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How to Get Aadhar Card in India - All Things You Want To Know
With the mission of providing each and every resident of India a unique identification the ambitious project of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) was set in February 2009 with its chairman being former IT czar Nandan Nilekani.
To be frank, India is far too late in the scene of providing unique ID's to all of its citizens. Countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, and Turkey have made it compulsory for their citizens to get the National Identification numbers at birth.
The closest our government came to provide a unique ID to every citizen is the PAN card number which every citizen can apply for unlike the Voter ID card which can only be applied when one reaches the age of 18.
Some Interesting Facts
Total number of Aadhar cards issued: More than 100 crores (1 Billion) (April 2015). It is now a world record.
Funds allocated: 3500 crores from January 2009 - September 2013
Another 2039.64 crores by Narendra Modi government in 2013-2014 budget
Aadhar Information From the Official Site
What Aadhar is?
What Aadhar is not?
A 12 Digit Number
Just Another Card
It is for Every Individual, Including Infants
One Per Family
Enables identification, and is for every resident
Establishes citizenship and is only for Indians
Will collect demographic and biometric information to establish uniqueness of individual
Will collect profiling information such as caste, religion, language
For every resident, irrespective of existing documentation
Only for individuals who posseses identification documents
Eah individual will be given a single unique ID number
Indiviual can obtain multiple Aadhar
UIDAI will enable a universal identity infrastructure that any ID based application like ration card, passport etc. can use
Aadhar's will replace all other IDs
UIDAI will give a "Yes" or "No" response for any identification authentication requires
UIDAI information will be accessible to public and private agencies
Explanation of the Above Table
- It is not just another card for a specific purpose. In the larger context, it can be used in the future for many purposes including banking, identification, to avail other government schemes.
- Aadhar can be applied for everyone; even for a newborn baby or for a 90 year old person. For children below the age of 5 there won't be collection of any biometric information such as iris or fingerprint scan. Their UID will be linked with their parents UID and once they turn 5 they will have to update their ID's with biometric information. Biometrics will have to be updated once again when they turn 15. As for differently abled people who cannot provide their biometric information there will be other markers that will be used.
- It is not like other cards where the holder of the card is a citizen of India, it is for every resident whether he may be an Indian or foreigner (Yes you read it right for NRI's and foreigners).
- It won't collect your information related to your caste etc. But it will collect your biometric and demographic data.
- UID's are not mandatory and it is not necessary for every individual to have it. But as experts suggest that invariably it will be required by many government and private agencies in the time to come. So, it is better that you get enrolled.
- Yes, it is for every individual irrespective of their existing documentation. That is, if a person does not have any previous documentation then he/she can also get their Aadhar. (For more information on this see the 2nd point of "How to Get Aadhar Card Anywhere in India" section on this page).
- Each and every individual is allowed to get only one Aadhar card or so as to say that he/she will not be able to get more than one UID. This is particularly true because it records the biometric information of the applicants. So, getting a fake Aadhar card is next to impossible until we come across a big scam.
- It is a general misconception that in the times to come UID will replace all other ID's that we use now. It will just make easier for people to get their unique identification anywhere in India. Aadhar cards won't replace your driver's license nor it will render your Voter ID useless.
- The information that you will share will not be available to use by government agencies or private agencies to profile you instead it will just provide a cursory yes or no identification. That is your information will not be available for use of others.
How to Get Aadhar Card Anywhere in India
Every resident will have an Aadhar card with a unique number, a 12 digit number which will serve its holder a proof of identity and proof of address all over India.
The 12-digit number displayed on it is your unique ID number which in the system will be a 16-digit number with four digits as a prefix digit. The rest four digit will not be displayed on your card and it is only for the usage of the database and the servers.
1) Any resident can walk into the nearest enrollment center and get themselves enrolled for an Aadhar card. Nearly every city or town will have an enrollment center.
Find the nearest Aadhar Center near your place
- Aadhar Enrolment Centre Search
Just proceed to click the above link and select your state, district, and your area and search. You'll all the centres in your locality.
2) Walk-in at your nearest center with your identity proof for address (PoA) and proof of identity (PoI) documents.
There is also an option to get an appointment scheduled. The link below will take you to the appropriate place to fix an appointment.
Even if you don't have any other identification then also you can get the card by one or the other methods mentioned below:
The UIDAI has in place a system called Introducer System.
- If the head of your family has any documentation then he/she can first enroll and then after getting their card he/she can introduce you as a family member.
- The second method is where an introducer who is appointed by the registrars or directly by the authority can introduce people who don't have such identification documents. This is specifically helpful for poor people who until now didn't have any such documents. There is a large section of people in remote areas where people don't even can produce a proof of address or proof of identity. This system is primarily helpful for those.
- Online Appointment System
Fix an appointment and walk-in with documents. Now you don't need to stand in long queues.
