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Get Aadhar Card – Check Status, Download & Update Aadhaar Details Online

Last Update Date : October 01, 2018

e-aadhar card status

Try as you may, you can never truly get to know another person completely.  Some part of the other person will always remain a mystery, one that cannot be unraveled.  The Government’s objective of getting to know all of its residents, however, is achievable, because physical details about a person can easily be gathered.  The Aadhaar card Scheme was launched by the government to know all the pertinent details of its residents for organizing and providing the needed services to the residents of the country.  This guide will explain everything you need to know about the Aadhar Card.

What is Adhar Card?

Aadhar card is a 12-digit unique number which is random and is issued to every Indian resident. The aadhaar number is a centralized unique identification number. The biometric card stores an individual’s details in a central database, which is issued by the government and over time the government began to use it for public welfare and services.

The aadhaar card was introduced by the government with the objective of providing resources for individuals who needed assistance and benefits directly, by eliminating the middlemen in the process. To successfully serve this purpose, the government is using the aadhar network to gradually link all the important government benefit schemes and services. Thus, creating a centralized government database that can be used to distribute and keep a record of the different programs and schemes along with the recipients.

Aadhar Card Details

The biometric details including the fingerprint and retinal scan are stored in the central database, while the details displayed on the Aadhaar card are as follows:

  • Name of Cardholder
  • Aadhaar Number
  • Photo
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • QR(Scan) Code

Who can apply for Aadhar Card?

Since, the aadhaar card is proof of identity in the country, it can be issued to any resident in the country.

Eligibility Criteria for getting aadhaar card

Aadhar Card for Indian Citizens

Every Indian citizen living in the country can apply for the card and avail its benefits. For NRI’s they must be in the country to apply for the card. Moreover, it is mandatory that every taxpayer must link their PAN with aadhaar.

Aadhaar Card for Minors – Baal Aadhaar

The Aadhaar card of a minor is called Baal Aadhaar. There are some differences when you compare Baal Aadhaar with normal Aadhaar card. The Baal Aadhaar card lacks biometric information like fingerprints and iris scan unlike the normal card for adults. For children between 5 to 15 years of age, they must have their biometric details updated, as biometric details change as children age. For children below five years, a blue Aadhar card will be issued. The application process of simple:

  1. Either visit UIDAI’s Aadhaar portal or find the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre
  2. Provide the child’s date of birth and Aadhaar number of either of the parents.
  3. Fill up the required details in the Baal Aadhaar application form along with a mobile number which can be registered with Baal Aadhaar.
  4. A photograph of the child will be taken. If the child is below the age of 5 years, no biometrics will be recorded.
  5. Collect the acknowledgement slip.
  6. You will get a verification SMS on the number registered with Baal Aadhaar and the card will be dispatched to the address provided in the form.

Aadhaar for Resident Foreigners

The eligibility criteria for foreigners living in India is to have been in continuous stay of 182 days in the past 12 months to avail of aadhaar related services. Foreigners can apply for Aadhar, as it is an identity card and not proof of citizenship.

Documents required for Aadhar card

When applying for aadhaar card two things needs to be submitted:

  1. Proof of Address and
  2. Proof of Identity

UIDAI accepts the following pieces of identity proofs.  Identity proofs must have photo and name clearly visible.

  • PAN card
  • Ration Card /PDS Photo card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Driving License
  • NREG’s Jobs Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • ATM card with Photo

How to Get Aadhar Card?

To apply for the Aadhaar Card, the enrolment form needs to be filled out, which can be found on the UIDAI website.

Sample Form - Aadhar Enrolment

Click the above image to download the aadhaar enrolment form

The enrolment form can also be filed out upon visiting the enrolment office in your area.  There is no cost involved in applying for an aadhar card, except for certain updates (mobile no for ex:), which carry a Rs 25 charge.  Once the form is filled out the procedure will be as follows:

  1. Photo and Biometric Data Captured – After submitting the form, fingerprint scan, retinal scan and the individual’s photo is taken.
  2. Acknowledgment slip – After the process is finished, an acknowledgment slip is provided, which can be used till the aadhaar card is issued and the URN provided can be used to track the status of the application.
  3. Aadhaar card issued – The information captured and submitted on the application is verified by the government agency, UIDAI. Once the information is verified the aadhaar card is issued.
  4. Aadhaar card dispatch – After successful verification, the individual will receive intimation via SMS or email and the card is dispatched via post to the address mentioned on the form.

