Aadhar 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 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 Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Aadhar 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 Aadhar card number is being issued and managed by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). It helps in offering a 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 Aadhar 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 Aadhar enrolment. The residents need to submit the photograph, iris scan, finger print 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 absence of an Aadhar card, any government-based subsidies as well as services would not be offered. It however, cannot be considered as a 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 enrol 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 Aadhar card 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 for.

Aadhar 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 benefits that an Aadhar offers. Let’s have a look at them:

Pan Card & Income tax

The Supreme Court has confirmed the linking of Aadhar with the PAN in September, 2018. For the individual also, this linking roffers 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 Aadhar itself, making the entire process quicker. Besides, even your refunds will be accelerated at a faster pace only if you have linked your Aadhar and PAN card. The Know your client (KYC) which is required to open a trading account, can be done online and can be legitimated simply by using your Aadhar. However, this can be done only if you have linked your Aadhar and PAN card. Not only this, you can also open electronically a bank account with the help of PAN card and Aadhaar linkage. Aadhar 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 Aadhar 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 Aadhar 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.

Aadhar can be used for identity purposes at various government and private institutions. Aadhaar based Direct Benefit Transfer (LPG Subsidy) – Today Aadhar can be used effectively to gain LPG subsidy just by linking Aadhar 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 Aadhar card. Renewals too can be easily done with the help of an Aadhaar. Either the Aadhar or the e-Aadhaar can be submitted to apply for or renew your passport. All you need to do is register for applying 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 Aadhar 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, with in three days for further requirements to process your passport application. If you have Aadhar card number it will help expedite the process of getting the passport and you may even get it within 10 days. Also, government has made having Aadhar 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 a proof of address and age. There are also plans to link the Aadhar card number with driving license to put a stop to cases of multiple license holders. This will help to further robust the implementation of motor vehicles 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 practise of linking the Aadhar 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 for issuance of driving licenses in India.

Proof of Residence

Aadhar is accepted as a valid government document that can be shown as a residence proof to avail 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 other 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 practise 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 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 avail 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 Aadhar with your bank account, you can get country wide access to your linked accounts. The Aadhar 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 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 out of 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. Aadhar 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 Aadhar Card Number with you mutual fund folio number. Earlier, in case you failed to link your mutual fund folio with your ‘Aadhaar’, your folio would have be made non-operative. You would have be deprived to withdraw your funds and invest in new avenues until your mutual funds are linked with your Aadhar card 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 frauds in pension system, it is good to link for the pensioners to link their Aadhar card number with the pension account in order to receive pension. However, this linking is not mandatory. This is how the senior citizens would be eligible to get their pension in a timely way. All they need to do is register their Aadhar with their pension accounts.

Provident funds

Today, very rarely will you find people retiring from the same company that they may have joined couple of years as trainees. Jumping from one job to another with future growth prospects, has 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. Existence of multiple EPF member ids make the consolidation quite a difficult task. You can however withdraw or transfer your provident fund easily with the help of an UAN. In absence of an UAN you may activate the same with the help of your Aadhar. 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 Aadhar 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.

Aadhar Card Details

Aadhar Card comprises of details about the person enrolled in it. Some aadhar details are printed on the card while other are encrypted and stored in a QR code for security purposes and can be accessed only through authorised 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 database

  • Finger prints
  • IRIS Scan

Eligibility Criteria for Aadhar 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 same Aadhar card number by visiting 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 Aadhar Card

Balanced or Hybrid Funds

The list of Documents Required for Aadhaar 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 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 authorised 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 marksheets
  • Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Photo Card
  • PSU issued 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 authorised 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

Aadhar Card Status

Aadhaar being the most important identity issued by the Indian Government, consists of the individual’s demographic and biometric details such as the iris scan, finger print, 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 centres, 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 Aadhar Card Status

  • 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 aadhar card 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 acknowledgement 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 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 Aadhar 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 Aadhar Card

There are different steps for Aadhaar enrolment. This includes:

  • Visiting the Aadhaar enrolment centre
  • Duly filing 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 Aadhar is the same for all the Indian citizens:

You can locate an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre in Tier I cities by visiting the official website


In cities other than Tier I, you can locate the enrolment centres 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

The Supreme Court has removed the need of linking of the bank account with the Aadhar Card 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 smooth functioning of your bank transactions and Know Your Customer (KYC) would be implemented too. Steps to Linking Aadhaar to your bank account using the 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 Aadhar Card with Your Bank Account using the Netbanking in the below way:

  • Login to the netbanking 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 a 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 aadhar card 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 with 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 a SMS on your registered mobile number post 2-3 working days confirming about your Aadhaar linkage.

