIM card to get the serial number.

4) Short Codes

Try dialing #06# and you should get some information about your IMEI and EID numbers.

How about eSIM?

An EID (Embedded Identity Document) is a 32-digit serial number attached to a device that uses an eSIM. You will see in your smartphone by following the steps in #2.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

19 Responses

  1. Avatar for Ridoy Ahmed Ridoy Ahmed says:

    How to trace sim registration no?

  2. Avatar for Cereno Jhommel Cereno Jhommel says:

    Dito Sim was not working

  3. Avatar for Phoebe Rose Martin Phoebe Rose Martin says:


  4. Avatar for Phoebe Rose Martin Phoebe Rose Martin says:

    Registered me

  5. Avatar for Richard Y. Ares Richard Y. Ares says:

    How do I able to recover of my sim registration reference number from my sim after the registration

  6. Avatar for Lemuel tanyag dumamay Lemuel tanyag dumamay says:

    How to find my control number

  7. Avatar for Jericho delandao Jericho delandao says:

    Gostoko irigesterd Akon Sim card

  8. Avatar for TryThis TryThis says:


  9. Avatar for d.d d.d says:

    done registering… they wont be asking for the iccid anymore

  10. Avatar for ROMMEL ROMMEL says:

    I cannot find the ICCID code

  11. Avatar for amerigo jumalon amerigo jumalon says:

    These people out there on this requirements are naive to know the users problems, they are so miopic not worthy of their gifts!

  12. Avatar for Cahos Rahne Veloza Cahos Rahne Veloza says:

    Dialing #06# does nothing and even gives an invalid MMI code error.

    Also requiring to know your SIMs Serial Number is too much of a hassle especially if your SIM is almost a decade old and you’ve already lost its tray and documentation.

    The folks over at NTC are total a**holes if you ask me.

  13. Avatar for Matrix Matrix says:

    According to the IRR, the telcos will generate the unique SIM Serial Number, thus, it is not the same as the SIM ICCID.

  14. Avatar for Al T. Al T. says:

    How about a Smart Bro nano simcard which was still purchased in 2015 and no serial # written at the back of the gold strips and the original tray and envelop has long been disposed of? How are we going to know the Serial#. Further, my smartphone is a galaxy with dual Sim and the ICCID is not shown in the SIM Status in the “About Phone” section. Please help, if you know a work around. Thanks…

  15. Avatar for NICO NICO says:

    i dont have a smart phone. and my sim is still bigger than the other sim which are now small. How will I know the Serial of my phone?

  16. Avatar for James James says:

    How about prepaid wifi? The device is sold/shipped with the sim card and have warranty sticker over it, opening it will void the warrant, not opening it means not getting the serial.

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