Can I Change UTME PIN to DE and Vice Versa?

You Can Change UTME (PIN) to DE (PIN) Within Reasonable Time
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When you mistakenly paid for a DE form instead of UTME, what could you do? If, in your own case, you bought a UTME PIN instead of a Direct Entry PIN, what was the next thing to do?

Well, the first thought should be, will it be possible to change the PIN from UTME to DE or DE to UTME? You must be looking for means to swap the form for each other. Is this possible?

The answer is a complex one. For a certain case, it’s possible. For the other, you may need to forgo it and buy the correct PIN.

Let me explain.

You Can’t Sell Your UTME/DE PIN to Another Candidate Unless …

It’s possible to think that if you don’t need the PIN you bought again, you can just sell it to someone who needs it. I mean, you may think you can sell a PIN you bought by mistake to the right candidate and use the money to buy the correct PIN for yourself.

This is NOT possible.

JAMB PIN – be it UTME or DE is tied to the individual candidate whose name was tied to the JAMB profile code. Do you remember the JAMB confirmation code you got through 55019? It’s your name that was used to get that code. It’s the same code used to buy the PIN. Hence, you can’t sell your PIN to another candidate.

You Can Register UTME and Upgrade to DE Instead

If you’re a DE candidate who mistakenly bought a UTME PIN, you can just continue registering for UTME. And after the registration or the exams, you can go to the nearest JAMB office to upgrade your UTME registration DE.
This is clearly possible due to the new opportunity JAMB opens to candidates who register for UTME but still have NCE, ND, HND, BSC, IJMB, JUPEB, etc that they can obtain a Direct Entry form with. 
And since it’s prohibited to obtain and register UTME and DE together in the same admission year, this set of candidates are allowed to upgrade UTME to DE. 
Doing this will, of course, cancel your UTME application and admission processes and give you a chance to pursue 200 level instead – through DE. 
Meanwhile, converting students may not need to write UTME in the first place before they upgrade.

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You Can Change UTME (PIN) to DE (PIN) Within Reasonable Time

I’ve recently treated a case of a candidate who vended a DE PIN by error instead of UTME PIN. The platform used to buy the form was Quickteller.

We contacted Quickteller on this. Their support line is They got back a few hours later to swap the DE PIN to UTME.

Why was this possible?

The only condition that favored the poor candidate was; he had not taken the PIN to a CBT centre for registration before he noticed the mixup. Had he done that, it could be impossible.

However, there is no way to assure you this will be possible for you if you bought the PIN from any other merchant other than the Quickteller.

You Can’t Swap the PINs If Already Activated

A candidate bought his JAMB UTME PIN through Remita on the first day of the sales of JAMB form.

It’s like Remita was having issues within the first few days. Hence, the guy was given UTME PIN instead of DE one he paid for.

After contacting Remita for swapping, they agreed to do that. Unfortunately, it didn’t work in the end.


The guy had already taken the PIN to a CBT centre. The attendant has already entered the PIN for him as a DE applicant before they realized the PIN belonged to UTME.

As a result, the PIN has already been activated. Once activated, the PIN couldn’t be swapped.

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