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

As mentioned earlier, the Supreme Court has upheld governments demand of Linking the Aadhaar with the PAN Card in its verdict delivered on 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.

Aadhar 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 Aadhar 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.

Aadhar Card Correction Online

UIDAI has simplified the process of Aadhar 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’ option 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

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Download Aadhar Card

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

Steps Process
Step 1 Visit the official website of UIDAI 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/Aadhaar number, full name and post code
Step 3 Click on OTP
Step 4 OTP will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number
Step 5 Once you enter the OTP, the link to download Aadhaar will be accessible
Step 6 Click on Download Aadhaar

What is an e-Aadhar 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 utilised 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 authorised person or authority of UIDAI.

Information Available on e-Aadhar

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 convenience of downloading the card anytime and from anywhere by just accessing the officially website of UIDAI. Any update or new features on the card will be reflected on the eadhar.

  • It helps in reducing frauds, 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

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 Permanent enrolment centre to do the demographic update of Aadhaar data.

Biometric Update About Aadhar Data

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

Know more about Aadhar 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 Aadhar 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.

Aadhar card enrollment center near me

Aadhaar Enrolment centres are bodies empanelled under UIDAI that enrol individuals for Aadhaar by getting their demographic as well as biometric information such. These centres are functioned under the registrars by the Aadhaar agencies. These enrolment centres enrol the 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 centre nearby by following the mentioned steps:

  • Visit the UIDAI’s official website
  • Click on Locate Aadhaar enrolment and update enrolment centres in the city
  • Select your state, pincode 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 centres, do select the check box option
  • You will then get the enrolment centres 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 Aadhaar Act, 2016. This authority came into establishment to allocate the unique identification number to every individual in India. UIDAI strives hard to ensure 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 which are consistent with regards to the Aadhaar Act.

Aadhaar card status enquiry

How to Fill Aadhaar Enrolment/Correction Form?

To enrol and update for the Aadhar, 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 updation/ enrolment form

URN number in Aadhaar Card

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

At times, there may be errors in your aadhar 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 updation. This is when the URN comes into picture. It usually takes 7 working days for any updation to take place.

How to get a duplicate Aadhaar Card?

There might be cases when you misplace your Aadhar 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 clicking on ‘Download Aadhaar’. All you need to do is follow the process by entering 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 centre. If you know the aadhar card number or enrolment number you can request for 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 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 card holder 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 Aadhar 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 aadhar card number and security code reflected below
  • Step 4: Click on Submit
  • Step 5: You will see the result and know if your aadhar card number is active or not

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Aadhar Card News

Following are some latest news and updates on Aadhaar:

Government and RBI in talks to allow use of offline Aadhaar for opening bank accounts

The Government and the Reserve Bank of India are in talks to allow use of offline Aadhaar, which will depend on QR codes rather than biometric eKYC, for opening bank accounts, availing insurance covers and operating payment wallets. This move is significant as it is expected to benefit financial technology firms that have been insisting that the government revise the law to make Aadhaar compulsory. The Court’s decision to not make Aadhaar a must for bank accounts has led to talks on the use of offline Aadhaar.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/Govt-RBI-working-on-Offline-Aadhaar-to-open-bank-accounts-ToI.pdf

UIDAI asks banks to not discontinue the Aadhaar-enabled payment system

The UIDAI has asked banks to not discontinue the Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) as it may cause obstruction in the delivery of welfare benefits. This move came after the UIDAI took note of a letter from the SBI to the National Payments Corporation of India. The UIDAI said in a circular that any action to discontinue such payment/receipt mechanism or bank accounts by banks, on the ground that it is not possible to differentiate its use for delivery of welfare benefits or other purposes, may be held contrary to Section 7 of Aadhaar Act.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/UIDAI-asks-banks-not-to-discontinue-Aadhaar-enabled-Payment-System-AT.pdf

BSNL expected to offer Aadhaar enrolment facility at customer service centers

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited plans to offer Aadhaar enrolment and update facility in its 3,000-customer service centers, at an estimate cost of around Rs. 90 crores, the company chairman said. With this move, BSNL joins the roaster of entities like post offices and banks that are authorized by the UIDAI to offer Aadhaar services.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/BSNLs-3000-centres-to-offer-Aadhaar-services-FC.pdf

UIDAI to set up Aadhaar Seva Kendras, similar to Passport Seva Kendras to simplify the process of Aadhaar enrolment.

