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Aadhaar Card : A Handbook on Everything You Need to Know About the Aadhar Card

Aadhar Card

Aadhaar Card

In India, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been entrusted with the responsibility to provide a 12-digit unique identity number to all its citizens. These random digits issued will certainly help the government to offer appropriate benefits to its residents and rule out corruption in the economy.

Developed nations, like the United States of America, adopted this unique number of technology in order to offer security and safety to its residents. Similarly, India’s statutory authority UIDAI that was founded in January 2009, to issue “Aadhaar” under the rule of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Going back, the first UID was originally issued to a resident of Maharashtra in Nandurbar on 29th September 2010. Today, this Indian authority has issued around 120 crore Aadhaar cards to its residents. This new age digitalized technology will help in eliminating fake identities in a hassle-free and cost-effective manner.

UIDAI strives hard to ensure the confidentiality of the Indian citizens and their identity information to issue good governance. It aims to value integrity and focuses on making regulations that are consistent with regards to the Aadhaar Act.

This collaborative approach will certainly build a strong, transparent and sustainable Indian economy. It collects the biometric as well as the demographic information of the Indian residents.

Aadhaar is the largest biometric system in the world. This unique identification is deemed to be proof of residence. It, however, cannot be termed as proof of one’s citizenship. In the year 2017, the Ministry of Home announced that Aadhaar cannot be considered as an identification document to travel to Bhutan and Nepal by the Indians.

Prior to the enactment of the Act, the UIDAI functioned, since 28 January 2009, as an attached office of the Planning Commission (now NITI Aayog). On 3 March 2016, a money bill was introduced in the Parliament to give legislative backing to Aadhaar.

On 11 March 2016 the Aadhaar Act, 2016, was passed in the Lok Sabha. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was established under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 on 12 July 2016 by the Indian Government.

Aadhaar Card Overview

Aadhaar is a 12-digit identification number given to every citizen of India based on their biometric and demographic data. The 12-digit number will be unique for every individual. The Aadhaar card number is being issued and managed by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India).

It helps in offering well-organized and transparent governance by ruling out unethical practices and corruption to a large extent. This is because each resident is offered a unique identification number. It is mandatory to have an Aadhaar knowing the increasing importance and launching of different government-based schemes today.

Every Indian resident should be issued an Aadhaar card. A person who resides in India for 182 days, from the date of Aadhaar application is ideally considered a resident. Also, foreigners who have stayed in India for more than a year are eligible for Aadhaar enrolment.

The residents need to submit the photograph, iris scan, fingerprint which constitute the biometric details and name, address and date of birth which is the demographic information in order to obtain this unique identity, ‘Aadhaar’. Aadhaar is generally used to obtain and verify the details of a person who wishes to receive the government subsidy. In the absence of an Aadhaar card, any government-based subsidies, as well as services, would not be offered.

It, however, cannot be considered as proof of domicile. During Aadhaar enrolment, the applicants are informed about the right to access the information, different ways in which the information would be used as well as the nature of recipients with whom the information would be shared with.

Every Indian citizen can enroll for Aadhaar only once which will be valid lifelong. This service is free of cost. It can be verified easily online in a pocket-friendly manner. This random number that is designated to every individual is assigned irrelevant of any caste, creed, geography, or religion.

The UIDAI authenticates an individual’s Aadhaar number in case there is a request received from an entity. However, this entity needs to get the individual’s consent before any information is collected. Such disclosed information can be used only for commitments for which the individual has given his consent.

Aadhaar Card Services & Benefits

As mentioned earlier, Aadhaar was introduced and issued to offer government-based schemes and subsidies to the Indian citizens. It works both as an address as well as identity proof. Besides, it also helps in ruling out corruption, unethical and illegal practices, and fake identities in the nation.

Nevertheless, there are more than one benefit that an Aadhaar card offers. Let’s have a look at them:

Pan Card & Income tax for Aadhar Card

The Supreme Court has confirmed the linking of Aadhaar card with the PAN in September 2018. For the individual also, this linking offers a variety of benefits. This linkage of Aadhaar and PAN is mandatory if you want to file your returns under your PAN card.

