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Aadhaar Virtual ID

Generating Virtual ID for Aadhar

Last Updated 30th Jul 2021

  • Virtual ID is a 16 digit alternative ID that can be used instead of the actual Aadhaar number.
  • This temporary Aadhaar virtual ID helps in Aadhaar authentication without risking the personal details of the Aadhaar cardholder.
  • Virtual ID is a 16 digit alternative ID that can be used instead of the actual Aadhaar number.
  • The virtual ID can be generated via the UIDAI website, via the registered mobile number and via the mAadhaar app.
  • The virtual ID can be retrieved as many times as required and is valid for one day.
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About Aadhar Virtual ID

Aadhaar number is a mandatory requirement for availing many services across the country. However, providing the Aadhaar number at any place is subject to risk as it contains personal details, including biometrics of the cardholder. Anyone can easily access the personal details of the cardholder using the 12 digit Aadhaar number. Considering the risk factors, UIDAI has come up with a substitute number for the Aadhaar. The substitute termed as Aadhaar virtual ID can be used for Aadhaar authentication. Thus, you will not have to share your Aadhaar number. Moreover, the virtual ID is secure since it can not be used for tracking the original Aadhaar under any circumstance.

This temporary 16-digit virtual ID Aadhar can be generated as many times as you require. However, only one virtual ID is generated at one go and is valid for the day of generation. This new initiative was employed from June 1, 2018, and has been of great help since then.

Steps to Generate Aadhaar Virtual ID Online

You can get your Aadhaar virtual ID online by visiting the official portal of UIDAI. Follow these few steps for the Aadhaar virtual ID generate

  • Visit the UIDAI website - https://uidai.gov.in/
  • Land on the official website of UIDAI
  • Tap on the ‘My Aadhaar’ option located in the menu bar.
  • The said option will show a drop-down menu. Select the option for the ‘Virtual ID Generator’ located in the ‘Aadhaar Services’ section.
  • The said option will lead you to a new page.
  • Enter your 12 digit Aadhaar number and the captcha as shown in the image.
  • Check the details and tap on ‘Send OTP.’
  • The OTP will be delivered to the mobile number registered with your Aadhaar card.Once you receive the OTP, enter it on the page.
  • Once you have entered the OTP.
  • Select any of the two options, ‘Generate VID’ and ‘Retrieve VID’.
  • Tap on ‘Submit’.
  • A message will pop-up confirming the Aadhaar virtual ID generate.
  • The VID will be sent to the registered mobile number along with the last four digits of the Aadhaar number.

Generate virtual ID Aadhar via SMS

You can receive your virtual ID for Aadhaar via SMS on your mobile number registered with your Aadhaar. Type ‘GVID;’ followed by the last four digits of your Aadhaar number and send the message to the helpline number of Aadhaar, i.e., to 1947. The virtual ID will be sent to the same mobile number.

Generate virtual ID Aadhar Via mAadhaar App

The mAadhaar app can be used for generating the Aadhar card virtual ID. You have to download the app and create your profile. This app will allow you to access all Aadhaar related details, including the virtual ID.

Uses of Virtual ID

The reason for creating the virtual ID for Aadhaar is to provide the necessary details while availing any services without compromising the safety of the Aadhaar information. The virtual ID of Aadhaar can be used for the following

  • For Aadhaar authentication at government and private organizations.
  • For completing e-KYC

Features of Aadhaar Virtual ID

Below set out are the key features of the Aadhar card virtual ID.

  • The virtual ID is made with 16 numeric numbers.
  • It substitutes the Aadhaar number during Aadhaar authentication.
  • There is no maximum limit for generating the virtual ID. However, only one ID can be retrieved at one time.
  • The ID stays valid on the date of the generation.
  • Aadhaar number cannot be traced using the virtual ID. 
  • Any agency cannot store the virtual ID.
  • The virtual ID only gives access to the data required for e-KYC.


How do I find my virtual ID?

You can find your virtual ID online by visiting the website of UIDAI by taking the option of Virtual ID (VID) generator under My Aadhaar tab. The ID can be retrieved by sending a request to the Aadhaar helpline number, 1947 from your registered mobile number.

What is the virtual ID of an Aadhar card?

The virtual ID of an Aadhaar card is a substitute for the Aadhaar number. It can be used for Aadhaar authentication without risking the personal data of the Aadhaar holder.

I have my Enrolment ID. Can I generate a virtual ID?

No, there is no service for generating virtual ID using the enrollment ID.

I have not linked my mobile with Aadhaar. Can I generate my VID?

The VID is sent to the mobile number registered with the Aadhaar card. Hence, if your mobile number is not linked with the Aadhaar card, you will have to first link the mobile number and then can generate the VID.

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