Linking Aadhaar with your mobile number has been made mandatory by the Government as per the order passed by the Supreme Court. Mobile subscribers have to get their mobile number re-verified with Aadhaar on or before 31st March, 2018 otherwise their mobile number will be deactivated till it is re-verified with Aadhaar. There are three methods to re-verify mobile numbers with Aadhaar. Follow the steps on how to link Aadhaar with mobile number online & offline:
- Visiting the telecom operator’s store/ retailer
- Through OTP
- Through IVR facility
How to Link Aadhaar Number with SIM Card Offline
Linking Aadhaar number with sim card number is mandatory now as per the government and Supreme Court. To link your Aadhaar with your phone number, you will have to visit your service provider’s outlet and follow the process mentioned below to link your Aadhaar with mobile number easily:
- Visit your telecom operator’s outlet/store.
- Carry a self-attested copy of your Aadhaar card.
- Provide your mobile number.
- The store executive will send an OTP to the mobile number that has to be linked.
- Provide the OTP to the executive for verification.
- Now provide your fingerprint to the executive.
- You will receive a confirmation SMS from your telecom operator.
Reply ‘Y’ to complete the e-KYC process.
How to Link Aadhaar with Mobile Number through OTP
Mobile subscribers can link their number with Aadhar and re-verify it through OTP-based method as well. However, only those customers who already have their mobile numbers linked with Aadhaar will be able to use this re-verification method. Users will have to follow the offline process to link their SIM card with Aadhaar by visiting a retailer or a store in case their number is not linked with Aadhaar. Here’s how you can link Aadhaar with your mobile number online or via OTP:
- Call 14546 from your mobile number
- Choose whether you are an Indian or an NRI
- Give your consent to re-verify Aadhaar by pressing 1
- Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and confirm it by pressing 1
- An OTP is generated and sent to the registered mobile number
- Give consent to your operator to access your name, photo and DOB from UIDAI
- IVR reads out the last 4 digits of your mobile number
- If correct, enter the OTP received
Press 1 to complete the process
Document Required for Linking Aadhaar with your Mobile Number
The only document required for linking Aadhaar with mobile connection is a self-attested copy of your Aadhar card. You do not have to provide any other document, address proof or identity proof for this purpose.
FAQs on Linking Aadhaar with Mobile Number
Q. What is the fee for mobile verification with Aadhaar?
A. Mobile subscribers are not charged by the telecom operators for the verification of mobile number with Aadhaar. It is free of cost.
Q. What is the last date for re-verifications of SIM card with Aadhaar?
A. The last date for re-verification of mobile number with Aadhaar has been extended to 31st March 2018 from 6th February 2018.
Q. Can we link Aadhaar number with mobile number online?
A. Currently, there is no provision for linking Aadhaar with sim cards online. However, you can do it offline, through IVR or through OTP.
Q. What will be the consequence if the linking process is not completed?
A. If a mobile subscriber fails to link the mobile number with Aadhaar by March 31st, 2018, his connection will be deactivated until the re-verification is done again.
Q. I have already submitted Aadhar card as address proof at the time of purchasing a sim card. Should I do this process again?
A. Those mobile numbers that were issued after biometric verification shall not be liable to link Aadhaar. Only those customers will fall in this category that had opted for e-KYC by Aadhaar-based verification by providing the biometric data (thumb impression) at the time of applying for the connection. For everyone else, they have to get the verification done again.
Q. Are there facilities for senior citizens and specially-enabled?
A. The government has asked telecom operators to provide facilities for senior citizens and specially-enabled to link Aadhaar by sending their representatives to their home.
Q. How can many numbers from one operator be added to one Aadhaar?
A. You can link all numbers of one company with Aadhaar by visiting the telecom operator’s store in case of postpaid connection or a retailer in case of a prepaid connection.
Q. Is the Aadhaar based e-KYC verification process for all customers?
A. All customers have to get their mobile numbers linked with Aadhaar to prevent from deactivation.
Q. Is the method of verification same for postpaid and prepaid subscribers?
A. Yes, the process of linking mobile number with Aadhaar is same for prepaid as well as postpaid connection. It’s just that prepaid customers have to visit a retailer whereas postpaid customers have to visit the store of the operator.
Q. I do not have Aadhaar card. What should I do now to avoid disconnections?
A. The last date for linking Aadhaar with your mobile connection is 31st March, 2018. You can apply for Aadhaar now and get it made and then link it with your mobile before the deadline ends.