e-Aadhaar is nothing but the electronic version of Aadhaar card. Every Aadhaar holder can access his e-Aadhaar on the UIDAI portal. You can download it to get the physical copy of Aadhaar card. Read this comprehensive guide by H&R Block, to understand how Aadhaar card download can be done in few simple steps.
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Once the aadhaar enrolment process is complete, individuals can download the e-Aadhaar Card from the UIDAI website and print it for further use. e-Aadhaar can be downloaded through 4 different ways as below:
You need “Adobe Reader” to view Aadhaar card. If you do not have “Adobe Reader” installed in your system, you can install it by visiting Adobe website.
Once you download your e-Aadhaar, you will get it in the form of a pdf file which is password protected. The password to open e-Aadhaar letter pdf consists of 8 characters. It’s a combination of first 4 letters of your name (as in Aadhaar) in capital letters and year of birth in YYYY format.
|Example 1||Example 2||Example 3||Example 4|
|Name: Ravindra Jain|
Birth Year: 1975
|Name: Jay Pratap|
Birth Year: 1981
|Name: D. Sharma|
Birth Year: 1965
Birth Year: 1990
A. e-Aadhaar Card is password protected to ensure that no one misuses the data contained in the document. The digital form of the document is given a password by the Unique Identification Authority of India to increase the security of the file’s data.
There is an option provided by UIDAI to retrieve the Aadhaar Card details in case an individual loses the Aadhaar Card or Enrolment ID number. Let us see the process to retrieve the lost Aadhaar Number or the Enrolment ID Number.
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After the e-Aadhaar is downloaded from the UIDAI website, you can open it by using the password as explained above and the same can be printed by the individual for further use.
Before you can download Aadhaar card online, you need to apply for one. The UIDAI provides a proper platform for validation of the resident’s identity for the authorities to electronically verify and issue Aadhaar Cards to the individuals. These are the steps to apply for a Aadhaar Card:
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The UIDAI has introduced a new security feature in e-Aadhaar. This new feature allows the taxpayers to download e-Aadhaar in which the first 8 digits will be hidden. This feature will allow users to share their e-Aadhaar without any hiccups as the first eight digits of the Aadhaar number will not be disclosed. The feature comes in handy in cases where Aadhaar number sharing is not mandatory.
The UIDAI has planned for Aadhaar enrolment and updation in 53 cities across the country. The mega project will involve setting up UIDAI’s own facilitation centres modeled after Passport Seva Kendras, which will be operational by 2019. The project is estimated to cost over Rs 300 crores.
The UIDAI has asked telecom companies to submit a plan to stop using Aadhaar for authentication within the next 15 days. Circulars have been issued to major telecom service providers including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio and others to ask them to take immediate action in order to comply with the judgement dated September 26, 2018.
A. e-Aadhaar is nothing but a digital form of Aadhaar Card that can be downloaded from the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) web site. This eaadhar is equally valid like the physical copy of Aadhaar Card. The applicant who applies for Aadhaar Card after submitting the biometric and demographic details at the Enrolment Centre, will be issued an acknowledgement slip that has Aadhaar Enrolment Number. This enrolment number is used to track the status of Aadhar Card.
E-Aadhaar is an electronic version of Aadhaar Card which is password protected and can be used like physical Aadhaar Card. An individual needs to provide Enrolment ID, VID (Virtual Identification Number) or Aadhaar Number to download this password-protected E-Aadhaar card from the UIDAI website.
A. An E-Aadhaar Card contains the personal information of the applicant. You can view the below details from the UIDAI web site.
A. The benefits of e-Aadhaar are as follows:
A. e-Aadhaar Card number is a 12-digit unique number issued to the applicant which is printed on the Aadhaar Card by UIDAI in India.
A. The status can be checked through the UIDAI website after the applicant submits the biometric and demographic details and an enrolment number is allotted by the enrolment centre authority. This enrolment number is used as a proof to check the status until the dispatch of Aadhaar Card.
A. e-Aadhar Card is the digital form of the Aadhaar Card that is issued in hard copy to the residents of India. e-Aadhaar can be used the same way as Aadhaar Card which can be downloaded from the UIDAI website.
A. As per the Aadhaar Act, e-Aadhaar is equally valid like the physical copy of Aadhaar for all purposes.
A. You can validate the digital signature by following the given steps:
Note: Once “NIC sub-CA for NIC 2011, National Informatics centre” has been as a Trusted Identity, any subsequent documents with digital signatures from CCA will be validated automatically when opened.
