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By reading this detailed guide on Aadhaar Card you will get to know things like what is aadhar card, what are it's benefits, how to apply for an aadhar card and how to update it online. Click here to read the guide now!

Aadhaar Card – Benefits and Eligibility

Last Update Date : April 17, 2018

The value of Aadhaar has increased drastically with the government’s decision of continuing the ambitious Aadhaar card project. This makes way for many important scenarios where having an Aadhaar card can prove to be beneficial. Aadhar card is not only important but also mandatory to avail benefits of different government services and schemes.

What is Aadhaar Card?

Aadhar card is a 12-digit unique number which is random and is issued to every Indian citizen. Aadhaar number is a unique identification number and is centralized. It is a biometric card which stores an individual’s details in a database used by the government and over the time it has become a base for the government to use it for public welfare and services.

Aadhaar card was introduced by the government with the objective of catering the resources for individuals who need assistance and benefits directly and eliminating middlemen in the process. To successfully serve this purpose government is using Aadhaar network to gradually link all the important government benefit schemes and services. This is, thus, creating a centralized government database that can be used to distribute and keep a record of the different programmes and schemes along with the beneficiaries.

Who all can get Aadhaar Card?

Any resident, Non-Resident of India or any foreign citizen that resides in India can apply for an Aadhaar Card. Since the motive of Aadhaar card is to provide a unique identity to people, and not for granting or declaring citizenship, even foreign citizens, as well as NRIs that are residing in the country, can avail and enjoy the benefits of the card. However, their physical presence is a must for the verification process that is carried out by the UIDAI as well as demographic and biometric information to be given at any authorized enrolment centre in India for Aadhaar.

A person of any age can apply for Aadhaar including children. Children, less than 3 years of age are not required to provide their biometric information and their Aadhaar will be linked to the parents of the child. UIDAI has introduced a blue-coloured ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card for children below 5 years. Children above 5 years are required to give their biometric information and they get the normal Aadhaar card. Children who fall in the age bracket of 5 to 15 years and have applied for an Aadhaar Card will again have to give their biometric information when they reach the age of 15, as the biometrics of a person changes with age.

How to Apply for Aadhaar Card?

The first step for applying for an Aadhaar Card, after ensuring that an individual has all the necessary documents, is to book an appointment and then visit an enrolment centre. A visit to the enrolment centre even without booking an appointment is acceptable but booking a prior appointment will help save a lot of time and effort. Once the person reaches the enrolment centre he needs to do the following things.

  • The first thing that an individual needs to do at the enrolment centre is to fill out the enrolment form if he has not already filled it up online.
  • After filling out the form he needs to submit it along with the supporting documents required.
  • The documents required to apply for an Aadhaar card are documents that serve as proof of identity, proof of address and date of birth of the applicant.
  • After the documents are submitted and accepted, the applicant will have to give their biometric data as well. Biometric data includes impressions of their fingerprints and iris.
  • Applicant’s photograph will also be taken for the records.
  • After all these formalities, an applicant is given an acknowledgement slip that includes their Enrolment ID. This will help them check their Aadhaar application status online.

Important Facts to Know About Aadhaar card

  • The Planning Commission of India issued a notification to establish UIDAI for providing a unique digital identity to the citizens of India. It was established on 28 January 2009.
  • An individual need not change or renew his Aadhaar card from time to time as the same one will be valid for the entire life.
  • In March 2015, the DigiLocker scheme linked with Aadhaar 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.
  • 99.9 Crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued in the project, as of 31st March 2016.

Income Tax Filing After Linking Aadhar to PAN Card

11 Benefits of Aadhaar Card

When the Aadhaar Card was launched, a lot of people were unsure about the benefits of it. But as few years passed, the purpose of Aadhaar card looked to be beneficial for individuals as well as the government. Listed below are the benefits of Aadhaar Card and why it is a must for every Indian citizen.

  • It was announced that for people 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 subsidy.
  • It will provide a unified view of the beneficiaries, thus eliminating 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 fraud activities.
  • Aadhaar card is used for KYC (Know Your Customer) authentication for mutual fund schemes, demat account, insurance, vehicle purchase, gas connection and mobile and landline phones.
  • Using and holding an Aadhaar Card has also been made mandatory for filing Income Tax Returns along with holding and keeping a PAN Card.
  • Aadhaar card can be used for various purposes instead of one specific purpose. An individual can use it as a proof of address, proof of identity and as a proof of age while applying for any service. It is a globally acceptable government provided card and lets a person use it for these purposes. This avoids the need for applying or registering for separate cards for such government-related services.
  • Aadhaar card is the one and only government-issued document that is available everywhere. A person can apply for 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 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.
  • While opening bank accounts Aadhaar cards can come in handy and can be used for the KYC, the identification and verification process. These financial institutes consider the card to be a valid proof of address and identity.
  • 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 need to submit. This scheme is said to provide help to people living in rural and remote areas and therefore avail the benefits of it.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Aadhaar Card

Q. How to change the address in Aadhaar Card?

If you want to make corrections in your address present in your Aadhaar Card or want to update new address due to some reason 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.

  • Fill your 12-digit Aadhaar number
  • Fill your text verification number
  • Then click on Sent OTP (One Time Password)
  • You will receive a six-digit OTP on your registered mobile number with Aadhaar card
  • Fill in this password 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 because without it you won’t be able to track the aadhaar card status.

Q. How to register mobile number in Aadhaar Card?

You will be required to visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre to add a mobile number in Aadhaar, 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.

Q. How to update mobile number in 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 by post or physically visiting the nearest enrolment centre.

For updating the mobile number online:
  • Visit the UIDAI website or click on this link:
  • 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 click on this link: 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

Q. How to change name in Aadhaar Card?

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 change in name in Aadhaar.

Please note that 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

  • 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 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

Q. How 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 that you use will be your PIN Code.

Q. How to get duplicate Aadhaar Card?

  • 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 your Zip code as your password, as this file is password protected. Take out the print of the duplicate Aadhaar Card.

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