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.
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.
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:
Since, the aadhaar card is proof of identity in the country, it can be issued to any resident in the country.
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.
For children under five years including newborns, the birth certificate and address proof of parents must be submitted. 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 will be issued.
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.
When applying for aadhaar card two things needs to be submitted:
UIDAI accepts the following pieces of identity proofs. Identity proofs must have photo and name clearly visible.
To apply for the Aadhaar Card, the enrolment form needs to be filled out, which can be found on the UIDAI website.
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:
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
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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.
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.
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.
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: https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/update and then follow the below mentioned steps to complete the process.
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.
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:
For updating the mobile number in Aadhaar card offline
You can apply for the name change, correction or updating Aadhaar Card online.
For online updates, you can follow the below mentioned steps
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
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).
Note: Before opting for this method, you need to ensure your mobile number is registered with your aadhaar card.
Offline Method – By Post
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.
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:
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:
[ Read: How to link aadhaar with pan card ]
To link your mobile number with Aadhaar, you can follow one of the three mentioned methods:
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:
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.