How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

PTA Introduces USSD Registration For DIRBS

What Is DIRBS?

As per the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), all SIM based devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other devices should be registered, otherwise, they will be disabled.

This newly introduced verification system is known as Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS)

Now you can register yourself without any internet access. Through USSD (SMS in short) by dialling *8484#. The process to which has been explained in detail below.

How To Register(For Free) Your First Device?

 

Step 1: Start off with dialling *8484#.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 2: Reply with ‘1’ to start with the registration process.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 3: Reply with ‘1’ if you are a citizen or with ‘2’ if a temporary foreigner.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 4: Reply with ‘1’ if it is your first device to be registered which will be registered free of cost. One device a year is registered free of cost. But the others are charged with some registration fee.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 5: Enter your passport number. Be sure to check twice before submitting any such details.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

 

Step 6: Enter your CNIC number. Remember to check twice again.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 7: Reply with the Number of SIM slots you have in your device. As each SIM slot holds a unique IMEI Number.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 8: Enter your First IMEI Number. IMEI No. can be obtained by dialling *#06# from the desired SIM card.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 9: enter the second IMEI numbers if you have more than 1 SIM slot.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 10: Reply with ‘1’ to complete the process or ‘0’ If you feel like re-checking your details. By replying with ‘1’ your request for registration will be submitted to PTA and in case of delay or any query you can check in on PTA’s helpline 0800-55555.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Shortly afterwards, you will receive a confirmation message along with your credentials.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

 

 

And you are done! Isn’t that simple?

TroubleShooting In Case Of Unsuccessful Registration:

You need to consider the following details if you get the message of an unsuccessful registration in return to the registration request.

  1. The IMEI already exists in the system. And the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

2.If the user enters Passport and CNIC no. or only Passport in case of a foreigner, which is not a traveller or does not travel internationally. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

3. If you entered the same IMEI no. for both the SIMs then the following message will appear. The registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

4. Entered IMEIs from different devices rather than 1 or more of the same device. The registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

5. If the entered IMEI’s first 8 digits (TAC) is not GSMA valid, this message will be shown and Registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

6. If the user’s mobile is dual, triple or four SIM and you entered IMEI only for one then the following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

7. Max limit is 5 devices per year. If that limit exceeds the 6th device could not be registered. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

8. If the IMEI no. is more or less than 14 digits and more than 16 digits or contains special characters and alphabets. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

9. If the IMEI no. is more or less than 13-digits or contains special characters and alphabets. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

 

 

DIRBS is a great initiative taken to ensure a secure and healthy mobile device ecosystem in Pakistan. And now with the introduction of USSD Registration is has been made even easier. It will only allow the use of legalized devices and will cut down the use of any smuggled or illegal devices. Be sure to act as a responsible citizen and get yourself registered ASAP!

 

 

 

Aiza Riaz Butt

I am a proud Pakistani and an ambitious student who is determined to become a socio-religious revolutionist in the long-run. My relation with the world of technology is not only interest-based but it is our family business and that gives me a double affiliation with it. Hope my words provide you with blessed knowledge. Feel free to hit me up if you have any queries.

137 Comments

    1. Asalam O Alikum!

      Yes! But then they have to pay the duty as it is only free for international travelers bringing phones into Pakistan.

      Thank You for reaching out to us ! Hope this information proves to be helpful. Let us know if you have any other query.

      1. Bhai g Mari trf bhi yahi Likha aaya hai ka Your Device already exists in the device registration system ab kya kia jaye

  1. Hi, I brought one mobile to Pakistan which should be custom free. But upon registering PTA keep sending me message of tax duty to be paid. Set was dual SIM. I thought one set should be allowed.

    1. When did you come back to Pakistan? In order to apply for the “one free device” you must apply to register it within 60 days of your arrival to Pak.

      1. I am facing the same problem. I brought a new phone to Pakistan yesterday and tried registering it, it keeps sending me message of Rs. 37000 tax to be paid. I checked device count against my device and it is 0. This is the first device.

        What is the solution?

