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Aadhaar Card is an initiative to assign a unique identification (UID) number to each resident of India. It is part of the larger initiative by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India to implement an Aadhaar identity system across India to collect and store people’s identity and biometric data, which in turn will be used for various services like a mainstream identification system, Aadhaarpay, e-sign, etc.

Refer to all the below information to know more about Aadhar Card:

What is the eligibility for an Aadhar Card?
If you are a resident of India, then you can apply for your Aadhaar Card. It doesn’t matter which country you belong to, the government of India will provide you with this identification proof absolutely free of charge. But make sure that when you apply for your Aadhaar Card, all the details provided in your application form are correct and genuine, as any discrepancy may delay your receipt of the processed Aadhaar Card.

Whereas the eligibility to get an Aadhar Card is not limited to Indian citizens only, an individual can avail of an Aadhar Card in case:

  • The applicant is an Indian citizen residing in India, or
  • The applicant is a non-resident Indian residing in India

According to the latest update from UIDAI even newborns can enroll for an Aadhar Card called Ball Aadhaar 

Aadhaar Card for Resident Indians – Every Indian citizen can avail of an Aadhaar Card. The existence of an Aadhaar has been made mandatory for taxpayers to link their PAN with Aadhaar for filing their annual Income Tax Return (ITR). This is because the authorities are looking to make all the financial dealings by citizens more transparent and confidential.

Aadhaar Card for NRIs –  If you are an Indian citizen residing outside India, and have a valid Indian Passport, then no need to worry. You can apply for the Aadhaar card by visiting any local Aadhaar center in any designated city and state.

Aadhaar Card for Minors – Minors who are below the age of 5 need to have a national identity card, a Baal Aadhaar card. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency which issues Aadhar cards, has made it possible for children to possess this card even before they turn 5. It is important to note that no one else but the parents or guardians can apply for a Baal Aadhaar card. Although they have to update their biometric data once they turn 5 and 15 years old. 

What are the Documents Required for Aadhaar Card Application?

At the time of your Aadhar Card Application, you will have to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Address
  • Proof of Relationship 
  • DoB (Date of Birth) Proof

Below mentioned are some commonly used documents to apply for an Aadhaar Card:

  • Passport of the applicant
  • Voter ID Card 
  • PAN Card
  • Driving Licence
  • Ration Card or PDS Photo Card
  • Photo Bank ATM Card
  • NREGS Job Card
  • Birth Certificate of the Applicant 

If you are planning to apply for a new fresh Aadhaar card or update your details, then you need to submit an Aadhaar form along with supporting documents. The government of India has made an online application procedure available. If you want to apply for a new Aadhaar Card or update your details in Aadhaar Card, then you will have to visit UIDAI’s official website where a simple online application form is provided to fill in details such as Name, Date of Birth, Address and other personal information. 

In case you want to update details on your Aadhaar card, you need to pay a charge of Rs. 50 for the demographic and Rs. 100 for the biometric update at the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. 
How Can you Apply for an Aadhaar Card?
The importance of Aadhaar cannot be overstated and is becoming a need of the hour. With the government making it mandatory to have an Aadhaar number to avail of various services and subsidies, it is obvious that population compliance is going to increase heavily. Aadhaar Cards have become essential documents and are required for most procedures. Further, it is also used as a valid form of ID proof. It is important to know how to apply for an Aadhaar Card and all that one needs to provide while submitting the application. 

Here you will get the step-by-step guidance on how you can apply for an Aadhaar Card:

1. Visit the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre

  1. Fill out the Aadhaar Enrollment Form
  2. Provide the Photograph and Biometric Data (fingerprint and iris scan)
  3. You will now receive an acknowledgment slip containing the enrolment number. It can be used to check Aadhar status online as well as through IVR. 
  4. Now the dispatch of Aadhaar will happen to the Address of the Applicant

How Can You Check the Status of Your Aadhar Application Online?

Follow these simple steps to check your Aadhaar enrolment status online:

  • Go to the UIDAI website and click on the “Get Aadhaar” section
  • Now click on the “Check Aadhaar Status” section.
  • Fill in your enrolment number and security code
  • If your Aadhaar has been generated, you will receive the Aadhaar details and the delivery status

How Can You Check the Status of Aadhar Update Online?