Today, it is necessary for you to validate your signature either physically or digitally while filing tax returns. With the linkage, you can easily file your returns through your Aadhaar card itself, making the entire process quicker. Besides, even your refunds will be accelerated at a faster pace only if you have linked your Aadhaar card and PAN card.

Know your client (KYC) which is required to open a trading account, can be done online and can be legitimated simply by using your Aadhaar Card. However, this can be done only if you have linked your Aadhaar Card and PAN card. Not only this, but you can also open electronically a bank account with the help of PAN card and Aadhaar linkage.

Aadhaar card will help to control black money in the country when it’s linked with the pan card. It will also help in curbing income tax frauds thus, generating money for the government for the development of the country.

Identity Card

Aadhaar is a biometric identity system. It basically denotes that its authentication is used to verify one’s identity. Aadhaar is very commonly used as a photo identity at various places in India. Government officials need candidates to submit their Aadhaar cards before appearing for any exams or as a part of any official applications.

Besides, most of the private companies also ask their customers to either display their Aadhaar cards or scan the codes. At airports too, Aadhaar is considered as a valid photo identity along with an air ticket.

Also, in case you have misplaced your Aadhaar card or have forgotten to carry it with you, you may use the e-Aadhaar in case you wish to use Aadhaar as a proof of identity. It also verifies your name, date of birth, address, photo and gender. You can download the e-Aadhaar from the UIDAI’s website.

Aadhaar card can be used for identity purposes at various government and private institutions. Aadhaar based Direct Benefit Transfer (LPG Subsidy) – Today Aadhaar card can be used effectively to gain LPG subsidy just by linking Aadhaar card number to the LPG consumer number.

Passport in 10 days

Today, there is no need for you to carry multiple documents in case you wish to apply for a passport. This is because UIDAI has made your passport application hassle-free with the usage of Aadhaar card. Renewals too can be easily done with the help of an Aadhaar. Either the Aadhaar card or the e-Aadhaar can be submitted to apply for or renew your passport.

All you need to do is register for applying for the passport by clicking on passportindia.gov.in. Post creation of the login id and password, fill in your details and select the passport application category. Post submitting and paying the fee online, print the copy of this application and attach your Aadhaar card copy to it. Here, the Aadhaar acts as an identity as well as address proof.

You may then carry these two documents to the Passport Seva Kendra once you get an appointment, within three days for further requirements to process your passport application. If you have Aadhaar card number it will help expedite the process of getting the passport and you may even get it within 10 days. Also, the government has made having Aadhaar card mandatory for all passport subscribers.

Driving license

As per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, you can use Aadhaar as one of the options as proof of address and age. There are also plans to link the Aadhaar card number with a driving license to put a stop to cases of multiple license holders. This will help to further robust the implementation of motor vehicle rules in the country.

Considering the increasing number of road accidents, duplicate vehicle registrations, as well as the number of duplicate driving licenses in India, this practices of linking the Aadhaar card and the driving license, would eliminate duplication and render efficient control at the same time maintain transparency with the help of a digitalized platform.

The RTO’s will also track a record of the individuals by making Aadhaar the single identity document. The biometric information of the individual will certainly help with the issuance of driving licenses in India.

Proof of Residence

Aadhaar card is accepted as a valid government document that can be shown as residence proof to avail of various government and private services. It is also used as a proof of residence at many places such as the airports, to open Demat and bank accounts, application of passport, etc.

Since Aadhaar can be used as both photo identity as well as address proof, it eliminates to produce another bunch of documents for bank account opening. Even if you wish to apply for a home loan, personal loan, etc. you can furnish ‘Aadhaar’ as your proof of residence.

Government Subsidy

To practice transparency for the usage of the government subsidies, all the welfare schemes by the government are linked with the beneficiary’s ‘Aadhaar’. To ensure that there are no leakages, all subsidies, as well as schemes, were provided only post ‘Aadhaar issuance’.

Different schemes such as schemes for the old age pension, Public Distribution System as well as scholarships are being linked with ‘Aadhaar’ just to ensure that these advantages are reaped by the right person.

This would help only the bonafide citizens to make use of available government subsidies such as food subsidy, school subsidy, kerosene subsidy and schemes like Pahal, Atal Yojana, linking of Aadhaar with the bank account has been made mandatory by the government.

