Have you lost your Aadhaar card? Do you want to get a reprint of your Aadhaar again? As per a recent update, UIDAI’s Aadhaar Reprint service is no longer functional. However, you can always download your e-Aadhaar and get it printed in case you have lost your Aadhaar card hard copy. Alternatively, you can also avail a new Aadhaar PVC card by applying online on the UIDAI portal. The PVC Card is comparatively more durable, easy to carry and available at a nominal fee. Read on to know more about the various means to secure a hard copy of Aadhaar Card for yourself:
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How to Order Aadhaar PVC Card Online
As per the UIDAI website, you can easily order your Aadhaar PVC Card online via the official website using your Aadhaar Number, Enrolment ID or Virtual ID. The steps for the same are as follows:
Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website
Step 2: Click on ‘Order Aadhaar PVC Card’
Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar Number or 16-digit Virtual ID or 28-digit EID and the security code
Step 4: Now, tick the check box in case your mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar Card and mention the non-registered mobile number
Step 5: Click on the ‘Send OTP’ or ‘Enter TOTP’ button if you have a registered mobile number
Step 6: Your one-time password will be sent to the option as selected in the previous step. Enter the OTP and click on ‘Submit’
Step 7: You can now preview the Aadhaar card details (only if your mobile number is registered with Aadhaar)
Step 9: Upon successful payment, you can download the payment slip
As per the UIDAI website, once you raise the request for Aadhaar PVC Card, the UIDAI will hand over the card to the post office within 5 working days (excluding the date of request) and the PVC card will be delivered through Speed Post on your residential address.
Features of Aadhaar PVC Card
Aadhaar PVC Card comes with the following latest security features:
- Secure QR Code
- Micro Text
- Issue Date and Print Date
- Ghost Image
- Embossed Aadhaar Logo
- Guilloche Pattern
It is also easy to carry and more durable than the paperback variant.
Print e Aadhaar Instead of Aadhaar Reprint
Another means to secure a hard copy of your Aadhaar Card is to download eAadhaar and get a printout of the same.
eAadhaar is the electronic form of Aadhaar and has a QR code for offline verification with Issue Date and Download Date. It is equally valid as any other form of Aadhaar Card. eAadhaar is automatically generated with every Aadhaar enrolment or update and it can be downloaded free of cost from the UIDAI website using your registered mobile number.
Points to Consider while Trying to Retrieve a Hard Copy of your Aadhaar
- All forms of Aadhaar are equally valid including Aadhaar Letter, e-Aadhaar, masked e-Aadhaar, m-Aadhaar, and the Aadhaar PVC Card
- The Aadhaar PVC Card can be secured both by those whose mobile numbers are registered with Aadhaar as well as by those whose mobile numbers are not registered against their Aadhaar number. The eAadhaar can be downloaded only if your mobile number is registered with Aadhaar.
- A nominal fee of Rs. 50 (inclusive of GST and speed post charges) needs to be paid to obtain the PVC Aadhaar card. The eAadhaar can be downloaded from the UIDAI website completely free of cost.
- In case of Aadhaar PVC card, the option of Aadhaar preview is available only if you have a registered mobile number.
- The speed post consignment/AWB Number is sent to the mobile number mentioned at the time of placing the request for a PVC Card.
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Q. Can I choose to use any form of Aadhaar?
Yes, you can choose to have and use any form of Aadhaar as per your convenience. All forms of Aadhaar are equally valid as proof of identity and no preference is given to any one form of Aadhaar over the others.
Q. Can I order the delivery of Aadhaar card to another address?
The Aadhaar card will be delivered to the address mentioned on the card. There is no provision to get the card delivered to any address other than that mentioned in the Aadhaar card.
Q. What is SRN?
SRN or Service Request Number is a 28-digit unique number that is automatically generated after you raise a request for Aadhaar Card and can be used to track the Aadhaar PVC card status. The number is provided to the applicant at the time of making the transaction.
Q. What is the AWB number?
Airway Bill Number or AWB refers to the tracking number issued by the India Post for the products to be delivered through speed post.
Q. Who can get Aadhaar PVC Card?
Any individual having a 12-digit Aadhaar Card can easily apply for Aadhaar PVC Card. Users having mobile numbers registered with Aadhaar as well as those whose mobile numbers are not registered can order a PVC Card online.
Q. Are SRN and AWB needed to get my eAadhaar?
No. eAadhaar is generated automatically with every Aadhaar enrolment/ update. You can simply download your eAadhaar free of cost from the UIDAI website using your registered mobile number.