      2. Dear phone world
        Kindly guide any solution about Sim/Tac/Imei
        Registration of Samsung M20 phone Blocked by PTA
        A Recieved message that IMei Blocked b/c of invalid TAC.
        Kindly suggest any any possible solution.
        Will remain thankful .
        Kindly email me your reply….

        Regards.

  2. I try to register Block Mobile with this trick But my phone shows only emergency call only and when I dial *8484# then show unable to dial. plz anyone help

    1. Try using your sim on a different phone, and then try the process mentioned above by putting the IMEI of the Mobile you want to register with PTA.

  3. Yes i registered my mobile successfully using the method mentioned above. I recently travelled and brought one mobile phone from abroad. Drbs system checks with your passport number that you entered the country withing last sixty days.

  4. What about dual SIM mobile owner not a traveler registered one imei and for reason didn’t register second imei of the same mobile device before deadline

  5. If the mobile has been blocked after 60 days of usage in Pakistan. Can it be unlocked with passport number for free without paying tax.

    1. No not free, you can bring in 5 mobile devices per year to Pakistan. Out of those, you need to pay for 4. Only one if free.

      1. fahad khan what is new policy about phone one device can be registered free?

  6. I pay the tax amount against my imei no. and could not recive any msg from pta yet. Who many time need to register Device. And can i refund my tax amount(RS. 13083) because i dont know that i can register it free by passport no.
    Please tell me.

    1. You mean you paid for the phone although you brought it along with you while traveling back to Pakistan?

  7. sir it’s tell me that your device imei is already exist in device registration system and registration failed my first imei is registered but second one is unregistered now what should I do please inform me. I left only 2 days in device disabled.

    1. You should try to contact to PTA office, I think that might be an issue raised due to an “IMEI Overwrite” basically, not approved by GSMA. Still, try your luck!

  8. Paying tax twice isnt a crime?
    Bought imported cellphone already expensive having all taxes paid than again by registering the device an individual pay tax for what ?

  9. I came pakistan and try to register my mobile as 1st device free but it says that you have already registered but actually I didn’t. Now how can I check that who registered mobile against my CNIC and which mobile has been registered.

    1. No, I’m afraid not. You need to pay the customs duty for the phone you want to register as a local pakistani

  10. My friend brought mobile for me from dubai on 25th march and i used it from 27th march but my mob is not going to registered. Kindly help me to register it free of cost…

    1. You should’ve asked your friend to register it for you after bringing it along with him. Now as you mentioned, 25th March, even if he is here, it’s already past 60 days. Call PTA, ask them if they could help you further in this regard.

  11. Should a person resident of pakistan have to register his device too, even if mobile is purchased from Pakistan with warrenty. N if he registers, does he have to pay duty tax too?

    1. if a mobile device is purchased from Pakistan, “PTA approved”, you don’t have to worry about anything related to DIRBS and device registration, etc

      1. Jis sim sy register krain gy wo e sim chalay gi us mai ya koi b sim chal jae gi register krny k bad

  12. If the entered IMEI’s first 8 digits (TAC) is not GSMA valid, this message will be shown and Registration will be failed.

    What is the solution?

  13. Assalam o Alaikum!
    What if you he/she buy a phone from pakistan market and its second hand mostly 70% people’s buy second hand cell but what if pta block their how they can registered their phone bcz they arw not traveller .

  14. my mobile mate mate10 lite has been blocked. How to open this. I many time visit aong with passport but no fruitfull results has achieved. Please help me.

  15. Wow who is the responsible if someone have already bought mobile a year ago from any shop but now its blocked

  16. I have follow this step but they show that this passport number already registered mobile rather we haven’t registered any mobile before.. is there any reason behind this??

  17. Dear Team,

    I have gone through this process via sms and received a text my imei already exists in the Device Registration System. Registration failed.

    What does it means because my device is showing still non compliant

  18. I have a mobile immediateliy is reigiestered but immediately is registered signals works shows network name,incoming and outgoing kill issue appears watts up know? ?

  19. Hi sir Aslamualaikum my name Dil nawaz and I’m come from Dubai to Pakistan 25 /3/2019 and so I checked online mobile registration I put in my passport number and CNIC number and now he tells me that is CNIC nambar on the sesytam so ho to register online because there one my village every mobile pco center want 3000 ropee so please help me because my mobile is blocked already

  20. Through USSD i have received msg COC ID has been approved but when i check imei status through online pta website its not registered, how much time it will take after getting msg??

