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Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the UIDAI on behalf of the government to every resident of India. It is a biometric document, which records your personal information in the government database. Aadhaar acts as a single identification document, and does not replace PAN, Passport, Driving license or any other identification documents. It is issued to the residents of India based on their biometric and demographic data.
Under the Aadhaar Act, 2016, every resident can apply for an Aadhaar number. A resident is a person who has been living in the country for 182 days or more in the year immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment. If you meet this condition and wish to enrol for Aadhaar, you will have to submit certain documents that support your claims. The documents to be submitted at the UIDAI authorized centres are not too many and the whole process is quite simple. The kind of documents you have to hand over can be divided into four sections - Proof of Identity, Proof of Address, Proof of Date of Birth and Proof of Relationship.
Documents supporting proof of identity help confirm that you are who you claim to be. All the documents used to serve as identity proof will contain your name and photo at the least. Carry any of the following documents with you as proof of identity when you visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre to register for Aadhaar:
Documents supporting proof of address help confirm that your address is where you claim to live. All the documents used to serve as address proof will contain your name and address at the least. Make sure to mention the correct address in your application form since your Aadhaar card will be sent to the address you have mentioned. You can submit any of the following documents as proof of address when you visit an Aadhaar enrolment centre to register for Aadhaar:
Official documents containing your date of birth help confirm that the date of birth you have mentioned is correct. You can submit any of the following documents as proof of date of birth when you visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre to register for Aadhaar:
The documents that support your proof of relationship should mention details about your relationship with the head of the family. You can submit any of the following documents as proof of relationship when you visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre to register for Aadhaar:
If you already have an Aadhaar card and wish to change the place of residence or make any corrections to it, you can submit one of the following documents:
What are the documents required for Aadhaar card?
The documents required when you apply for an Aadhaar card can be divided into four sections –
Can Aadhaar card be used as address proof?
Yes, Aadhaar card can serve as address proof across the country. What documents will be accepted as proof of address and proof of identity? The following documents will be accepted as proof of address:
The following documents will be accepted as proof of identity:
What documents will be accepted as proof of address and proof of identity?
What documents are required to complete the SIM-Aadhaar verification?
Your mobile number can be (re)linked to Aadhaar either by visiting the nearest outlet of your service provider or by dialling the toll-free number (which will be listed by your service operator) from your mobile number registered with Aadhaar. In both cases, you will receive an OTP to complete the verification process.
How to apply for Aadhaar card for kids?
Aadhaar card can be availed for children, even new-born babies. To apply for one, the parent or guardian should take the child to the nearest Aadhaar centre. The Aadhaar number of the parent or guardian will have to be submitted along with the child's Birth certificate. Biometric will not be collected until the child reaches five years of age. The child's Aadhaar will be linked to the parent's Aadhaar.
What are the documents required for NRIs?
The procedure to avail an Aadhaar card is the same for Indian Residents and Non-Resident Indians. To apply for an Aadhaar card, the Non-Resident Indian can go to the UIDAI website and look for an UIDAI authorized enrolment centre that is close to his or her residence. After selecting the enrolment centre, the NRI can directly go to the authorized Aadhaar enrolment centre, carrying the proof of identity and other necessary documents. Once all the documents are submitted, the individual will be requested to provide the biometric information. Non-Resident Indians who wish to apply for Aadhaar are required to carry certain basic documents when they visit the enrolment centre. The following documents are accepted by the UIDAI for this purpose: