Aadhaar card is an initiative by the Union government that aims to provide an identification document to each resident of the country. It is available to both Indians and foreigners residing in India, and to individuals of any age or gender. Aadhaar Card, or Unique Identification (UID) card, is one of the key Proof of Identity and Proof of Address document accepted by banks for opening accounts, loans or deposits. It is also an important document under banks’ Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. The Aadhaar Card is also necessary to obtain benefits under government schemes such as LPG subsidy.
Applying for an Aadhaar Card
The first thing you need to do to apply for an Aadhaar Card is to fill its application form. The Aadhaar Enrolment/Correction Form is available online on the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website. You can also get an enrolment form from your local Aadhaar centre. You have to submit the enrolment form along with the required documents – proof of identity, address proof, proof of residence and date of birth proof – to the Aadhaar centre.
Aadhaar enrolment form
The Aadhaar application form is a two-page document, with one page containing the spaces to fill in your details, and the second page containing instructions to be followed while filling up the form. The form has 11 fields to be filled before submission, though all of them are not mandatory.
The same form is valid for both new Aadhaar application and for updating or correcting Aadhaar details. When applying for changes to an existing Aadhaar Card, you need to fill in your 12-digit Aadhaar number at the top of the form where space is provided. For the rest of the document, you need to fill in only the details where corrections are required.
Things to remember
Before you begin to fill in the Aadhaar enrolment form, there are a couple of things to note, to ensure that your form is valid.
Capital letters only: The Aadhaar enrolment form needs to be filled up in capital letters, or uppercase letters, only. Capital letters are suggested because they are bigger, easier to recognise, and less prone to stylistic differences among handwritings. This will reduce the number of mistakes made by the Aadhaar centre staff while inputting your data into the system.
Write legibly: Do not create an inky mess on the enrolment form. If your written information is not readable to the official at the Aadhaar centre, there could be mistakes on your card. You will then have to go through the procedure of applying for corrections and delay the whole process of procuring a valid Aadhaar card.
Fields on the form
The Aadhaar enrolment form contains 11 fields followed by the applicant’s signature. However, it is not compulsory to fill all the fields. Here is a brief of the information that needs to be given in these fields:
Pre-enrolment ID: You can provide your basic demographic data online to the UIDAI. For this, you have to go to the web enrol section of the UIDAI website. Once you provide details such as name, address and date of birth through the online pre-enrolment facility, you will receive an acknowledgement number, which is your Pre-enrolment ID. If you have done this, you may provide the number in this column. It is not mandatory to do your pre-enrolment online.
NPR Receipt/TIN Number: If you have a National Population Register (NPR) survey slip or a Tax Identification Number (TIN), you may provide it in this column. This, again, is not compulsory.
Full Name: Provide your full name, including first name, middle name (if any) and last name or surname. This should match your proof of identity document. However, if you want to make slight spelling changes to the name, you may do so. For example, ‘Anitha’ can be made ‘Anita’ without requiring any further documentation.
Gender: You can identify yourself as male, female or transgender on the form.
Age or Date of Birth: If you are unsure of your date of birth, you can provide your approximate age in years. If you know your date of birth (DOB), provide that in the DDMMYYYY (date-month-year) format in the column. If you do not have any documentation proof to verify your DOB, tick on the ‘Declared’ box in the fifth field. If you have supporting documentation on your DOB, choose the ‘Verified’ box.
Address: Give your full address as provided on your proof of address document. This will be the address where the Aadhaar Card will be delivered once ready. There are separate columns to identify House no., name of the road, landmark, area, city or post office, etc. If your address has to be identified with a relation, you need to give the appropriate relative’s name in the first line of this field. You can give a name for care of (c/o), daughter of (d/o), son of (s/o), wife of (w/o) or husband of (h/o). Within the address segment, you also have to fill in your mobile number and email id. These will become your registered mobile number and email id, and all communication regarding your Aadhaar Card will be made through them.
Details of family members: You can choose to provide name and Aadhaar numbers of your father, mother, guardian, husband or wife. This is not compulsory for adults, but children below the age of 5 have to give details of their parents or guardian on their form. If you are getting an Aadhaar card through an introducer or head of family (in case you do not have any valid proofs of identity or address), fill in their Aadhaar number here.
Consent: In this part of the form, you can choose to allow or deny UIDAI the right to share information given by you in the form with agencies involved in delivering public and welfare services. Select the ‘tick’ sign if you are okay with information-sharing, and select the ‘x’ sign if you are not okay with UIDAI sharing your information with other government agencies.
Bank account: This is an optional field. You may choose to open a new Aadhaar-linked bank or post office account, or choose to link your existing bank account details to the Aadhaar number to be created. Remember that no corrections can be made to this data once the Aadhaar Card is created, so fill this out carefully.
Documents provided: At this point, you have to choose whether the verification of your details would be based on documents provided by you, an introducer, or a head of family. Tick the appropriate choice. In the column ‘For Document Based’, it is mandatory to mention the POI (proof of identity) and POA (proof of address). You have to fill in the documents that you will be submitting in support of identity and address. A document for DOB is necessary if you have selected ‘Verified’ in the DOB field. POR (proof of relationship) document is mandatory only if you are using an introducer or a head of family to enrol for the Aadhaar card.
Introducer/Head of Family: If you do not have a proof of identity or address, you could use the credentials of an introducer or Head of Family (HoF) to enrol yourself into Aadhaar.
Signature: Sign the document with your signature, name or thumbprint to validate the form.
