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With the mission of providing each and every resident of India a unique identification the ambitious project of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) was set in February 2009 with its chairman being former IT czar Nandan Nilekani.
To be frank, India is far too late in the scene of providing unique ID's to all of its citizens. Countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, and Turkey have made it compulsory for their citizens to get the National Identification numbers at birth.
The closest our government came to provide a unique ID to every citizen is the PAN card number which every citizen can apply for unlike the Voter ID card which can only be applied when one reaches the age of 18.
Some Interesting Facts
Total number of Aadhar cards issued: More than 100 crores (1 Billion) (April 2015). It is now a world record.
Funds allocated: 3500 crores from January 2009 - September 2013
Another 2039.64 crores by Narendra Modi government in 2013-2014 budget
Aadhar Information From the Official Site
|Sr. No.||What Aadhar is?||What Aadhar is not?|
A 12 Digit Number
Just Another Card
It is for Every Individual, Including Infants
One Per Family
Enables identification, and is for every resident
Establishes citizenship and is only for Indians
Will collect demographic and biometric information to establish uniqueness of individual
Will collect profiling information such as caste, religion, language
For every resident, irrespective of existing documentation
Only for individuals who posseses identification documents
Eah individual will be given a single unique ID number
Indiviual can obtain multiple Aadhar
UIDAI will enable a universal identity infrastructure that any ID based application like ration card, passport etc. can use
Aadhar's will replace all other IDs
UIDAI will give a "Yes" or "No" response for any identification authentication requires
UIDAI information will be accessible to public and private agencies
Explanation of the Above Table
- It is not just another card for a specific purpose. In the larger context, it can be used in the future for many purposes including banking, identification, to avail other government schemes.
- Aadhar can be applied for everyone; even for a newborn baby or for a 90 year old person. For children below the age of 5 there won't be collection of any biometric information such as iris or fingerprint scan. Their UID will be linked with their parents UID and once they turn 5 they will have to update their ID's with biometric information. Biometrics will have to be updated once again when they turn 15. As for differently abled people who cannot provide their biometric information there will be other markers that will be used.
- It is not like other cards where the holder of the card is a citizen of India, it is for every resident whether he may be an Indian or foreigner (Yes you read it right for NRI's and foreigners).
- It won't collect your information related to your caste etc. But it will collect your biometric and demographic data.
- UID's are not mandatory and it is not necessary for every individual to have it. But as experts suggest that invariably it will be required by many government and private agencies in the time to come. So, it is better that you get enrolled.
- Yes, it is for every individual irrespective of their existing documentation. That is, if a person does not have any previous documentation then he/she can also get their Aadhar. (For more information on this see the 2nd point of "How to Get Aadhar Card Anywhere in India" section on this page).
- Each and every individual is allowed to get only one Aadhar card or so as to say that he/she will not be able to get more than one UID. This is particularly true because it records the biometric information of the applicants. So, getting a fake Aadhar card is next to impossible until we come across a big scam.
- It is a general misconception that in the times to come UID will replace all other ID's that we use now. It will just make easier for people to get their unique identification anywhere in India. Aadhar cards won't replace your driver's license nor it will render your Voter ID useless.
- The information that you will share will not be available to use by government agencies or private agencies to profile you instead it will just provide a cursory yes or no identification. That is your information will not be available for use of others.
How to Get Aadhar Card Anywhere in India
Every resident will have an Aadhar card with a unique number, a 12 digit number which will serve its holder a proof of identity and proof of address all over India.
The 12-digit number displayed on it is your unique ID number which in the system will be a 16-digit number with four digits as a prefix digit. The rest four digit will not be displayed on your card and it is only for the usage of the database and the servers.
1) Any resident can walk into the nearest enrollment center and get themselves enrolled for an Aadhar card. Nearly every city or town will have an enrollment center.
Find the nearest Aadhar Center near your place
- Aadhar Enrolment Centre Search
Just proceed to click the above link and select your state, district, and your area and search. You'll all the centres in your locality.
2) Walk-in at your nearest center with your identity proof for address (PoA) and proof of identity (PoI) documents.
There is also an option to get an appointment scheduled. The link below will take you to the appropriate place to fix an appointment.
Even if you don't have any other identification then also you can get the card by one or the other methods mentioned below:
The UIDAI has in place a system called Introducer System.
- If the head of your family has any documentation then he/she can first enroll and then after getting their card he/she can introduce you as a family member.
