Here’s a detailed read on all the Aadhaar services and the amounts you need to pay for the same.
When it comes to identity or address proof for a citizen of India, Aadhaar card becomes most accepted in both cases. No matter what financial transactions you are making, be it opening a bank account or filing your income tax returns, Aadhaar card can be used in both situations.
Your Aadhar card number has 12 digits, and the issuing authority is the UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India. There is minimal documentation involved, as mentioned below (Aadhaar is accepted as both ID and address proof):
- Bank statement.
- Voter identification card.
- Driving license.
- PAN card (identification proof only).
As far as biometric information is concerned, ten fingerprints, scan of both iris and photograph of the face.
What Are the Services Provided by the UIDAI?
There are various services provided by the UIDAI and while some of them are free, for others, a nominal fee needs to be paid. Most of the services are available at different Permanent Enrolment Centres (PEC) and update centres.
Your address can be updated online without any charge at the UIDAI portal.
The various Aadhaar services provided are as follows:
Aadhaar Enrolment (Free Service)
Here are the steps to be followed to enroll for an Aadhaar card.
- Locate the nearest enrolment centre
- Complete the required enrolment form
- Submit the required identity and address proof
- Complete the biometrics and submit your photograph
- Ensure that you collect the acknowledgement slip (this should have the 14-digit enrolment number)
- Keep the slip carefully till you get your Aadhar card
You can also get your e-Aadhar if you need it on an urgent basis as the offline process could take up to 90 days. You can go online and enter either your enrolment number or Aadhar card number as applicable.
Compulsory Biometric Updates (Free Service)
There are two mandatory updates for the Aadhar card when it comes to children. The biometric details need to be updated when the child reaches the age of 5 and then again, when the child attains 15 years of age.
Children below the age of 5 are issued a 'Baal Aadhar card.'
Demographic Update (Paid Service)
Any type of demographic updates requires the payment of a fee of Rs. 50/- (inclusive of GST). The demographic update refers to updates relating to your name, age or date of birth, email id, mobile number, gender, relationship status (single/married/divorced), and consent for sharing information.
You will need to submit the following documents for demographic updates.
- Identification proof: Ration card, PAN card, Driving license, passport, and so on.
- Address proof: Bank statement or passbook which contains your address details, property tax receipt, electricity bill, water bill, credit card statement, and so on.
You can update these details online, by post or visit the nearest enrollment center. While the first two options are free, the third option is chargeable, and the rate is Rs. 50.
While entering the details online, the documentary proof for address and identification needs to be uploaded as well. You will be issued an update request number.
Biometric Updates (Apart from Mandatory Ones - Chargeable)
Individuals over the age of 5 and 15 years should update their Aadhar card every ten years. The quality of the biometric capture may be another reason for which a biometric update is recommended. Poor biometric captures result in authentication failures. With innovations in technology, the quality of capture has been significantly improved.
This service, unlike the mandatory biometric update, is chargeable. The cost of this update is Rs. 50 including GST.
In order to update your biometric data for your Aadhar card, follow these steps:
- Visit the nearest Enrollment center
- Complete the update form
- Submit the form to the concerned authority
- Get your fingerprints or iris scanned for authentication
- The data is locked by the concerned authority and updated in the database of UIDAI
- Pay the required fee
You need to remember that the fee has to be paid every time you need to update your biometric data.
Aadhaar Search Using e-KYC (Chargeable)
With the e-KYC service, you don't need to provide a copy of the Aadhar card application letter for verification of your identity and your address, as it can be done online. All the hassles involved with attestation of ID and address proof, verification of mobile number or email id are done away with. However, video verification is required.
For availing of the e-KYC through the Aadhar card, you need to be present at the Enrolment centre, and the process is carried out through a biometric device.
The charges for this service is Rs. 30 including GST.
You can download the Aadhar card (paperless offline e-KYC) in XML format.
Aadhaar Number Verification (Free Service)
You can find out if the Aadhar card number is genuine or forged. Click on the 'Aadhaar Verification System' and then type in the Aadhar card number and security code. You can get information like age, state, gender, and the last three digits of the mobile number registered with them.
Email or Mobile Number Verification (Free Service)
You should select the 'Verify Email or Mobile number' on the Aadhaar Menu of services. After entering your Aadhar card number, you will be sent an OTP to either your mobile number or email id. Entering this OTP will help verify your mobile number and Aadhaar number are linked or not.
Biometric Locking or Unlocking (Free Service)
You can lock your biometric to prevent misuse by selecting the option 'Lock or Unlock biometrics.'
Aadhaar Bank Account Linking Status (Free Service)
Before linking your bank account, your mobile number needs to be linked with your Aadhaar. Click on the link 'Check Aadhar and bank account linking status.'
Aadhaar Authentication History (Free Service)
All the different authentications done under your Aadhar card can be checked by clicking on the link 'Aadhar Authentication History.'
Virtual ID Generation (Free Service)
This is a 16-digit temporary code which is used instead of the Aadhar card. You need to click on the 'Virtual ID generator.'
Aadhaar Card: One Service, numerous benefits
This identification number offers a lot of benefits and enables seamless transactions in many important financial areas. Benefit from the power of the Aadhar card, register yourself today!
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