Aadhar Card

Aadhaar Card Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for an Aadhaar card is as follows:

  • All Indian citizens are eligible to apply for an Aadhaar card.
  • NRIs (Non Resident Indians) who have lived in the country for a continuous period of 182 days are permitted to apply.

How to Enrol for Aadhaar?

The Aadhaar application process can be done from any authorised Aadhaar Enrolment Centre/ Permanent Enrolment Centre. You can find an updated list of existing Aadhaar Enrolment Centres on the UIDAI website.

In an effort to simplify the enrolment process, the UIDAI has also authorised over 10,000 post offices and bank branches to operate as Permanent Enrol Centres. Applicants can follow the 3 simple steps listed below to complete the enrolment process.

  • Step 1: Locate the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre.
  • Step 2: Fill in the application form and submit required documents.
  • Step 3: Complete biometrics and collect acknowledgement.

In the case of applicants who do not have the required documents, UIDAI has made arrangement for the following modes of enrolment:

  • Head of Family (HoF) based application: Under this enrolment process, the Head of Family (with a valid Aadhaar) can submit documents proving his/her relationship to the applicant. The applicant’s enrolment will then be processed after successful verification of these details.
  • Introducer-based application: In cases where the applicant has no valid proof of identity or address documents, an Introducer appointed by a Registrar can assist in the enrolment process. The Introducer can be contacted through the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.

Check Status of Aadhaar Application Online

Applicants who wish to track the status of their Aadhaar application can do so through the official UIDAI website. You will need to mention your enrolment ID, which can be found on the acknowledgment slip issued after you submit your application.

Baal Aadhaar

In case of minor applicants below the age of 5, the process is listed below:

  • The parents’ biometric details will be captured at the time of enrolment. When the child turns 15 years, he/she will have to visit a centre to update his/her biometric data.
  • Parent’s Aadhaar is to be provided when submitting the application form and documents at the Enrolment Centre.

How to Download/Print Aadhaar Card

In an effort to make the Aadhaar more accessible, the UIDAI has made arrangement for the electronic storage and retrieval of Aadhaar details. Known as the e-Aadhaar, this card is available in a PDF format and can be downloaded from the UIDAI website.

The e-Aadhaar can be accessed through the official UIDAI website by using any of the following:

  • With Aadhaar number.
  • With VID (Virtual ID).
  • With EID (Enrolment ID).

Find A detailed guide on how to download/print your e-Aadhaar card from the UIDAI Website.

Aadhaar Services

To make the Aadhaar process more transparent and streamlined, the UIDAI has made available various services relating to Aadhaar processes and features. A brief summary of each is provided below:

  1. Verify Aadhaar Number

    Applicants can verify if their Aadhaar card is active or has been deactivated as follows:

    • Visit the UIDAI website and click on the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab.
    • Click on the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ tab and enter your Aadhaar number along with the security CAPTCHA.
    • The current status of your Aadhaar card will appear on screen.

    Find a comprehensive guide to Verify Aadhaar Number

  2. Verify mobile number or email registered with Aadhaar:

    Providing an email address and mobile number when applying for an Aadhaar card is advisable as it makes getting updates on services easier. As an applicant, you can also receive notifications on additional features or information pertaining to your Aadhaar remotely. Follow the steps listed here to verify the mobile number or email address registered with your Aadhaar.

  3. Retrieve your Aadhaar number:

    If you have misplaced or lost your Aadhaar card, UIDAI has simplified the retrieval process. You can retrieve your Aadhaar card, VID or EID electronically by following the steps listed here.

    It is important to note that retrieval of Aadhaar information requires you to have a registered mobile number.

  4. Check status of Aadhaar linking:

    To avail most government subsidies and schemes, applicants have to link their Aadhaar card to their bank account for disbursement of the subsidy. You can check the current status of the linking process as listed below:

    • On the official UIDAI website, navigate to the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab and select the ‘Aadhaar Services’ tab.
    • Enter your Aadhaar/ VID number and the security code.
    • An OTP will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number, and the current linking status will be displayed on screen.

    Find a detailed guide on Link Aadhaar with Bank Account

  5. Generate Virtual ID (VID):

    To ensure data protection and safeguard the information provided under Aadhaar, the UIDAI initiated the VID. This offers limited KYC (Know Your Customer) access to vendors/merchants seeking Aadhaar information for various services.

  6. Lock/Unlock your biometrics:

    Your Aadhaar card contains both demographic as well as biometric data, which is used to authenticate your identity when availing various services. When sharing your Aadhaar information with a vendor/merchant for verification, there is a chance of misuse. In order to maintain the security of this data, the UIDAI permits Aadhaar card holders to lock access to their biometric information. This can be unlocked at the card holder’s discretion.

