You can conceal your Aadhaar number in your downloaded e-Aadhaar using the Mask Aadhaar option. Masked Aadhaar numbers are created by substituting the first eight digits of the Aadhaar number with characters such as "xxxx-xxxx," leaving only the final four digits exposed. Your photo, demographic information, QR code, and other features will all be available when you download this version of your Aadhaar. As this card is signed by UIDAI, you won’t have to worry about it being accepted or legible. Masked Aadhaar is great if you just have to use your card as an identity proof.
What Makes Masked Aadhaar Different from Aadhaar
Individual's data privacy has been taken into account by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI), which has created a new version of Aadhaar named Masked Aadhaar. Read on to learn more about it and how to obtain it for yourself.
How to Get Masked Aadhaar?
If you want your masked Aadhaar, follow the steps outlined below:
Step 1: Go to the official website of UIDAI
Step 2: Click on the ‘My Aadhaar’ section on the homepage.
Step 3: Next, select the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option.
Step 4: To get your masked Aadhaar, use any one of the ways listed below. The first two methods are exclusively available for Indian citizens.
Method 1: Aadhar Number
If you have your Aadhaar card, enter your 12-digit number along with your full name and in code.
Method 2: Enrolment Number
You can use your 28-digit enrollment number, full name, and pin code to download the card.
Method 3: Virtual ID
You can use your 16-digit virtual ID to download your masked Aadhaar.
Step 5: After entering your respective details, click the ‘I want a masked Aadhaar’ box.
Step 6: Next, select the ‘Send OTP’ option to get an OTP on your registered phone number.
Step 7: Use the OTP to access your masked Aadhaar.
Step 8: Alternatively, you can utilise the time-bound OTP (TOTP) generated by the mAadhaar app by clicking the ‘Enter TOTP’ button.
Step 9: Download your masked Aadhaar.
Note: It is recommended that you download and maintain your masked Aadhaar on hand. You can use it whenever you have a need for it.