A Guide to Help You Understand Your E-Aadhaar Card Better
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A Guide to Help You Understand Your E-Aadhaar Card Better

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  • What is an e-Aadhaar card

  • Benefits and Services of e-Aadhar card

  • Information available on your e-Aadhar card

  • Accessing your e-Aadhar card

Say, it is time to file your income tax return but you cannot find the physical copy of your Aadhar card. Since it is compulsory to mention your Aadhar number while filing income tax returns, you can get your E-Aadhar number online. Here is a primer on the E-Aadhar card, and how it can make your life easier.

1. What is an E-Aadhaar card

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

- Visit the UIDAI website - https://uidai.gov.in/ 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.

2. Benefits and Services of E-Aadhaar card

E-Aadhaar card is the electronic form of the Aadhaar card, hence you can it access it at all times. You need not carry your Aadhaar everywhere. As the E-Aadhaar is password protected, it is safe. Moreover, since it is virtually stored, it cannot be misplaced or mishandled.

3. Information available on your E-Aadhaar card

E-Aadhaar card is a valid proof of address and identity, digitally certified by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). All data printed on the physical Aadhaar copy is also available on the E-Aadhaar card.

4. How can I access my E-Aadhaar card

You can access your E-Aadhaar anytime and anywhere by entering your login details such as the password in your downloaded PDF file. As such, you no longer need to carry the physical Aadhaar card.

The E-Aadhaar is indeed a resourceful asset. As India heads towards digitalisation, the government is encouraging every citizen to use their E-Aadhaar for necessary purposes. Being a complete identification proof, Aadhaar card may be required at any point of time and having the E-Aadhaar on you at all times, will make your life easier.

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