Bank Accounts

Aadhaar and Pan Card have now become the basic requirement for opening a bank account these days, however, it is not mandatory to link your Aadhaar with the bank account as per the recent verdict of the Supreme Court.

However, if you link your Aadhaar card with your bank account, you can get countrywide access to your linked accounts. The Aadhaar card serves as both the identity as well as address proof that rules out the necessity of carrying multiple documents for bank account opening.

Gas Connections

The 12-digit unique identification number allotted by the UIDAI, ‘Aadhaar’ is beneficial for getting an LPG subsidy amount straight in your bank account. The Direct Benefit Transfer is also known as the PAHAL Scheme that helps you in getting the LPG Subsidy.

If you wish to benefit from this scheme, all you need to do is visit the LPG distributor in your area and get your Aadhaar number mapped to the 17-digit LPG consumer number.

Mutual Funds

SEBI has made it mandatory to do KYC of all accounts before they can be opened. Aadhaar card number helps you to do e-KYC easily for the application process. The recent supreme court ruling of September 2018 has done away with the need of linking your Aadhaar Card Number with your mutual fund folio number.

Earlier, in case you failed to link your mutual fund folio with your ‘Aadhaar’, your folio would have to be made non-operative. You would have been deprived to withdraw your funds and invest in new avenues until your mutual funds are linked with your ‘Aadhaar’ number. However, though not mandatory now You may carry out this mapping with the help of either the online mode, physical mode, through SMS or through CAMs or Karvy.

Monthly pension

To avoid fraud in the pension system, it is good to link for the pensioners to link their Aadhaar card number with the pension account in order to receive the pension. However, this linking is not mandatory. This is how senior citizens would be eligible to get their pension in a timely way. All they need to do is register their Aadhaar cards with their pension accounts.

Provident funds

Today, very rarely will you find people retiring from the same company that they may have joined a couple of years as trainees. Jumping from one job to another with future growth prospects have become common. This, in turn, has made withdrawing of provident funds a little difficult.

Mainly because each organization will allocate a unique EPF number as well as the member id. The existence of multiple EPF member ids makes the consolidation quite a difficult task. You can, however, withdraw or transfer your provident fund easily with the help of a UAN. In the absence of a UAN, you may activate the same with the help of your Aadhaar card. Though Aadhaar linking is not mandatory to withdraw your PF, it is a good practice to link your UAN with your Aadhaar.

Jan Dhan Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) also considers the Aadhaar card as the only document to open the bank account. However, you may also open this PMJDY account with the help of other documents. You may get benefits such as RuPay card, accident insurance, etc. under this plan.

Aadhaar Card Details

Aadhar Card comprises details about the person enrolled in it. Some Aadhar details are printed on the card while others are encrypted and stored in a QR code for security purposes and can be accessed only through authorized channels.

Aadhar details printed on the card are as follows

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Aadhar Card Number
  • Gender
  • Photograph
  • Residential Address
  • QR code representing the Aadhar card number

Aadhar card details that are encrypted and stored in the database

  • Fingerprints
  • IRIS Scan

Eligibility Criteria for Aadhaar Card

Aadhar Card for Resident Indians – As per the Aadhaar Act, 2016, only an Indian citizen who has resided in India for a duration of 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment.

Aadhar Card for Minors – UIDAI is issuing Blue Colour Aadhaar (Namely Bal Aadhaar) for children in the age group of 0 to 5 Years. After the age of 5 years, the child will need to get his/her demographic and biometric details updated against the same Aadhar card number by visiting the nearest Enrolment Centre.

Aadhaar for Foreigners – Foreigners who are residing in India are eligible to apply for Aadhar if they satisfy the period of stay as per the Aadhaar act, 2016.