  21. How to register a dual sim phone by this . I had registered my phone on first PTA notification unfortunately One slot is registered and other one unregistered. While i had both registered. How should i register now

  22. What if a traveler is not 18 years old hence not having NIC, then what will be the procedure? Is the passport number enough?

  23. I’ve registered my phone by 1st free device method, i got a message that your phone is now PTA approved but still my network and sim card activity is not working. Help me

  24. Dear I have registered one mobile on a passport but it is saying that you have to pay tax. As it is mentioned that one device is free for one passport than why it is showing tax please guide me thx

  25. My brother brought a mobile phone for me from china.During the 60 days registration period I didn’t register my phone,now PTA has blocked my mobile phone.Now I want to register my phone in free but It is not happening,Now what should I do next,I have tried different ways to register it but nothing happened.I have visited PTA office also but they told me to pay the FBR tax and the FBR tax is 30000(thirty thousand) now you tell me where from can I pay such taxes for it.

  26. What if someone has bought a mobile from market and who didnt know about this tax system.. because the shopkeeper dont tell anyone. They just sell their stuff. What about that? Because jts not fair to pay for the mobile again and again. . . This is the flaw of govt that such mobiles are still for sale in markets which are not registered… why an innocent person got to pay for the flaws of the system?

  27. I am facing a problem with this procedure after i had submitted all information and send 1 to confirm a window notifying that code is running and few second later another window appears notifying that connection problem. what to do next ?

  28. With the blocked device we cannot go for any ussd.. it says not registered on network. Should we try from another device?

  29. Dear team for the first time i have tried my IMEI on PTA link for registration on tax. Now i have forgotten my gmail & password. Now when i m registrying my IMEI on pta link it show the IMEI already exsist in the system. What is the process of deleting application against the IMEI.

  30. My phone is blocked by PTA at 20/05/2019.
    I can pay the fbr duty tex at 21/05/2019 at 9:30AM.
    But it still blocked from 6 days.

  31. My handset in not PTA approved. I tried it done by step 1 but it was unsuccessful. IMEI is already exist in the system. Now what to do next. Need help.

  32. Hey I just registered my mobile phone but I am currently abroad and got the message of the tax amount. I guess I should have done it after reaching Pakistan. Should I be worried now, or will I be able to register the same mobile at the airport easily after reaching Pakistan?

  33. If anyone purchased a mobile phone from Pakistan and he dont have passport number then can he register his mobile with the DIRBS please inform.

  34. Hello everyone,
    Anyone please guide me if a mobile purchased locally from Pakistan. Will it be also required any type of tax submission and pta registration as well???
    Regards,
    Syed Burhan

  35. Tac is not valid gsma tac registration failed
    Ye masala bar bar aaraha ab Kia karna chahye company waly bilkul bhi call nhi autha 10 phones se call laga chuka hon koi response nhi plz help

  36. I have a dual sim phone. Upon registration, my first IMEI has been registered before but for 2nd IMEI registration it’s asking to pay tax. I am registering it on a first free phone option with valid passport number and CNIC and have travelled within 60 days. Need your support.

  37. I am also getting the problem ; just registered my mobile phone through online web but I am currently abroad and got the message of the tax amount. As per the rule i can get one device witout tax then why i am getting tax pay message. As i have roaming sim i used USSD CODE to check how many device register againt my CNIC I get this message from USSD

    Current Year 2019.
    Availed free devices:0.
    Remaining devices current year: 5.
    Total applied devices current year: 0

    It clearly shows i did not availe any device till now y i get message to pay tax on the registration of my personal hand set.

