How to Compose a Sender ID and Register it

A Sender ID is a name or number that identifies the sender of an SMS message. Sender ID is the name or number which appears on the mobile phone as the sender of an SMS (It is used to identify who’s sending the message to the recipient).

You must have noticed through sending bulk SMS from your registered bulk SMS account that the maximum number of characters allowed for sender ID is 11 characters. Sometimes though you have sender IDs you wish to use for your messages which are more than 11 characters. Although it cannot be increased by more than 11 characters, the good thing is there are ways you could optimize this.

  • Use acronyms more when they are applicable: Usually, the desired sender IDs for many messages can be shortened through the use of acronyms without affecting its weight or affecting the recipient’s understanding of the name. Associations, businesses and various organizations could use this comfortably, and their names will not be lost. Even for individuals, long names can be fitted in with the use of initials and pet names.
  • Limit the use of ‘space’ ‘commas’ or other punctuation marks or remove them all together characters includes in text messages are spaces, commas, full stops, exclamation marks, quotation marks and other punctuation marks. It is most advisable then to avoid them in sender IDs.
  • Use Camel Case : This is the writing of compound words such that each word or abbreviation begins with a capital letter. For example, if a person’s name is Kelvin Segun, using this as a sender ID and typing it with the space as it is will be 12 characters and so the system won’t take it all, thereby removing the last letter. Whereas camel case could be used to make it all fit in as just 11 characters i.e. you have KelvinSegun.  Also do same with business names.

Sender ID Registration

Due to the increase in the volume of fraudulent text messages that some unscrupulous customers (fraudsters/419) are sending, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has mandated that all sender IDs must be registered.

Also, your messages will not be delivered if your sender ID has not been registered, but your units will be deducted. Therefore it is advisable to confirm if your sender ID has been registered before sending SMS messages.

The registration process takes will take a minimum of 48 hours before the submitted sender ID can be registered. Furthermore, make sure that all sender IDs to be submitted for registration are not more than 11 characters including space and/or any special character like @,&,$,! etc.  Any sender ID that is submitted twice or more or longer than 11 characters in length will be ignored and not be registered. You can register as many sender IDs as you like.

For ZigaTEXT app users, kindly submit the request to register your sender ID through ZigaTEXT app at the Compose SMS page. You will also need to provide a sample message too.

Click here to get a user guide on how to register your sender ID on ZigaTEXT. For more information, you can contact us on 08093159330 or 07026788205. To create a free Ozioma account for your personal use or business simply click

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