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25 May 2021

What is an e-Aadhaar card?

Your Aadhaar card is an electronic form of your Aadhaar card. This means that you can use your Aadhaar for various government verifications. Like the Aadhaar card, the Aadhaar contains all the necessary information, such as your biometric data, demographic details, Aadhaar number, photograph, and general information, including your name, date of birth, and sex. To use your Aadhaar, you will need to download the same.

Additional read: What is an Aadhaar Card

Download Aadhaar card by Aadhaar number

Step 1: Keep your Aadhaar card or enrolment number ready

If you don’t have your Aadhaar: Keep your enrolment number along with the time and date provided in the acknowledgement slip ready.

If you have your Aadhaar number: Keep your Aadhaar number handy.

Step 2: Visit UIDAI website

Log on to the official UIDAI website and see the section titled Aadhaar online services. One of the menu options under this will be ‘download Aadhaar.’ Click here and enter all the required details accurately. This includes the following:

  1. Enrolment ID/ Aadhaar number/ VID
  2. Full name
  3. Pin code
  4. Security code

Step 3: Request for TOTP/ OTP

Once this gets completed, you’ll come to the section where you must enter a TOTP. If you don’t have it, click on ‘request OTP’.

Step 4: Enter OTP

You will receive an OTP within a few seconds. Enter the same into the field provided.

Step 5: Download e-Aadhaar PDF

To open the e-Aadhaar PDF file, you will need to enter a password. Your password will be the first four letters of your name along with your birth year. Ensure the letters of your name are entered in capitals. For instance, if your name is THOMAS and your birth year is 1989, your password will be THOM1989.

Additional read: PAN card link to Aadhaar

Download e-aadhaar card with name and date of birth

You can download your e-Aadhaar even if you don’t remember your Aadhaar number. All you need is your name and date of birth. Visit https://myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/retrieve-eid-uid and follow these simple steps to download your Aadhaar card online:

Step 1: Enter your full name and your registered email ID (you can also enter your mobile number) and the security code.

Step 2: Click on ‘Send OTP’ and submit the one-time password received on your phone.

Step 3: Check the Aadhaar number or enrolment ID sent to your mobile number.

Step 4: Visit the e-Aadhaar page on the official UIDAI website.

Step 5: Enter the 28-digit enrolment ID or the 12-digit Aadhaar number. Submit the security code and click on ‘Send OTP’ to receive the second one-time password.
Step 6: Submit this OTP and click on ‘Verify and Download’ to get the e-Aadhaar card.

Download e-Aadhaar with virtual ID

UIDAI now offers you the option to download your e-Aadhaar using your virtual ID. Here’s how you can go about it:

Step 1: Visit the UIDAI’s online portal and click on ‘Download Aadhaar’ under the ‘My Aadhaar’ section.

Step 2:
 Select VID and enter your virtual ID.

Step 3: You will be asked to enter your security code and generate an OTP

That’s all it takes to download your e-Aadhaar to your phone or computer. You will need a Aadhaar card password to access this file. It’s usually an 8-character password comprising the first four letters of your name in capitals and your year of birth.

Download e-aadhaar card with enrollment number

You can download your e-Aadhaar card by using your enrollment number (EID). Here are the simple steps to do so:

Step 1: Visit https://myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/genricDownloadAadhaar and enter your 28-digit enrollment ID and security code.

Step 2: Generate an OTP. A unique code will be sent to your registered mobile number.

Step 3: Enter the OTP and click on ‘Verify and Download’.

Step 4: Download a copy of your e-Aadhaar.

Download Aadhaar card by mAadhaar App

To download an Aadhaar card using the mAadhaar app, users need to register their Aadhaar profile in the mAadhaar app, linked to their registered mobile number. Once registered, they can view and download their Aadhaar card digitally. The app offers a convenient and secure way to access Aadhaar details and services on mobile devices.

Download e-Aadhaar using DigiLocker

DigiLocker is a digitisation service offered by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It allows access to the digital versions of a number of important documents including your Aadhaar, driving license, passport, and more.

DigiLocker has collaborated with UIDAI to allow users to link their DigiLocker accounts with Aadhaar. Here’s how you can go about it:

Step 1: Login to your DigiLocker account by visiting this link.

Step 2: Click on ‘Sign in’ and enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number

Step 3: Click on “Verify” to get a one-time password. Submit the OTP sent to your registered mobile number.

Step 4: You will be directed to the ‘Issued Document’ page. You can download your ‘e-Aadhaar’ by using the ‘Save’ icon.

How to take a print of your e-Aadhaar card

Printing your e-Aadhaar card is easy and takes barely a few minutes. Once you receive your e-Aadhaar letter, you will need to enter an 8-digit password to open it. This usually comprises the first four letters of your name followed by the year of your birth.

You can now download your Aadhaar PDF online and print it. Besides this, the UIDAI has also authorised CSC Aadhaar Print as one of the modes to print your Aadhaar for a nominal fee.

That’s all you need to do to download your e-Aadhaar. Additionally, with an Aadhaar card, you can avail of an instant personal loan of up to Rs. 40 lakh with instant approval to fulfil all your financial needs.

