Aadhaar card is a unique document issued by the government that can be used both as an identity and address proof. Carrying an important document like Aadhaar on a day to day basis can be risky. There are times when documents gets misplaced or lost. That’s when e-Aadhaar is a savior.
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E- Aadhaar is a digitized form of the Aadhaar card that can be downloaded from the official website of UIDAI. The applicant who applies for the Aadhaar card after submitting the biometric and demographic details will be given an acknowledgement slip that carries the Aadhaar enrolment number. The enrolment number is used to track the status of Aadhaar card.
The e-Aadhaar card is an equally valid document like the physical copy of the Aadhaar card. The electronic version of the Aadhaar has a protected password and the information contained is secure. An individual needs to provide enrolment ID, virtual identification number (VID) or the Aadhaar number, to download the password protected E-Aadhaar card from the UIDAI web site.
Listed below are the steps that an individual must follow to download e-Aadhaar card:
To download and print the E-Aadhaar card online, follow the steps given below:
The Virtual ID is a safety feature introduced by the UIDAI. It is a 16 digit number randomly generated and is used to authenticate the process. It helps safeguard the Aadhaar number in case card holders do not want to disclose during verification process.
This is one of the recent facilities added to the UIDAI Aadhaar Downloading Portal. To download Aadhaar card using Virtual ID online, follow the steps given below:
DigiLocker is a secure cloud based platform for storing, sharing and verifying documents and certificates. DigiLocker targets the idea of paperless governance, thus eliminating the need for physical documents. To register with Digi Locker, the users must have Aadhaar Card. The DigiLocker account can be used only after linking it with Aadhaar number. Follow the steps mentioned below to download Aadhaar from DigiLocker account:
Masked Aadhaar is a unique option provided by the UIDAI, where the Aadhaar holder may choose to hide the 12 digit unique identification number in the downloaded Aadhaar or eAadhaar card. This is a new feature introduced by the UIDAI in a bid to make Aadhaar safer. Masked Aadhaar is an equally valid document as regular/eAadhaar card. Follow the steps below to download masked Aadhaar:
It is important to register your mobile number with your Aadhaar card. In case your mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar, you can follow the steps below to get Aadhaar card without registered mobile number:
Outlined below are the steps to download eAadhaar through the UMANG app on smartphones. The UMANG app can be downloaded from the Google play store. The process is simple and user friendly:
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If your Aadhaar card gets stolen or misplaced, you can visit the official UIDAI website and download a copy of the Aadhaar. When the Aadhaar card gets downloaded in a password protected PDF file, enter the password which is either the pin code of your residential address or an 8 digit number that is the combination of the first four letters of your name and year of birth. You can now print your Aadhaar using the print button.
To generate OTP for downloading e-Aadhaar follow the steps below:
The Aadhaar card password is a password of 8 characters that is a combination of the first four letters of an individual’s name written in CAPITALS and the Year of Birth that helps open the
PDF file of the e-Aadhaar card.
The online Aadhaar is protected by a password. So there are two ways to open the Aadhaar card PDF file:
After opening the e-Aadhaar file through the password, the e-Aadhaar card can be printed. To know more on Aadhaar, visit the official UIDAI website. If you forget the Aadhaar card PDF password, you can follow the above mentioned steps.
If you forget your Aadhaar Card PDF password, then don’t be concerned as your E-Aadhaar no. PDF password is a combination of the first four letters of your name written in CAPITALS (Name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card) and the Year of Birth (in YYYY format).
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