UIDAI – Issuing Authority for Aadhaar Card

The government established the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI), in early 2009, to carry out the implementation and issuance of aadhar card to each resident of the country. The main objective of establishing UIDAI, was to eliminate the chances of duplicates and forgeries.  It is run under the central government with the data center in IMT Manesar, Haryana, where the information is stored.

Important Facts to Know About Aadhaar card

  • An individual need not change or renew his Aadhar card from time to time as the same one will be valid for the entire life.
  • In March 2015, the DigiLocker scheme linked with Adhar was launched. This made it easy for people to scan and save their important documents on the cloud and share it with the government officials without the need for them to carry the documents around.
  • 1.21 Billion aadhaar numbers have been issued in the project, as of 29th May 2018.

[ Read more: UIDAI Portal ]

Benefits of Aadhar Card

Advantages of Aadhar Card

When the Aadhaar Card was launched, a lot of people were unsure about the benefits of it, but as time passed the benefits became apparent to the people and the government. Listed below are the benefits of the aadhaar Card and why it is a must for every resident in India.

  • To avail benefits and subsidies provided by the government, such as crop insurance schemes, food grain and horticultural subsidies and National Career Services, it will be mandatory for them to hold an Aadhaar Card. The biggest impact will be on individuals who depend on food subsidies.
  • It will provide a unified view of the beneficiaries, thus eliminating the middlemen for giving out benefits of government services and schemes. It will also lead to the removal of ghost beneficiaries from the system.
  • The main objective of introducing Aadhaar Card is to eliminate the threat of bogus and fraudulent activities.
  • Widely accepted proof for KYC (Know Your Customer) authentication (e-aadhaar also) for mutual fund schemes, demat account, insurance, vehicle purchase, gas connection and mobile and landline phones.
  • Aadhaar Card has also been made mandatory for filing Income Tax Returns along with PAN Card, which must be linked with aadhaar.
  • Aadhaar card is the one and only government-issued document that is available everywhere. A person can view an Aadhaar card online, which is a downloadable version of the Aadhaar Card, called an e-Aadhaar and can be accessed whenever and wherever he/she requires. This becomes convenient for people who have misplaced their Aadhaar card and are in urgent need of the same.
  • Ever since the increased use of Aadhaar Card, passports can now be easily availed by applicants within a short period of 10 days. Individuals who wish to apply for a passport can do so by only attaching their Aadhaar card as a proof of their address as well as identity. They will then receive an appointment within three days of the submission of their applications and their passports will be dispatched within seven days.
  • Individuals who have linked their Aadhaar card with their Pension accounts can easily receive their pension amount in their account, disbursed through their Pension organizations.

For opening a bank account under Jan Dhan Yojna, Aadhaar card is the only document that an individual needs to submit. This scheme is said to provide help to people living in rural and remote areas and therefore avail the benefits of it.

How H&R Block Can Help You?

The Aadhaar Card project is the biggest project to be taken up in the history of the country, for a country with a population of over a billion people.  The aadhaar card will soon be linked to all services and schemes available to the residents of the country. To ensure you benefit from all the uses of having an aadhaar card, consult the income tax experts at H&R Block India to answer all your questions about aadhaar and filing your income taxes.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to make corrections in your address present in your Aadhaar Card or want to update with a new address you can do that by yourself through the official online Aadhaar card portal. The first thing that you have to do is click on the link: and then follow the below mentioned steps to complete the process.

  • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number
  • Fill in the text verification number
  • Then click on Send OTP (One Time Password)
  • You will receive a six-digit OTP on the mobile number registered with your aadhaar card
  • Enter the OTP and proceed
  • Select the change address field and fill in the new address details
  • In the next step, you will be required to submit the necessary address documents.  After submitting it, you will be given a URN number

You can either note down the URN number or simply save it to track the status of your update request.

You will be required to visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre to add a mobile number in Aadhaar card, in case you have not already registered your mobile number.

  • Provide your 12-digit Aadhaar number and mobile number at the enrolment centre
  • You will get an OTP on the mobile number provided by you
  • You will have to give this OTP to the Aadhaar operator
  • After verifying the OTP, your biometric scan will be done for verification purpose
  • After the verification is complete, an SMS for confirmation will be sent to your verified mobile, that you want to link to your Aadhaar card, within 72 hours

Using this process, you will successfully add your new mobile number to your Aadhaar card.

If you want to update your mobile number in Aadhaar card, you can do so in two ways, one via online process and the other offline process by post or physically visiting the nearest enrolment centre.