A. Aadhaar Card can’t be prepared online but you can download the PDF version of E-Aadhaar Card from UIDAI website if you are an Indian resident.
A. You may need a duplicate Adhar card if you lose your original Aadhaar card. There are two ways to get a duplicate Aadhaar card:
A. The Aadhar Card is sent to the address mentioned in the registration application.
A. The Aadhaar Card will be sent to the address mentioned in the application within 90 days from the time of enrolment.
A. First, you need to check the status of your Aadhaar card on the UIDAI’s website. If your status says that your Aadhaar has been dispatched, but you haven’t received it even after one month from the date of application, then you can download the e-Aadhaar and place the request for resending the Aadhaar card again.
A. It is a process through which information related to your identity like demographic, biometric and other information is submitted and verified by the CIDR authorities. It helps in establishing your identity, improve the efficiency of service delivery and demographic and address verification in the future.
A. There are various schemes and services which require identity verification at the time of application. You can use Adhar authentication to verify your identity as it is the most convenient method to do so.
A. If you are opting for a service or scheme which requires Aadhaar authentication, you can get it done at the office of the service or scheme provider.
A. Yes, a US citizen can also apply for Aadhaar card if he has been residing in India for the past 182 days continuously or in parts in a year. However, he can use the card only in India, and the card cannot be used as a proof of Indian citizenship.
A. You can check if your bank account is linked to Aadhaar or not by visiting UIDAI website (5)and logging in using your Aadhaar number and OTP to check the linkage.
A. You get a URN number when you make a request for updating. You can use this number to track the progress of your request.
A. You can deither wait to receive the updated Aadhaar letter or visit https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/ to download e-Aadhaar by providing your respective EID/ UID.
A. You do not need to pay any fee to get Aadhaar. Also, if you lose your original Aadhaar Card, you can get a duplicate one free of cost.
A. You cannot file your tax return without Aadhaar number because you need to mandatorily provide the number in your return form.
A. Within India, citizens, as well as foreigners, can apply for Aadhaar card. However, you need to be in India to apply for Aadhaar because the application process involves the submission of biometric details which can only be done at Aadhaar centres located in India.
A. e-Aadhaar (downloaded Aadhaar) from the UIDAI website is as legally valid as the original Aadhaar issued by the UIDAI. Both should be acceptable by all agencies. In fact, downloaded e-Aadhaar and m-Aadhaar profile have updated address etc. of the Aadhaar holders and therefore should be preferable. If anyone refuses to accept the downloaded e-Aadhaar, the Aadhaar holder may lodge complaint with the higher authorities of those departments/ agencies. All agencies should accept e-Aadhaar/ m-Aadhaar. They are equally valid.
A. You can download VID only if you hold an Aadhaar number. You can also replace (generate a new VID) the VID from time to time after the expiry of a minimum validity period set by UIDAI (currently set as 1 day, i.e. a new VID be generated after 12 a.m. on the next day). At any given time, only one VID is valid for an Aadhaar number. VID generation facility is available on UIDAI’s resident portal. Whenever required, you can get VID via SMS on the registered mobile number.
A. No other entity like AUA/ KUA can generate VID on your behalf.
A. VID generation facility is available on UIDAI’s resident portal. Whenever required, you can get the VID number via SMS on your registered mobile number.
A. VID can be used in lieu of Aadhaar number in Authentication API input.
A. Yes, your consent is required for VID based authentication. Agency is required to inform the Aadhaar number holder the purpose for authentication and collect explicit consent for performing authentication.
A. Since VID is temporary and can be changed by the Aadhaar number holder, storing VID has no value. Agencies should not store VID in any database or logs.
A. After the minimum validity period (currently set as 1 day), if you request for the regeneration of VID, a new one will be generated and the previous ID will be deactivated. If you opt for retrieval of VID, the last active VID will be sent to you.
A. At this time, there is no expiry period defined for VID. VID will be valid till the time a new VID is generated by you.
Aadhaar Card is one of the most important identity document which is needed for almost all the government services or to avail the benefits, opening of bank accounts etc. Hence, it is necessary to download and print the Aadhaar Card to keep it handy. We hope that you found this guide helpful.
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