  7. Check authentication history:

    Each time you provide your Aadhaar card for any purpose, the details of the Authorised User Agencies (AUA) accessing this information is logged in the Aadhaar system. You can check your authentication history which lists the AUA and the information they have accessed. This process enables you to verify who has accessed your Aadhaar data. This feature is especially helpful when it comes to managing the security of your information.

    Find a guide on how to check your authentication history.

  8. Offline verification of Aadhaar:

    Aadhar paperless e-KYC is a sharable and secure document that can be used for offline verification of Aadhar identification. As an Aadhaar cardholder, you can share proof of identity and address information in a secure, tamper-proof format to vendors/service providers.

    Generating the Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC can be done as follows:

    • Visit the UIDAI website and click on the ‘My Services’ tab.
    • Click on the ‘Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC’ under the ‘Aadhaar Services’ tab.
    • Enter your Aadhaar number and the security code, after which you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
    • After the OTP has been successfully verified, a downloadable XML file will be available.
Linking Aadhaar with PAN

Aadhaar Information

  1. What is Aadhaar?

    The Aadhaar is a unique one-time government-issued identity card that is assigned to all Indian residents. It is a 12-digit random number that records the individual’s biometric and demographic data. Applying for an Aadhaar is voluntary and free of cost.

    The Aadhaar program was constituted in 2016 when the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was set up. All Aadhaar cards are issued through this body, which collects the cardholder’s demographic and biometric data to enable a more streamlined and transparent method of allocating certain government benefits and subsidies to citizens.

    Aadhaar Card

    Being a government-issued document, it can be used as proof of identity as well as proof of address for the purpose of opening a bank account, applying for loans and government subsidies.

    An Aadhaar card carries the following information:

    1. Demographic information
      • Name
      • Date of birth/age
      • Address
      • EID- the enrolment number
      • Barcode
    2. Biometric information
      • Photograph
      • Iris scan (both eyes)
      • Fingerprints (all ten)
  2. Find Information About Aadhaar Enrolment Centres

    Applicants can find information on Aadhaar Enrolment Centres as well as Permanent Enrolment Centres on the UIDAI website, which lists current enrolment centres by state and city. A detailed guide on how to find existing Aadhaar Enrolment Centres can be found here.

  3. How to update Aadhaar details online?

    If your Aadhaar details have errors or you wish to change information after you have submitted your application, you can update are correct this information online by visiting the UIDAI website. Both demographic data as well as biometric information can be updated.

    Find a step-by-step guide on the process to update Aadhaar details online.

  4. How to Add Your Mobile Number To Aadhaar Card

    Adding your mobile number to Aadhaar card is important as availing Aadhaar services and making changes/updating details in your Aadhaar card requires two-factor authorisation, with an OTP being sent to your registered mobile number.

    In order to add your mobile number, you will have to visit a Permanent Aadhaar Centre and submit an application to add the same to your card.

    Find a guide on how to update mobile number in Aadhaar.

  5. eAadhaar

    The eAadhaar is an electronic copy of your Aadhaar card and can be used in lieu of a physical copy of the card. It is accepted universally and can be downloaded from the UIDAI website. The eAadhaar is saved in a PDF format and is password protected. You can also choose to download a masked copy of your Aadhaar, which will hide your Aadhaar number.

  6. mAadhaar

    With a view to making the Aadhaar card and its allied services more universally available, the UIDAI has released mAadhaar which is a mobile application for Android devices. The app contains the user’s Aadhaar information in a digitised form and enables accessibility on the go.

    Users can add up to 3 profiles on their app and perform a wide variety of services such as locking their biometrics and access their e-KYC for Aadhaar. Find a more comprehensive guide to the mAadhaar app, including linking your mobile number.

  7. Aadhaar Enrolment Centres

    To facilitate seamless and efficient applications, the UIDAI has set up Aadhaar Enrolment Centres as well as Permanent Enrolment Centres across the country, with many located in major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai Hyderabad, Bangalore, etc. Applicants can find active centres close to their area of residence by visiting the UIDAI website.

Aadhaar FAQs

    I have lost my Aadhaar letter. Can I get a reprint?

    Yes, the UIDAI has launched a new service called the ‘Order Aadhaar Reprint’ service. You can apply for the same on the UIDAI website/through the mAadhaar app and get a reprint of your Aadhaar letter for a nominal fee of Rs.50.

    I do not have access to internet/mAadhaar app. How do I access online services?

