How to Retrieve Lost Aadhaar UID and EID Number

In case you have lost or misplaced your Aadhaar Unique Identification Number (UID) or Enrollment ID (EID), you may be able to retrieve it by following the steps below.

Step-By-Step Guide to Retrieve Lost Aadhaar

On the UIDAI website, existing Aaadhar cardholders and applicants who have recently enrolled for it, can submit their request for lost Aadhaar UID/EID retrieval.

  • Step 1: Log on to the official website of UIDAI where the Aadhaar-issuing authority has made available various online services for the public.
  • official website of UIDAI
  • Step 2: Then, click on the 'Retrieve Lost UID/EID' option, which will redirect you to a new page.
  • Retrieve Lost UID/EID
  • Step 3: Choose any one of these two options –
    a) Retrieve Aadhaar Number (UID)
    b) Retrieve Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID).
  • Retrieve UID or EID
  • Step 4: Fill in name, email id or mobile number as mentioned in the Aadhaar enrolment form and the Aadhaar card. Enter the Captcha for verification.
  • Step 5: Click on the 'Send OTP' button. After receiving the OTP, enter the same for verification.
  • Step 6: Post verification, the Aadhaar number or Enrollment ID will be sent to your registered email ID or mobile number.
Those who have not registered their mobile number/email ID with their Aadhaar card, will have to pay a visit to the nearest Permanent Enrollment centre for retrieval of EID or UID number.

FAQs on Lost Aaadhar Card

  1. What documents are required to get lost Aadhaar UID/EID?
  2. No documents are required to retrieve lost Aadhar number or EID. You are only required to provide contact details that were registered with Aadhaar during the enrolment, i.e., mobile number or email address.

  3. Is there any fee involved for retrieving lost Aadhaar number?
  4. No, the UIDAI self-service portal can be accessed free of cost.

  5. Can e-Aadhaar be used everywhere?
  6. Yes, e-Aadhaar is equally valid and can be used for all kinds of services that require authentication.

  7. What is the password to unlock e-Aadhar card?
  8. To unlock e-Aadhaar, one has to use a combination of the first 4 characters of his/her name and the year of birth in YYYY format as the password. For Example:

    Example 1


    Year of Birth: 1970

    Password: SUDH1970

    Example 2

    Name: GUL AKHTAR

    Year of Birth: 1970

    Password: GULA1970

    Example 3

    Name: P. MANJUNATH

    Year of Birth: 1970

    Password: P.MA1970

    Note:The Full Stop (.) is a special character and has to be mentioned.

    Example 4

    Name: SAM

    Year of Birth: 1970

    Password: SAM1970

This article is intended for informational purposes only. For more information please refer the link(s) provided above or visit

Aadhaar Card Info
Aadhaar Card Process
Link to Mobile Network
Link to Financial Service
Link to Other Utility Product
Aadhaar Enrolment Centers
Articles On Aadhaar Card

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