Aadhar Card

What is Aadhar Card?

Aadhaar 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.

Aadhaar Card is now mandatory to file income tax returns from FY 2016-17. Also Aadhaar card serves as a proof of identity and address for every Indian individual including children and infants in India.

Services And Benefits of Aadhar card:
The UIDAI provides a platform for Aadhaar that helps authorities to electronically validate the identity of residents safely and quickly. The online Aadhaar portal also makes service delivery more economical and effective. The Aadhar services provided online are mentioned here –

  • A resident who wants to register for Aadhaar can locate various bank/post office Aadhar centres – for enrolment or updation in Aadhar.
  • After the registration is complete, the resident can check the status of Aadhar application online.
  • To verify if the Aadhaar number is valid and is not deactivated, an Aadhaar cardholder can avail the UIDAI service.
  • UIDAI also allows a resident to verify email ID and mobile number by accessing the online service.
  • Aadhar authentication is safe because the cardholder can use UIDAI service to lock and unlock their biometrics.
  • A resident can check if an Aadhaar card is linked to the bank account through the service that fetches the linking status from NPCI Server.
  • The facility to check Aadhar Authentication history lets a cardholder view the details of authentication done with his/her Aadhar card.
Process to Apply Aadhar Card
  • The very first step in applying for an Aadhar card, assuming that you have all the document you’ll need, will be to book the appointment and then visiting the enrolment centre. You can book an appointment by visiting the official website of UIDAI.
  • The first step is to find an enrolment centre near you.
  • Once you have found the centre, you can book an appointment online .
  • If you don’t want to book an appointment, you can even visit the centre without one but an appointment will save you a lot of time an effort.
  • On the day of the appointment you need to ensure that you are present well in advance of the time appointed so that there is no possibility of missing it. Once you are at the centre here are the thing you will be expected to do: 
  • The very first thing you will need to do is to fill out the enrolment form. You can fill up the form before you go for the appointment too since it is available online.
  • Once you have filled up the form, submit it along with the supporting documents.
  • The supporting documents will include a proof of identity and a proof of address.
  • Once the documents are submitted and they are accepted, you will have to submit biometric data too. This will include an impression of your fingerprints and your iris.
  • They will also take a photograph of you for the records.
  • Once all the details are collected, you are done for the day but make sure you don’t leave without taking the acknowledgement slip of your enrolment. This will have your 14 digit enrolment number on it which will help you keep a check on the status of your application.
Required document for Aadhar: 
  • SSLC Certificate or Book.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Passport.
  • PAN Card.
  • Certificate of Date of Birth that is issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on a letterhead.
  • Government Photo ID Cards or PSU Issued Photo Identity Card that contains the DoB.