Currently, those who want to update their Aadhaar information would have to visit an Aadhaar enrolment center. The Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASK) will provide appointment-based Aadhaar enrolment and update service to residents through multiple stations working simultaneously. The ASKs will continue to have some counters to cater to walk-in customers.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/UIDAI_to_establish_Seva_Kendras_for_easier_Aadhaar_updates_enrolments_01112018.pdf

Government asks telecom operators to stop using Aadhaar for electronic verification of mobile phone customers

The Government has asked telecom operators to stop using Aadhaar for electronic verification of existing mobile phone users and for issuing new connections. Complying with the order, the Department of Telecom issued detailed instructions to telecom companies on stopping the use of Aadhaar-based electronic KYC. The Government has permitted the use of physical Aadhaar card for giving new connection, provided the customer voluntarily offers it.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/Centre-asks-telecos-to-stop-Aadhaar-eKYC-for-verifying-users-M-Post.pdf

UIDAI introduces masked Aadhaar

After facing criticism over privacy concerns, the UIDAI has been looking into ways to further strengthen its system. 'Masked Aadhaar ID' is a step in this direction. This is an offline verification system where the holder is not required to reveal his or her 12-digit number or provide biometric details for services.

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/UIDAI-ready-with-masked-Aadhaar-cards-sans-number-biometric-details-HBL.pdf

CBDT extends deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking until March 31, 2019

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the last date for Aadhaar PAN linking to March 31, 2019. This is the fifth time the Government has extended the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar. This order was issued under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The latest order said that the deadline for linking the two for filing IT returns was being extended after “consideration of the matter.”

Source: uidai.gov.in/images/news/PAN-Aadhaar-linking-deadline-extended-till-March-2019_CBDT-Pioneer.pdf

Aadhar Card FAQs

FAQs on Aadhar Card

How can I update my Aadhaar card?

For updating any biometric data, you will have to visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre. However, if you wish to update the demographic details, you can simply visit the official website of UIDAI and click on the Aadhaar update Request Online. You will have to scan and upload the proof of address. You may also visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre in case you wish to get your demographic details updated via the offline mode.

How can I verify my Aadhaar card?

You can verify your Aadhaar card by visiting the official website of UIDAI. Click on the Verify Aadhaar number under the ‘Update Aadhaar Services’. All you need to now do is enter your Aadhaar card number as well as the security code reflected. You can then view and verify your Aadhaar whether it is active or not.

How do I check my Aadhaar card status?

You can get Aadhaar update or correction status online by simply logging to the UIDAI’s official website. You then need to enter the details of the acknowledgement receipt on the portal.

How does Totp work?

You can make changes online in your e-Aadhaar profile with the help of TOTP. This is valid only for 30 seconds. This TOTP is generated in the mAadhaar (Mobile app).

What are the documents required for Aadhar card?

You need a proof of identity and an address proof for applying for an Aadhaar card. For detailed list of documents, you may visit uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf

What is Aadhaar Enrolment ID?

Post giving your biometric and demographic details and submitting your identity proof as well as the address proof, the acknowledgment slip handed over to you is called the Aadhaar enrolment ID.

What is Aadhaar number?

Aadhaar is a 12-digit random unique identification number allotted to every person living in India by the UIDAI.

What is Aadhaar password?

The e-Aadhaar is the electronic format of your Aadhaar. You can take a print of this online. However, the same is password protected. This password is your pin code used at the time of enrolment.

What is an Aadhaar card?

Aadhaar card is a unique 12-digit identification number assigned to every individual in India by the UIDAI.

What is EID in Aadhaar?

EID is an enrolment identity number allocated to you at the time of Aadhaar enrolment on submission of your biometric, demographic data along with your proof of identity and address.

What is masked Aadhaar?

Masked Aadhaar card is a new feature introduced by UIDAI. This option allows you to cover your unique identification number in the downloaded Aadhaar or electric Aadhaar form.

What is the age limit for applying Aadhar card?

There is no age limit to apply for an Aadhaar card. However, in case the applicant is less than 5years old, then the biometric details wouldn’t be recorded. The photograph of the applicant would suffice.

What is the password of PDF?

The password of the PDF file to download the e-Aadhaar is your pin code used at the time of enrolment of the Aadhaar.

What is the use of Aadhaar virtual ID?

Aadhaar VID is a temporary 16-digit number. It is linked with your Aadhaar. You can use this VID instead of Aadhaar whenever e-KYC services are to be carried out. However, you won’t be able to create Aadhaar Card number from VID.

What is URN number?

Full form of URN is Update Request Number. It is a unique14 digit number which is assigned to the users who have used the Aadhaar self-services portal to update their Aadhaar card. This URN number is further needed to verify the status of the update of Aadhaar card.