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Aadhar Card

Aadhar Card Details

Last Updated 27th Jul 2021

  • Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique identification number for Indian residents.
  • To apply for an Aadhar card, visit a nearby Aadhaar Enrollment Center.
  • Documents required to get an Aadhaar Card are proof of identity and residence.
  • Aadhaar card status can be checked online and downloaded through UIDAI official website.
  • Aadhaar PAN linking is compulsory to file tax returns.
  • The deadline to link Aadhaar to PAN card has been extended to 30th September 2021 from 30th June 2021 amid the Corona outbreak.
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UIDAI Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar Card is a verifiable 12-digit identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to all the residents of India. The number is linked to the resident's basic demographic and biometric information such as a photograph, ten fingerprints and two iris scans. Aadhar acts as a base or proof of the identity and residence of a person.

Aadhar Card Eligibility

The Eligibility criteria for Aadhar Card is as follows:

  • The individual is an Indian citizen.
  • The individual is a non- resident or foreign resident Indian and has resided in India for a period amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for the enrollment.

Documents Required for Aadhaar Card

An individual is required to show proof of identity and proof of address to apply for the Aadhaar Card. The documents qualifying as proof of identity and proof of address are:

Proof of Identity Proof of Address
  • Birth Certificate
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Voter ID Card
  • Ration card or PDS Photo Card
  • Driving license

Further, Biometric information is mandatory:

  • Photo
  • Ten fingerprints
  • Iris scans (eye scan)

Enrollment Process for Aadhaar Card

The enrollment process for Aadhar Card is as follows:

  1. Visit a nearby Aadhaar Enrollment Center: An individual who wishes to apply for an Aadhar card should first locate a nearby Aadhaar Enrollment Center or Aadhaar Seva Kendra online through the UIDAI website. Then he can visit the Aadhaar Enrollment Center with the proof of identity and proof of address.
  2. Form filling and biometric: Aadhaar Card Form is free, and an individual can get the form either from the center itself or to save the time may download it from the Aadhar official website. After filling the form, he is required to get the biometric process done for which visiting the centre is mandatory. At this stage, it is imperative to review all the information provided and rectify if any error occurs.
  3. Collect acknowledgment: After the completion of the enrollment process, the individual is expected to collect the acknowledgment slip. If the Aadhaar card enrollment process is successfully completed, then the applicant receives the information regarding the same on the phone number and email id he has mentioned.
    He will receive the Aadhar card in the verified address through post.
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Checking Aadhaar Card Status Online

An individual who wishes to check the status of the Aadhaar card application can check it through official website https://uidai.gov.in/ using the enrollment number that can be found on the acknowledgment slip.

Aadhaar Card Verification

Aadhaar verification is done to check whether the Aadhaar card is active or inactive.It can be done through following below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the Aadhaar official website https://uidai.gov.in/ and click on the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ and enter your Aadhar number and security captcha.
  • If the Aadhaar number is valid, then the information about the cardholder will appear on the screen, and if the Aadhaar number is not valid, then a message stating that Aadhaar number does not exist will occur.

How to download and print Aadhaar card?

Individual wishing to download the Aadhaar Card has to follow these steps:

  • Visit the Aadhaar official website https://uidai.gov.in/.
  • Click on the download Aadhaar option on the website.
  • A new screen will appear; provide your Aadhaar card number or enrollment ID and enter the captcha verification code.
  • Click on send OTP and enter the OTP sent on your number.
  • Complete the survey( which will pop up ) and click on “Verify and Download” to download the e-Aadhaar card.
  • An individual can then print the downloaded eAadhaar.

Benefits of Aadhaar Card

  • It acts as proof of address and proof of residence.
  • Aadhaar card helps in opening a bank account without much hassle.
  • It helps in dispatching the passport in a week.
  • Timely payouts of pension for senior citizens
  • Fast and direct credit of scholarships and stipends amount on the bank account.
  • Individuals can verify the Income-tax filed by linking Aadhar with PAN card.

