Updated on: Nov 10th, 2022 - 10:09:39 AM
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Aadhaar card ( आधार कार्ड ) is a unique identification number issued to every resident of India. An Aadhaar card is as significant as a PAN card. Most organisations, including mutual fund houses, accept it as a part of the documentation for investments. Let’s understand Aadhaar and its significance in detail.
Aadhaar Latest Updates
The last date to link your PAN with your Aadhaar is 31st March 2022
Aadhaar is a 12-digit number generated based on factors such as demographic and biometric data specific to each individual. The statutory body for Aadhaar is the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India.
UIDAI was established in the year 2016 with a mission to provide excellent, efficient and transparent governance to the people of India. It has the following components:
|Name Of Aadhaar Issuing Authority||Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)|
|Aadhaar Customer Care Number||1947|
|Inception of Aadhaar Card|
|Validity Of Aadhaar Card||Lifetime|
|Number Of Enrolment Centers||More than 30,000|
|Number Of Enrolments||119 crore (approximate)|
|Key people|| J. Satyanaraya, IAS, Chairman, UIDAI|
Pankaj Kumar, IAS, CEO, UIDAI
The eligibility for an Aadhaar card is :
Aadhaar requires two types of documents – Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Identity (POI). The following documents are sufficient to meet the criteria:
|Proof of identification (POI)||Proof of address (POA)|
|Certificate of Birth||Ration/PDS card|
|Voter identification card|
An Aadhaar card issued to a newborn/minor child is known as a ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card. It is blue in colour and does not include the biometric information like fingerprints and iris scan of the cardholder, unlike the card for adults.
To check Aadhaar card status, log into the official UIDAI website, click on ‘Check Aadhaar Status’ under the Aadhaar enrolment tab. Enter your enrolment number which is printed on the acknowledge slip to check the current status of your Aadhaar card. /span>
If you have successfully enrolled for Aadhaar card but have not received the physical copy as yet, then you can download and print the PDF version of Aadhaar card, also known as e-Aadhaar from the Aadhaar website. This is accepted everywhere. Go to UIDAI website, to download your Aadhaar.
It is now possible to easily verify Aadhaar online by the following steps:
Step 1: Log on to the official UIDAI website.
Step 2: Click on the tab ‘My Aadhaar’, select the option ‘Verify an Aadhaar Number’ under the ‘Aadhaar services’ heading.
Step 3: Select ‘Verify Aadhaar’ present on the page.
Step 4: Enter the unique 12-digit Aadhaar number.
Step 5: Enter the one-time password (OTP) that you will receive on your registered mobile phone.
Step 6: Submit the application.
If there is a mismatch in details, you can call UIDAI toll-free number – 1947 for rectification.
The two main reasons to update Aadhaar card details are:
You need a copy of the supporting document (POI/POA) to update details. The update can be done by visiting the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre or logging on to the UIDAI website to update the Adhar online.
Aadhaar Virtual ID is the alternative to Aadhaar number. This virtual ID is a temporary code which consists of a 16-digit number that is generated against an Aadhaar number. Bear in mind that the virtual ID under no situation can be used to retrieve the original Aadhaar card. Only one virtual ID is generated against an Aadhaar number, and it can be generated as many times as the user wants.
If you have lost/misplaced your Aadhaar card, do not worry. You can get a duplicate Aadhaar card by downloading the PDF/e-Aadhaar online by visiting the UIDAI website and accessing the Aadhaar online services.
The Aadhaar card/number is valid for life.
No, the Aadhaar enrolment is a one-time physical procedure that can be done at any Aadhaar enrolment centre. To find the Aadhaar enrolment centre near you, visit the UIDAI website and search Aadhaar enrolment centre.
Aadhaar is a unique identification number that enables each resident of India with the following:
Aadhaar Authentication is a method of verification where Aadhaar details of an individual are submitted to UIDAI and cross verified to enable cardholders to avail services and benefits from the service provider. Aadhaar for eKYC is a large service requirement from many service providers and has enormous benefits for the user and government as well. Here’s why :
The eKYC process is paperless, enabling a service provider to manage documents quickly and efficiently.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has made an official statement informing all Aadhaar cardholders to avoid making plastic/PVC Adhaar cards. These cards are not recognised as most often the QR code becomes dysfunctional due to the printing errors.
UIDAI reconfirms that original Aadhaar card issued or downloaded versions of Aadhaar printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are valid and people should avoid the so-called ‘Aadhaar smart card’.