The Aadhaar is a 12-digit number which was introduced in April 2010, with the main objective of providing a universal identity to every resident of India. This number is unique and is based on the demographic and biometric data of the individual. The data is collected, stored, processed, and governed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The Aadhaar helps in quick and safe validation of the identity of the individuals. The Aadhaar online portal makes service delivery more effective and economical. The direct benefit of this is the smooth flow of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes, such as unemployment benefit, LPG subsidy, National Pension Scheme and so on.
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Once an individual enrols for Aadhaar, he can download it online using the Aadhaar Number, Enrolment ID (EID), or Virtual ID (VID) provided by UIDAI. You can go through the following steps to download your Aadhaar card.
If you know your Aadhaar Number, you can easily download Aadhaar card from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website.
You can also download your Aadhaar by entering Virtual ID. This is the latest addition to UIDAI’s Aadhaar Download Portal. Follow the steps given below:
For people who have recently enrolled for Aadhaar and haven’t received the 12-digit Aadhaar number, another option available to download Aadhaar is using the Enrolment ID. This option can also be used in case you’ve forgotten the Aadhaar Number.
In case you have forgotten your Aadhaar Number and Enrolment ID, you can still download Aadhaar by using just your name and date of birth. Name and Date of Birth are used to retrieve UID / EID.
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DigiLocker is a cloud based platform for the storage, sharing, and verification of documents and certificates in digital form. It was launched by the Government of India with the aim of transforming India into a digitally empowered society. You can download Aadhaar from DigiLocker by following the given steps:
Masked Aadhaar is similar to a regular one in all aspects, except the Aadhaar number that is displayed. The number is partially hidden, and only the last four digits are visible. It is a safety measure to prevent your Aadhaar number from being disclosed to others and it is equally valid as a regular Aadhaar. To download a masked Aadhaar, follow the steps mentioned below:
Without registering your mobile number or not having the registered mobile number means you cannot download Aadhaar online. You can still get Aadhaar by following the below steps:
The downloaded Aadhaar requires a password to be created. The password is an 8 digit alpha-numeric safety measure designed to avoid misuse of Aadhaar by unauthorized persons. The password consists of the first four letters of the individual’s name, in capital letters, and the year of birth in the format yyyy.
For example, a person with the name Vijay Kumar, and born on 08th February 1986, must enter the following password: VIJA1986.
Once opened, a printout of the Aadhaar can be taken and kept as a hard copy.
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