Aadhar Card (आधार कार्ड) Complete Guide, Application Process & Documents

Aadhar Card: An Aadhar Card is basically an identity card with 12 digit unique number given by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Being a resident of India, you can obtain this number by visiting your nearest Aadhaar Seva Kendras or government-approved Aadhaar Enrolment Centers and providing your demographic or biometric information. To get more information about Aadhaar Card, you need to go through this entire document.

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What is Aadhar Card

Today, Aadhar Card has become mandatory for every citizen of the country. It’s an identity card having a 12 digit unique identification number for each individual. The only issuing authority of the Aadhar Card is UIDIAI.

Once you visit your nearest Aadhaar Seva Kendra, and complete all the required verification procedure, the UIDAI finally issues you a 12-digit random Aadhaar number. This number is centralized which is unique to every citizen of the country.

If you are a resident of India and wish to obtain an Aadhar card, you need to sign up to receive your Aadhaar number. 

Please keep in mind that this number id a centralized one and every citizen of India should obtain one.

The information in this card is kept in a centralized database which is managed by the central government. Today, this card is being used as the main tool that provides benefits and various services to its citizens.


Eligibility for Enrolling in an Aadhaar Card 

As we mentioned above, the UIDAI issues Aadhaar, and so, it is the signing authority of creating it. The card is used as a unique identify evidence for numerous reasons. Please check the below given requirements for Aadhaar enrollment:

  • You must be an Indian citizen and resides in the country
  • You should reside in India but not a resident of India



Types of Aadhar Card


Aadhar Card for Indian Residents

The Aadhaar card is primarily used for all Indian citizens. It’s used to file their annual Income Tax Return (ITR). As per a new guideline from the government, all taxpayers must link their Aadhaar with PAN card. 


Aadhar Card for NRIs

Just like the above, Aadhaar cards can be applied by non-resident Indians (NRIs). Both minors and adults can apply who have their Indian passport.


Baal Aadhar Card

Baal Aadhaar or the Aadhar Card for Minors can be made for minors. For that you need to provide your identification documentation along with your parent’s residence so as to apply for a child’s Aadhaar card.

The enrollment for Aadhaar can also be done for newborns once they attain the age between 5 to 15 years. Also, they need to update their biometric information.

For children attained the age of 5 years, they have Baal Aadhaar card which is blue in color.


Documents Required to Register for an Aadhar Card

You need to provide the below documents to obtain your Aadhar Card. Please check different methods to request an Aadhaar Card: 

  • Address proof
  • PAN card
  • Photo ID cards issued by the Government
  • Voter ID
  • ECHS/CGHS photo card
  • Ration card
  • Pensioners’ photo ID card
  • Kissan photo passbook
  • NREGA job card
  • Passport 


You can use these documents as proof of address

  • Age proof
  • Passport
  • Ration card
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Passbook
  • Gas connection bill
  • Property tax receipt
  • Address card with a photo
  • Government photo ID cards
  • Bank statement

You can use these documents as age proof

  • Proof of Relationship
  • Date of birth certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • State/central pension payment order
  • SSC certificate
  • Mark sheet
  • PAN card
  • Passport

You can use these documents as relationship proof

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Job card of MNREGA
  • Family entitlement document
  • PDS card

 Before you apply, you can always download the form by visiting the official website https://uidai.gov.in. You can also perform the task offline by submitting the Aadhaar card enrolment form at your closest Aadhaar enrollment Centre to apply for a new Aadhaar card.

Before beginning the Aadhaar enrolment process, you simply need to submit the form and with required documents.

You need to pay a fee of Rs 50 for the demographic update and Rs 100 for the biometric update. It will be done at the Aadhaar Enrolment Center, especially when you try and update information on your Aadhaar card.


How to Apply for an Aadhar Card

We have already narrated you the significance of making Aadhaar. In order to apply for an Aadhar Card, you are required to follow all the steps to create one.

Please note that your Aadhaar card is generated only after the information you supplied gets verified. You can also check your Aadhaar enrollment status online. 


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How to Check the Status of an Aadhaar Application Online?

  • You can make this happen by using your “Enrollment ID” given at the Aadhaar Acknowledgement Slip. It contains the 14-digit enrolment number (1234/12345/12345) and the 14-digit date and time of enrolment (yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss). 
  • You can always check the Aadhaar enrollment status online by adhering to the below given steps:
  • First, you need to visit the UIDAI website and then select Get Aadhaar” then “Check Aadhaar Status”



  • Next, enter your enrolment number and security code
  • This is ho0w you receive your Aadhaar details along with delivery status


How to Check Aadhaar Update Status Online? 

Being a citizen of India, the government gives authority to update your Aadhaar details online and offline. If you wish to check the status Aadhaar card update online, you need to follow the below given points:

  • First, you need to click “Check Aadhaar Update Status” under “Update Aadhaar”
  • Next, enter your SRN or Service Request Number
  • It will update your Aadhaar update status online


 How to Print or Download an Online e-Aadhaar Card?