    You can sign up for the Aadhaar SMS service by sending an SMS to 1947 from your registered mobile number. You can access features and services available online/on the mAadhaar app such as locking/unlocking biometric, generating a Virtual ID etc.

    I do not have documentary proof for my current address. Can I still update it in my Aadhaar?

    Yes, you can still update your address through Address Verifier by applying for an Address Verification Letter on the UIDAI website. This is to be submitted along with your application form.

    I would like to update my name on my Aadhaar. Can I update it online through the Self Service Update Portal (SSUP)?

    No, only addresses can be updated through the SSUP. For updating name, date of birth, photograph, mobile number etc., you will have to visit a Permanent Enrolment Centre and update the details.

    How long is the Aadhaar card valid?

    The Aadhaar card is valid for life.

    Are e-Aadhaar and the Aadhaar card the same thing?

    Yes, Aadhaar card and e-Aadhaar are same. The only difference being the Aadhaar card is a document sent to the applicant through the post by UIDAI while the e-Aadhaar is a digital version that can be downloaded from the UIDAI website.

    What information is contained in the e-Aadhaar QR code?

    The Aadhaar QR code contains the cardholder’s demographic details such as name, date of birth, photograph, gender (if provided) and the Masked Aadhaar number.

    Is it mandatory to link my PAN with Aadhaar in order to file my tax returns?

    Yes, as per the new provisions of the Finance Act, it is mandatory for all taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar.

    Do I need to carry originals when updating my details at an Enrolment Centre?

    Yes, you are required to carry originals of all documents whose details you are updating at an Enrolment Centre.

    My first Aadhaar application was rejected, can I re-apply?

    Usually an Aadhaar application is rejected due to technical/quality reasons. You are permitted to reapply for your Aadhaar.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. For more information please refer the link(s) provided above or visit https://uidai.gov.in/

News About Aadhar Card

  • UIDAI clarifies that Aadhaar card has nothing to do with citizenship

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that Aadhaar card has nothing to do with citizenship. The clarification comes after the authority issued notices to 127 people for allegedly obtaining Aadhaar numbers on false pretences.

    On the subject of Hyderabad notices, it said that Aadhaar was not a citizenship document. UIDAI also clarified that the notices were sent after it received reports from Hyderabad police as well as emphasized that the notices have nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the 127 people have been asked to appear before the UIDAI deputy director in Hyderabad for a personal hearing on February 20. Those individuals who need to collect the requisite documents will be allowed additional time.

    19 February 2020

  • Aadhaar-based video authentication approved by the RBI

    On 9 January 2020, a video-based authentication for the verification of Aadhaar was accepted by the Reserve Bank OF India (RBI). The new method will be an alternative to the accepted e-KYC (Know Your Customer).

    The new video-based method will be based on the Aadhaar and can be either offline or online. The proposal for the need of video-KYC was submitted in a report made by Expert Committee on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. The report was submitted in June 2019 and the committee is headed by the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) UK Sinha. Currently, the customer will have to be present for the e-KYC to be completed. However, via video-KYC, the process can be completed by video chat and the customer will have to display the documents. The committee has also recommended that the video-KYC be done either by Apple FaceTime or Google Duo. However, according to experts, the applications that have been suggested are of foreign origin and are unlikely to be accepted by the RBI. According to the data protection Bill, the central bank does not allow companies to store data in foreign locations. The video application that will be used was not mentioned by the RBI. According to experts, an app will be developed to complete the video-KYC process.

    10 January 2020

  • U.P. To Link Social Welfare Schemes With Aadhaar

    The Uttar Pradesh government plans to disburse funds for social welfare schemes like scholarships after Aadhaar verification only. This is being done to ensure that funds reach deserving beneficiaries.

    The government announced pension, scholarships as well as all government-issued subsidies will be disbursed only after the beneficiary links their Aadhaar number to the scheme.

    To make the process accessible to beneficiaries, e-POS machines will be installed for verification. This is also being done to prevent misuse of funds.

    While most government-issued subsidies are linked to Aadhaar, it is not mandatory to link Aadhaar to one’s bank account for disbursement.

    This is the latest in a slew of Aadhaar-related decisions taken by the U.P. government, which announced all urban properties would require the Aadhaar card of the owner to be linked.

    These schemes have not been implemented as yet, as the government is still looking into their implementation.

    12 October 2019

  • Aadhaar Linking to Voter ID Being Considered: Law Minister

    The Law Ministry is considering a proposal to link Aadhaar to electoral rolls in an effort to weed out multiple entries in the electoral register.