You can also get Aadhaar on your mobile number by clicking here. For this, you need to have a registered mobile number linked with your Aadhaar. If you do, enter the following details:

  • Enrolment ID
  • Date/ time (dd/ mm/ yyyy/ hh/ mm/ ss)
  • Mobile number
  • Security code
  • OTP

If you have recently applied for an Aadhaar card and are waiting for delivery of the same, you can get your Aadhaar card status by following these six steps:

  • Keep your enrolment slip handy
  • Log in to the official UIDAI website
  • On the home page, look for the option ‘check Aadhaar status’ and click on it. The page will open
  • You will be asked for your 14-digit enrolment ID (EID) number along with the 14-digit time stamp. Enter the same. Ensure the time stamp is entered in this format: dd/ mm/ yyyy hh:mm:ss as mentioned on your enrolment slip
  • After submitting this, you will be asked to enter the given security captcha code. Carefully enter the same without any mistakes
  • Now click on the ‘check status’ button to be provided with the Aadhaar status of your application

How to order an Aadhaar PVC card?

To order an Aadhaar PVC card, visit the official UIDAI website and click on the "Order Aadhaar PVC Card" service. Enter your Aadhaar number/VID and the security code to generate an OTP. After authentication, make the payment online. The PVC card will be sent to your registered address via India Post. It's a durable, convenient, and easy-to-carry version of your Aadhaar.

Additional Read: What is mAadhaar app

Use this information to access information on your Aadhaar card digitally. Remember to check entered details before submission to avoid errors.

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Frequently asked questions

What is an e-Aadhaar?

E-Aadhaar is an electronic version of the Aadhaar card, a unique identification number issued to Indian residents. Download the Aadhar card online from the official Aadhaar website after verification, providing a digital and easily accessible form of the government-issued identity document, which is digitally signed by the competent Authority of UIDAI.

What is the Password of e-Aadhaar?

The password for the e-Aadhaar PDF file is a combination of the first four letters of your name in CAPS followed by your birth year. For example, if your name is Priya and you were born in 1990, the password would be "PRIY1990".

Is e-Aadhaar equally valid as an Aadhaar Card physical copy?

Yes, an e-Aadhaar or digital Aadhar card is equally valid as the physical Aadhaar card. It holds the same legal status and can be used as proof of identity for various official purposes.

How can residents download an e-Aadhaar?

To download e-Aadhaar, residents can visit the official Aadhaar website and enter their Aadhaar number, along with the OTP (One-Time Password) received on their registered mobile number. After verification, they can download the e-Aadhaar PDF using their Aadhaar number and a specified password, which is a combination of their name and birth year in CAPS.

From where resident can download e-Aadhaar online?

Residents can download e-Aadhaar online from the official website of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) using their Aadhaar number and OTP authentication.

How to validate digital signatures in e-Aadhaar?

To validate digital signatures in e-Aadhaar, open the PDF file and right-click on the signature field. Select "Validate Signature" from the dropdown menu. A new window will open, displaying the signer's details and the validation status. Click on "Signature Properties" to view more information about the digital signature.

How do I download my Aadhar card PDF online?

To download your Aadhar card online, visit the official UIDAI website, enter your Aadhar number, along with the OTP sent to your registered mobile number. Follow the prompts to verify your identity and download the e-Aadhar PDF. Enter the password to open the file, and your Aadhar card will be accessible.

How can I download Aadhar card in PDF format online?

To download your Aadhar card in PDF, visit the official UIDAI website, click on the "Download Aadhar" option, and enter your Aadhar number or VID along with the OTP. After verification, download the e-Aadhar PDF. Use the provided password to open the file, and your Aadhar card will be available in PDF format.

How do I get a copy of my Aadhar card online?

To obtain a copy of your Aadhar card online, visit the official UIDAI website. Choose the "Download Aadhar" option, enter your Aadhar number or VID, and complete the verification process using the OTP. Download the e-Aadhar PDF and use the provided password to access your digital copy of the Aadhar card.

Can I download PDF of Aadhar card without OTP?

Downloading an Aadhaar card in PDF format requires OTP (One-Time Password) authentication for security reasons. You need to provide the OTP sent to your registered mobile number to access and download the Aadhaar PDF from the official UIDAI website.

What is the password for Aadhar PDF?

The password for the Aadhaar PDF is the first four letters of your name in CAPS followed by your birth year. If your name is less than four letters, you should add "0" after your name to make it a four-letter password. Ensure it's all in uppercase.

Is PDF of Aadhar card valid?

Yes, the PDF of Aadhaar card downloaded from the official UIDAI website is considered a valid and digitally signed document. It is accepted as proof of identity for various services and transactions. However, it's essential to use the official UIDAI website to download the PDF to ensure its authenticity.

How can I print my Aadhar card?

To print your Aadhaar card, visit the official UIDAI website and download the e-Aadhaar PDF by entering your Aadhaar number or VID and the OTP received on your registered mobile. Open the PDF using the provided password and print the document. The printed Aadhaar is considered valid for various purposes.

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