  • Umang App
  • DigiLocker Account
  • Virtual ID
  • Enrolment Number (EID)
  • Name and Date of Birth
  • Aadhaar number
  • Print and download e-Aadhaar card until your Aadhaar arrives


PVC Aadhaar Card

You may go ahead and reprinted your Aadhaar Card as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) card after the UIDAI approval. You need to pay a fee of Rs 50.

You can always apply for Aadhaar PVC card online. These Aadhaar PVC cards are more durable and equipped with numerous security measures.


How is PAN linked to Aadhaar?

The government has made it mandatory to link your PAN with Aadhaar before you start filling your ITR. This year’s (2023) cut off date for filling ITR is March 31, 2023.

However, you just need to pay Rs 500 to link your PAN to your Aadhar card. You can link your PAN to your Aadhar card using the below given methods:

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


 How to Update Your Address in Your Aadhaar Card Without Address Verification

As per the latest update on this, the UIDAI has presently stopped the service until further notice.

Further you can run into other issues if you change your residence after you get married. But now, there is nothing to worry about. You can always change the address on your Aadhaar card without providing any document. 


The Aadhaar and Bank Account Linking Process

It happened in the year 2017 where RBI notified all banks that each bank account needs to be linked with Aadhaar. You can always perform this task using the below given methods: 

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


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Using your Biometrics to lock or unlock a door

For everyone who is a citizen of this country, Aadhaar basically serves the identity proof. It also serves as the trusted address proof. This is the reason why it is one of the crucial identity documents.

UIDAI gives you the option to lock/unlock Aadhaar biometric data online. It therefore ensures the security of your Aadhaar. Check the methods to lock/unlock your Aadhaar biometric data online: 

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


 Benefits of an Aadhar Card

Being a citizen of India, you first receive an Aadhaar number which is issued by the government. It serves as a trusted identification proof across the country. Please note that an Aadhaar card offers a plethora of advantages as given below: 


Identity Card

Aadhaar is not a kind of citizenship certificate but is a form of an identification recognized by different governmental and non-governmental institutions. The card not only shows the picture of card holder but also carries biometric details like iris scans and fingerprint.

The Aadhaar card also has a QR code that can be scanned to check the authenticity of the information.


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Proof of Residence or Address

The Aadhar card mainly has the residential address of the cardholder. It can therefore serve as a residence proof as well. And so, you can produce it at any place where resident proof is required.

To be precise, you can produce your Aadhar card to procure loans, mutual funds, market investments, house loans, etc. In the same way, you can also use it elsewhere like at the time of ITR filing. You can also use Aadhaar as a legal evidence of domicile. 


Governmental Support

Beneficiaries who apply to get a government scheme need to produce their Aadhaar. As per the government instructions, they also have to link their Aadhaar with PAN card. 

In short, people can only take benefit in a government scheme if they provide their Aadhaar. There are loads of schemes launched by the central government like Atal Pension Yojna, Pahal, Food Subsidy, School Subsidy, Kerosene Subsidy, etc.


Bank Accounts

In order to prevent fraud, the government has made it clear that anyone who holds an Aadhaar needs to link it with PAN card.

At the same time, Aadhaar is also required to create Jan Dhan accounts. This is how you don’t need to connect your bank account to your Aadhar card.


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Income Tax

For taxpayers, it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar to PAN. The condition to submit your Aadhaar has been made compulsory for submitting your income tax returns. You won’t be able to file your ITR without submitting your Aadhaar card.


Call Connection

Aadhaar has already been accepted for address and identification verification procedures. The link gets activated right after you submit your Aadhaar.


Gas Connection

If you are seeking a new gas connection, you need to provide your Aadhaar details. In case, you wish to get a subsidy for your current gas connection, you need to fill out KYC form and also link your Aadhaar to your bank account. This is how you can receive your subsidy under the Pahal (DBTL) plan.


Mutual Fund

  • You can also go ahead with e-KYC for mutual fund investments only by using your Aadhar Card, It’s because the details are required by SEBI.
  • If your previous e-KYC is not in use, you can easily create your investment account using your Aadhar.


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Services for UIDAI Aadhar Card 

  • You can always make use of UIDAI website to download your Aadhaar card
  • You can even check the status of your card online if Aadhaar has been generated after enrollment
  • You can always make use of UIDAI official website to update your Aadhar card information
  • You can easily recover Aadhaar or enrollment number online
  • You can update your address details at any time by visiting the UIDAI
  • Additionally, you can also confirm your Aadhaar number using the portal
  • The residents can also have the option to update Aadhaar biometrics using mAadhaar app online
  • You can always keep a track of any kind of authentication request by using Aadhaar authentication
  • You can also grab your Aadhaar Virtual ID against your current Aadhaar number so as to safeguard your Aadhaar. This will give you an additional layer of security


Aadhar Card FAQ’s 

  • How long is my downloaded Aadhaar Card valid?
  • The Aadhaar Card will be valid for your entire life
  • What’s Aadhaar authentication and its advantages?
  • It verifies your biometric, demographic, and other information. The advantages include your identity establishment, residence verification, efficiency and transparency
  • What’s Masked Aadhaar Card?
  • The residents can now hide their Aadhaar Cards by replacing its first 8 digits with characters like “XXXX-XXXX”. It will make visible only last four digits



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