Aadhaar PVC Card – Features, Application Process, Benefits

Updated on: Jun 10th, 2024


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An Aadhaar serves as a proof of identification for an individual. A unique Aadhaar Number is issued to the residents of India who apply for an Aadhaar. The Aadhaar number, which is issued to an individual is a 12-digit random number. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the Government Authority which issues Aadhaar. Aadhaar is issued after satisfying the verification process and obtaining the minimal demographic and biometric information of an individual.

The Aadhaar number of an individual cannot be reassigned again to any other individual. Thus, there cannot be a duplicate Aadhaar number as it is linked to the individual biometrics. The UIDAI has introduced various forms of Aadhaar from time to time such as Aadhaar Letter, mAadhaar and eAadhaar for the convenience of the residents.

The latest form of Aadhar introduced by the UIDAI is the Aadhaar PVC Card. UIDAI has allowed Aadhaar reprint on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cards which the individuals can obtain by applying/raising a request on the UIDAI website. An individual can choose to have any form of Aadhaar as per his/her convenience. All the forms of Aadhaar are recognised as proof of identity without giving preference to one form over the other.

Security Features Of The Aadhaar PVC Card

  • Secure QR Code
  • Micro text
  • Issue Date and Print Date
  • Embossed Aadhaar Logo
  • Hologram
  • Guilloche Pattern
  • Ghost image

Benefits Of The Aadhaar PVC Card

The latest Aadhaar PVC card has many benefits. Since the card is the size of a debit card, it is convenient to carry in a wallet, unlike the long Aadhaar letter form. It has a pocket-sized variability and is instantly verifiable offline. It is safe, secure, and durable. It has various security features, a digitally signed QR code and a photograph. 

How To Apply For The Aadhaar PVC Card?

The new Aadhaar PVC Card can be ordered online. The process of ordering online is stated below –

Step 1: Visit the official Aadhaar website and click on ‘Order Aadhaar PVC’ under the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab.

Order Aadhaar PVC card

Step 2: You will be redirected to the myAadhaar login page, where you need to follow the process below.

Case (i)  - If your mobile number is registered, log in to the page by clicking the ‘Login’ button, entering your ‘Aadhaar number’, and captcha to receive the OTP on your registered mobile number. Once you log in, click on ‘Order Aadhaar PVC card’. 

myAadhaar login page

Case (ii) -  If your mobile number is not registered, scroll down on the myAadhaar login page and click on the tab ‘Order Aadhaar PVC card’. 

Order Aadhaar PVC card

Now enter the ‘Aadhaar Number’ or ‘Enrollment ID’ and type the captcha, then check on ‘My mobile number is not registered’, enter the mobile number you want to receive OTP  and click send OTP. 

Aadhaar login

Note: If you choose the Enrollment ID (EID) option, you should enter the 14-digit enrollment number and the EID date and time available at the top of the acknowledgment slip. Then, select the ‘My mobile number is registered’ box to receive the OTP and log in.

Step 3: The preview of your Aadhar Details will appear on your screen. Verify the details and click on  ‘Next’  to land on the payment page. 

verification of Aadhaar details

Next, select the confirmation box to confirm that you have read and understood the Payment/ cancellation/ refund policies.

verification of Aadhaar pvc card

Note: The preview of your Aadhar Details will not be available if your mobile number is not registered.

Step 4: Choose payment options. Click on ‘Show all options’ and click on the payment mode you want to choose, i.e., net banking, wallet, UPI and so on, and make the payment. The amount payable to obtain an Aadhaar PVC card is Rs. 50.

payment for Aadhaar PVC card

Step 5: Your payment receipt is generated. You can download the receipt in PDF form by clicking on the ‘Download Payment Receipt’ button.

Aadhaar PVC payment

UIDAI will hand over the Aadhaar PVC card to the Department of Post (DoP)  within five working days after receiving the request/order, and it will be sent by speed post to the individual to the address mentioned in the Aadhar. 

How To Check The Status Of Your Application?

After placing an order for your Aadhaar PVC card, you can check the status of your request by following the below steps:

Step 1: Visit the official Aadhaar website, and under the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab, click on ‘Check Aadhaar PVC Card Status’.

Aadhaar PVC status

Step 2:  You will be led to the myAadhaar login page. Scroll down to find the ‘Check Aadhaar PVC Card Order Status’.  Click on it, enter the SRN, type the captcha and click on ‘Submit’. 

Aadhaar PVC card

Step 3: The ‘SRN Number’ of your request and the ‘Status’ is displayed. You can download the acknowledgement slip by clicking on the ‘Download Acknowledgement Slip’ button.

Download acknowledgement slip


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different forms of Aadhaar?

The UIDAI issues four different forms of Aadhaar. They are Aadhaar letter, eAadhaar, mAadhaar and Aadhaar PVC card. The Aadhaar letter is a paper-based laminated letter sent to residents in case of new enrollment or mandatory biometric update.

eAadhaar is the electronic form of Aadhaar which the residents can download online. mAadhaar is the digital form of Aadhaar which can be installed on mobile phones. The Aadhaar PVC card is a pocket-sized Aadhaar that is easy to carry and durable. All these four forms of Aadhaar are recognised as proof of identity without giving preference to one over the other. 

How many days will it take to receive the Aadhaar PVC card?

After completing the application process on the Official Aadhaar Website, the UIDAI will give the physical Aadhaar PVC card to the Department of Post (DoP) within five working days of receiving the request. It excludes the date the request was made to obtain the Aadhaar PVC card. It will then be delivered to the individual through the Speed Post service of the Department of Post. The delivery status of the Aadhaar PVC card can be tracked using DoP Status Track Services. 

What are the charges to be paid for the Aadhaar PVC card?

To receive the Aadhaar PVC card, an amount of Rs.50 (inclusive of GST and speed post charges) is paid. The payment is made online while applying for the Aadhaar PVC card.

Can I request the Aadhaar PVC card if I don’t have a registered mobile number?

Yes. While applying for the Aadhaar PVC card, an option is provided: “My Mobile number is not registered”. If you do not have a registered mobile number, check this box, enter your non-registered / alternate mobile number and click on ‘Send OTP’. You will receive the OPT on your non-registered / alternate mobile number. Enter the OTP and continue the application process.

What is the SRN number?

SRN is a 28-digit Service Request Number (SRN) generated after you finish raising a request for the Aadhaar PVC card. You can view the SRN on your payment receipt. It is generated every time you submit a request, regardless of whether payment is successful. It is also displayed when you check your request/application status. 

Can I change the details before ordering the Aadhaar PVC card?

Yes. When you raise a request for issuance of the Aadhaar PVC card, a preview of your Aadhaar PVC card will be displayed along with your details. The preview is displayed provided your mobile number is registered. If there are any changes in the details, you can click the ‘Cancel’ button and go back. You can change the details on your Aadhaar letter or Aadhaar card by visiting the Permanent Enrollment Center or SSUP portal. After the change in details, you can apply for the Aadhaar PVC card.


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