- The second method is where an introducer who is appointed by the registrars or directly by the authority can introduce people who don't have such identification documents. This is specifically helpful for poor people who until now didn't have any such documents. There is a large section of people in remote areas where people don't even can produce a proof of address or proof of identity. This system is primarily helpful for those.
- Online Appointment System
Fix an appointment and walk-in with documents. Now you don't need to stand in long queues.
The below documents qualify as documents of identity to get UID
|Proof of Address documents||Proof of Identity documents|
Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
Ration/PDS Photo Card
Government Photo ID
Government Photo ID
NREGS Job Card
Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
Water Bill (not older than 3 months)
Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
Photo Bank ATM Card
Property Tax Receipt (not older than 3 months)
Photo Credit Card
Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
Pensioner Photo Card
Freedom Fighter Photo Card
Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead
Kisan Photo Passbook
Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead
CGHS / ECHS Photo Card
Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution on
Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
Certificate of Identity having photo issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
Other Documents that are also applicable
NREGS Job Card
Freedom Fighter Card
CGHS / ECHS Card
Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Income Tax Assessment Order
Vehicle Registration Certificate
Registered Sale / Lease /Rent Agreement
Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt
|Supported Proof of DoB Documents|
Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on official letter
When you reach the nearest enrollment center with your documents of identity and address proof, keep in mind that you don't require a hard-copy of your photograph, the enrollment officer will himself take your photo using a webcam and that photo will be used.
The adjacent table gives a list of information that you should provide in the application form. The form only needs basic information details such as name, address, parents name, contact details and your biometric information which will be collected right at the enrollment center.
Just get your documents Xerox and original along with the application form filled and the process will not take much of your time, maybe less than 30 minutes.
You can download the aadhar application form from the link given below and print it.
Download Aadhar Application Form
What information is necessary to get Aadhar Card
2) Date of Birth
5) Parent/Guardian details (required for children, adults may provide)
6) Contact details phone and email (optional)
7) Photo (No need to carry a copy, it will be taken from the webcam at the center)
8) 10 finger prints (Not necessary for children below age 5)
9) Iris (Not necessary for children below age 5)
Application Form Looks Like This (Click To Enlarge Image)
3) After filing the form with the necessary details just hand it over to the officer who will then take your biometric information and record it.
4) The officer will also ask for your verification of the data which you or any member of your family can do on your behalf. You have to see that every information of yours have been entered correctly.
5) You will get an acknowledgment slip and a temporary enrollment number from which you can check the status of your application.
6) That's it you are now done with it. The documents that you have given will be verified and your Aadhar card will land up at your doorstep in anywhere between 60 to 90 days to you by post.
Sample Enrollment Procedure
Checking the Status of Aadhar Card
You have the option to check the status of your Aadhar card online and get details as to in which stage is your application.
To check the status you'll need:
- Enrollment Number
- Date and Time of your Application
Just enter the above details and the captcha code to get the details of your application. The above information will be on your receipt which you get when you applied.
Easiest way to check status
- Aadhar Status - Link to check status of your application
Interactive self service portal for UID Status
Some other methods to check status
You can also check the status of your application offline by calling the contact center. Besides you can also register your complaints and get more information about the project.
- Voice/Call – 1800-180-1947
By calling the above toll-free number you can check the status or register your complaints, if any.
- Fax – 080-2353 1947
Fax number if you want to send some documents in between the process of your application. Fax number will be used only in rare conditions.
- Letters – PO Box 1947, GPO Bangalore - 560001
You can also post your letters with suggestions, complaints, grievances that you may on this address.
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Same goes with the email ID.
- On SMS
Check Aadhaar status generation:
To check your Aadhaar status, type UID STATUS< 14 digit enrolment number > OR UID STATUS < 28 digit EID > on your mobile and send it to 51969.
Get e-Aadhaar on mobile:
To get a soft copy of your e-Aadhaar letter on your email id, type UID EAADHAAR < Aadhaar number > < email Id > < PIN code > on your mobile and send it to 51969.
Changing/Updating or Correcting Information From Your Aadhar Card
So, you got your Aadhar card and found that there are some changes required. Or another scenario can be that you have changed your address or are planning to relocate somewhere else. Or for some other reasons you want to change some other information, there can be 'n' number of reasons.
There are two ways requesting the update.
1) Via Online Website (Procedure explained below)
2) Via Post (Print the form and send it across UIDAI office located at Bangalore)
3) Via an enrollment center near you.
Official Link For Updating Aadhar Card
The basic requirement here is that you need to have your personal mobile which you gave when enrolling for Aadhar. The one-time password will be sent to the mobile number.