Documents Required for Aadhaar Card

The list of documents required for Aadhaar card enrolment is usually divided into 4 categories. They are:

Proof of Identity

Proof of identity contains your photograph. These can be any one of the various options mentioned below for Aadhaar enrolment:

  • Arms License
  • Voter ID
  • Driving License
  • Ration Card
  • Photo Bank ATM Card
  • Kissan Photo Passbook
  • Pensioner Photo Card
  • Passport
  • Certificate of identity issued by a Gazetted Officer on a letterhead
  • Certificate of identity issued by a Tehsildar on a letterhead
  • Pensioner Photo Card
  • Freedom Fighter Photo
  • Disability Identity Card
  • Certificate of handicapped issued by the Union or the State Territory
  • ECHS/CGHS Photo Card

Proof of Address

Proof of address usually contains your address. These can be any one of the various options mentioned below for Aadhaar enrolment:

  • Bank passbook or bank statement
  • Property Tax receipt
  • Government Photo ID cards
  • Post office statement or passbook
  • Arms license
  • Pensioner Card
  • Freedom Fighter Card
  • Disability Identity Card
  • Certificate of handicapped issued by the Union or the State Territory
  • ECHS/CGHS Photo Card
  • Passport
  • Passport of parents only in the case of minors
  • Marriage certificate
  • Gas Connection Bill
  • Registered lease/sale/rent agreement
  • Caste and domicile certificate
  • Passport of Spouse
  • Marriage certificate
  • NREGS Job Card
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Allotment letter of accommodation
  • Certificate of Address authorized by the head of Village Panchayat

Proof of date of birth

Proof of date of birth contains your date of birth. These can be any one of the various options mentioned below for Aadhaar enrolment:

  • State or Central Pension Payment Order
  • Government photo ID cards
  • Passport
  • PAN card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of date of birth issued by the Gazetted Officer
  • Government University Board issued mark sheets
  • Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Photo Card
  • PSU issued a photo identity card

Proof of relationship

Proof of relationship is essential to prove your relationship with the head of the family. These can be any one of the various options mentioned below for Aadhaar enrolment:

  • Pension card
  • Passport
  • Army Canteen Card
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Birth authorized by the Municipal Corporation
  • MNREGA Job card
  • PDS Card
  • ESIC Medical card

Detail list of documents can be accessed from this link – uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf

Aadhaar Card Status

Aadhaar is the most important identity issued by the Indian Government, consists of the individual’s demographic and biometric details such as the iris scan, fingerprint, etc. Right from availing government based schemes and subsidies, Aadhaar is an important document for opening bank accounts, filing returns, etc.

Enrolment for Aadhaar is simple and can be done easily at post offices, Aadhaar enrolment service centers, banks, etc. You can also check the status online in case you have already applied for one by visiting UIDAI’s official website.

Here’s how you can check the UIDAI Aadhaar Card Status online

  • Step1: Visit the official website of UIDAI i.e. www.uidai.gov.in
  • Step2: Click on Check Aadhaar Status which will rout you to resident.uidai.gov.in/check-Aadhaar-status
  • Step3: Input the Aadhaar enrolment ID number
  • Step4: Enter the date as well as time in dd/mm/yyyy and hh:mm:ss format
  • Step5: Next enter the security code
  • Step6: Click on ‘try another’ only if you are unable to view or click
  • Step7: The last step is to click on ‘Check Status’

The status of your Aadhaar would then be updated on the screen. The acknowledgment slip mentions your enrolment number. This number would be 14 digits. You may also find the date and time on this acknowledgment slip. The EID contains enrolment number and date/time of enrolment which forms the ‘Enrolment Identity Number’.

Status of your Aadhaar using your mobile number/ phone number verification

  • Step1: Visit www.uidai.gov.in or resident.uidai.gov.in/verify-email-mobile (direct link to UIDAI’s website to verify mobile number) to find out the status of your Aadhaar. You need to keep the below 2 things in mind while verifying the mobile number, which are:
    • You can either verify the mobile number that has been declared during the enrolment process or whose update request is successfully processed, whichever is later.
    • It is necessary that you can avail of Aadhaar Online services only through registered mobile number. You will, however, need to visit the nearest Permanent Aadhaar Centre (PAC), in case you haven’t registered your mobile number at the time of enrolment.
  • Step2: Enter the 12-digit UID number or email address
  • Step3: Input the security code
  • Step4: Get OTP on your registered mobile no.
  • Step5: Enter the OTP received

Status of your Aadhaar using your mobile number by SMS services

You can check the status of your Aadhaar card using the SMS service or calling the Toll-free number by keeping the below 3 pre-requisites:

  • Keep the enrolment number or EID number ready
  • Registered mobile no.
  • Enrolment date as well as time mentioned in the acknowledgment sheet

You may also call the toll-free number on 1800-300-1947.

