Aadhaar is a 12-digit number that is issued by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) to residents of India. In order to qualify for an Aadhaar number, you have to complete multiple checks and data validation. These checks will be done when you apply for your card.
Applying for Aadhaar is free. Here are the steps you need to follow to successfully apply for and get your 12-digit number and card:
Step 1: Locate an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre
Whether you’re applying for the card for yourself or a member of your family, you will have to visit an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Enrolment is done free of cost. You can get enrolled at any enrolment centre close to you.
Finding an Authorised Aadhaar Enrolment Centre
You can search for an enrolment centre close to you by visiting the UIDAI website and selecting and entering information by:
Once you enter details in the required fields, you will get addresses to centres close to you. You will also get information on these centres including if they are temporary/permanent, how many enrolments and updates have been completed in the last 30 days, and when the information was last updated.
Step 2: Visit an Enrolment Centre with Supporting Documents
Once you choose your enrolment centre, you will need to visit the centre along with certain documents. These are:
- Identity proof documents – PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, Driving Licence, etc.
- Address proof documents – Water/Electricity/Gas Bill, PAN Card, Passport, etc.
- In case you don’t have any individual valid document – family entitlement document containing your details (head of family should be enrolled for Aadhaar in this case).
- If you don’t satisfy any of the above criteria, you can seek help from an Introducer at the enrolment centre who is appointed by the Registrar and has a valid Aadhaar number.
For a comprehensive set of acceptable documents for enrolment, check out the List of Supporting Documents published by UIDAI.
Step 3: Enrolling for Aadhaar
Once you visit the centre with the necessary documents, here are the steps that you need to complete:
- Fill the enrolment form available at the centre with your personal details.
- Capturing demographic data – your name, DOB, address, gender, and mobile number have to be mandatorily provided. You may also provide your email address, but this is optional.
- Biometrics information – Your photograph (only face) will be taken at the centre along with your fingerprints (all 10 fingers) and a scan of your irises.
- Children below the age of 5 – Parent’s/guardian’s name, Aadhaar, and biometrics to be provided.
- Review all the details provided, make any corrections if needed during the review process and complete enrolment.
- You will receive an acknowledgment slip containing your enrolment number and other details that were collected.
Making Corrections to Information Provided During Enrolment
During the enrolment process, you can review all the details provided and make any changes/corrections on-spot, if needed. However, if you need to make any corrections after you have already enrolled, you will have 96 hours post enrolment to visit the centre, provide the acknowledgment slip, and make changes to any information you previously provided.
Checking Aadhaar Status
You can check the status of your Aadhaar in case you have enrolled for it at an Enrolment Centre. You will need your Enrolment ID or EID in order to check your status. Your EID can be found on top of the acknowledgement slip you received after you enrolled.
EID is a 28-digit number comprising two parts:
- 14-digit enrolment number in the format 012/01234/012345 and
- 14-digit date and time of enrolment in the format dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss
However, to check your status, you only need the 14-digit enrolment number. Providing the remaining 14 digits is optional.
If you have your EID number, you can check your status by visiting the Check Aadhaar Status webpage on the UIDAI website.
Retrieving Lost/Forgotten EID
In case you have lost or forgotten your EID, you can retrieve it by visiting the Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID webpage on the UIDAI website.
It takes around 60 to 90 days to get your Aadhaar card after your data has been collected and uploaded to the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR).
Downloading Aadhaar Card
You can get an electronic copy of your Aadhaar using your EID. Visit the https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/" Download Aadhaar webpage on the UIDAI website to download your copy. You will receive your card as a PDF file and it will be password-protected.
In case you have lost your Aadhaar card, you can make use of the “Aadhaar Reprint” service. You can order the reprint by paying a fee of Rs.50 (including GST and posting charges).
You will need your Aadhaar number or VID (Virtual Identification Number) to request for a reprint of your card.
Do not apply or enrol for Aadhaar again if you have lost/misplaced your card or details. Enrolment should only be done once. If you apply more than once, your application will get rejected (unless specifically advised by UIDAI).
- Can I apply for Aadhaar online or by post?
- Can NRIs apply for Aadhaar?
- Is there an age limit to apply for Aadhaar?
- What details will be captured during the enrolment process
No. You will have to visit an Enrolment Centre to apply for Aadhaar. This is because your biometrics need to be captured for successful application.
Yes. NRIs are eligible to apply for Aadhaar if they have resided in India for a period of 182 days or more in the last 12 months before applying.
No. There is no age restriction to apply. Even new-born babies are eligible to get an Aadhaar number.
Two types of details will be captured during the enrolment process, namely:
- Demographics details – Name, date of birth, gender, and address. Providing your mobile number and e-mail ID are optional.
- Biometrics – Photograph, all 10 fingers, both irises.
Yes. The software used for Aadhaar has provision to handle cases wherein you do not have all your fingers/irises.
No, the operator will not charge any fee as Aadhaar enrollment is free for Indian residents.