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Can You Use Your E-aadhaar Card as a Proof of Identity?

  • Highlights

  • Use e-Aadhaar as ID and address proof

  • Download it from UIDAI’s website

  • e-Aadhaar has legal recognition

  • It reduces the need to fill out KYC forms

Aadhaar is one of India’s many steps towards building a digital infrastructure. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has made efforts to ensure that all citizens of India receive a unique 12-digit alphanumeric identity number. This Aadhaar card number helps centralise the information of every individual in one database.

Owing to the large volume of applications, many individuals in India are yet to receive their Aadhaar card. You may be one among this list or may simply not want to carry your Aadhaar card in your wallet as a safety measure. You may also be one of many who have misplaced their original Aadhaar letter or are awaiting a rectified Aadhaar letter. The good news is that you can your e-Aadhaar card to complete various procedures or requirements. Although the e-Aadhaar card is not a substitute for the original Aadhaar document, it is equivalent to it.

Here’s all you need to know about your e-Aadhaar.

What is an e-Aadhaar card?

The e-Aadhaar card is an electronic form of your Aadhaar card. You can download e-Aadhaar card by entering your Aadhaar ID or enrolment ID on the official website of the UIDAI.

Does an e-Aadhaar card qualify as a satisfactory proof of identity?

The e-Aadhaar is equivalent to your original Aadhaar card is a valid proof of identity and address as per the Aadhaar Act. According to Section 4(3) of Aadhaar Act, 2016, “An Aadhaar number, in physical or electronic form subject to authentication and other conditions, as may be specified by regulations, may be accepted as proof of identity of the Aadhaar number holder for any purpose.”

Why does e-Aadhaar work as proof of your identity?

Your e-Aadhaar is a valid ID and address proof because it has the following:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your date of birth
- Your photograph
- Your 12-digit unique Aadhaar number

Most importantly, it contains the UIDAI’s digital signature which gives it legal recognition.

Where can you use your e-Aadhaar?

You can use your e-Aadhaar for passport applications or to open a bank account. Here are the 4 common places where you show your e-Aadhaar as ID proof:
- Passport office
- Banks
- Indian Airports
- Indian Railways

Additional Read: Complete These 5 Steps To Download Your E-Aadhaar Card

Benefits of an e-Aadhaar card

- As the e-Aadhaar is an electronic copy of your original Aadhaar you can access it at anytime without the fear of losing or misplacing it
- It is digitally certified and considered as a valid proof of identity and address
- In most places, having the e-Aadhaar card reduces the need to fill out KYC forms
- The e-Aadhaar card acts as both a proof of identity and a proof of address, which reduces the need of having to submit separate proofs for each

Now that you know these details regarding your e-Aadhaar card, it’s time to download it here: https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

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