What is Aadhaar?
An Aadhaar is a unique 12 digit number issued to every Indian Resident based on his/ her demographic and biometric details. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has opened a large number of Aadhaar Enrolment Centres for providing Aadhaar related services and issuing Aadhaar Card. UIDAI also collects all the essential data and stores it in their secured database.
An Aadhaar Card has many important details of a person like the fingerprints, Iris details, and other important information. If you did not yet apply for Aadhaar Card, please visit nearest Aadhaar card enrolment centers at location and get it done your Aadhar Number as early as possible.
Aadhaar Enrolment Process
Step (1): Visit the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre
First of all, you will need to search for an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre near you. Then you have to visit there along with required documents for preparation of Aadhaar Card.
Step (2) Filling up the Aadhaar Enrolment Form
You can ask for an Aadhaar enrolment form from the centre and fill up the form completely.
Step (3) Submit the Aadhaar Enrolment Form
Submit the filled up the Aadhaar Enrolment Form along with proof of identity and proof of address documents.
Step (4) Complete the Enrolment Process
The operator at the centre will complete the enrolment process after checking the form and verifying the documents.
Step (5) Receive the Aadhaar Card
After preparation, your Aadhaar card will be dispatched on your registered address through post by UIDAI. Alternatively, you can also download e-Aadhaar (electronic copy of Aadhaar Card) by clicking HERE. You need to enter any of Aadhaar Number, Enrolment ID (EID) or Virtual ID (VID) to download it. It will be available in a password protected PDF file, which is digitally signed by the competent Authority of UIDAI.
If you want to enrol Aadhar Card for your childerens check How to enrol your children for Aadhaar Card?. If you have already enroled for Aadhar Card, you can check Aadhar Card status online.
UIDAI has opened large number of Aadhaar Card Enrolment Centres in India and has appointed registrars in these centres who run these centres. In case, you don't have an Aadhaar Card and want to apply for the same, then you will have to personally go to any of these centres along with required documents and fill up the application form, attach the required documents and get your biometric verification done. After that an Aadhaar Card will be issued to you.
Similarly, if you want to change or update the details on your Aadhaar card then also you need to visit the Aadhaar enrolment office personally.
There are two categories of Aadhaar card enrolment centres:
Types of Aadhaar Enrolment Centres
Presently, there are over 25,000 Aadhaar Enrolment Centres in India which are categorised into two types of Aadhaar card enrolment centres as mentioned below:
(1) Permanent Enrolment Centre: It is set up for full time to provide Aadhaar related services to the residents of India. Authorised agents are appointed to operate such centres.
(2) Temporary Enrolment Centre: It is set up on a temporary basis to provide Aadhaar related service to the residents. Non empanelled agents run such centres. It can stop its operations anytime.
Now the government has decided to shift Aadhaar card enrolment centres to either government or bank premises. UIDAI has asked private and public sector banks to open Aadhaar enrolment centre in at least 1 out of 10 branches.
Fee for Aadhaar Enrolment
Aadhaar enrolment is totally free of cost therefore you need not pay anything at the enrolment centre.
How to search for an Aadhaar Card Enrolment Centre?
You can search for Aadhaar Card enrolment centre near you in the following way:
You need to make use of the above drop down box in order to search for an Aadhaar Card Enrolment Centre. Select Centre type then State Name then District then Sub-District and then City Name from different drop down lists to get center list. Choose the Aadhaar enrolment centre of your choice.
Features of Aadhaar
Following are the features of Aadhaar:
- Aadhaar gives nationwide portability as it can be authenticated anywhere on-line
- It comprises Uniqueness Feature. No duplication is possible in Aadhaar as is generated on the basis of demographic and biometric data of the person
- UID architecture is open and uses scalable Technology Architecture
- Aadhaar number is a random number devoid of any intelligence