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.
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 through these steps:
How to download an e-Aadhaar card?
- 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.
E-Aadhaar as proof of identity
Just like the physical copy, an e-Aadhaar card contains the following information:
- Date of birth
- Aadhaar number
Additional read: Aadhaar card link to Pan card
How to access e-Aadhaar card
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.
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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