How to Apply for Aadhar Card

An Aadhaar card is a 12-digit unique number issued by the Government of India. Modelled on similar offerings across other countries, the Aadhaar card is issued to resident Indians. The aim behind the creation of the Aadhaar card is to enable better regulation and distribution of public welfare scheme services. Applying for an Aadhaar card is a simple and seamless process as the government has streamlined the entire procedure. Applicants can choose to apply offline well as online, based on their convenience. Given below is a brief description of the process to apply for an Aadhaar card.

Process to Apply Aadhar Card

The very first step in applying for an Aadhar card, assuming that you have all the document you’ll need, will be to book the appointment and then visiting the enrolment centre. You can book an appointment by visiting the official website of UIDAI.

  • Submit the Aadhaar enrolment form along with the identity proof documents (proof of age, proof of address, proof of identity).
  • The submitted documents will be verified against the information entered in the application form, after which the individual’s biometrics will be taken.
  • The biometric process includes taking an iris scan and all ten fingerprints. This is not done for applicants below the age of 5 years.
  • An acknowledgement slip will then be generated which will contain the applicant’s Aadhaar enrolment ID.
  • The applicant will receive their Aadhaar card by post at the address mentioned on the application form.

Check Aadhaar Enrolment Status

After the procedures at the enrolment centre, applicants will receive an enrolment ID which can be used to check the status of Aadhaar. To check the status, one can follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Go to the official website UIDAI
  • Step 2. Click ‘Check Aadhaar status’ and enter the enrolment number
  • Step 3. The applicants have to submit a security code.
  • Step 4. Click the ‘check status’ button.
  • Step 5. The status of the applicant’s Aadhaar card will be shown on the screen.

In case, the applicant has not received his/her Aadhaar card via mail which takes up to 90 days; the UIDAI provides online service to download and print the soft copy of Aadhaar card which is accepted everywhere.

Get the e-Aadhaar Letter

Once the documents and biometric data has been submitted you will have to wait for some time before your Aadhar card arrives. It can take up to 90 days, 3 months, for the Aadhar card to be sent to you. The card will be sent to you via Indian Post and can, at times, take a bit longer to reach owing to the volume of the number of people enrolling for Aadhar.

However if you are in a hurry then you can download a copy of the Aadhar card known as the e-Aadhaar. To get the e-Aadhaar you can follow these steps:

  • Go to the UIDAI website.
  • Under the “Aadhaar Online Services’ tab, click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ link.
  • A new page titled ‘Download e-Aadhaar” will open.
  • Under the ‘I Have’ tab, choose the relevant option ( in this case, the Enrolment ID).
  • Fill in the details requested, such as applicant’s full name and pin code.
  • Enter the captcha text and request for an OTP.
  • After entering the OTP (which will be sent on the mobile number as filled in the application form), the applicant will be able to download a copy of the Aadhaar card.

What If You Don't Receive The Aadhar Card OTP?

The mobile number of each individual is an instrumental security aspect, whether it is for Aadhar card details or for online banking. The manner in which the systems are designed require the use of an OTP (One Time Password). An OTP is usually sent to an individuals registered mobile number in a variety of cases. Customers will have to enter the OTP they receive via text message so they can proceed with their transaction. However, there may be cases wherein customers expecting the receipt of an OTP do not receive the same. For instance, when you're making alterations to your Aadhar card information such as age, name, address, etc., or when you're downloading a duplicate, you may not receive an OTP owing to some issue or the other. Here we will try and help you understand how to go about fixing the problem in case you haven't received an OTP.

Reasons Why You May Have Not Received Aadhar card OTP

  • Your mobile number was not registered during your application for Aadhar card.
  • Network problems.
  • Blocked sim.
  • Not enough mobile phone storage to receive new SMS.

How to Address the Non Receipt of Aadhar card OTP Problem?

Since the reasons for non-receipt of Aadhar card OTP may vary, we shall discuss the solutions for each case.

Case One Unregistered Mobile Number

When you apply for a new Aadhar card, you must provide the authorities with your registered mobile number. Failure to do so will result in non-receipt of OTP. The first step to ensuring that you receive an Aadhar card OTP is to provide your registered mobile number.

Case Two Blocked Sim

If your mobile number is inactive for two months or more, most service providers tend to block it. In case your registered sim has been blocked, you must get it unblocked by contacting your service provider for receipt of OTP.

Case Three Network Problems

In case you reside in an area or locality where network coverage is poor, there may be trouble in receiving the OTP. It is essential to ensure that you are in a good network coverage location prior to requesting for the OTP.

Case Four Mobile Storage Full

If your phone memory is full, you will not receive the OTP. Ensure that your phone has adequate space for the receipt of an SMS with the OTP.

Ensuring That The Application Is Not Rejected

There can be instances where the application is rejected. This could be as a result of you not having proper documentation or having enrolled earlier. If you do not get your Aadhar card and are shown that the status is rejected you may need to reapply for it. You can apply for the Aadhar card by following the same procedure for booking appointments and completing the registration process.

Now that you have applied for your Aadhar card and have received it, you must check the details that have been recorded. This will help you ensure that the correct information is on record. If you find any discrepancies in the information, you can use the online service to update your Aadhar information.


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