The Central Government has declared that it has deactivated around 81 lakh Aadhaar cards till date. The announcement was made by the minister of state for Electronics and IT, PP Chaudhary, in the Rajya Sabha. However, UIDAI, the authority responsible for issuance and maintenance of Aadhaar does not have the year-wise, state-wise and reason-wise data of Aadhaar deactivation.
Reasons for the Deactivation of Aadhaar
Aadhaar has been deactivated for a number of reasons. These reasons have been mentioned in the section 27 and section 28 of the Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guidelines. As per these guidelines, a person’s Aadhaar can be deactivated by the regional UIDAI authority on following grounds:
- If there are multiple holders having same demographic and biometric details, all Aadhaar numbers are likely to be deactivated
- Children below five years do not have to provide their biometrics before they attain 5 years of age. But once they are 5 years old, they have to submit their biometric data within 2 years. If this is not done, Aadhaar for that applicant is liable to be deactivated by the regional authority
- Children below 15 years of age have to submit their final biometric data when they turn 15. They are given 2 years to submit their data. If they fail to do so, their biometric data is also deactivated
How to verify whether your Aadhaar is still active or not?
UIDAI has made it very simple for people to check whether their Aadhaar is active or not. They can check it online by visiting the UIDAI’s website. They can follow the steps mentioned below and check whether their Aadhaar is still active or not.
Visit UIDAI’s website https://uidai.gov.in/ and click on the “Verify Aadhaar Number” option mentioned under the Aadhaar Services section as highlighted in the image below. When you click the option, you will be taken to the Aadhaar verification page.
Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and the security code in boxes provided on the page. Now click on the “Verify” button. Users can also directly visit this section of the website through this link https://resident.uidai.gov.in/aadhaarverification.
If your Aadhaar is active, a page will be displayed mentioning “Aadhaar Verification Completes!” Your Aadhaar number will be mentioned on the page along with other details such as your age band, gender, state and mobile number.
What to do if your Aadhaar is deactivated?
In case your Aadhaar is deactivated because of any of the above-mentioned reasons, you will have to follow these steps to get your Aadhaar reactivated.
- Visit the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. You can find out the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre online by visiting https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx
- Fill the Aadhaar update form. You can also download the form online from https://uidai.gov.in/images/UpdateRequestFormV2.pdf
- Submit all the required documents for the proof of identity, proof of residence and proof of date of birth, if required
- Your biometric data will be re-verified or updated if you failed to provide it beforehand
- A fee of Rs 25 will be charged from the applicant
- Your request will be submitted and you will be given an acknowledgement slip that contains the Update Request Number (URN). This number can be used to track the status of your updation request
You can check the status of your Aadhaar update request by visiting https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/check-status.