Aadhaar is one of the most trusted and the most authentic government identity cards. The card contains both biometric and demographic details of the card holder. The card
can be verified online by visiting the UIDAI’s website as well. This makes the card one of the most reliable cards. Also, Aadhaar cannot be forged as biometrics of the individual is taken during the enrolment process and is verified in the database of Aadhaar. In case, Aadhaar has already been generated, new Aadhaar is not generated for that applicant. In order to make it simpler for end users, UIDAI provides a number of online facilities that people can avail by visiting www.uidai.gov.in. Let us have a look at some of the facilities provided by Aadhaar online:
1. Locating Enrolment & Update Centres in Banks & Post Offices
An applicant can enrol for Aadhaar or get his details updated by visiting any Aadhaar Enrolment and Update Centre throughout India. As per the government orders, only banks and post office premises will now be used for Aadhaar Enrolment Centres. UIDAI has provided the option to find out an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre in your area. You can search a centre through the PIN code, state and districts and also by entering your area’s name in the search box.
2. Checking Aadhaar Status Online
Once you have enrolled for Aadhaar, the executive hands over an Acknowledgement Slip to you that contains the 28-digit Enrolment ID. This enrolment ID can be used to check the status of your Aadhaar card. In case the result shows that your Aadhaar has been generated, you can download your Aadhaar online
3. Retrieve Aadhaar Number
You can retrieve your lost Aadhaar number as well. In case you have forgotten your Aadhaar details, you can visit UIDAI’s portal and enter details such as your name, email id and mobile number registered with Aadhaar and the security code. An OTP will be sent to your email id and mobile number which has to be entered here. When you submit your request, your Aadhaar number will be sent to your registered mobile number and email address/
4. Download e Aadhaar Card
It is not possible to carry your original Aadhaar card wherever you go. Instead, you can download your Aadhaar card on the spot and print it. This copy has equal validity as of your original Aadhaar. You are asked to enter your Aadhaar number and an OTP is generated and sent to your mobile number. Enter this OTP and download the e-Aadhaar on your system. The password for this e-Aadhaar is first 4 letters of your name and the year of your birth.
5. Get Aadhaar card on mobile
In case you want to get your Aadhaar card on your mobile, you have to enter your enrolment number and verified mobile number and send OTP to your phone. Once you enter the OTP, the Aadhaar number is sent to your mobile number registered with Aadhaar.
6. Aadhaar Data Update
You can update the Address in your Aadhaar card online. You have to enter your details and submit the scanned copy of the valid address proof. After proper verification by an agency, your address is updated in your Aadhaar. No fee is charged from the applicant for availing this facility. In case the applicant goes for updating the Address at an Enrolment Centre, he has to pay a fee of ₹ 25 + 18% GST
7. Aadhaar Update Status
you can check the status of your Aadhaar update request online. There are two options available on the website – first, for checking the status of request placed at an Enrolment/Update Centre and the other for checking the status of update request made online. An update request number (URN) is generated that can be used to check the status of Aadhaar update online.
8. Verify Aadhaar number
People can verify whether the Aadhaar number of a person is genuine or not. They have to enter the Aadhaar number to be verified and click on the Verify option. A set of results are displayed such as the age band, gender, state and the last three digits of the mobile number. This simple verification method allows everybody to check the genuineness of the Aadhaar number instantly.
9. Verify email/mobile number
This facility allows you to verify the mobile number or the email address registered with UIDAI. You have to enter your Aadhaar, email or mobile number and generate the OTP. Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and verify your email address or mobile registered with UIDAI.
10. Lock/Unlock Biometrics
You can lock, unlock or disable your biometrics through this option. This helps in safeguarding your biometrics from being misused. Whenever you want to authenticate using your biometrics, you can unlock it and authenticate your Aadhaar details. When unlocked, the biometrics remains active for 10 minutes and gets locked automatically. In case you disable the biometric lock, your biometrics will be active till you lock your biometrics again.
11. Generating /Retrieving Virtual ID
Virtual IDs are the 16-digit codes that are used as an alternative to the 12-digit Aadhaar. This is a random number assigned against an Aadhaar on a temporary basis. This number can be used for authentication instead of Aadhaar. You can share your virtual ID instead of Aadhaar. This will help in establishing an added layer of security where even your Aadhaar number will be shielded from the authenticating agency. UIDAI has made provisions through which no one can generate Aadhaar number from this virtual ID. The VID is valid till the user generates the new VID again.
12. Aadhaar Authentication History
An Aadhaar card holder can check his Aadhaar authentication history by visiting the UIDAI’s website. You have to enter your Aadhaar and generate OTP. You can select the type of authentication and the date range. A maximum of 50 results of the past 6 months can be viewed online. You can see biometric, demographic and OTP authentication results. In case there is an error in authentication, the reason for the error is also mentioned.
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