Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identifying number provided by the UIDAI to every Indian resident on behalf of the government. It's a biometric document that saves your personal information in a government database. Every resident can apply for an Aadhaar number under the Aadhaar Act of 2016. 

To apply for Aadhaar, you must provide the essential aadhar support document at the UIDAI-authorized centres for verification purposes. The documents required for aadhar card are separated into four categories: proof of identity, proof of address, proof of date of birth, and proof of relationship. 

Here we will discuss the benefits of aadhar card and eligibility for aadhar enrollment. All the aadhar card documents required for enrollment are also listed on this page.

Benefits of Aadhar Card

Pan Card & Income tax

In September 2018, the Supreme Court affirmed the linkage of Aadhar with the PAN. This Aadhaar-PAN connection is required to submit your tax returns using your PAN card.

Trading Account Opening 

The Know Your Customer (KYC) process is an important process for creating a trading account. With the help of an Aadhar card, the process can be easily completed and validated online.

Identity Card

Aadhaar is a biometric identity verification system. It is widely used as a picture identification card in India. Hence, it can be used as identity proof for official or travel purposes. 

Passport in 10 days

You will no longer need to bring various papers to apply for a passport. UIDAI has made your passport application process easier by allowing you to utilize your Aadhar card. Renewals are also simple with the assistance of an Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar.

Driving license

According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Aadhaar can be used as evidence of address and age. You can also link your Aadhar card number to your driving license to prevent duplicate license holders. 

Proof of Residence

Aadhar is recognized as a genuine government document that may be used as evidence of residency to access different government and private services.

Government Subsidy

  • To ensure transparency in the use of government subsidies, all government assistance programs are connected to the beneficiary’s ‘Aadhaar’ number.
  • Various programs, like old-age pensions, the Public Distribution System, are being connected with ‘Aadhaar’ to avoid duplicacy.

Bank Accounts

Aadhaar and Pan Card have now become the fundamental requirements for opening a bank account; but, according to a recent Supreme Court ruling, linking your Aadhaar with the bank account is not required. However, if you link your Aadhar card to your bank account, you would have access to your linked accounts across the nation.

Gas Connections

The 12-digit unique identity number given by the UIDAI, dubbed ‘Aadhaar,’ is useful for receiving LPG subsidy funds directly into your bank account.

The Direct Benefit Transfer, commonly known as the PAHAL Scheme, is a program that assists you in receiving the LPG Subsidy.

Mutual Funds

SEBI has made it necessary for all accounts to undergo KYC before they can be established. The Aadhar card number facilitates e-KYC for the application procedure.

Monthly pension

To avoid pension system fraud, retirees should connect their Aadhar card number with their pension account to collect a pension.

Provident funds

The presence of several EPF member ids makes consolidation a tough process. You can, however, simply withdraw or transfer your provident fund with the use of a UAN. In the absence of a UAN, you can activate it using your Aadhar card. Though the Aadhaar connection is not required to withdraw your PF, it is a good practice to connect your UAN to your Aadhaar.

Jan Dhan Yojana

Aadhar is also the sole document required to establish a bank account under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). You may, however, open this PMJDY account with the use of additional papers.

Details on the Aadhaar Card

Aadhar Card contains information about the individual who has enrolled in it. Some Aadhar information is printed on the card, while others are encrypted and kept in a QR code for security and may only be accessed through authorized channels.

The following information is written on the Aadhar card-

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Aadhar Card Number
  • Gender
  • Photograph
  • Residential Address
  • QR code representing the Aadhar card number
  • Fingerprints
  • IRIS Scan

Enrolling for Aadhar Card

There are several steps to enrolling in Aadhaar. This includes the following-

  • Paying a visit to the Aadhaar enrollment center.
  • Filling out the enrollment form correctly.
  • Submitting your demographic and biometric information.
  • Proof of identification and proof of address is also required.
  • Following this, you will receive an Aadhaar acknowledgment slip with your Enrolment number. Enrollment in Aadhaar is completely free. The procedure for obtaining an Aadhar card is the same for all Indian citizens – By accessing the official website, you can find an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre in Tier I cities.