Status of your Aadhaar by Enrolment Number

Mentioned below are the steps to check the status of the Aadhaar by Enrolment number:

  • Visit the official UIDAI website www.uidai.gov.in/edetails.aspx
  • Click on check Aadhaar status
  • Enter your enrolment id, date and time
  • Input the security code
  • Click on the Check Status Post

You can also check the Aadhaar status by visiting the official website of India Post


All you need to enter is the consignment details to check the delivery status of your Aadhaar

How to Enrol for Aadhaar Card

There are different steps for Aadhaar enrolment. This includes:

  • Visiting the Aadhaar enrolment center
  • Duly filling the enrolment form,
  • Submitting your demographic and biometric data,
  • Proof of identity, and proof of address.
  • Post this you get the Aadhaar acknowledgment slip that mentions your Enrolment number. Aadhaar enrolment is absolutely free of cost. The process for applying an Aadhaar card is the same for all the Indian citizens:

You can locate an Aadhaar enrolment center in Tier I cities by visiting the official website


In cities other than Tier I, you can locate the enrolment centers by visiting the site, appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx. In the below list of certain states and Union Territories in India, the Aadhaar enrolment is done by the Registrar General of India. However, the process for enrolment still remains the same.

  • Assam
  • Mizoram
  • Lakshadweep
  • Meghalaya
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Bangalore rural
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • West Bengal
  • Odisha
  • Jammu & Kashmir

Aadhaar Card Link to Bank Account

The Supreme Court has removed the need for linking the bank account with the Aadhaar as per the verdict passed in September 2018. This is the reason there is no compulsion on updating your Aadhaar to your bank account. However, mapping your Aadhaar card to your bank account would ensure the smooth functioning of your bank transactions and Know Your Customer (KYC) would be implemented too.

Steps to Linking Aadhaar to your bank account using Net Banking: Net banking is widely known and used on a day-to-day basis since it makes banking hassle-free for the customers. You can link your Aadhaar card with your bank account using the Netbanking in the below way:

  • Log in to the net banking of the particular Bank.
  • Click on ‘Update Aadhaar’.
  • Enter your Bank Account number as well as your registered mobile number.
  • Generate the OTP by clicking on the option provided. The OTP would be sent on your registered mobile number.
  • Input the OTP received and click on submit.
  • You will get a message on the screen informing that your request has been accepted to link your bank account with Aadhaar
  • You will then receive an SMS on your registered mobile number confirming about the linkage.

Linking Aadhaar using the Bank ATM

Unfortunately, there is no provision yet to link your Aadhaar with your bank account using the ATM services is unavailable.

You can also link your Aadhaar with the bank account using the SMS Banking facility by sending SMS from your registered mobile number. You can also visit any nearest Bank where you hold an account along with the necessary documents to link your bank account with your Aadhaar in an offline way.

All you need to do is fill the Aadhaar seeding form, enter your email id and registered mobile number and submit the same to the bank representative. You will receive an SMS on your registered mobile number post 2-3 working days confirming your Aadhaar linkage.

You can also link your Aadhaar using the mobile application of the bank.

Aadhaar Card Link to Pan Card

As mentioned earlier, the Supreme Court has upheld governments’ demand for linking the Aadhaar card with the PAN Card in its verdict delivered in September 2018. This linkage of Aadhaar and PAN is made mandatory in case you wish to file your income tax returns under your PAN card identification.

Aadhaar card can be linked to your PAN in different ways. Let’s have a look at them:

  • A. Using SMS service

Type a message – UIDPAN<12 Digit Aadhaar> <10 Digit PAN>

Send this message to either 567678 or 56161 from your registered mobile number

Say, for instance, your Aadhaar number is 345672345623 and your PAN is PHJKU2345H. You have to type UIDPAN 345672345623 PHJKU2345H and send the message to either 567678 or 56161

  • B. Using Online facility

You can visit the official website of e-filling. Enter your Pan card and Aadhaar card details and complete the process of linkage.

