The Aadhaar is a very important document. You must link your Aadhaar with PAN, mutual fund, demat account, life insurance plan among others. You know the importance of Aadhaar. Now it's time for another important discussion. How to apply for an Aadhaar Card?
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Aadhaar can be applied through online or offline method. The Aadhaar card serves as an identity and address proof for every resident of India. To apply for Aadhaar at the enrolment centre, you must visit the Aadhaar enrolment office; submit the duly filled Aadhaar application form along with necessary documents and biometric details. Once the application process gets completed, it takes 90 days for the Aadhaar card to reach the mailing address.
What is Aadhaar? Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to the citizens of India, by the Government. Aadhaar is issued and managed by the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). The last date to link Aadhaar with Demat Account is March 31st 2018.
STEP 2: After you have decided on the center, you can book an appointment, online. With an online appointment, you don't have to stand in a queue.
STEP 3: Book an online appointment on the official website of UIDAI.
STEP 4: Keep supporting documents handy. These are an identity and address proof like Voter ID, Ration Card, PAN Card and so on.
STEP 5: Go to the Aadhaar Card Center, where you must fill the enrollment form and submit the supporting documents.
STEP 6: The official present at the Aadhaar Card Center, will collect your biometric data. The biometric data includes impression of fingerprints of both your hands, your iris and your photograph.
STEP 7: Your biometric data and documents are checked and you are given an acknowledgement slip of your enrollment. (This is a 14-digit enrollment number which helps you check the status of your application).
STEP 8: Use the enrollment number and the time given in the acknowledgement slip to keep track of your Aadhaar Card.
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To check the status of allotment of Aadhaar, follow the below mentioned steps:
STEP 1: To see the status of allotment of your Aadhaar Card, visit the UIDAI. Use the enrollment number and check if you have been allotted an Aadhaar Number.
STEP 2: In your acknowledgement slip, check for these 2 items:
2. PAN card
3. Ration or PDS card
4. Voter ID
5. Driving license
6. Government Photo ID Cards
7. Service photo identity card issued by PSU
8. NREGA Job Card
9. Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
10. Arms License
11. Bank ATM Card
13. Pensioner Card
14. Freedom Fighter Card
15. Kisan Passbook
16. CGHS or ECHS Photo Card
17. Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
18. Certificate of Identify issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
2. Bank Statement or Passbook
3. Post Office Account Statement or Passbook
4. Ration Card
5. Voter ID
6. Driving License
7. Government Photo ID cards
8. service photo identity card issued by PSU
9. Electricity Bill (not more than previous 3 months)
10. Water bill (not more than previous 3 months)
11. Telephone Landline Bill (not more than previous 3 months)
12. Property Tax Receipt (not more than previous 3 months)
13. Credit Card Statement (not more than previous 3 months)
14. Insurance Policy
15.Signed Letter issued by Recognized Educational Instruction on letterhead
16. NREGA Job Card
17. Arms License
18. Pensioner Card
19. Freedom Fighter Card
20. Kisan Passbook
21. CGHS or ECHS Card
22. Certificate of Address issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
23. Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head (for rural areas)
24. Income Tax Assessment Order
25. Vehicle Registration Certificate
26. Registered Sale or Rent Agreement
27. Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
28. Caste and Domicile Certificate issued by State Govt.
29. Disability ID Card or handicapped medical certificate issued by the Government
30.Gas Connection Bill of previous 3 months
31. Passport of Spouse
32. Passport of Parents (in case of Minor)
This is the offline method of applying for Aadhaar. You have to physically visit the Aadhaar enrolment centre along with the required documents to apply for Aadhaar. Listed below are the steps to apply for Aadhaar at the enrolment centre:
Once the process of applying for Aadhaar is completed, it generally takes around 90 days to be sent to the mailing address of the applicant. However, you might need the Aadhaar beforehand. In that case you can download a copy of the online Aadhaar card known as E-Aadhaar. Follow the steps given below to download E-Aadhaar:
You have learned how to apply for Aadhaar and even how to check the allotment of Aadhaar Card. You just cannot ignore Aadhaar. The last date to link Aadhaar to Demat Account is 31st March 2018. If you ignore this deadline your Demat Account will be blocked.
Q. Can OCI card holders obtain an Aadhaar card?
The Indian citizens who are living overseas i.e. OCI are not eligible to apply for Aadhaar. Only the resident Indians can apply for Aadhaar.
Q. What is the process for NRIs/OCIs to apply for Aadhaar? Can they apply if they don’t have residential address in India now?
The NRIs and the OCIs who are not living in India are not eligible to apply for Aadhaar. They must live for a total of 182 days in the past 1 year to apply for Aadhaar. Even if they have valid residential address in India they cannot apply for Aadhaar if the above mentioned criteria is not fulfilled.
Q. Can a US citizen apply for Aadhaar card?
Yes, a citizen of the United States can apply for Aadhaar provided the person has been staying in India for the past 182 days of the previous year.
Q. Can NRIs apply for Aadhaar card?
NRIs are not eligible for Aadhaar card. They can apply for Aadhaar only when they have been residing in India for the past 182 days in the past one year.
Q. I am not in India and I don’t have Aadhaar card. Can I apply for Aadhaar card from outside India?
Non-residents are not allowed to apply for an Aadhaar. An individual can only apply for Aadhaar when he/she have been residing in India for 182 days in the past 1 year.
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