List of Aadhar Card Documents

The Aadhar supporting documents are of various kinds: Aadhar support documents for address, address proof, date of birth and many more. Therefore, the list of required documents for the Aadhar card update is mentioned below.

Aadhaar Support Documents for Proof of Identity

Any of these following documents serve as evidence of identity for aadhar card enrollment or update:

  • Passport
  • Ration card
  • NREGA job card
  • Government photo ID cards
  • PAN card
  • Photo Bank ATM card
  • ECHS/CGHS photo card
  • Driving license
  • Voter ID
  • Arms license
  • Photo ID issued by an authorized educational institution
  • Photo credit card
  • Aadhar gazetted form with photo
  • Kissan photo passbook
  • Pensioner photo card
  • Freedom fighter photo card
  • Disability ID card or handicapped medical certificate
  • Address card containing name and picture issued by the Department of Posts

Aadhaar Documents Required for Address Proof

Documents required for aadhar card address verification assist in confirming that your address corresponds to where you claim to reside. Ensure you provide the correct address in your application form since your Aadhaar card will be mailed to the same address. 

You can provide any of the following papers as proof of address-

  • Bank statement
  • Passbook
  • Ration card
  • Passport
  • A Signed letter with a photo from the bank on a letterhead
  • Insurance document
  • A Signed letter along with a photo issued by a registered company on a letterhead
  • Arms licence
  • Post office statement or passbook
  • Voter ID
  • Government photo ID cards 
  • A Signed letter with a photo issued by a recognized educational institution on a letterhead
  • Driving license
  • Water bill 
  • Electricity bill 
  • Property tax receipt 
  • Address card that has a photo issued by the Department of Posts
  • Gas connection bill 
  • Passport of parents for children below 18
  • Disability ID card
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Registered lease/sale/rent agreement
  • Caste and domicile certificate with photo
  • Telephone bill
  • Credit card statement (shouldn’t be older than 3 months)
  • NREGA job card
  • Pensioner card
  • Kissan passbook
  • Freedom fighter card
  • Income tax assessment order
  • ECHS/CGHS card
  • For rural areas, a certificate of address issued by the village panchayat head or an equivalent authority
  • Marriage certificate containing address and issued by the government
  • State or central government-issued allotment letter of accommodation 

Aadhaar Supporting Documents for Date of Birth Proof

Official papers stating your date of birth help establish that the date you've given is correct. You can provide any of the following papers as evidence of the date of birth:

  • Passport
  • SSC certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • PAN card
  • A Certificate of date of birth issued by a gazetted officer on a letterhead
  • State/central pension payment order
  • Mark sheet that is issued by a government university or board

Baal-Aadhaar

A newborn/minor child’s Aadhaar card is referred to as a ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card. It is blue and, unlike the adult card, does not carry biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans of the cardholder.

  • Locate the nearest enrollment center using the UIDAI website and a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • For authentication, one of the child’s parents must submit their Aadhaar number. Baal Aadhaar will be connected to the Aadhaar of the parents.
  • Fill out the Baal Aadhar application form with all essential information and a cellphone number to which you want to register Baal Adhaar.
  • A picture will be taken of the child/minor. If the kid is under the age of five, no biometrics will be taken.
  • Collect the acknowledgement slip after completing the preceding procedures.
  • After receiving a verification SMS to the telephone number provided in the application form, Baal Aadhar will be delivered to the specified address.

Aadhar Mitra - UIDAI Chatbot

UIDAI launched the new AI/ML-based chatbot, ‘Aadhar Mitra’, for easier access, experience, and query resolution. It is present on the UIDAI's official website.

The chatbot has various in-built features that assist in checking the enrollment of Aadhar Card, the update status, location of enrollment centres, tracking of Aadhar card status, reporting grievances, etc.

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