Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique identification number issued by the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) for every Indian on behalf of the Indian Government. The Aadhaar card can be availed by every individual and it serves as both identification and residential proofs.
Once people are done with the application process, they can print their Aadhaar card online.
The process of downloading the Aadhaar card online is very simple. You will need a computer and an internet connection for the same. To download the card, you will also need your enrolment number or Aadhaar number.
Mentioned below are a few steps that you can follow to download your e-Aadhaar card:
- Visit the e-Aadhaar website.
- Choose ‘Enrolment ID’ or ‘Aadhaar’.
- Enter your Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID and other details such as name, PIN code, mobile number, etc.
- Click on ‘Get One Time Password’.
- You will receive the password on your phone via a text message.
- Input the OTP and click on ‘Validate and Download’.
- The e-Aadhaar card will be downloaded on your computer.
To open the e-Aadhaar card, you will have to enter a password as the file is password protected. This password will be your PIN Code.
How to Download Aadhar Card By Aadhaar Number
Aadhar card can easily be downloaded and printed by accessing the official website of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Unlike the PAN card or voter ID card, the process to get a copy of Aadhar card is much simpler. A copy of Aadhar card is considered as a valid Aadhar letter. By using the Aadhar number, originally the Unique Identification Number (UID), an individual can obtain the Aadhar card online.
When you apply for the Aadhar card, you are provided with an acknowledgment slip with reference details. The slip contains your basic details along with enrolment number and time stamp. You can either use the EID or UID to retrieve your E-Aadhar card.
Please follow the following steps to download and print your Aadhar card:
- Visit www.uidai.gov.in (the official website for Aadhar related services)
- View the section ‘Aadhar enrolment’ under ‘Aadhar online services’
- Click on ‘Download Aadhar’
- You will be redirected to https://eAadhar.uidai.gov.in/
- Depending on whether you have the EID or UID, select the appropriate option
- Enter your enrolment number/Aadhar number
- Enter your personal details, such as:
- Full name
- PIN code
- Mobile number
- Image captcha
- Click ‘Get One Time Password (OTP’
- You will receive the OTP on your mobile phone within few minutes
- Enter the OTP to validate your request and click download
- The Aadhar card will be downloaded in a PDF format
- You will need Adobe Reader to open the file
- The file can be opened by entering PIN code as password
Once you are able to view the Aadhar card, you can take a print copy of it and produce wherever required. Considering the fact that a copy of Aadhar card is acceptable as a valid proof, you won’t need to worry about the consequences of losing your card.
How To Download Aadhaar Card With Enrollment Number (EID)?
The acknowledgment slip contains vital details that will help you in obtaining your Aadhaard card. One of the most important information you will find is the enrollment number (EID) and time stamp. Using the EID and time stamp, you can download the Aadhaar card from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)’s website. The steps you need to follow are listed below:
- Visit - www.uidai.gov.in
- Under the Aadhaar Online Services, select Download Aadhaar
- You will be redirected to e aadhaar web page
- Use your acknowledgment slip to enter your 14 digit EID and the time stamp
- Enter your name, pin code, mobile number and image captcha to generate an OTP
- The OTP will be sent your registered mobile number
- Enter the OPT to validate your request
- You Aadhaar card will be automatically downloaded to your computer
- Use your area pin code as password to open the PDF file
- The PDF file has your Aadhaar card that can be printed. The printed copy can be used as an original document.
If you do not have the acknowledgement slip or the enrollment details, you can refer to UIDAI’s website to retrieve lost EID. Here’s what you need to do:
- Visit - www.uidai.gov.in
- Under the Aadhaar Online Services, select Retrieve Lost ‘UID/EID’
- Make selection to receive your lost EID
- Enter your full name, email or mobile number, and security captcha to get an OTP
- You’ll receive an OTP on your registered mobile number
- Use the OTP to validate your request
- After OTP verification, you will be provided with your enrolment details
How to Print Aadhar Card?
Once you download the e-Aadhaar Card, you can print it. To print your card, you have to first open the downloaded file using the Acrobat Reader in pdf format. After the file is opened, you can print via CTRL+P (the shortcut for print command) or by clicking on the ‘Print’ option present on the ‘File’ menu of Acrobat Reader.