  38. Hi
    I.bought a unkown company ntc botton phone MA-220 u can check.it in google i bought from the saudia arabia and it has 2 imei i did ur method but didnt get the sms till now …if i want to pay the tax can u tell me how much would it be to pay the tax
    Waiting for r reply
    Best regards
    Sair

  39. i check the mobile tax duties
    and delete the sms or forget the id in which i check the tax
    now i want to to register my mobile but it show that the mobile imei is already exist in the system
    now what can i do to register my mobile please help me

  40. It says register your first free device then why does it says you have to pay tax…….explain plz

  41. I got my set on the 1 at of April but my new ID card number was not going through so I waited and on the 1 of June my set has been blocked,I traveled and have the documents , please kindly help me get the tax exemption as I’m allowed a phone set in a year , regards,I have visited your khi pta office also.. kindly look into this matter

  42. Last month on 31st May 2019 I traveled from UAE to Pakistan and bought a Mobile for my family. I tried to register my mobile on my passport but shows error “Entered Passport Information is not eligible under TAX Exemption FBR baggage rule. What should I do now.

  43. Your device : Apple iPhone XS (XXXXXXX) with
    COC ID: eg.(MjczNjMhjK ) has been partially approved.
    Your application request has been submitted with Tracking ID:eg.(MjczNfgVbVc)
    Sign in to DIRBS and provide the documents by clicking the link: dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs/individual/upload_ussd/xxxxxxxx/gggggggggghP
    Sir, there is no user name or password to enter into pta system.

  44. User with this CNIC/Passport is not registered in Device Registration System.

    Got this msg from 8483 when I entered my cnic to check if I m eligible for free registration … What’s the remedy.

    Thanks

  45. Sir I have dual sim phone, and it has two IMEI numbers, now one of the IMEI is already registered and but the other IMEI is not registered and i keep getting message from Dirbs to get my phone registered pay duty it it will get blocked after 26-6-19 ???? can you please help me

  46. sir my application for mobile registration sent to pta since 10 days but the status of my device show verified but not approved. now what should i do?

  47. Hi, I have tried registering with some of my family members passport who just came back from Umrah.
    And it said that your mobile is registered now. But when i insert the sim back in the mobile it still says “Emergency calls only”.

    How much time does it take to work again or its that it will only work with the sim of the passport holder.

    Can you please explain this it will be really helpfull.
    Thanks.

    1. Hello Noman,
      Thanks for commenting, and glad you registered your phone before 1st of July free of cost.
      You need to wait for 24 hours, then restart your phone (must), it’ll start working.

      Regard

  48. dear sir salam if my age is under 18 will i eligible for one time tax free registration i am in umrah visa

  49. I bought a phone (honor 8 lite) back in the 9th month of 2017 with M&P warranty with a PTA Approved sticker on the box. I keep on using the phone with one sim card and a micro sd card (hybrid sim slot). nut now i stat using the 2nd sim card and i received a message from PTA that the 2nd sim slot is valid but not PTA approved giving 60 days to register my IMEI2 while the first sim slot(IMEI1) is PTA approved..In this case what should i do.kindly help me out with the suitable solution to mu problem. THANK YOU.

  50. How much tax f my lenovo K5 play, i bought this mobile in 16000 new but its not PTA Approved wha should i do can someone guide, if you can register my mobile i’ll pay you please help me guys if anyone can, May ALLAH save us from all kind of problems, Ameen

  51. Hi Sir !
    Is *8484# method for free registration still working ? As there are reports that now one has to submit scan of passport to PTA.

  52. Hello When I checked my IMEI status it shows that My IMEI is valid but not registered from PTA, Upon registering it with my brother passport who has recently travelled to Pakistan from other country it shows IMEI already exists, Can someone please guide me how to resolve the issue

  53. I want to ask that , first mobile registration is free on one passport, ?
    Bz me try first mobile registration on passport but recive msg for pay duty before registration.

    1. Greetings Sir!

      The issue is that due to the baggage service being misused PTA has ended it since 1st July. Now there is no first free device. All devices have to be paid.

  54. Hello
    I just tried to register dual sim phone for my Aunty and daughter but on her mother foreigner passport not Pakistan message coming she is not exempted for free registration under bagage rule and same phone when I tried for daughter it shows tax
    When she never got registered before as she is coming after 3 years .PTA gone mad

    1. Greetings Sir!

      The issue is that due to the baggage service being misused PTA has ended it since 1st July. Now there is no first free device. All devices have to be paid.