You can change/update the following information:
- DOB (Date of Birth)
- Mobile Number
Just select the checkbox associated with that particular and follow simple to follow instructions to change the data.
You'll need to provide self-attested (means signed) copies of relevant documents for verification. For updating the mobile number no documents are required. The OTP confirmation acts as the verification of your number. Once you upload the relevant documents you'll get an SMS confirmation on your mobile with the request number to track the status of your request in future.
Download Aadhar Card Online Also Useful If You've Lost Your Aadhar Card
You applied for Aadhar card but you didn't receive the card even after the specified time of 1-2 months then now you have the option to download/print your it online.
What you'll need?
The enrollment number or the Aadhar card number and the rest of the details are just other basic information such as your full name, pin code, and mobile number.
Just follow the easy instructions and you'd be able to download and print the card.
You can also use this facility if you've lost your Aadhar card. If you don't have the acknowledgment slip then call this Toll Free number 1800 300 1947 for further advice. And in the future kindly take a color xerox of the both the sides of your aadhar card and laminate it so that you don't have to carry the original one always. Just ask your nearest xerox store guy to do it for you.
© 2011 Aarav
MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 12, 2016:
Good and interesting information
augastin on November 03, 2015:
am staying in mumbai but my hometown is taminadu & i have the address proof of tamilnadu. can i get my aadhar card in my hometown address in mumbai itself??????
Ramkumar K on March 30, 2015:
hi i recived aadhar card but name misspelled how to corrected the name and address in this card
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on February 17, 2015:
@Rajkumar Note that Aadhar card is not a proof of residence it is rather used as an identity proof.
No you can't show both address. If your permanent and present address is different you''ll have to show a proof of residence such as electricity bill etc.
For me as well my permanent and present address is different so I also have to provide some other form of documentation for address.
With Aadhar card the government's main objective is to provide every citizen a proof of identity and the benefits that are given by the government should only be received by the same person and in their bank account etc. Slowly and steadily all the schemes that the government provides will be linked to it.
Hope I've tried to answer your query.
Rajkumar on February 17, 2015:
I am presently Living in pune city M.S. as last four years and My Permanent address is in different city in M.S.
so, in my aadhaar card both Present address and Permanent address shown or not.
Presently I have aadhaar card in Present address. But Permanent address I want to add on my aadhaar card with present address. can Aadhaar card show both address.
If not shown both address present and Permanent addresses then what is meaning of aadhaar card or it's helpless to me.
waiting for your answer sir.
SK ADESIN on November 29, 2014:
P.o khala vill kalutola pS RATUA DS MALDA
Ravndra on November 13, 2014:
Whether Aadhar card can be made at doorstep at Patna if yes then let me know the process.
damodara reddy on August 22, 2014:
One bank manager asked for a fresh adhar card for considering house building advance stating that the adhar card address showing difference that of bank place. Is is correct.
bhishma kumar on May 13, 2014:
I have updated my aadhar card for address proof but i did not get the aadhar card by post
Plz send as soon as possible
Hananiya desinayak on April 19, 2014:
althose information above are given is it solved because i do not have also aadharcard now. i 'v applied in m.p but not yet where i belong to odisha state.
P. thangaraj on April 03, 2014:
In my family two person only got the Aadhar card balance members are not get it so please send it as soon as early possible.
Pranali Maske on October 16, 2013:
+my father is handicapped so he cant able to create aadhar card so please tell me what procedure to create aadhar card for my father????
please tell me now....
Anti Corruption on October 09, 2013:
Let none of the subsidized or non subsidized benefits be linked with the aadhar card. Let the aadhar card be used used only for identification and not for any other benefit or purpose.
vijay on September 25, 2013:
The card has
"Aadhaar is proof of identity and not of citizenship"
Can a NON-INDIAN get aadhaar card? How? Why?
Anti Corruption on September 10, 2013:
Let a Law be made so that any data collected for this purpose can be used only by the government for only the purpose for it needs to be utilized and no other purpose and let any person or entity transferring this data to any other person or entity be strictly punished for it, otherwise let this scheme be discarded forever.
MoneyMazics on September 05, 2013:
Too good to believe.. Very good info and quite exhaustive article..
rupa narayen dey on April 23, 2013:
Where is my Aadhaar card. please release my Aadhaar card as soon as possible.
pramod mehta on April 20, 2013:
iam pramod mehta fm himachal pradesh (shimla) kindly let me know can i make adhar card anywhere in india otherwise.
sumit singh on April 11, 2013:
prolem make aadar card 1 year ago. but not came has my aadar card.then please what thve problem.