If you do not have a printer, you can copy the downloaded file on a pen drive and visit any cyber cafe or printing office and get the file printed.
The process of printing an original and a duplicate Aadhaar card online is the same. If you have lost your Aadhaar card, then you can print a duplicate card by following the steps mentioned above. If you do not remember your Aadhaar number and Enrolment ID, you can get it online on the website of UIDAI.
News About Aadhaar Card Download
Aadhar-based Smart cards for senior citizens
The government is planning to issue Aadhar-based smart cards for senior citizens. The ministry of social justice and empowerment will review the proposal under this scheme before the program is launched. The proposed Smart Card will contain various details of the cardholder include health records, the entitlement of benefits, etc. The initiative’s aim is to promote the welfare of senior citizens and enhancement of their quality of life. The government is also planning to offer free physical aids and devices to senior citizens who fall in the below poverty line category. Currently, this proposal in under review and expected to be live as soon as the terms and conditions of this scheme is formulated.
29th June 2017
TRAI proposes Aadhaar ID for broadband, internet and fixed-line subs
Broadband, fixed-line and internet subscribers will have to provide Aadhaar card number for the purpose of verification in order to subscribe to new connections, based on the TRAI or Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations.
TRAI has asked to lay down a set format for re-verification and verification of all subscribers of broadband and internet. The regulator has also asked to adopt Aadhaar-based e-KYC service that is similar to that used for mobile connections. The government has recommended CAF for the verification of new mobile connections using e-KYC services that are Aadhaar based along with re-verification of existing subscribers.
29th May 2017
Centre asks states to link land records to Aadhaar
In a bid to promote digitization and curb malpractices, the Centre has asked all State’s to link the land record to Aadhaar. The Revenue Departments of all the states are expected to get the property titles linked to their respective owners. The Revenue Department will take around two to three months to implement this project. This initiative will also help the Income Tax Department in keeping an eye on the taxpayer’s declared income in order to calculate the tax payable to the government. The Revenue Departments in Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have already begun the linking process.
28th April 2017
Aadhaar authentication devices get new encryption key from June
The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI said that devices using Aadhaar authentication will be adhered to new encryption standards from the 1st of June. This move has been put forth with the need to add another security layer to the hardware as such devices are going to take center stage in biometric based digital payments. The CEO of UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that they have come out with new specifications and have asked vendors and manufacturers to opt for STQC certification based on the new standards.
He, however emphasized that only those devices that would wish to utilize Aadhaar authentication will have to meet these new standards. Only such devices that have been registered that have the specifications incorporated can perform Aadhaar authentication.
22nd March 2017
BSNL implements Aadhar verification for SIM cards in Maharashtra
BSNL has introduced Aadhaar-based eKYC verification for SIM cards in the state of Maharashtra. This follows the implementation of the scheme in the Mysore circle. The company announced this through a tweet on 25th November. In the same month, Telenor has already implemented Aadhaar verification for SIM cards in 6 circles, totalling 700 stores. In the month of August, Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, and Reliance had implemented the scheme across its outlets.
The framework for the scheme was supported by the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). According to the system, customers of prepaid or postpaid SIM cards can get these activated instantly at an authorised Point of Sale (PoS) outlet when they submit their Aadhar card as identity proof. The customer’s signature can be substituted by biometrics using verification technology, such as fingerprint scanner and Iris detectors.
DoT has also advised all telecom operators to keep track of the addresses of the outlets where Aadhar verification is done. They also have to maintain the codes of all PoS machines and the Aadhar card details of the salesmen. This information will be utilized by the telecom operator when they receive a request for customer enrolment.
2nd December 2016
Aadhaar Number Compulsory for Availing APL Cards in Karnataka
To apply for APL (Above Poverty Line) cards in Karnataka, people need to have an Aadhaar Number. When people submit their APL applications, they will receive a temporary Ration Card and if approved, they will receive a permanent card within a period of 15 days. According to Mr. Khader, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, said that the state has managed to save around 4,000 trucks of food grains after PDS has been connected with Aadhaar number. Ration stores have to introduce coupon system before 31st March to keep their license active in the state.
16th January 2017