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25 May 2021

One of the significant steps towards India's digitization journey has been to provide a unique identification to all citizens through the Aadhaar number. The intent behind this exercise was to make Aadhaar a residency proof for all Indian citizens. Today, it has become not only a credible residence proof but also a reliable identity proof. Moreover, Aadhaar connects all major social welfare schemes of the government and several private programs.

It is thus essential for all Indian citizens to have an Aadhaar card. Obtaining an e-Aadhaar card online is easy and can be done without any hassle. The e-Aadhaar is a 12-digit alphanumeric identity that is an electronic version of your physical Aadhaar card. It contains your personal information such as name, address, date of birth, and gender.

In this article, we will take you through the various steps required to obtain your e-Aadhaar card.

How to get an e-Aadhaar card online

Step 1: Documentation for online enrolment

The first step is to arrange all necessary documents required for the application of the Aadhaar. These include any supported proof of identity, proof of address, proof of date of birth, and proof of relationship with the head of the family. Once your documents are ready, you can visit the official UIDAI website and download the enrollment form available online, and fill it up as per the instructions.

The documents required to apply for an Aadhaar card are as follows:

Step 2: Locate an enrolment centre and book an appointment

The next step is to search for an enrolment centre that is close to your residence. Once you locate the centre, book an appointment online. On the appointment day, you need to be present at the centre with the enrolment form and the documents mentioned above.

After approval of the documents, you will have to provide your biometric details, including iris scan and fingerprints, and a photograph at the enrolment centre. You will receive an acknowledgement slip once the details are collected. You can check the status of your application online using the 14-digit reference number mentioned in your acknowledgement slip.

Step 3: Checking the status and downloading your e-Aadhaar card

After a fortnight, enter your enrolment number on the UIDAI website. Next, you will have to enter the one-time Password (OTP) you'd receive on the mobile number provided at the time of application. On entering the OTP, you will know whether your Aadhaar number is in process or generated.

Here is the screenshot of the UIDAI website, where you need to enter your enrolment number. If generated, it will direct you to a password-protected e-Aadhaar PDF page. To access this PDF document, you will need to provide the first four letters of your name in capitals and your birth year in (YYYY) format. You can download the e-Aadhaar card PDF as proof of your identity, which is as good as a physical copy of the same.

How to update an address on your Aadhaar Card?

  • You can make corrections or update your Aadhaar card by visiting the UIDAI portal.
  • On entering your Aadhaar number, you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number. Log in with the OTP to proceed to the next page and select the address option.

Here is the screenshot of the UIDAI website, where you have to enter your Aadhaar number.

  • To modify the address, click on the modify option. You will then need to submit documentary proof of your new address that is self-attested. Complete this process carefully and check the details thoroughly before you hit proceed again.
  • After this submission, you receive an update request number (URN). You can use this URN to keep track of the status of the application. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest Aadhaar permanent enrolment centre, along with the documentary proof and your existing Aadhaar card. You will need to fill the Aadhaar correction form here and make the changes as mentioned earlier. For each update or correction, you will need to pay Rs. 25.
  • To update or change your registered mobile number too, you will have to visit the nearest Aadhaar permanent enrolment centre. Carry your Aadhaar card to complete the process.
  • In case of any help or queries regarding Aadhaar, you can seek help by calling the toll-free number 1947 or mailing your query at help@uidai.gov.in.

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Since the Aadhaar card is a recent technological development in the digital evolution of 'recorded evidence,' it holds a great deal of promise. The Aadhaar card containing the unique Aadhaar number can truly support and transform the many daily activities of all Indian residents. For instance, the recently introduced Aadhaar enabled payment system (AEPS), a payment system that lets you carry out many financial transactions by just providing your Aadhaar at a point of sale (PoS) or micro ATMs. Your Aadhaar card thus holds the potential of becoming more than just your identity proof; if you haven’t yet applied for it, use this step-by-step guide and do it today.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Aadhaar and e-Aadhaar?

Aadhaar is a physical identity card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), while e-Aadhaar is its electronic version, available for download online.

Can we apply Aadhaar online for a kid?

Yes, you can apply for Aadhaar online for a kid by providing the necessary documents and completing the application process on the UIDAI website.

Is e-Aadhaar valid for passport application?

Yes, e-Aadhaar is valid for passport application purposes. It serves as a valid proof of identity and address, accepted by the Passport Seva Kendra.

How many days will it take to get an e-Aadhaar card?

The e-Aadhaar card is usually available for download within a few days after the Aadhaar application process is complete, typically within 2 to 3 weeks.

What is the password for e-Aadhaar card?

The password for e-Aadhaar card is the first four letters of your name in CAPITAL letters followed by your birth year in YYYY format. For example, if your name is Rahul and you were born in 1990, the password would be RAHU1990.

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