Ensure to check your name, gender as well as the date of birth while linking your bank account with PAN.

Aadhaar Card Correction Online

UIDAI has simplified the process of Aadhaar card correction both online as well as offline. Let’s have a look at the online correction process which is hassle-free, easier and faster:

  • Visit the Aadhaar’s self-service update portal
  • In case of changes in the address, click on the ‘update address’
  • Input your 12-digit unique identification number
  • Enter the captcha code
  • Click on send OTP
  • Enter the OTP
  • Login to your Aadhaar account using the OTP received on your registered mobile number
  • You may also use the OTP feature
  • Click on the option, ’address’ and submit
  • Enter the residential address same the way it is mentioned in the proof of address and submit
  • Click on Modify in case you wish to modify your address
  • Click on the ‘Proceed’ options post ticking the declaration
  • Upload the scanned copy of the address proof that you wish to upload
  • Enter submit
  • Select the BPO service provider
  • This provider will cross-check your details provided with the address proof document uploaded
  • You will then receive the acknowledgment slip post updating the request

Download Aadhaar Card

Downloading e-Aadhaar is an easy process. Just follow the following steps.

Step 1 Visit the official website of UIDAI, login and click on Download Aadhaar
Step 2 You will be directed to another page where you will be asked to enter personal details like enrolment id/Aadhar card number, full name and postcode. Enter the 28 digits enrolment number offered to you during enrolment. You may approach the Nodal Officer in case you have misplaced the same.
Step 3 Click on OPT
Step 4 OPT will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number. That you have mentioned at the time of enrolment.
Step 5 Once you enter the OPT, the link to download Aadhaar will be accessible
Step 6 Click on Download Aadhaar. The e-Aadhaar will be generated in the pdf format.
Step 7 This e-Aadhaar is password protected in the pdf format. The password will be the pin code or the postal code used at the time of enrolment. You can print the e-Aadhaar now in case you wish to.

What is an e-Aadhaar Card?

UIDAI has made the overall process hassle-free to get an e-Aadhaar. This e-Aadhaar is nothing but a virtual id (VID). This is a random 16-digit revocable number linked to your Aadhaar card. e-Aadhaar can be utilized to authenticate the way the physical Aadhaar is used. e-Aadhar card is a secure digital copy of Aadhaar and has a digital signature of the authorized person or authority of UIDAI.

Information Available on e-Aadhaar

e-Aadhaar carries the biometric and demographic information of the subscriber. The subscriber can access the information on UIDAI website. Below is the detail list of information available on e-Aadhaar.

  • Aadhar card number
  • Biometric details
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Photograph
  • Cardholder’s Date of Birth

Benefits of e-Aadhar Card

  • E-Aadhaar offers the convenience of downloading the card anytime and from anywhere by just accessing the official website of UIDAI. Any update or new features on the card will be reflected on the e-Aadhaar card.
  • It helps in reducing fraud, corruption and gives the subscriber access to various benefit schemes from the government.
  • E-Aadhaar serves as an identity proof that is accepted universally. It also acts an address proof. All the citizens in India can apply for the same.
  • Being in an electronic format, this e-Aadhaar can be gained access to anytime, anywhere.

How to Update Aadhar Details Online?

Demographic Update About Aadhar Data

The demographic update can be done online by going to the official website of UIDAI and clicking on “Aadhaar Update Request Online” and following the instructions. You will need POA documents in order to support and authenticate the update. Alternatively, you can also visit the Permanent enrolment center to do the demographic update of Aadhaar data.

Biometric Update About Aadhar Data

A biometric update about Aadhaar data cannot be done online. For the biometric update, you will need to visit the nearest permanent enrolment center.

Know more about Aadhaar Card

We all know that Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification code allotted to every individual of India. This is done by getting the biometric as well as demographic information of the Indian citizens such as the iris scan, fingerprints, address, date of birth, etc. It acts as an identity as well as the address proof. The Aadhaar card is used for multiple purposes such as availing government subsidies and welfare schemes, to apply for a passport, to get the LPG subsidy, etc.

