A majority of adults in the country have already enrolled themselves for Aadhaar. Although it is not mandatory for kids to possess Aadhaar, parents are looking forward to enrol their children to save them from future hassles.
How to Enrol your Child for Aadhaar?
For Children below 5 years of Age
- Go to Aadhaar Enrolment Centre and fill the Aadhaar Enrolment Form. Enclose your Aadhaar card and your child’s birth certificate. Take the original documents as well for verification purpose.
- If the child’s age is below 5 years, no biometric data will be recorded and only photograph will be required.
- The child’s Aadhaar will be linked with your UID. So, in this case, it is mandatory for parents to have Aadhaar card.
- The card issued for minors below 5 years of age is blue in colour.
For Minors above 5 years of Age
- For enrolling children above 5 years of age, parents have to enclose the child’s birth certificate and the school’s identity card or a bonafide certificate on the institution’s letterhead along with the Enrolment Form.
- Your child’s fingerprints, iris scan and photograph will be taken at the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. These details will be updated again when the child turns 15.
- Parents will have to furnish their Aadhaar card as well.
- If at a later stage in life, fingerprints and other biometric details do not match, the applicant can get these details updated.
Now-a-days, hospitals have also started enrolling newly born children into the Aadhaar system before the baby is discharged from the hospital.
Documents Required for Minor Aadhaar Card
There are not many documents required for a kid’s Aadhaar enrolment. Guardians have to provide the following four documents to get their child enrolled for Aadhaar:
- Birth certificate of the child
- Aadhaar card details of the child’s parents
- Address proof of the child’s parents
- Identity proof of the child’s parents
Things to Know About Aadhaar for Children
Let us go through a few points that you should know before applying for your child’s Aadhaar:
- New-born children are also eligible for Aadhaar enrolment.
- For children below 5 years of age, no biometric data is collected initially as their details may change completely afterwards.
- When the child reaches the age of 5 years, his biometric details such as fingerprints, iris scan and photograph are taken and linked with his Aadhaar. Aadhaar number once assigned does not change even in case of children.
- After the child attains 15 years of age, his biometric data is taken once again and this data remains permanently attached with the Aadhaar.
Why Children Need Aadhaar?
Aadhaar can be very useful for your child even if he has not turned 18. Below mentioned are a few benefits of having Aadhaar card:
Identity Proof – Aadhaar is used as a proof of identity by people of all ages. It can be used to establish the identity of minors in railway and flight bookings, school admissions, etc. It can also be used to get other government documents made such as the voter ID card, driving licence, PAN card, etc. once the person attains 18 years of age.
For opening a minor bank account – Aadhaar can be used for opening a minor bank account for your child. Most banks, today, open bank accounts by accepting Aadhaar as the proof of identity and residence. The child also has to provide ID proof and birth certificate but if birth certificate is not present, Aadhaar can be used in its place. However, the guardian’s Aadhaar is mandatory for opening a minor bank account.
For investing in mutual funds – Aadhaar can also be used for mutual fund investments in the name of a minor child. Normally, the birth certificate of the child is required but many funding companies accept Aadhaar as well.
For Government subsidies – The government has made it compulsory for children to have Aadhaar card for mid-day meals across the country. Many government scholarship schemes also require students to furnish their Aadhaar when they apply for them.