Aadhaar card is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their bio metric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India. Aadhaar is the world’s largest bio metric ID system, with over 1.167 billion enrolled members as of 30 July 2017.
Aadhaar Card details:
The Aadhaar card contains a number of details in itself. Some details are mentioned on the card whereas others are stored in Aadhaar’s database and can be accessed through proper channels.
Details mentioned on the card:
- Date of Birth
- Aadhaar Number
- Residential Address
- QR code representing the Aadhaar number
Details stored in the database:
- Iris scan
How to get the Aadhaar Card?
The applicant is required to provide the necessary information at the time of Aadhaar enrolment and when such data is verified, the Aadhaar card is issued. You can check the Aadhaar card status online as well. Let us have a look at the application process of the Aadhar Card step by step:
- Aadhaar Enrolment Centre: At first, if the individual wishes to apply for the Aadhar card, he needs to check for the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. He would have to locate and then go to the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre that is authorised by the UIDAI. One can locate the centre online using the portal of UIDAI. The individual need to carry his identity proof and the proof of address where he is residing when he visits the authorized centre.
- Fill the form: In the authorised centre, Aadhar Enrolment Form is available for enrolling for the card. The form is free of cost and the individual is required to fill up the entire form. This form is also can be downloaded online. After filling the form, submit it at the enrolment centre in order to save time.
- Photograph and Biometric Data Collection: After the form is submitted, the process of enrolment takes place. In this method, the photograph, fingerprint scan and iris scan of the individual is taken.
- Acknowledgement Slip: After enrolment, the applicant receives an acknowledgement slip that works till the time the individual receives the original Aadhar Card copy. The slip contains the enrolment number that can be used to check Aadhar status online as well as through IVR.
- Issue of Aadhaar Card: Before issuing the original Aadhar Card, all the data provided by the individual is verified through the central government agency UIDAI, and only upon proper verification, the Aadhar Card is issued to the individual.
- Dispatch of Aadhaar to the Address of the applicant: If the Aadhar verification process is successful, the applicant initially receives an SMS or a notification through e-mail. Then, in a few days’ time, the Aadhaar number gets printed on the Aadhar Card of the individual and is sent to their verified residing address through post.
Eligibility criteria for Aadhar Card:
Aadhaar was brought into effect to help people residing in India to have a document that can be used for various purposes. It is more than just an identification number. However, it is also not the case that only Indians can apply for Aadhar card. The eligibility criteria for Aadhar card is not as complex as it may seem to many. A person can apply for Aadhaar if:
- A person is an Indian Citizen residing in India, or
- He is a non-resident Indian residing in India, or
- He/she is a foreigner residing in India.
- Even new-born can enrol for Aadhaar.
Documents required for Aadhaar Card:
Applicants have to submit two documents at the time of enrolment – Proof of address (POA) and Proof of Identity (POI). Any of the following documents would be accepted by the UIDAI as the identity proof of the individual. These documents have the name and photograph of the individual which qualify them to act as an identity proof. Here is the list of the documents required for Aadhaar card when you are applying for one:
- Passport of the applicant.
- PAN card.
- Ration card or PDS Photo Card.
- Voter Identification Card.
- Driving licence
- NREGS Jobs Card.
- Photo Bank ATM Card.
- Voter identification card.
- Certificate of birth of the applicant.
People can download the form for applying for fresh Aadhaar as well as for updating details in their Aadhaar by visiting the following Aadhar card official website https://uidai.gov.in.
How to check Aadhaar card status?
Once the enrolment process is complete, the applicant is handed over the acknowledgement slip which contains the enrolment number. Using this number, the applicant can check Aadhar card status whether it is generated, dispatched or is still being processed.
How to download Aadhar card online?
Once the Aadhar card status enquiry shows that your Aadhaar number is generated, it is dispatched to your residential address. However, you can download your Aadhaar card online as well. There are two ways through which you can download your Aadhar card.
a. Aadhar Card Download from Aadhaar Number:
Step 1: You can download your Aadhaar card by entering your Aadhaar number, name and pin code.
Step 2: An OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number to validate your Aadhaar card download request.
Step 3: Once you enter this OTP, your Aadhaar copy will be downloaded.
b. Aadhar Card Download from Enrolment Number:
Users can also download their Aadhar card by following these steps:
Step 1: Enter your enrolment number and the time and date when enrolment was carried out.
Step 2: These details are mentioned in the acknowledgement slip.
Step 3: Rest of the process is same as that of the previous method
How to update Address in your Aadhaar?
Aadhaar card address change can be done online as well as offline. The online process is free of cost whereas you have to pay Rs 25 for update done by visiting the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.
How to change mobile number in Aadhaar card?
- You can change your mobile number in Aadhaar card by visiting the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.
- Mention your mobile number in the Aadhaar Enrolment/Correction Form
- You do not have to provide any proof or document to change your mobile number in Aadhaar.
- A fee of Rs 25 will be charged for the service availed.
How to check Aadhaar Card update or correction status?
Aadhar details may sometimes be wrong or may need updates. Sometimes there might be a condition that the name or date of birth mentioned on the card is incorrect. People can get these details corrected. But the process takes some time. In order to check Aadhaar update status or correction status, you can visit the UIDAI website. However, you will have to provide the Update Request Number (URN) to track the status of your update request.
How to get a duplicate Aadhaar Card?
There may be conditions when Aadhar card of a person might be misplaced or lost. In order to get a duplicate Aadhar card:
- You can call the toll free number 1800-180-1947 and follow the IVR.
- Or download e-Aadhaar from UIDAI’s website and print it to use it in place of Aadhaar
What to do if you lost your Aadhaar Card?
In case you have lost your original Aadhaar card, you can download it online through the UIDAI website, print it and use it as the normal Aadhar card. You can search Aadhar card by name, email and mobile number and download it online. Alternatively, you can install the mAadhaar app on your smartphone and use it in place of your original Aadhaar card.