Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the government of India to every individual resident of India.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI), is the responsible body for managing Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar identification.

Online Aadhar Card download is an option provided by UIDAI to download e-Aadhar Card upon its generation or at anytime needed. e-Aadhar Card download through UIDAI portal is for free and the procedure to download is also very easy.

There are a number of cases where one loses an Aadhar card or does not carry the Aadhar card where needed. If such is the case, you can instantly download it from the official UIDAI site.

There are a number of options given by UIDAI to download e-Aadhar card, as listed in this article.

5 Ways to Download Your E-Aadhaar

E-Aadhaar is a password protected by an electronic copy of the Aadhaar card, which is digitally signed by the competent Authority of UIDAI.

e-Aadhar is a password protected and it is also digitally signed by the competent authority of the UIDAI. All the information in your Aadhar will also be there on your e-Aadhar Card.

Here are the different ways to download e-Aadhar from the UIDAI website:

1. Download by Using Your Aadhaar Number

If you have your Aadhar number with you and want to download and print your e-Aadhaar card online, you need to follow the below mentioned steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website page of Aadhar at https://uidai.gov.in/

Step 2: Take your cursor on the ‘My Aadhar’ tab.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option or you can directly visit this link https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

Step 4: Select the ‘Aadhaar Number’ option.

Step 5:  Now enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number. Select the ‘I want a masked Aadhaar” option if you do not want to show full digits of your Aadhaar number.

Step 6: Enter the Captcha Verification Code and click on ‘Send OTP‘ option to get the one time password on your registered mobile number.

Step 7: Enter the OTP received on your mobile number in the highlighted space.

Step 8: After entering the OTP, complete the ‘Take a Quick survey‘ questions on the same webpage and click ‘Verify And Download’ to download the e-Aadhaar card.

Step 9: e-Aadhaar copy in PDF format will be downloaded in your system but remember it is a password protected document. You need to type a password as shown below to view your e-Aadhar PDF.

2. Download by Using Enrolment Number (EID)

e-Aadhar Card can be downloaded from the UIDAI official website using the Enrolment ID (EID) which would be present in the acknowledgment slip which was given during the enrolment process.

For this you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website page of Aadhar at https://uidai.gov.in/

Step 2: Take your cursor on ‘My Aadhar’ tab.

Step 3: Click on ‘Download Aadhaar’ option or you can directly visit this link https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

Step 4: Select the ‘Enrolment ID (EID)’ option.

Step 5: Enter your 14-digit enrolment ID number and 14-digit time and date values in the space provided.

Step 6: After that follow the same steps as mentioned in the case of download by Aadhar number above.

  • Enter the Captcha Verification Code and click on ‘Send OTP‘ option to get the one time password on your registered mobile number.
  •  Enter the OTP received on your mobile number in the highlighted space.
  • Complete the ‘Take a Quick survey‘ questions on the same webpage.
  • Click ‘Verify And Download’ to download the e-Aadhaar card.
  • And open it with the right password.

3. Download by Using a Virtual ID (VID)

Downloading Aadhaar number through the Virtual ID (VID) is the latest addition to UIDAI’s portal for e-Aadhaar download.

VID is a temporary 16-digit number that can be mapped to your Aadhar Card number and one can not get your Aadhar number using the VID.

VID can be used in case you don’t want to share your Aadhar ID for any of the processes that require Aadhar ID.

In those cases, VID can be produced and VID is validity is not mentioned as of now and it will be valid till another new VID is generated. One can generate Virtual ID for any number of times.

Follow the below-mentioned steps to download e-Aadhaar card using the VID online:

Step 1: Visit the official website page of Aadhar at https://uidai.gov.in/

Step 2: Take your cursor on ‘My Aadhar’ tab.

Step 3: Click on ‘Download Aadhaar’ option or you can directly visit this link https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

Step 4: Select the ‘Virtual ID (VID)’ option.

Step 5: Enter your 16-digit virtual ID (VID), your full name, pin code, and the security code in the space provided.

Step 6: After that, follow the same steps as mentioned in the case of download by Aadhar number above.

  • Enter the Captcha Verification Code and click on ‘Send OTP‘ option to get the one time password on your registered mobile number.
  •  Enter the OTP received on your mobile number in the highlighted space.
  • Complete the ‘Take a Quick survey‘ question on the same webpage.
  • Click ‘Verify And Download’ to download the e-Aadhaar card.
  • And open it with the right password.

4. Download by Using a DigiLocker Account

DigiLocker has collaborated with UIDAI to make it available to the cardholders on linking the DigiLocker account with Aadhaar.

It is a cloud-based platform for the issuance, storage, sharing and verification of documents and certificates in a digital form, which enables the registered organization to provide electronic copies into digital lockers allotted to the citizens of India.

Follow the below mentioned steps to download Aadhaar from DigiLocker Account:

Step 1: Visit the official website page of DigiLocker at https://digilocker.gov.in/ and click on ‘Sign In‘ button

Step 2: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number to login to your DigiLocker account and click on ‘Verify’ to get an OTP in your registered mobile number.

Step 3: Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click ‘Verify OTP’

Step 4: ‘Issued Document’ page appears and you can download e-Aadhaar using the ‘Save’ icon

5. Download by Using DigiLocker Account – Umang App

For downloading Aadhaar through Umang applicants need to follow the simple process mentioned below::

Step 1: Download and open the Umang App from the play store (for android user)

Step 2: Click ‘Aadhaar Card’ under ‘all services tab‘.

Step 3: Click ‘View Aadhaar Card From DigiLocker

Step 4: Login with your DigiLocker Account or Aadhaar number as mentioned in the above case.

Step 5: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number and click on ‘Verify OTP‘.

Step 6: Now you can download your e-Aadhaar by clicking on the download icon

Things to Remember

1.You cannot download e-Aadhaar if your mobile number is not registered with UIDAI.

2. UIDAI sends an OTP to the registered mobile number for authentication before allowing you to download the e-Aadhaar card PDF.

3. You cannot download the Aadhaar card without entering the correct OTP.

4. You can download the e-Aadhaar card PDF as many times as you want.

5. Downloaded e-Aadhaar can be used in place of your original Aadhaar card everywhere.

6. After downloading the e-Aadhaar, you can get a print out by entering the 8 digit password.

The Bottom Line

In today’s scenario, every single person carries a smartphone. So, it is a smarter choice to have an e-Aadhar which comes handy.

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