Verification documents required for Aadhaar Card
To procure an Aadhaar Card, it is not enough to fill in the enrolment form alone. You have to provide supporting documents as proof of identity, proof of address and date of birth. If you are using an introducer or HoF to enrol into Aadhaar, a proof of relationship document also has to be submitted.
Once your Aadhaar enrolment form is filled up, visit your nearest Aadhaar centre to submit it along with other documents. The staff at the centre will take your biometric data such as fingerprints, and a spot photograph to add to the Aadhaar Card database. You will receive an acknowledgement slip with date and time of enrolment, photograph and other details. It is important to save this acknowledgement slip, as you need it to check your Aadhaar application status online.
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Tamil Nadu Postal Department To Conduct Aadhaar Enrolment From July
The Postal Departments of Chennai, Madurai, Kanniyakumari, Erode, Salem, Puducherry, Tiruppur, Vellore, Tirunelveli and Dindigul will begin Aadhaar enrolment from July 2017 onwards. Individuals will be able to apply for an Aadhaar card at these postal centres and also update details such as their address and mobile number.
The Postal Departments of these zones are currently identifying post offices that will function as Aadhaar enrolment centres, with an announcement on the same expected shortly.
While individuals will be able to enrol for an Aadhaar card at select post offices, they can approach any post office branch to update their details.
As of now, 12 head post offices across Tamil Nadu and 2,515 sub post offices have been identified and will be Aadhaar enrolment centres.
Such a move would greatly benefit rural residents, since post offices have better reach and are easily accessible compared to Aadhaar camps and bank branches.
The post offices are also conducting training sessions for staff assigned to enrolment to ensure there are no glitches or errors.
29th June 2017
Aadhaar no longer needed for mid-day meals
The Integrated Child Development scheme has provided welfare schemes for children across the country, one the the welfare schemes being free mid-day meals to children studying in government schools and Anganwadis. Recently, the government made and announcement that children benefitting from this scheme will require an Aadhaar Card to enroll, this caused a lot of controversy as it made Aadhaar compulsory for children and deprived them of food. The government has recently cancelled its earlier order and has made it mandatory for the school to provide enrollment facilities for students who do not have an Aadhaar, and will allow students to provide other means of identification till thepy are issued an Aadhaar.
10th March 2017
BSNL adopts e-KYC for quick activation of mobile SIM cards
By the end of December, BSNL plans to implement e-KYC for quick activation of mobile SIM cards. Customers with aadhar cards can have their new BSNL SIM cards activated in 15 minutes. Around 450 BSNL customer service centres in the state will use e-KYC to activate new SIM cards. The customer’s aadhaar number, and the chosen mobile plan will be updated on BSNL’s Bharat Smart app via e-KYC. The SIM is activated after the completion of fingerprint validation, and the entry of his or her postal address into the BSNL system. BSNL will use e-KYC to provide landline connections as well. The customer service centres will have POS machines supplied by SBI, so that customers can use their debit cards or credit cards for mobile recharge, telephone bill payment, and other service transactions. BSNL has plans for arranging more Wi-Fi hotspots, and 4G towers in the state. By March 2017, BSNL aims to connect all the 6,092 Gram Panchayats with optical fibre cables to provide high speed connectivity.
5th January 2017
Enrolment for Aadhar Restarts in J&K
The Aadhar enrolment process was stalled in Jammu and Kashmir with the Registrar General of India (RGI) backing out and closing down all 344 ECs that were operational in the state. But the process is set to resume with Unique Identification Authority of India taking over the process.
The State government asked the government at the Centre to resume the process as soon as possible. The delay in enrollment is causing problems in disbursing salaries and registering attendance via biometric systems in state government offices. Widows and senior citizens are also facing issues in getting their pensions due to the absence of Aadhar cards.
According to the Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti, 10% of the population is still to be enrolled for Aadhar. Of the 94 lakh citizens already enrolled, 84 lakh people have received their Aadhar cards.
28th December 2016
Haryana Chief Secretary pushes for increase in Aadhar enrolment of newborns
D S Dhesi, Chief Secretary of Haryana has informed concerned officials to focus on increasing the Aadhaar enrolment at birth in December by around 95%. The state has recorded 67.56% Aadhaar enrolment of newborns till date. Yamunanagar district has been at the top slot in this regard by observing 94.26% enrolment.
Dhesi also directed officials to initiate training programmes for private healthcare providers to ensure Aadhar enrolment at birth. He mentioned that they should also be notified of the equipment required for the same. Additionally, he stated that a written communication has already been circulated between private hospitals for Aadhar enrolment.
2nd December 2016
State Government to Enroll Newborns for Aadhar Scheme
The Maharashtra state government will now register all newborn children for Aadhaar Cards immediately after their birth. They will link the 12 digit Aadhaar Number with the birth registration number of the child. The government will also register every child up to the age of 5 years. A notice was issued on October 29, 2016 by the urban development department of the state launching the ALBR (Aadhaar Linked Birth Registration) project. The public health department of the state will be the authority or registrar for ALBR. The UIDAI has introduced a tablet-based system called CELC (Child Enrolment Lite Client), which helps register children through their picture and beneficiary details. The public department will use the CELC to register and it will be appointing private and government hospitals that have permissions for deliveries as Aadhar operators. To register a child, parents need to provide proof of relationship and they should have Aadhaar registration as well. The child’s Aadhaar number will be created based on the Aadhaar number of the parents. Children will be registered without a name and their biometrics scans will be collected after they reach the age of 6 years.
8th November 2016