Considering the privacy of the personal data including the demographic and biometric information mentioned on the Aadhaar card, UIDAI has recently decided to come up with a unique feature, termed as Aadhaar Virtual ID.
The Aadhaar Virtual ID offers limited KYC access providing only that much information which is required for verification rather than offering complete details of an individual’s Aadhaar card.
What is an Aadhaar Virtual ID?
The Aadhaar Virtual ID consists of 16-digit random numbers that is mapped to an individual’s Aadhaar card at the back end. An Aadhaar card holder using the virtual ID need not submit his Aadhaar number every time for verification purpose, instead he can generate a Virtual ID and use it for various verification purposes like mobile number, bank and other financial documents.
The Aadhaar Virtual ID gives access to the biometric information of an Aadhaar card holder along with the basic details like name, address and photograph that are sufficient for the e-KYC. Unlike in the past, the agency will not know the 12-digit Aadhaar number and other personal details.
How to Generate Aadhaar Virtual ID?
All the Aadhaar card holders can avail the Aadhaar Virtual ID by visiting the UIDAI’s website. The 16 -digit number will be valid for a certain period of time. Below mentioned are the 9 simple steps that will guide you on how to generate an Aadhaar Virtual ID easily.
Step 1: Visit the official Aadhaar Virtual ID website: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/web/resident/vidgeneration
Step 2: Enter your Aadhaar number in the box provided and type in the security code.
Step 3: Click on “Send OTP”, after which you will receive the OTP on your registered number.
Step 4: Put in your OTP in the field provided on screen and select from the Generate / Retrieve VID option and click on “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
You will now receive your 16-digit Virtual ID number on your Email ID and on your Aadhaar registered mobile number.
Benefits of Aadhaar Virtual ID
- Access to the specific information that are required. This prevents misuse of the vital details.
- It will reduce agencies burden of collecting Aadhaar number of each individual and save it for KYC purpose.
- Virtual ID is revocable so chances of duplication is negligible.
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