The below documents qualify as documents of identity to get UID
Proof of Address documents
Proof of Identity documents
Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
Ration/PDS Photo Card
Government Photo ID
Government Photo ID
NREGS Job Card
Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
Water Bill (not older than 3 months)
Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
Photo Bank ATM Card
Property Tax Receipt (not older than 3 months)
Photo Credit Card
Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
Pensioner Photo Card
Freedom Fighter Photo Card
Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead
Kisan Photo Passbook
Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead
CGHS / ECHS Photo Card
Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution on
Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
Certificate of Identity having photo issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
Other Documents that are also applicable
NREGS Job Card
Freedom Fighter Card
CGHS / ECHS Card
Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Income Tax Assessment Order
Vehicle Registration Certificate
Registered Sale / Lease /Rent Agreement
Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt
Supported Proof of DoB Documents
Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on official letter
When you reach the nearest enrollment center with your documents of identity and address proof, keep in mind that you don't require a hard-copy of your photograph, the enrollment officer will himself take your photo using a webcam and that photo will be used.
The adjacent table gives a list of information that you should provide in the application form. The form only needs basic information details such as name, address, parents name, contact details and your biometric information which will be collected right at the enrollment center.
Just get your documents Xerox and original along with the application form filled and the process will not take much of your time, maybe less than 30 minutes.
You can download the aadhar application form from the link given below and print it.
Download Aadhar Application Form
What information is necessary to get Aadhar Card
2) Date of Birth
5) Parent/Guardian details (required for children, adults may provide)
6) Contact details phone and email (optional)
7) Photo (No need to carry a copy, it will be taken from the webcam at the center)
8) 10 finger prints (Not necessary for children below age 5)
9) Iris (Not necessary for children below age 5)
Application Form Looks Like This (Click To Enlarge Image)
3) After filing the form with the necessary details just hand it over to the officer who will then take your biometric information and record it.
4) The officer will also ask for your verification of the data which you or any member of your family can do on your behalf. You have to see that every information of yours have been entered correctly.
5) You will get an acknowledgment slip and a temporary enrollment number from which you can check the status of your application.
6) That's it you are now done with it. The documents that you have given will be verified and your Aadhar card will land up at your doorstep in anywhere between 60 to 90 days to you by post.
Sample Enrollment Procedure
Checking the Status of Aadhar Card
You have the option to check the status of your Aadhar card online and get details as to in which stage is your application.
To check the status you'll need:
- Enrollment Number
- Date and Time of your Application
Just enter the above details and the captcha code to get the details of your application. The above information will be on your receipt which you get when you applied.
Easiest way to check status
- Aadhar Status - Link to check status of your application
Interactive self service portal for UID Status
Some other methods to check status
You can also check the status of your application offline by calling the contact center. Besides you can also register your complaints and get more information about the project.
- Voice/Call – 1800-180-1947
By calling the above toll-free number you can check the status or register your complaints, if any.
- Fax – 080-2353 1947
Fax number if you want to send some documents in between the process of your application. Fax number will be used only in rare conditions.
- Letters – PO Box 1947, GPO Bangalore - 560001
You can also post your letters with suggestions, complaints, grievances that you may on this address.
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Same goes with the email ID.
- On SMS
Check Aadhaar status generation:
To check your Aadhaar status, type UID STATUS< 14 digit enrolment number > OR UID STATUS < 28 digit EID > on your mobile and send it to 51969.
Get e-Aadhaar on mobile:
To get a soft copy of your e-Aadhaar letter on your email id, type UID EAADHAAR < Aadhaar number > < email Id > < PIN code > on your mobile and send it to 51969.
Sample Aadhar Card - Front and Backside of Aadhar CardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Changing/Updating or Correcting Information From Your Aadhar Card
So, you got your Aadhar card and found that there are some changes required. Or another scenario can be that you have changed your address or are planning to relocate somewhere else. Or for some other reasons you want to change some other information, there can be 'n' number of reasons.
There are two ways requesting the update.
1) Via Online Website (Procedure explained below)
2) Via Post (Print the form and send it across UIDAI office located at Bangalore)
3) Via an enrollment center near you.
Official Link For Updating Aadhar Card
The basic requirement here is that you need to have your personal mobile which you gave when enrolling for Aadhar. The one-time password will be sent to the mobile number.
You can change/update the following information:
- DOB (Date of Birth)
- Mobile Number
Just select the checkbox associated with that particular and follow simple to follow instructions to change the data.
You'll need to provide self-attested (means signed) copies of relevant documents for verification. For updating the mobile number no documents are required. The OTP confirmation acts as the verification of your number. Once you upload the relevant documents you'll get an SMS confirmation on your mobile with the request number to track the status of your request in future.
Download Aadhar Card Online Also Useful If You've Lost Your Aadhar Card
You applied for Aadhar card but you didn't receive the card even after the specified time of 1-2 months then now you have the option to download/print your it online.
What you'll need?
The enrollment number or the Aadhar card number and the rest of the details are just other basic information such as your full name, pin code, and mobile number.
Just follow the easy instructions and you'd be able to download and print the card.
You can also use this facility if you've lost your Aadhar card. If you don't have the acknowledgment slip then call this Toll Free number 1800 300 1947 for further advice. And in the future kindly take a color xerox of the both the sides of your aadhar card and laminate it so that you don't have to carry the original one always. Just ask your nearest xerox store guy to do it for you.