The Aadhaar card has become perhaps the most important document for an Indian. Without Aadhaar card, nowadays it’s pretty much hard to even get a SIM card or open a bank account. The 12-digit Aadhaar card number has become important without which one won’t get the monetary benefit of government schemes, pension benefits, LPG subsidy.
So, what exactly is Aadhaar? It is a 12-digit unique number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by taking a person’s biometric details such as iris scan and fingerprints, and demographic information like date of birth and address. Also, Aadhaar card serves as a proof of identity and address for every Indian individual including children and infants in India. So if you have not applied for Aadhaar Card till now, we have made it simple for you and jotted down steps you can follow while applying.
Steps to apply for Aadhaar card:
- Find an Aadhaar enrollment centre near you.
- Once your are finalised with the centre, book an online book an online appointment. Online appointment saves a lot of time as you don’t have to wait for longer in the queue. You can book your online appointment at the official website of UID – https://uidai.gov.in/
- Arrange the supporting documents which include 1 proof of identity, 1 proof of address and 1 proof of date of Birth. To know about the complete list of documents. For example, voter ID card, ration card, PAN card etc.
- On visiting the Aadhaar card centre, you need to fill the enrollment form. The enrollment form is available online also on https://uidai.gov.in/images/uid_download/enrolment_form.pdf.
- Once you submit an application form and other supporting documents at the enrollment centre, your biometric data will be taken by the official present at the centre. This will include an impression of fingerprints of your both hands, your iris and your photo.
- Once all the details are collected, you will get an acknowledgment slip for your enrollment. This will be a 14-digit enrollment number, which will help you keep a check on the status of your application.
- The data will be verified centrally and on successful verification of the data, Aadhaar number will be sent to your address through post. It can take up to 90 days (3 months) for the Aadhaar card to be sent to you.
However, if a person is in need of his/her Aadhaar card and in hurry, he/she can download a copy of the Aadhaar card which is also known as E-Aadhaar. To get the e-Aadhaar online you can follow these steps:
- Visit the Aadhaar Card official website of UIDAI.
- Fill in the form with using the enrollment number or the Aadhaar number.
If you have the enrolment number:
- Enter the enrolment number.
- Enter the date and time as mentioned in the acknowledgment slip.
- Enter your name, pin code of your area and your registered mobile number with Aadhaar.
If you have your Aadhaar number:
- Enter it along with your name, pin code, and mobile number.
- After all the details are entered, an OTP (One Time Password) is generated that will help in downloading a coloured version of the Aadhaar letter, which is as valid as the Aadhaar card itself.