Aadhaar 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 aadhaar 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.
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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.
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:
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 three things needs to be submitted:
|Documents considered as Proof of Date of Birth for Aadhaar Card|
|Certificate of birth||Certificate or SSLC Book||Passport|
|PAN Card||Pension Payment Order (Central or State)||Board or University Marksheet|
|CGHS Card or ECHS Card|
|Documents considered as Address Proof for Aadhaar Card|
|Passport||Passbook or Bank Statement||Driving licence|
|Ration Card||Voter Identification card||Latest Landline Phone Bill|
|Previous 3 months’ electricity bill||Latest Water Bill||Insurance Policy|
|Last 3 Months Credit Card Statement||Property Tax Receipt for Last 3 Months||Pensioner card|
|Job card of NREGS||Arms licence||CGHS card|
|Freedom fighter card||Kisan passbook||ECHS card|
|For minors, parents’ passport is required|
|Documents considered as Identity Proof for Aadhaar Card|
|Passport||PAN card||Either Ration or PDS Photo card|
|Voter Identification card||Driving licence of the applicant||Certificate of Marriage|
|Job card of NREGS||ECHS Photo card||Licence of Arms|
|Photo Bank ATM card||Photo Credit card||Photo card of the Pensioner|
|Photo Passbook of Kisan||Photo card of CGHS|
To apply for the Aadhaar Card, the aadhaar enrolment form needs to be filled out, which can be found on the UIDAI website.
The enrolment form can also be filled 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.
A. After the Supreme Court’s verdict, Aadhaar is only mandatory for the following:
Please note that it is no longer mandatory to link Aadhaar with mobile number and bank account. It is also no longer required to appear for competitive exams and school admissions.
A. 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.
A. 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 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