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on March 31, 2013:
@Nisarga Most probably yes. A trip to the local passport office all it will take to clear your doubts.
Nisarga on March 31, 2013:
As I have not got Aadhar Card yet, Can I submit Aadhar Acknowledgement Slip as an address proof for applying Passport???
Siddhant Sakhare AKA DJ NR on March 11, 2013:
I have applied my adhar card form in 2011 but i have nt got my adhar card
Archana on February 27, 2013:
Im from Rajasthan, My permanent address is in Rajasthan. And presently Iam staying in Hyderabad , So is it possible to apply aadhar card in hyderabad.
vir abhimanyu on February 26, 2013:
where is my adhar card
madhav on February 08, 2013:
Hi iam a resident of andhra pradesh but staying karnataka now,so can i be liable to apply in karnataka by producing by address and identity details of andhra pradesh here in bangalore?
arun on February 08, 2013:
can i make aadhar card anywhere in india?
Abhinav Ankit on February 05, 2013:
Right now i am staying in Navi Mumbai.
I want to get an adhar card here itself but all my address proffs are of my hometown(patna).
Can i get an adhaar card on my Office address or bank account statements/passbook?
I dont have any Address proof in Mumbai as m staying on rent.
BHUPINDER SINGH on February 04, 2013:
BHUPINDER SINGH, RESIDENT OF VIKRAMADITYA HOUSING COMPLEX, PHULLANWAL, LUDHIANA-141013 INTERESTED TO GET PREPARED AADHAR CARD BUT I CAN'T LOCATE THE CENTRE FROM WHERE I COULD GET THE AADHAR CARDS OF MY FAMILY PREPARED. KINDLY GUIDE ME.THANKS. FORMS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECT ARE READY WITH ME
email@example.com on January 29, 2013:
Myself a resident of Rajkot, Gujarat.
I am a teacher by profession.
I want to Sign up for the details of Aadhar Card.
Can you please help me to find out where I can get this information here at Rajkot Gujarat.
Please do the needful.
Pranatharthiharan Iyer Ph.D.
p.purna chandra mohan on January 23, 2013:
Already i applied 6 months back for aadhar card but still now i didnot get my aadhar card. Again i have to apply for aadhar card,plz send reply for this doubt
A.R.Srinivasan on January 19, 2013:
I am in an appatment of 39 flats with nearly 100 accupents.
we have a exclusive small ,party hall.can we get the whole group
adhar card get it done here.
N J S Walia on January 11, 2013:
Though the forms are supposed to be free, the enrollment people in post office of phase I of Mohali ask you to get the forms from xerox machine operators who charges Rs 2 for each form. Also people there are least cooperating as they refuse to take forms on some pretext or other. I have visited the centre at least twice & both times , they asked me to come next day. Can appropriate authorities look into this?
t.narasimha rao, s/o raghavulu on January 08, 2013:
i didnt get adharcard still now. i am waiting from two months for it. please send it soon.
RAJ on January 01, 2013:
Can a person hold two different aadhar cards? can he have two different addresses for his two different cards?
raj on January 01, 2013:
can a single person hold two aadhar cards?
srikumarchatterjee on January 01, 2013:
I AM IN WEST BENGAL AND I AM A RETITRED PERSON
PLEASE TELL ME CENTER OF WEST BENGAL WHERE ADAR CARD CAN BE DONE AND ITS DOCUMENTS
yogesharya on December 21, 2012:
I wish to appl for Aadhar card.
I want my card to be delivered to other address as I might go abroad for a long period.
In the form there is no provision for that.
Can you guide me how to do that? My e mail ID is
MOMIN on December 13, 2012:
Aadhaar VERY GOOD
Sunil Chauhan on December 05, 2012:
I live in district Mandi of Himachal Pradesh, I had not made my aadhar card. now I wish to make it please inform from where to makeit in karsogtehsil in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
md.sarfaraz alam on November 29, 2012:
sir plz. near govindpuri location adhar card made point plz. sent address
DEEPA VERMA on November 26, 2012:
WHERE IS OFFICE OF ADHAR CARD IN Vasundhara,GHAZIABAD SO THAT I COULD CONTACT THERE. ANY BODY HAVE KNOWLEDGE PLEASE CLARIFY
GAURAV AGARWAL on November 04, 2012:
I recently got my defective Aadhar Card. Instead of my photograph, the photo contains back of a chair, with no face. While at the time of clicking data, I was shown my photo clicked and also on the computer screen by the operator. Surprisingly, the despatch section was more interesting in making money, so even after noticing or sleeping staff, they despatched the defecting card to me.