 It may happen that while applying online for an aadhar update, there are some errors in your address or names printed on the Aadhaar card. To make effective corrections on these, one can just need to update the details with the help of the portal. This can be done easily by using an official website launched for this purpose. You can easily follow these steps and check the status of your Aadhar updates:

  • Go to the official website of Aadhar
  • Click on the “Update Aadhaar” section
  • Later, click on “Check Aadhaar Update Status”
  • Enter your Service Request Number or SRN generated at the time of updating
  • Now you will be able to see the Aadhaar update status online

How Can you Print or Download e-Aadhar Card Online?
Have you always wanted to have your Aadhaar card with you but were confused about downloading your Aadhaar card online? Well, once your Aadhar is generated, you can do it either way but the most common and easiest way is through the official website of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). Here we will tell you how to download an Aadhaar card online. There are various ways by which you can get your Aadhar Card:

  • Aadhaar Number
  • Name and Date of Birth
  • Without Registered Mobile Number
  • Enrolment Number (EID)
  • Virtual ID
  • DigiLocker Account
  • Umang App

PVC Aadhar Card
Good news if you haven’t received your Aadhaar Card yet. UIDAI has now permitted the Aadhaar Card to be reprinted as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) card. The Aadhaar Card made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) may make the card more sturdy and durable than the laminated paper cards that are currently in circulation. In addition, the UIDAI has introduced new security features like a colored stripe, a lotus symbol, and an expanded QR code, which makes it easier for you to carry out various transactions using your Aadhaar Number. 

How Can You Link Your PAN with Your Aadhaar?

The Union Government of India has made it compulsory for people who are filing their Income Tax Return to link their PAN card with their Aadhaar card. The last date for linking your Aadhaar card with your PAN card is 31st March 2023, and if you don’t link your respective cards together it will lead to the deactivation of your PAN card. The other methods which can be used for linking aadhar cards with the Pan cards are mentioned below.

  • Linking PAN with Aadhaar through the e-filing website
  • Linking of Aadhaar Number and PAN via SMS

What is the Process to Link Aadhaar with Bank Account

Linking Aadhaar with a bank account is a practice that the government made mandatory back in 2017. It was essential to carry out transactions using the e-KYC service. However, the Supreme Court’s recent judgment regarding the very need to do so has negated this compulsion. In such case, if you still want to link your Aadhaar with your Bank Account here are the steps that you could follow: 

  • Link Aadhaar with Bank Account via Internet Banking
  • Bank’s Mobile Application
  • By Visiting the nearest bank branch
  • ATM
  • SMS Service
  • Mobile Number

How to Lock/Unlock your Aadhaar biometrics?

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) enables the citizens to lock/unlock the biometrics information to enhance UIDAAR’s privacy and security. UIDAI provides the facility to lock/unlock the biometric data online by visiting its official website www.uidai.gov.in with a registered mobile number, registered email id, and the personal password which is later used to unblock biometrics. You can also follow the below-mentioned ways:

  • Lock/Unlock Aadhaar Biometric through UIDAI
  • Lock/Unlock Aadhaar Biometric via the mAdhaar app

What is the Aadhaar Card Benefits?

Identity Card

Aadhaar is the first Indian ID card accepted by all government and private bodies to establish the identity of a person. It is a 12-digit number issued to Indian citizens holding any Aadhaar enrollment ID regardless of age and gender. Aadhaar contains demographic information along with biometric information of all Indian citizens.

Residential/Address Proof 

Proof of residence is a documentary or digital proof of address that can be used as valid identification in various authentications like job authentication, bank authentication, and school authentication. It is a mandatory requirement for almost all kinds of activities in our day-to-day life. Aadhaar is considered a valid proof of residence when applying for various financial products as well as availing of financial services such as filing ITR.

Government Subsidy 

 In their bid to strike out the filthy rich, the government has made it compulsory for people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar to avail of subsidies under different schemes. In order to get the subsidy directly in the bank account for schemes such as Pahal, Atal Pension Yojna, kerosene subsidy, school subsidy, food subsidy, and others, people have to mandatorily avail their Aadhaar.

Bank Accounts

If you are opening a new bank account, then don’t forget to carry your Aadhaar Card along with your PAN card as banks need both these details. As per the rule of RBI, it is not a mandatory requirement to link your bank account to Aadhaar. But some banks still insist on the same to avoid fraud. 

The other areas where your Aadhar Card could benefit you are:

  • Income Tax
  • Gas Connection
  • Phone Connection 
  • Mutual Funds

UIDAI Aadhar Card Services

  • Download Aadhar Card
  • Check your Aadhar Card Status
  • Locate Aadhaar Card Enrollment/Update Centres
  • Retrieve Lost UID/ EID
  • Update Your Address
  • Verify Aadhar Number for a Resident
  • Lock or Unlock Aadhaar Biometric Online
  • Aadhar Bank Account Linking Status
  • Checking Aadhar Authentication Status
  • Generate or Retrieve Aadhaar Virtual ID

Find More About Aadhar Card 

The Government of India has introduced the world’s largest national identification number project called Aadhaar (meaning foundation in Hindi), which is administered by the Unique Identification Authority of India. This service is aimed at providing every resident with a unique 12-digit identity number, along with their demographic and biometric information. The unique identification number or the national identification card is called “Aadhaar” in Hindi. The word ‘Aadhaar’ means the foundation, the base, or the core. The Aadhaar Card can be obtained by Indian residents who are residents of India and who are above 18 years of age. They need to provide proof of residence as well as demographic information like date of birth, gender, address, etc while applying for this card.

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