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How to Apply for Aadhaar card?

By Mayashree Acharya


Updated on: Mar 11th, 2024


12 min read

An Aadhaar Card is mandatory to file income tax returns from FY 2016-17. Also, the Aadhaar card serves as proof of identity and address for every Indian individual, including children and infants in India. If anyone does not have an Aadhaar card, this is a good time to apply for it.

Latest Update

The last date for linking Aadhaar with PAN was extended till 30th June 2023. There is no extension beyond this date. However, you can still link Aadhaar and PAN by paying the penalty on the Income Tax e-filing website.

Procedure to Apply for Aadhaar Card

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website.

Step 2: Under the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab, click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ option under the ‘Get Aadhaar’ section. 

Step 3: Select the city or location and click on the ‘Proceed to Book Appointment’ button. On the next page, enter your mobile number, captcha code and OTP to book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment. Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest Aadhaar Seva Kendra to get an appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment date, visit the Aadhaar Seva Kendra along with the following supporting documents: 

  • Identity proof
  • Address proof 
  • Proof of birth date

Step 5: Fill in an enrolment form with relevant information at the Aadhaar Seva Kendra.

Step 6: Submit the duly filled enrolment form along with the supporting documents as mentioned above.

Step 7: Provide the biometrics to the representative at the Aadhaar Seva Kendra.

Step 8: The representative at the Aadhaar Seva Kendra will provide an acknowledgement slip as proof of your enrolment form submission. It contains information such as a 14-digit enrolment number. This number can help trace the status of your application. You can quote the enrolment number in place of the Aadhaar number.

Step 9: Upon verification, an Aadhaar card will be sent to your address via post. It can take up to 90 days (3 months) for you to receive the Aadhaar card.

How to find an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre?

There may be instances where you do not find an Aadhaar Seva Kendra nearest to your location when booking for an appointment on the UIDAI website for Aadhaar enrolment. In such a case, you can search for the nearest Aadhaar centre and visit it to book an appointment. Here are the steps to find the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre/ Aadhaar Seva Kendra:

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website.

Step 2: Under the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab, click on the ‘Locate an enrolment center in Bhuvan Aadhaar' option under the ‘Get Aadhaar’ section. 

Step 3: You will be redirected to 'Bhuvan - Aadhaar Centers' website. Here, enter your location in the search bar and click on the search icon. 

Step 4: Next, select the ‘Centre for Aadhaar Enrolment and Update’ box and click ‘Get Details’.

Step 5: The relevant Aadhaar Card Enrolment Centres will be listed below and displayed on the map.

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Documents that serve as Proof of Identity for Aadhaar

  • Passport
  • PAN card
  • Ration/PDS Photo card
  • Voter ID
  • Driving license
  • Government Photo ID Cards/service photo identity card issued by PSU
  • Photo ID issued by a Recognised Educational Institution
  • Arms License
  • Photo Bank ATM Card
  • Photo Credit Card
  • Pensioner Photo Card
  • Freedom Fighter Photo Card
  • Kisan Photo Passbook
  • CGHS/ECHS Photo Card
  • Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
  • Certificate of Identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead

Documents that serve as Proof of Address for Aadhaar

  • Passport
  • Bank Statement/Passbook
  • Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
  • Ration Card
  • Voter ID
  • Driving License
  • Government Photo ID cards/service photo identity card issued by PSU
  • Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
  • Water bill (not older than 3 months)
  • Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
  • Property Tax Receipt (not older than 1 month)
  • Insurance Policy
  • Signed Letter having Photo issued by a Recognised Educational Instruction on letterhead
  • NREGS/  MGNREGA Job Card
  • Arms License
  • Pensioner Card
  • Freedom Fighter Card
  • Kisan Passbook
  • CGHS/ECHS Card
  • Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
  • Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas) Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Registered Sale/Lease/Rent Agreement
  • Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt.
  • Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations
  • Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)
  • Passport of Spouse

Documents that serve as Proof of Date of Birth for Aadhaar

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • PAN card 
  • Service photo identity card issued by central government, state government, UT government or banks 
  • Photo ID card having Date of Birth issued by the Recognised Educational Institution
  • Marksheet issued by any recognised government board/ university 
  • School Leaving Certificate (SLC), School Transfer Certificate (TC) or Extract of School Records issued by Head of School 
  • SSLC book or SSC certificate containing Name and Date of Birth 
  • Central or State Pension Payment Order 
  • CGHS or ECHS card

Who can apply for an Aadhaar card?