For updating the mobile number online:

  • Visit the UIDAI website or copy his link in browser:
  • Aadhaar Self Service Update Portal page will open
  • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, enter the text verification code and then click on send OTP
  • Enter the OTP that is sent to the existing registered mobile number and then click Login
  • A new page will appear that will ask for details to be updated, select the field to update and then select “Mobile Number”
  • Now enter the mobile number that you want to link to your Aadhaar and click Submit and Update
  • Note down the URN so that you can refer it for checking the status of your Mobile number update

For updating the mobile number in Aadhaar card offline

  • Visit the UIDAI website or copy this link in browser: to download the Correction/ Update PDF Form
  • Select Mobile option from the first field and fill in your details accordingly
  • Enter the mobile number that you want to add in your Aadhaar, mention the type of document of identity, attach it, write your 12-digit Aadhaar number and sign on it
  • After completing the form, you can either submit it at the nearest enrolment centre or put it in an envelope and post it.
  • You can post the Aadhar Card Updation form to the following addresses:
    (a) UIDAI, Post Box No. 10, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh – 480001, India
    (b) UIDAI, Post Box No. 99, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034, India

You can apply for the name change, correction or updating Aadhaar Card online.

For online updates, you can follow the below mentioned steps

  • Go to UIDAI website
  • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, enter the OTP and then proceed
  • Select the option of changing or updating the Aadhaar details, update them and move to the next step
  • Upload supporting documents such as PAN card, driving license and so on
  • You will receive a confirmation number and a URN. Keep this number safe for tracking the status of the name change in Aadhaar card.

Note: You will have to keep your registered mobile number with you while updating the name online as you will receive OTP on this number.

For updating name in Aadhaar card via Post or enrolment center

  • Download the PDF form from this link:
  • Fill in the required details
  • After completing the form, you can either submit it at the nearest enrolment center or put it in an envelope and post it
  • You can post the Aadhar Card Updation form to the following addresses:
    (a) UIDAI, Post Box No. 10, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh – 480001, India
    (b) UIDAI, Post Box No. 99, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034, India
  • To download aadhaar card online, visit the UIDAI website and choose either ‘Enrolment ID’ or ‘Aadhaar’
  • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID as well as other necessary details
  • After filling in the details click on get One Time Password
  • You will get a password on your phone via a text message, input the OTP and then click on ‘Validate and Download’

The e-Aadhaar will be downloaded on your computer, which you can open through a password as the file is password protected. The password to this E-Aadhaar PDF file is of 8 characters. The 8 character password is a combination of the first four letters of your name written in CAPITAL letters (Name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card) and your Year of Birth (in YYYY format.  So, for example if your name is Gourab and your year of birth is 1965, then your password will be GOUR1965.

Once you’ve download the .pdf you will realize a password is required to open the document. The aadhaar password is a combination of the first four letters of your name and your birth year. So for example, if your name is Ravi Kumar and your year of birth is 1992, your password will be RAVI1992.

You can change your date of birth in your Aadhaar card online and offline(post and enrolment centre).

Online Method

Note: Before opting for this method, you need to ensure your mobile number is registered with your aadhaar card.

  • Visit the UIDAI portal
  • Enter your aadhaar number and the verification code and select send OTP
  • Enter the OTP sent and select Date of birth option, followed by language
  • Upload the required documents and submit.
  • Note down the URN number, so that you can track the status of your update request.

Offline Method – By Post

  • Download the form(link to pdf) and fill out all the required details
  • Attach self-attested copies of all the relevant documents, mentioning your aadhaar number and registered mobile number.
  • Send the form and documents to your regional office. Your new card will be dispatched in 15-20 days.

Offline Method – Enrolment Centre

Visit the nearest enrolment centre and submit the completed form with all the relevant documents.  You will be given an URN, which you can use to track the status of your update request.

  •  Visit the official UIDAI website (Aadhar Card Portal):
  • You can choose from either Aadhaar or Enrolment ID, once the page is loaded
  • Enter the Enrolment ID or Aadhaar number, whichever you have chosen, in the respective field
  • Then enter your Full Name and PIN Code. Now enter the Captcha that is given there, for security purposes, enter your registered mobile number and finally click Get One Time Password button
  • Enter the OTP that you will receive on your mobile number. Click on the ‘Validate and Download’ button

Your duplicate Aadhaar Card will be downloaded on your system in PDF format. You will have to use the first four letters of your name and your year of birth, as this file is password protected. Take out the print of the duplicate Aadhaar Card.