UIDAI/Aadhaar Services

  • Update the mobile number and email registered with Aadhaar

    Steps to add your mobile number and Email ID to your Aadhaar:

    • Visit the nearest Permanent Enrollment Centre. One can locate it on https://uidai.gov.in.
    • Place the request with the authorized person, fill the form and mention the phone number and email ID you want to update.
    • Get your documents verified from the authorized person and provide biometrics too.
    • The authorized person will update the data on the software.
    • Acknowledgment slip will be handed over to you; it will contain the information to track the status.
    • Once the mobile number and the email id is registered with Aadhar, one will start receiving Aadhaar OTPs.
  • Retrieve your Aadhaar number

    Steps to retrieve lost Aadhar Number or Enrollment ID (EID):

    • Visit the official website https://uidai.gov.in.
    • Then click on Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID option.
    • Choose any one of the two options: Aadhaar No (UID) or Enrollment ID (EID).
    • Fill the information asked and Enter the Captcha for verification.
    • Click on the send OTP button and provide the same for the verification.
    • Aadhaar number or Enrollment ID will be sent to the individual's registered email id or the mobile number.
  • Check the status of Aadhaar linking

    Steps to check the status of Aadhaar linking:

    • Visit the official website of Aadhaar.
    • Click on Check Aadhaar/Bank Linking Status
    • Enter 12-digits Aadhaar number or 16 digits Virtual ID and security code. Once submitted, an OTP will be sent to the individual registered mobile number.
    • Enter OTP and the website will show whether the Aadhaar is linked to the bank account or not.
  • Other services

    UIDAI also offers the facility to generate UID, check Aadhaar authentication history, and lock biometrics to ensure data protection and safeguard the information provided under Aadhaar.

Bal Aadhaar

Bal Aadhaar is Aadhaar Card for a newborn. It is blue in color. Parents applying for Bal Aadhaar for their child have to provide the birth certificate, proof of identity, and proof of residence. They will have to get the child’s biometric data updated as soon as he turns 5 and 15 years old.


How to link Aadhaar with Bank account?

An individual can link Aadhaar to bank using various options like internet banking, ATM, visiting the bank’s account, and IVR.

How can one link PAN with an Aadhaar card?

An individual can link PAN with an Aadhar Card by visiting https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home

Can a foreign citizen apply for an Aadhar card?

Yes, a foreign citizen can also apply for the Aadhaar card provided he has resided in India for a period amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for the enrollment.

Is it necessary to link Aadhar with the bank account?

Reserve Bank of India mandated to link Aadhar with bank in 2017 but the Supreme court 2018 Aadhaar verdict stated that it is not necessary to link the Aadhaar with the bank account.

Can an individual update his name on Aadhar using Self Service Update Portal (SSUP)?

No, one can only change his address using the SSUP. Other details like name, a photograph can only be updated by visiting the permanent enrollment centers.

Is it compulsory to link PAN with Aadhaar to file tax returns?

Yes, it is compulsory to link PAN with Aadhaar to file tax returns.

Where can one update my mobile number for the Aadhaar?

One can update his mobile number for Aadhar by visiting the permanent enrollment centers.

What is the password of e-Aadhaar?

It is the combination of the first four letters of the name in the capital and the year of birth (YYYY) as a password.

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Our News - Jul 2021
  • 2021-07-02 : Change in DoB, Mobile No, Address on Aadhaar on your own
    UIDAI has introduced a new update to its official portal. This new update allows those who have moved to a new residential address to change the said address on their current Aadhaar identification by themselves. Through the self-service portal on the Aadhaar website, users can update these details among others.
  • 2021-07-02 : Only PAN card and Aadhaar required for MSME registration
    The government has simplified the registration process for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and they will now only need to furnish PAN and Aadhaar to register. Union Minister for MSMEs informed that after getting registered, the MSME units will be getting priority and finance. He also underlined the need for imparting training to small units in the field of entrepreneurship and assured full support to the sector.
  • 2021-06-16 : PF return allowed only with Aadhar seeded UANs
    As per the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) instructions, PF returns shall be allowed to be filed only for those whose Aadhar cards are verified with the UAN. The date for filing ECR (electronic challan cum receipt or PF return) with Aadhaar verified UANs has been extended to September 1, 2021.
  • 2021-06-11 : Linking Aadhaar and PAN mandatory before June 30
    The deadline to link Aadhar card with PAN card has been extended from March 31 to June 30. Failing to link Aadhar-PAN until the deadline will lead to a penalty of Rs 1,000 and PAN becoming inoperative.
  • 2021-06-09 : Aadhar not mandatory for any covid-related service
    UIDAI clarified that for any covid-related service, having an Aadhar card is not mandatory. If in case anyone is denied service just because of not having an Aadhar card, the issue must be raised to the concerned authorities.
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