What is Aadhaar card?
Aadhaar is the largest biometric ID system in the World. Aadhaar is an official document issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Indian Government to the general public. Aadhaar card contains your name, address and photograph. Aadhaar is a 12 digit number based on biometric and demographic data.
Aadhaar card can be used as a document for identity, address and age proof. Aadhaar card is issued only to the resident Indian citizens. Aadhaar is an extremely important document as it contains sensitive information and hence utmost care must be taken at all times.
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Eligibility criteria for Aadhaar Card:
All resident Indian citizens are eligible for Aadhaar card. The applicant must be at least 3 years old. Biometrics will not be captured for those applicants who are less than 5 years of age. Only photograph will be captured. They have to visit Aadhaar enrollment center when they turn 5, to provide biometrics to update in the Aadhaar database. They must update their biometrics again at an Aadhaar center when they turn 15.
Benefits to having Aadhaar card
- Identity card: This is the most basic use of Aadhaar card. Aadhaar card serves as a document for identity, age and address proof.
- Availing of benefits: Most government benefits are provided by linking the Aadhaar card of the beneficiaries to bank account. Having Aadhaar card eases the process of availing benefits from the government.
- Ease of availability: Aadhaar can be easily accessed online on the official website of UIDAI.
- Data is protected: Aadhaar data is highly protected and the risk of misuse is minimal.
- Jan Dhan Yojana: Jan Dhan Yojana mandatorily requires possession of Aadhaar card.
- Passport: Having Aadhaar card eases the process of obtaining a passport as Aadhaar card serves as identity, address and age proof.
- Provident Fund, PF: Linking Aadhaar card to your EPF account removes the need for approval from employer to withdraw.
- Railway tickets: Users without Aadhaar card cannot book more than 12 tickets at once.
- LPG subsidy: LPG subsidy can be availed only with the possession of Aadhaar card. Aadhaar card must be linked with the 17 digit LPG number.
- Digital locker: Opening account on digital locker launched by the government of India mandatorily requires Aadhaar card.
How to update address on Aadhaar card online?
Not everyone stays at their own house. Most urban residents reside in rented houses. It is important to update residential address in Aadhaar card. You must follow the below mentioned steps to update your address on Aadhaar card online:
- Authenticate by entering One Time Password OTP, verify the text shown and proceed to login
- Click on ‘address update request’
- Enter the address in full including the pin code
- Support the address by uploading a document
- Choose your preferred BPO which verifies your details and provides support.
- You will be provided with an Update Request Number, URN.
- Your request would be forwarded to UIDAI post verification from the BPO.
- Updated Aadhaar card will be dispatched within a few days.
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Aadhaar card address change documents required
Below mentioned are the documents accepted as address proof:
- Photo Passbook attested by the branch manager.
- Attested account statement or passbook of the Post Office.
- Ration Card.
- Voter ID card.
- Valid Driving licence of the applicant.
- PSU issued Service photo ID card.
- Last 3 months electricity supply bill.
- Last 3 months water supply bill.
- Last three months telephone bill.
- Property Tax Assessment.
- Latest three months Credit Card statement.
- Photo and a letter signed by bank and reputed companies on a letterhead.
- Signed letter and attested photo on the letterhead of a reputed company issued by the registered office.
- Photo and signed letter issued by a reputed educational enterprise on a letterhead.
- Job card of NREGS.
- Arms license.
- Pensioner’s card.
- Freedom fighter’s card.
- Attested Kisan passbook.
- CGHS card.
- ECHS card.
- Address certificate along with a photo on the letterhead issued either by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar.
- Address Certificate issued by the Village Panchayat head or any other personnel of equivalent authority for rural areas.
- Income Tax assessment orders.
- RC copy of a vehicle.
- Registered agreement for sale, lease or rent of the applicant’s residence.
- Photo and address card by the Postal department.
- Caste and Domicile certificate along with a photo issued by the State Government.
- Last 3 months gas connection bill. Either a handicapped medical certificate or a disability Identification card issued by State Government or UT Government or any other Administration.
- Spouse’s passport.
- For minors, parents’ passport.
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Aadhaar is one of the most sensitive documents and must be handled with utmost care. Aadhaar is the World’s largest biometric identification system. Updating your details on Aadhaar is important to avail benefits like subsidies from the government. Online process of updating details has made it easy to do so.
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