The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is now recognized as a statutory authority, was set up on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India as per the provisions of the Aadhaar Act 2016. UIDAI is headquartered in New Delhi and has around 8 regional offices in India.
Objectives of UIDAI
The main objective of UIDAI is to issue a 12-digit unique identification number (UID) to each individual in order to:
- Do away with duplication of identities
- Verify and authenticate identity in a cost-effective manner
Brief History of UIDAI
Initially, the UIDAI was operating as a part of the Planning Commission, which has now become the NITI Ayog. However, in 2015, after the government revised ‘Allocation of Business Rules’ to attach UIDAI under the aegis of the Electronics and Information Technology Department. UID number, referred to as Aadhaar, was issued for the first time in 2010 to an individual who was residing at Nandurbar, Maharashtra. .
The body is now responsible for the enrollment, authentication and management of all stages in the development of the Aadhaar Card life cycle.
Services Provided by UIDAI
- Locating an enrollment centre
- Checking status of Aadhaar
- Downloading Aadhaar
- Retrieval of UID/ Enrollment ID (EID)
- Order re-print
- Update details online
- Update via post
- Update at enrollment centre
- Checking of ‘update status’
- Requesting address validation letter
- Online address update status
- View update history
- Verification of Aadhaar number
- Verification of mobile number and email ID
- Locking and unlocking of biometrics
- Aadhaar and bank account link status check
- Logging of complaints
- Checking status of complaint
- Virtual ID generation/retrieval
- Paperless e-KYC
- SMS services
You can read more about these services on https://uidai.gov.in/
Vision and Mission
|Vision||The key vision of the body is to enable people with a UID and a digital platform to be able to authenticate themselves from anywhere and at any point of time.|
Core Values of UIDAI
- Good governance
- Inclusive nation building
- Strive to provide good quality services
- Focus on continuous learning and quality enhancement
Members of the UIDAI
- Saurabh Garg, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), is the legal representative and administrative head of the Authority.
- Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems is appointed as part-time member of UIDAI
UIDAI Regional Offices
|Office by region||States or Union Territories covered|
|Mumbai||Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu|
|Delhi||Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan|
|Bengaluru||Kerala, Tamil Naidu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Karnataka|
|Chandigarh||Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh|
|Guwahati||Tripura and Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam|
|Hyderabad||Andaman and Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh|
|Ranchi||West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar|
Aadhaar Act 2016
The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, also referred to as the ‘Aadhaar Act 2016’, was passed on 25 March 2016. Given below are the key highlights of the Act:
- All residents of India are entitled to obtain a 12-digit Aadhaar number by submitting demographic and biometric information
- Once an Aadhaar number is issued, it cannot be re-issued to anyone else
- The UIDAI is an Authority established by the Central Government to oversee functions assigned under the Act
- ‘Authentication’ is a process by which the demographic and biometric information along with the Aadhaar number is submitted to the Central Identities Data Repository for verification
Enrollment agencies and Registrars are part of the system and help enrolling individuals. A Registrar is recognised by the UIDAI and they also appoint Enrollment agencies that help collect biometric and demographic information.
- Registrars: UIDAI has a registrar for enrolling individuals in Aadhaar and is a partner of UIDAI under an MoU. They must also adhere to the roles and obligations that have been allocated to them. They collect all of the information from the individuals. These registrars handle the entire enrolling process independently or through enrolment services they hire.
- Enrollment Agencies: With the help of appointed supervisors and operators, the enrolment agency authorised by the registrar collects biometric and demographic data from individuals during the enrolment process. These agencies are also in charge of setting up the enrolling centres, as well as data correction and updating.
UIDAI Finance & Accounts Division
The head of the Finance & Accounts Division of the UIDAI is the Deputy Director General (Finance). The Finance Division gives professional advice to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the UIDAI regarding any issues that have financial implications.
The Finance Divisions handles the Preparation of Annual Accounts, Expenditure and Cash Management, Performance Budget, Outcome Budget, and Budget formulation of the UIDAI
Finance and Accounts Division – Role
The main functions of the Finance and Accounts Division of the UIDAI are mentioned below:
- Finance Advice/ Concurrence
- Budget Preparation
- Internal Audit
- Expenditure and Cash Management
- Book Keeping
- Drawing and Disbursement
The Unique Identification Authority of India has developed a mobile app known as mAadhaar, which can be downloaded from the Google Playstore.
The following services are offered through the app:
- Profile creation – Aadhaar profile can only be created if you have a registered mobile number
- You can lock and unlock your biometrics
- Virtual ID generation
How to create your profile on m-Aadhaar app?
- Step 1: Type in the 12-digit Aadhaar number
- Step 2: Ensure mobile data connection is active, key in inputs and click on the ‘Verify’ button
- Step 3: An OPT will be sent to your registered mobile number
How to generate virtual ID on m-Aadhaar app?
- Step 1: Choose the ‘VID Generation’ button from the side menu
- Step 2: Either generate VID or use an already existing one
- Step 3: You can see the VID on the screen
Grievance Redressal of UIDAI
Any queries or grievances related to Aadhaar enrollment and Aadhaar updation can be addressed through Contact Centres set up by UIDAI.
- Call on the toll-free number – 1800 300 1947
- Write an email to email@example.com
- Or File a Complaint
Complaints can also be lodged through post or through https://pgportal.gov.in/.
Now you can download and print your Aadhaar at any time from UIDAI Govt site, UMANG App, DigiLocker, mAadhaar App and many other ways as per your convenience.
FAQ on UIDAI
When I link my bank accounts, mutual funds and mobile phones with Aadhaar, will the UIDAI not get this information?
When you link your bank account, mobile phone, mutual fund, etc, UIDAI does not receive the information. The only information it receives is your Aadhaar number and the biometric which you had provided at the time of authentication.
What is ‘Order Aadhaar Reprint’ service?
Order Aadhaar Reprint is a new service launched by UIDAI which allows you to reprint your Aadhaar letter by paying a nominal fee of Rs.50.
What is the password of e-Aadhaar?
The first four letters of your name in capitals and the year of your date of birth will be your password. For example, if your name is Aditya and you were born in the year 1992 then your password will be ADIT1992. However, the first 4 letter may not be required depending on the name. For example, if your name is Lee and you were born in 1995 then the password will be LEE1995.
What is masked Aadhaar?
Mask Aadhaar allows you to mask the first 8 digits of your Aadhaar number upon downloading the e-version of your Aadhaar. This provides more security. When you mask your Aadhaar, the first 8 digits are replaced by xxxxxxxx followed by the last 4 digits of your Aadhaar number.
I need to update my mobile number. How can I do that?
If you wish to update your mobile number, then you can do so by visiting the Permanent Enrolment Centre.
Can I update my address in my local language?
Yes, you can update or correct your address in your local language. The languages in which you can update your address are Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
I do not have any document proof of my address. Can I still update my address in my Aadhaar?
Yes, in case you don’t have the necessary documents as proof of your address, you can still update your address in Aadhaar with the help of an Aadhaar verifier by sending an online request for Address Validation Letter. You can update the address with the address of your present residence where the address verifier (family, relative, friends, landlord, etc.) who are allowing you to use their address as proof of residence.