Any Indian resident or an individual who has resided in India for a period of 182 days or more in the immediately preceding 12 months can apply for an Aadhaar card. Even the parents of a child or infant below 5 years can apply for a Baal Aadhaar of the child. The Baal Aadhaar will act as an identity proof document for the infant.

How to check Aadhaar Card Enrolment status?

After applying for Aadhaar card enrolment, you can check the status of your Aadhaar card by following the below steps:

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website.

Step 2: Under the ‘My Aadhaar’ tab, select the ‘Check Aadhaar Status’ option under the ‘Get Aadhaar’ section.

Step 3: You will redirected to the myAadhaar portal. Here, scroll down and click on the ‘Check Enrolment & Update Status’ tab.

Step 4: Enter your enrolment number or SRN along with the captcha and click on the 'Submit' button.

Step 5: The Aadhaar status will be displayed on the screen.

How to Check Aadhaar Status without Enrolment Number?

If you have forgotten your EID (Enrolment Identification Number) provided to you after Aadhaar enrolment, you can follow the below steps to get your EID and check the Aadhaar enrolment status:

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website.

Step 2: Under the 'My Aadhaar' option, select the 'Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID' option under the 'Aadhaar Services' section.

Step 3: Select the 'Enrolment ID Number' option, enter your name and mobile number/ email and click 'Send OTP'.

Step 4: You will receive the OTP on your mobile number/ email. Enter the OTP and click on the 'Verify OTP' button.

Step 5: You will receive your Enrolment ID on your registered mobile number/ email.

How to Download Aadhaar Card?

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website.

Step 2: Under the ‘My Aadhaar’ option, select the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option under the ‘Get Aadhaar’ section.

Step 3: You will redirected to the myAadhaar portal. Here, scroll down and click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ tab.

Step 4: Select ‘Aadhaar Card’ or ‘Enrolment ID Number’.

Step 5: Enter your Aadhaar number or enrolment ID, captcha code and click ‘Send OTP’.

Step 6: Select if you want a masked Aadhaar, enter the OTP and click the 'Verify & Download' button.

Your Aadhaar Card will get downloaded as a PDF. However, the PDF is password protected. The password is the first four letters of your name in Capital letters and the year of your birth.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for Aadhaar card online?

Currently, there is no facility to apply for an Aadhaar card online. You can only book an appointment at the Aadhaar Seva Kendra to apply for an Aadhaar card online.

What are the documents needed for Aadhaar card application?

You need the following documents to apply for an Aadhaar card - Identity proof document, Address proof document and date of birth proof document.

Is there any age limit to apply for Aadhar card?

No, there is no age limit for Aadhaar enrolment. The parents of a newborn child can apply for Aadhaar enrollment for the child.

Is it mandatory to give a mobile number for an Aadhaar enrolment?

Yes, it is mandatory to give a mobile number since it is used for verification and future communications.

Can I reschedule my Aadhaar enrolment appointment online?

Yes, you can visit the UIDAI website and reschedule or cancel the appointment for Aadhaar enrolment at the Aadhaar Seva Kendra.

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Aadhaar card is essential for income tax returns, serving as proof for all Indians. Procedure to apply and check Aadhaar card status provided. Documents required and how to locate an enrolment center included. Any resident who resided in India for 182 days can apply. Also, steps to download an Aadhaar card.

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