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Ten facts on Aadhar that you must know

  • Highlights

  • All Indian residents must have an Aadhar card

  • You can apply for Aadhar at any age

  • Aadhar is mandatory for a number of important transactions

  • Aadhar card holders can make use of several online tools

The Aadhar is a 12-digit unique identification issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) through biometric profiling of an Indian resident. Presently, the Aadhar number serves as a basis for Know Your Customer (KYC) norms in banks and financial institutions, telecom services and a host of other places. Thus, it is prudent for every Indian citizen to have an Aadhar card. However, to date there are several things about the Aadhar card that Indian citizens are unaware.

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Here are ten things about Aadhar that you must know:
1. Only Indian citizens can have an Aadhar number or UID. Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) or Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are not eligible for Aadhar.
2. An Indian citizen can enrol for Aadhar at any age. This means, infants and the elderly can have an Aadhar number too. Children below the age of 5 years with a valid Aadhar card will have to renew their Aadhar card once they complete 5 years, with updated biometric details (fingerprint scan and iris). Else, the ‘Bal Aadhar’ issued earlier becomes valid.
3. An Indian resident can apply for Aadhar by submitting a valid proof of address, proof of identity and by undergoing biometric profiling.
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4. Those with “ill-defined fingerprints or missing biometrics” can also enrol for Aadhar.
5. There are provisions for those with eye ailments including partial or complete blindness to enrol for Aadhar.
6. A member of a family who may not have individually valid documents can also enrol for Aadhar.
7. Presently, Aadhar is mandatory for a number of important transactions. This includes opening of a bank account, investment in government-linked investment schemes and filing of income tax returns, application of PAN card and passport and for an Employee Provident Fund Account. Students too, can apply for central scholarships by providing their Aadhar number.
8. However, apart from the above-mentioned places, the UIDAI has issued a caution not to share Aadhar details without any valid reason to avoid misuse.
9. Aadhar card holders can download a digital copy of their Aadhar card from the UDAI website. However, if you are downloading your Aadhar at a public machine, make sure you delete the copy and your browsing history before you log out. This is essential to prevent misuse of your Aadhar.
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10. As an Aadhar holder you can not only download a digital copy of your card, you can also use several online tools such as checking Aadhar enrolment status, updating address on your Aadhar card, receiving Aadhar number on registered mobile number and lock or unlock biometric details associated with your Aadhar.

The Aadhar is an attempt to becoming a single unique identification document to benefit Indian citizens in many ways, including easy transmission of Government-led subsidies. Unlocking its potential, while protecting it at all times, can bring you a host of benefits.

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