Every single individual born on this planet is somewhat different from another. Varied factors like caste, creed, religion, colour, nationality etc. align them from one another. Therefore, the need for a special identification system is felt by one and all at some point. The Central Government of India felt the need to have one such system that would easily distinguish one individual from another. So, in January 2009, it laid the foundation of a special agency called the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI. The sole objective of UIDAI is to issue Aadhaar Cards to applicants applying for it that would contain biometric as well as demographic details of each Indian citizen. Thus, an Aadhar card, which is a special twelve digit identification number, provides different identities to different individuals.
Application Process How to Get Aadhaar Card
The application of getting Aadhaar card is a voluntary and not mandatory method on the part of the subscriber applying for it. It solely depends on the wish of the individual whether he wants to apply for it or not. But if one is willing to apply for Aadhaar card, a proper method has to be followed. One is supposed to follow a set of instructions that is verified by UIDAI like filling the relevant form, providing correct and complete personal details, etc. Only after verification of the details provided by the applicant, would he be allotted the card. The enrolment process of Aadhaar card is very important. Let us have a detailed look on the application procedure for Aadhaar card:
- First of all, an individual must always remember that an Aadhaar number is not something that can be applied for online. Only appointments at UIDAI-authorized Aadhaar Enrolment Centres can be booked online.
- These centres are situated at various places in India and the applicant can find the address online https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx.
- The applicant needs to carry a proper identity proof and proof of his residential address while visiting the Enrolment Centre.
- One must always keep in mind to reach the centre. Failure to do so will result in missing the appointment and wastage of time.
- Another important task is filling out the Aadhaar card form.
- This form is available at Aadhaar card centre as well as on the website
- The form available in the centre is free of cost and the applicant must fill it out fully and then submit it in the centre itself.
- The online form must first be downloaded before filling it out completely. After that, the applicant must take out a proper and clear print out of that filled form and then submit it to the authorized centre to save time.
- After properly submitting the form in the UIDAI authorized Aadhaar card centre, the Aadhaar card enrolment process starts where a photograph, iris scan as well as fingerprint scan of the applicant is taken. After the enrolment process is completed, the applicant is provided with an acknowledgement slip that is viable till the time the applicant receives a copy of the original Aadhaar card.
- This acknowledgement slip contains a 14-digit enrolment number that enables the applicant to keep a proper tab on the Aadhaar card application status.
- All the data furnished by the Aadhaar card applicant is thoroughly checked and verified by UIDAI solely.
- Only upon proper verification by the agency, the applicant becomes capable to get the original Aadhaar card number.
- If any fault is found in the details mentioned by the applicant, the UIDAI revokes the issuance of the Aadhaar card.
- Upon successful verification of all the details of the applicant, the applicant gets notified either by an SMS or an email in the applicant’s mailing address.
- Then after some days, the Aadhaar number of the applicant gets printed on his Aadhaar card and is then sent to the address verified by him through post.
- If the applicant wishes to check the status of his Aadhaar card, he can visit the official website of UIDAI, type in the enrolment number that was provided to him and get the status.
- If Aadhaar card has already been allotted, an SMS will be sent regarding the same on the registered mobile number provided by the applicant.
- There can be several reasons for which the applicant is not allotted an Aadhaar card. These reasons may be lack of certain documents, failure to submit the required documents or wrong information mentioned in the application form.
- It can also happen if the supporting documents are not verified and also if the applicant is unable to register his biometrics like fingerprints and iris scans.
If these situations arise, the UIDAI holds the right and authority to not issue the Aadhaar card.
Places where Aadhaar Enrolment is done by the Registrar General of India
In India, there are many states, districts as well as Union Territories where the Aadhaar card enrolment process is done by the Registrar General of India. These states, districts and union territories are as follows:
- Arunachal Pradesh.
- Jammu and Kashmir.
- Tamil Nadu.
- West Bengal.
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- Uttara Kannada.
- Bangalore rural.
FAQs of Getting Aadhaar Card
Q. How to get Aadhaar Card without Enrolment Number?
A. In case you have forgotten your Aadhaar Enrolment Number, you can simply visit one of the Aadhaar Enrolment Centres and use your biometrics to get your Aadhaar number without enrolment number. You can also visit https://resident.uidai.gov.in/find-uid-eid and enter details to get Aadhar card without enrolment number.
Q. How to get Aadhaar card if lost??
A. In case you lose your Aadhaar card, you can either download it online or download the mAadhaar application in your smartphone. You can also request for a duplicate Aadhaar from UIDAI that will be sent to you by post.
Q. How to get Aadhaar card by post?
A. In case you want a duplicate Aadhaar card, you can send an application with your Aadhaar details and supporting documents to UIDAI and request for the issuance of a duplicate Aadhaar. Also, you can call UIDAI’s toll free number 1800-300-1947 and request for a duplicate Aadhaar that will be sent to you by post. People can get Aadhaar card without mobile number via this method.
Q. How to get Aadhaar card for NRIs?
A. NRIs residing in India can apply for an Aadhaar card. The procedure of obtaining Aadhaar for such individuals is similar to that of a normal Indian citizen.