I have sent 05 mails alongwith scanned copy of the defective card, to the email address, at an interval of 15 days, but I get a standard reply" Your complaint has been forwarded to the concerned department, please wait for their response". I am sure, they won't respond.
Shame Nandan Nilekani !!
Sudarshan K S on October 27, 2012:
Please provide the ADHAR Centres for Karnataka -Bangalore as no such information is provided in public domain, for the use of common man
vaidehi on October 20, 2012:
Aadhar card enrollment centre in Kothrud Shivajinagar Pune India
H on October 03, 2012:
under the head 'How to Get Aadhar Card Anywhere in India', I dont find details such as whether a person permanently residing in one district/state could get the card from any other district/state. please post the details.
A.Jeevan Jaya on June 23, 2012:
I wish to obtain Adhar card.I am residing in pendurti area of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.When I approched them they said it is closed and thereafter no office of their could be located.Kindly advise/help me how to proceed for same.
Sunil J Ayare on June 11, 2012:
I have applied for aadhar in oct2011.its posted on my residence where redevlopment is going on so its goes to post office again & after 7 days its return to banglore gpo from where its delivered so what should i do for collect my card please sujest something bcause i hv tried on boths callcenter no.s which not working.
SANJAY on June 07, 2012:
WHERE IS OFFICE OF ADHAR CARD IN CHANDIGARH SO THAT I COULD CONTACT THERE. ANY BODY HAVE KNOWLEDGE PLEASE CLARIFY
Mohammad Waseem on March 12, 2012:
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on February 29, 2012:
@VIJAY KUMAR Go and apply as you would do usually.
VIJAY KUMAR on February 29, 2012:
I WAS UNABLE TO MAKE AADHAAR CARD WITH MY FAMILY.& NOW I WANT TO MAKE AADHAAR CARD.HOW CAN I MAKE?
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on February 25, 2012:
@kuldeep singh Thanks!
kuldeep singh on February 24, 2012:
how neatly the entire info given here
RAVIKUMAR on February 14, 2012:
I am the first INDIAN who dosent wnt to fall in the loops of Government LEGALLISED SACMS LIKE "AADHAARA" bloody shame less corrupted officials and USELSEE BULL SHIT GOS AS they ofeten beggers in election times .you think its practicable in among uncontrlloed popullatioian of INDIA to provide multi stationery for more than 100 cr people ,A politicians pride bank of popullation only in quantity random quality, this is another way to provide bribes from innocent people for the so called bloody dirty corrupted govt of more than 2 lakhs crore scams IN 2G bloody shit eaters ,scoundrals dragging every innocent in this loop holes of AADHAAR AS WE ARE PROVIDING FUNDS IN THE FORM OF TAXES TO THIS SCOUNDRALS RULED GOVERNMENTS IN RESULT AS ALL SCAMS BLOODY BLOOD SUCKERS LIVING LIKE KALIYUGA RAKHAHASAS
ajayjangid on February 08, 2012:
i haven't received my original UIDcard so please sent it as early as possible
santosh sawant on January 15, 2012:
good information whch help us to get adequate knowldge
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on January 03, 2012:
@Haridasan Please note that I can't clear your doubt as the information given by you in incomplete. Whatever your query may be I would advice you to call the toll free customer care number 1800-180-1947.
Hope you get issue resolved from them.
Haridasan P on January 03, 2012:
Please let me know when the next date for submitting the Aadhar Card application form. Because now my nearest centres are not accepting my application.
jagdish anandrao kalkute on December 29, 2011:
my Enrollment Number
Kingbell from Chennai, India on December 20, 2011:
Aadhaar information is very beautifully explained here. Thank you for these great information. Having applied for it already and got slip in token of my registration, I just came across a news recently that approximately 11 cr. individuals have been so far registered through U.I.A. Central Defense Ministry has decided to redo all of them by wasting crores and crores of money.
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on October 04, 2011:
@Sidharth Kapoor I have still kept this article in "writing mode", so keep watching this space, probably this weekend.
But as a former IT network employee I believe that any network can't become 100% secure. There is always a .01% chance of exploitation and there is always a possible human error.
Sidharth Kapoor on October 04, 2011:
Is there a place where, I could find out about what is type of infrastructure where the Adhaar information is stored, how secure is it and how hacker proof is it.
sidds123450 on October 02, 2011:
A very informative hub, definitely vote up and useful for this hub.