10 Things You Must Know About “Aadhaar”-Unique Identity Card Issued in India

1.    “Aadhaar”- Card is an Identification Card 

having with a 12 digits individual identification number, issued by the ‘Unique Identification  Authority of India’ of the Planning Commission  on behalf of the Government of India.

2.    This ‘Aadhaar’-Card will serve as a “Proof of Identity”/PoI  and “Proof of Address”/PoA, anywhere in India.

3.    Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI can enrol for Aadhaar. Each individual needs to enroll only once which is free of cost.

4.    Aadhaar will be Easily verifiable in an online, cost-effective way, unique and robust enough to eliminate the large number of duplicate and fake identities in government and private databases

5.    A random number generated, devoid of any classification based on caste, creed, religion and geography

6.    You can go to any authorized Aadhaar enrollment center anywhere in India, wherever established, with your identity and address proofs.

7.    UIDAI process accepts 18 documents as the Proof of Identity /PoI and 33 documents as the Proof of Address/PoA,  including the following documents:

  • Election photo ID card,
  • Ration card,
  • Passport,
  • Driving license,
  • Government Id Cards,
  • IT PAN Card,
  • Water/Elelectricity/Telephone bills for the last 3 months,
  • Certificate of Identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead and
  • Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA /Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead or by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas).
8.Even if someone in a family does not have individual valid documents, the resident can still enrol if his/her name exists in family entitlement document.
In this case the Head of Family in entitlement document needs to be enrolled first with valid PoI &; PoA document. The head of the household can then introduce other members in the family while they are enrolling. UIDAI accepts 8 documents as proof of the relationship (enquire for the same at the Aadhaar Enrolement Center) .
Where there are no documents available, resident may also take the help of “Introducers” available at the enrolment centre. The Introducers are notified by the Registrar. For further details please contact office of the concerned Registrar.

9.    At the ‘Aadhaar Enrollment Center’, you will have to  fill your personal details within the form.
Your photo, finger-prints and iris scan will also be taken as a part of the enrollment. You can review the details you have provided and make corrections during enrolment itself. You will get an acknowledgment slip with an temporary enrolment number and other details captured during enrolment.

10.    Based on your information provided, your details will be verified centrally. If your application is successful, an Aadhaar number will be generated and mailed to your address.
The waiting time for receiving the “Aadhaar” card may normally vary from 60-90 days.

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