    1. Greetings Sir!

      It is no longer available, due to the baggage service being misused PTA has ended it since 1st July. Now there is no first free device. All devices have to be paid.

  55. Hello dear!
    I registered my mobile phone on last Saturday. It shows verify but the status is still in procees, and mobile is blocked.
    Now what should i do. Please guaide

  56. Sir
    When i tried to register m20 Samsung for my friend who arrived from abroad, i got a reply from 8483 that TAC :(xxxxxxx) is not a valid GSMA TAC. Registration failed.
    How can i resolve this to get register.

    1. Your IMEI is invalid, if you had used it once before January 2019, it’ll be paired with the SIM you used it on.
      If not, it cannot be registered, unfortunately.

  57. They have not informed before doing this. This is totally wrong..
    If they informed then we dont buy mobiles.
    Now what we should do???
    I buy a second hand mobile which tax they are asking that is more then Its original price.

  58. Hi I’m recently comeback to Pakistan
    My mobile device is not registered
    How to pay Tex possible to bank or must go to the custom office

  59. I recently heard some news that the first phone is no longer duty free for international travelers. Do you have any information about this?

  60. what a sick system, i brought a phone 3 weeks ago and now when i am registering it, its asking for duty.
    can anyone guide, whom to contact in this case as this is my first device registration ever.

  61. Dear phone world
    Kindly guide any solution about Sim/Tac/Imei
    Registration of Samsung M20 phone Blocked by PTA
    A Recieved message that IMei Blocked b/c of invalid TAC.
    Kindly suggest any any possible solution.
    Will remain thankful .
    Kindly email me your reply….

    Regards.
    Habib Rehman

  62. Dear phone world
    Kindly guide any solution about Sim/Tac/Imei
    Registration of Samsung M20 phone Blocked by PTA
    A Recieved message that IMei Blocked b/c of invalid TAC.
    Kindly suggest any any possible solution.
    Will remain thankful .
    Kindly email me your reply….
    I have same issue……

    Regards.

  63. My daughter came on 15 june and brought along a iphone. She did not do the registration because she knew it could be done within 60 days. Can she do it now ??

  64. Yes You can use your phone for 60 days in Pakistan. That’s what i am using right now but after 60 days God know what gonna happen.

  65. Can anyone help me?
    I have a dual sim mobile when I tried to register on PTA web portal after getting blocked , the pop up says
    ‘ERROR !’
    “TAC :(86652308) is not a valid GSMA TAC.”

    What should I do now?

  66. Hello
    I arrived in Karachi on 8th of June and will be travelling back abroad on 6th September. I have tried registering my phone on the website, but a pop up keeps appearing that this passport number has already been entered into the system. The question is I haven’t registered my phone before, so how come details of my passport have been entered? And what should I do nw? My phone will be blocked on 8th August if I don’t register.

  67. i register my phone and get MSG of tax duty 5440, but its my 1st device than why they are charging me this, how i can sort out this issue.

  68. Aoa
    Pls help me any one which have know about this foolish think pta registering.
    I have dual citizenship I came pakistan after 2 years in this July and I want to active my mobile in August and I follow the steps which you described in this page after the dial *8484#.
    But after the registration pta reply me that I pay Tex and then they active my iPhone what’s wrong with pta.
    PTA says that one mobile is free I active my account first time in my passport and I’d card and PTA says I pay Tax what’s wrong with pta any one know what’s happening in this country.
    Or I m calling many time 080055555 but no ring or if I call 05197….
    Which no giving in pta website. Firstly line is busy or if my luck they pick up and they ask we can’t help u Call 080055555 what’s happening no one want to listening very bad thing seriously I m very disappoint so leave it I think just talk about the problem so any one know what I do so tell me.
    My mobile no is 03166322036
    My email is [email protected]

  69. It’s my first phone i have never register any phone before, still they want me to pay 37000 rupees. What is this?
    They said first phone is free…..

      1. @Aiza
        What do you recommend now? I bought a new phone and it seems that even registered devices have a chance of getting blocked.

      2. The only solution we see and have witnessed through several such experiences. People tend to sale them back to where they were bought from. I am afraid you will have to do that too.

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