Aadhaar Card- How To Apply

What is Aadhaar Card?

Aadhaar Card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India.  The Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI), which functions under the Planning Commission of India, is responsible for managing Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar identification cards.

The Aadhaar project was initiated as an attempt towards having a single, unique identification document or number that would capture all the details, including demographic and biometric information, of every resident Indian individual. Currently, there are a plethora of identity documents in India including passports, permanent account numbers (PANs), driving licenses, and ration cards.

The Aadhaar card / UID will not replace these identification documents but can be used as the sole identification proof when applying for other things. It will also serve as the basis for Know Your Customer (KYC) norms used by banks, financial institutions, telecom firms, and other businesses that maintain customer profiles. Aadhaar numbers will eventually serve as the basis for a database with which disadvantaged Indian residents can access services that have been denied to them due to lack of identification documents.

A resident Indian can apply for the Aadhaar number and card by submitting the existing proof of identity (passport, PAN card, driving license, etc.) and proof of address (phone/ power bill, bank statements, etc.) and by undergoing biometric profiling (fingerprints and iris scan) at any Aadhaar center.

1) First of all, locate an Aadhaar enrollment center near your area.
2) Once you are finalized with the center, visit the Aadhaar enrolment center or book an online appointment. Online appointment saves a lot of time as you don’t have to wait for long in the queue. You can book your online appointment at the official website of UID – https://uidai.gov.in/
3) Keep handy supporting documents such as proof of identity and a proof of address, for example, voter ID card, ration card, PAN card, etc.
4) Get an application form and fill in all the required details. Once you submit the application form and other supporting documents at the enrollment center, your biometric data will be taken by the official present at the center. This will include an impression of fingerprints of your both hands, your iris, and your photo.
5) After all the documents and biometric data are checked, you will get an acknowledgment slip of your enrolment having a 14-digit enrolment number on it which will help you keep a check on the status of your application.6) You can use the enrolment number and time provided in the acknowledgment slip to keep a track of your Aadhaar card.

7) After a fortnight, enter your enrolment number on the UIDAI website. . Next, you will be asked to provide a Onetime Password (OTP). You will receive the OTP on the mobile number you have provided during the time of application. On entering the OTP, you will know whether your Aadhar number is in process or generated.

8) If generated, you will be directed to a password-protected e-Aadhar PDF page. You will need to provide the first four letters of your name in capitals and your birth year in (YYYY) format to access this PDF document. You can download this e-Aadhar PDF as proof of your identity, which is as good as a physical copy of the same.

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