Let’s get more information about Aadhaar below:

What is Aadhaar number?

Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the UIDAI to every individual in India. It is generated by taking the demographic as well as the biometric details such as the iris scan, fingerprints, address proof as well as the date of birth of the individual. This Aadhaar number is universal and unique to every individual.

Aadhaar card enrollment center near me

Aadhaar Enrolment centers are bodies impaneled under UIDAI that enroll individuals for Aadhaar by getting their demographic as well as biometric information such. These centers are functioned under the registrars by the Aadhaar agencies.

These enrolment centers enroll individuals free of cost while applying for the first time. They do charge a nominal fee in case of certain tasks to be carried out under the authority of UIDAI.

You may easily locate an Aadhaar enrolment center nearby by following the mentioned steps:

  • Visit the UIDAI’s official website
  • Click on Locate Aadhaar enrolment and update enrolment centers in the city
  • Select your state, pin code in the search tab
  • Input your city details such as the village/town/state
  • Input the verification code and click on the search button
  • In case of permanent enrolment centers, do select the checkbox option
  • You will then get the enrolment centers on your screen

What is UIDAI?

UIDAI is the Unique Identification Authority of India. It is ruled by the Indian government under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016. This authority came into the establishment to allocate the unique identification number to every individual in India. UIDAI strives hard to ensure the confidentiality of the Indian citizens.

It also confides their identity information to issue good governance. It aims to value integrity and focuses on making regulations that are consistent with regards to the Aadhaar Act.

Aadhaar card status inquiry

How to Fill the Aadhar Enrolment/Correction Form?

To enroll and update for the Aadhaar card, the same Aadhaar correction/enrolment form is used. The following details need to be filled when enrolling or correcting details in the system.

  • Enrolment ID
  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • NPR number
  • Full Address
  • E-mail id and mobile number
  • Document supporting proof of identity, address and DOB
  • Subscriber signature and fingerprint
  • You need to enter the above details in the Aadhaar update/ enrolment form

URN number in Aadhaar Card

The full form of URN is Update Request Number. URN is a 14 digit unique number that is allocated to users who have used the Aadhaar self-service portal to update their Aadhaar card. URN number is required to check the status of the update of the Aadhaar card. This unique number is utilized to track the progress of the request raised for updating of any details on the Aadhaar card.

At times, there may be errors in your Aadhaar card details. It can be a human error or a system error. Also, there might be times when you have moved to another city and so requires an update. This is when the URN comes into the picture. It usually takes 7 working days for any update to take place.

How to get a duplicate Aadhaar Card?

There might be cases when you misplace your Aadhaar card and wish to apply for a duplicate one. You don’t have to panic because UIDAI has made the process of getting a duplicate Aadhaar easily by following certain steps. Let’s have a look at them below. Duplicate Aadhaar card can be generated by online or offline methods as mentioned below –


Aadhaar card if misplaced or lost can be easily downloaded from the official website of UIDAI and click on ‘Download Aadhaar’. All you need to do is follow the process by entering a few required details and OTP. After successful verification, you will be able to download your duplicate Aadhaar card free of cost.


You will need to visit the nearest permanent enrolment center. If you know the Aadhaar card number or enrolment number you can request a duplicate Aadhaar there. If not, then the executive will take your biometrics details and retrieve your record from the system and take your request for duplicate Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar card verification process

Aadhaar is a unique 12-digit identification number which is unique and random and is assigned by the UIDAI to all the individuals in India. Aadhaar card verification is an important process to cross-check the validity of your existing Aadhaar. This process is very crucial since it ensures that the information on your Aadhaar is valid and correct.

In case of any inaccuracy, the cardholder can immediately inform the UIDAI by calling on the toll-free number or by sending an email to UIDAI. You can check the validity status of your Aadhaar card by doing the Aadhaar card verification process online. All you need to do is follow this simple procedure

  • Step 1: Visit the official UIDAI website
  • Step 2: Under Aadhaar services click on verify Aadhaar Number
  • Step 3: You need to enter your Aadhaar card number and security code reflected below
  • Step 4: Click on Submit
  • Step 5: You will see the result and know if your Aadhaar card number is active or not

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