    While this plan has been in the pipeline for a while now, the Supreme Court order on Aadhaar in 2015 had stalled the process. New directives from the Supreme Court mandate a change in the existing law to permit Aadhaar data collection.

    The Election Commission (EC) has sent a letter to the Law Ministry asking for changes in the Representation of the People Act allowing for Aadhaar numbers to be listed for new and existing voter ID applicants.

    The Law Ministry is considering the proposal, which would empower the EC to match Aadhaar with new voter ID applicants. It would also map existing voters with their Aadhaar to root out multiple entries in different state electoral rolls.

    10 October 2019

  • Aadhaar-Enabled Payment On India Post Payments Bank

    India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has announced Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AePS) services. With AePS, individuals with Aadhaar-linked bank accounts can perform banking services such as cash withdrawal and balance enquiry by authenticating transactions with a fingerprint scan at their doorstep.

    The facility will bring interoperable doorstep banking services to customers of any bank, negating the need to visit a physical branch. Customers can use their fingerprint scan to authorise basic transactions at their doorstep through postmen and Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

    Through this platform, basic banking services will be accessible to customers located in remote areas securely, since Aadhaar data will be used to authenticate each transaction.

    12 September 2019

  • Enrol For Aadhaar At BSNL Customer Service Centres in Indore

    Indore residents can apply for their Aadhaar card at BSNL customer service centres. At present, this facility can be availed at 3 locations in the district with plans to open 5 more by 15th October, 2019.

    BSNL customer service staff have been trained to handle Aadhaar enrolment, biometric updates and changes in demographic details (such as residential address, mobile number or email address).

    The three centres that are currently in use are at Depalpur, Nehru Park and Sanwer Road Customer Service Centres.

    Officials have introduced this plan to make it easier for applicants to enrol for the Aadhaar program.

    10 September 2019

  • Former UIDAI chief says Aadhaar system is secure by design

    Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day Global Cyber Security Conference 2019, former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) J Satyanarayana stated that the Aadhaar system was secure by design. He made the statement to diminish fears about the stealing of critical data of over 120 crore Aadhaar enrolees with regard to cyber-attacks.

    He said that the system was ‘secure by design’ because it follows the nine keys principles of security. The former chief went on to add that apart from that, there were certain layers of security around the Aadhaar data as well as security operations centres in Bengaluru and New Delhi that offers round the clock surveillance. He also added that the Government Regulation and Compliance (GRC) Cell that is managed independently also ensures that the Aadhaar data of an individual is kept safe.

    10 September 2019

  • Aadhaar Update Charges At Centres Increased

    Updating details for Aadhaar will be more expensive now. The new fees will be charged at all Aadhaar centres for existing Aadhaar holders.

    Updating details such as name, address, gender, email address and mobile number will now cost Rs.50 as opposed to Rs.25.

    Updating photograph, iris scan and fingerprints will also cost Rs.50 for each service now, with all fees exclusive of taxes.

    There is no charge for applications submitted online or first-time Aadhaar enrolment at centres.

    9 September 2019

  • New Aadhaar centre opened in Chennai

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has opened a new Aadhaar centre in Chennai in order to make the process of updating address and mobile number in the Aadhaar card records easier. The new centre is on the lines of Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) run by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India informed UIDAI. The authority added that the centre could be used for services like Aadhaar enrolment and updation of name, address, mobile number, email ID, date of birth, gender, and biometric (photo + fingerprints + Iris). It needs to be mentioned here that a person can enrol for Aadhaar at the centre for free but for updating any of the above mentioned a charge of Rs.50 will be levied.

    The centre shall remain open on all days of the week except Tuesday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. To avail the services, citizens can book an online appointment on the UIDAI website by sharing their Aadhaar and mobile number.

    The CEO of UIDAI has stated that they are planning to open 114 such centres in 53 cities across the country and make it operational before the end of the year. It must be noted here that prior to the one in Chennai, such centres were opened in Delhi, Chandigarh, Agra, Hisar, and Vijayawada.

    9 September 2019

  • Aadhaar For NRIs Without Wait Period In 3 Months

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced its systems will be equipped to issue Aadhaar cards to NRIs (Non Resident Indians) without the mandatory 180 day wait period.

    The organisation’s systems are being updated and the legalities are being worked out, which will enable overseas applicants to book their appointments for biometrics in advance.

    While a notification from the IT Ministry is still awaited, the UIDAI is confident it will meet its goal of opening 114 application centres by the end of the year. Known as Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASK), these centres will facilitate enrolment, updating of details and allied activities.

    The ASKs will speed up the application process and also provide online appointment management, similar to the Passport Seva Kendra model.

    8 September 2019

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