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25 May 2021

An Aadhaar card may not be mandatory but is required to carry out several procedures. Say it is time to file your income tax return, but you cannot find the physical copy of your Aadhaar card. Since it is compulsory to mention your Aadhaar number while filing income tax returns, you can consider taking the help of an e-Aadhaar card for such occasions. These electronic cards are available online and are equally effective in making your life easier. Aadhaar card is one of the important KYC document required while applying for a personal loan.

What is an e-Aadhaar card?

E-Aadhaar is a password protected digital version of the Aadhaar card. According to the Aadhaar act, an e-Aadhaar is as good as a physical Aadhaar card. You can download your e-Aadhaar from the UIDAI website by entering either your Aadhaar number or your enrollment number.

How to download an e-Aadhaar card PDF?

  • Visit the UIDAI website and click on 'download Aadhaar' service
  • Enter your enrollment or Aadhaar number
  • Enter your full name and pin code
  • Click on ‘get OTP’ link. This will send the OTP to your registered mobile number
  • Enter the OTP and download the e-Aadhaar
  • This will be a PDF file. Enter the first four letters of your name in capitals and your birth year (YYYY format) as a password to this file

Additional read: How to apply for an Aadhaar card?

Benefits of the e-Aadhaar card

An e-Aadhaar card is the electronic form of the Aadhaar card; hence you can access it at all times, which cancels the need of carrying the physical copy everywhere. As e-Aadhaar is password protected, it is safe. Moreover, since it is virtually stored, it cannot be misplaced or mishandled. It is a universal ID since it contains proof of your identity as well as your address. It is digitally verified and is as good as the Aadhaar card. Therefore, it can be used as a valid ID as mentioned by UIDAI.

Information Available on e-Aadhaar

Just like the physical copy, an e-Aadhaar card contains the following information:

  • Name
  • Photograph
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Aadhaar number

Additional read: Aadhaar card link to Pan card

How to open e-Aadhaar card PDF

You can access your e-Aadhaar anytime and anywhere by entering your password to unlock the downloaded PDF file. With it, you no longer need to carry a physical Aadhaar card.

What is the Aadhar password to open the PDF file?

The password for your Aadhaar card PDF file comprises the initial four letters of your name (as stated in your Aadhaar card) in CAPITALS, followed by your Year of Birth (in YYYY format).
For example: Your name is PAWAN
Your year of birth is 1997
Then you have to enter PAWA1997

How to check e-Aadhaar card status online

Aadhaar number is essential for many transactions and procedures such as filing ITR, applying for a passport, a new mobile number and opening a bank account. If you have already applied for an Aadhaar card and wish to check e-Aadhaar status, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit Aadhaar portal
Step 2: Enter the enrollment ID along with the date and time in the dd/ mm/ yyyy and hh/ mm/ ss format
Step 3: Enter the security code for captcha verification
Step 4: Click on “check status”

After this, the status of the Aadhaar will appear on your screen. Checking e-Aadhaar status is easy and involves only a few steps.

The e-Aadhaar is indeed a resourceful asset. As India heads towards digitalisation, the government encourages every citizen to use their e-Aadhaar for essential purposes. An Aadhaar card may prove helpful at any point in time as it is a complete identification proof. Having the e-Aadhaar with you at all times will make your life easier.

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Frequently asked questions

How many numbers are there in an e-Aadhaar card?

An e-Aadhaar card typically contains a 12-digit unique identification number, just like a physical Aadhaar card.

Is an e-Aadhaar as legitimate as a physical Aadhaar card?

Yes, an e-Aadhaar is as legitimate as a physical Aadhaar card and can be used for various official purposes.

Is Aadhaar and e-Aadhaar the same thing?

Aadhaar and e-Aadhaar essentially refer to the same unique identification document, with e-Aadhaar being its electronic version.

What is a masked Aadhaar?

A masked Aadhaar is a version of the Aadhaar card where certain digits of the Aadhaar number are partially hidden or masked for privacy protection.

Do you need any supporting software to access your e-Aadhaar?

You need a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat or any compatible software to access and view your e-Aadhaar card, which is typically downloaded as a PDF file.

How can I verify the authenticity of my e-Aadhaar card?

You can verify the authenticity of your e-Aadhaar card by using the "Validate Signature" option provided on the official UIDAI website or by using the mAadhaar app.

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