The photo displayed on your aadhaar card can be changed in one of two ways:

  • Send your request to the regional UIDAI office – Download the aadhaar update/correction form and fill in the details. Attach a formal letter requesting a change to the photo displayed in your card.  Attach the new self-attested photo with the form and a copy of your aadhaar card and post it to your regional office, which will respond in 15-20 days with your new aadhaar card.
  • Visit your nearest UIDAI office – Visit the nearest aadhaar office and request the officer to re-do your biometrics, which carries a nominal fee.  Your new card will be mailed to you in 15-20 days.

Yes. It is a valid proof of identity and proof of address document for your passport.

You can link your PAN card with Aadhaar in two ways:

  • Online – If you are a registered on the income tax portal, then login to your account. If you are not registered, first register yourself and follow the next steps.
    • Under “My Profile” select Link Aadhaar
    • Verify the information displayed on the screen and if the details are correct then
    • Enter the captcha code and aadhaar number and select “link now”
    • A confirmation screen will be displayed upon successful linkage.
  • SMS – Send the below message to 567678 or 56161
    • UIDPAN<12 digit aadhaar><10 digit PAN>

[ Read: How to link aadhaar with pan card ]

To link your mobile number with Aadhaar, you can follow one of the three mentioned methods:

  • Visiting the mobile operator store
    1. Provide your mobile your number to the operator in the store
    2. Provide OTP
    3. Provide fingerprint scan
    4. Within 24 hours a confirmation will be sent, to which you must reply “Y” to complete the process.
  • Link Aadhaar with Mobile Through OTP (registered mobile number with UIDA)
    1. Send SMS to mobile service provider with aadhaar number
    2. UIDAI will send you an OTP
    3. Forward OTP to mobile service provider
  • Link Aadhaar with Mobile Through IVR
    1. Call the verification number of your mobile operator
    2. Select the given options
    3. Enter aadhaar number
    4. Confirm details and your mobile number will be linked

If you are unable to receive the OTP on your registered mobile number then you can still download your aadhaar card using your registered email address by following the steps listed:

  • Visit the UIDAI portal
  • Select Retrieve UID/EID
  • Enter your name, email address and captcha
  • Enter the OTP sent to your email address
  • And click on download Aadhaar

Yes.  The aadhaar card is necessary for availing of many services, such as opening of bank accounts, mobile number, filing tax returns, availing government schemes and much more.

  • March 29th 2018 – Previous deadline of March 31st 2018 for linking aadhaar to all related schemes has been extended by three months to June 30th 2018. For people who had still not enrolled for aadhaar card to avail of government schemes, now have respite for three months longer.
  • March 28th 2018 – Deadline for linking PAN with aadhaar extended to June 30th, 2018.
  • March 27th 2018 –  To counter individuals with poor biometrics, UIDAI will be launching face ID recognition from July 1st, 2018.  This will be especially useful for senior citizens who were unable to avail of their pension benefits due to authentication failures.
  • March 19th 2018 – Aadhaar linking deadline was set to March 31st, 2018, however, the supreme court has extended the linking deadline indefinitely.  But enrolment is recommended as aadhaar card will still be needed for opening bank accounts, applying for passports, availing of government subsidies, etc.
  • November 23rd, 2017 – For passengers traveling from Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Vijaywada airport, they can soon mention their aadhaar number when booking their tickets to gain faster entry into airport terminals.
  • November 9th 2017 – The Insurance and Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has made it mandatory to link aadhaar card with insurance policy.
  • November 6th 2017 – Postal account holders need to link their aadhaar number with their accounts by December 31st, 2017.
  • November 3rd 2017 – Railway travelers can benefit from having their aadhaar cards, as they can book up to 12 tickets online per month. The restriction was previously set to 6.  This came into effect October 26th 2017.
  • November 2nd 2017 – UIDAI has enabled the linking of aadhaar with mobile number using OTP, which will be sent on the registered mobile number.
  • October 31st 2017 – Department of Telecom and UIDAI are working together to make it easy to link aadhaar with mobile number, using OTP based verification method.
  • October 12th 2017 – To reduce verification and screening time at Bangalore International Airport, the airport will become aadhaar enabled, which will reduce the time spent to 10 minutes from 25 minutes.  It is proposed to come into effect for by June 2018 for domestic airlines and October 2018 for international airlines.
  • October 11th, 2017 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will be setting up 15,000 aadhaar centers in post offices across India, costing Rs. 2 crore, which has been approved.   To reduce the fraud and corruption at the update and enrolment centers, the government has also asked 15,000 banks to set up aadhaar centers.
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