Although prima facie, it was intended as a residency proof but Aadhaar Card has grown to be much more. It is now used as not only a valid residence proof but as a valid identity proof too across the country. Additionally, all the governmental and many private schemes and services are closely linked to it now. Since it is a relatively young member of the ‘documentary proof’ family, it is also the most adaptable to the evolving technology which surrounds it. Aadhaar card which contains an individual’s Aadhaar no. truly now supports the ‘foundation’ of many everyday activities of all Indian residents.

To have an Aadhaar no. is pertinent if you are residing in India. Aadhaar no. is a 12 digit no. which confirms an individual’s unique identity. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) collects and stores the individual’s biometric and demographic data required for Aadhaar registration. The Aadhaar program began for providing better delivery of governmental financial and other subsidies, benefits and services to consumers and has been embraced fully by the semi-government and private sector banks and companies too.

The procedure to apply for Aadhar card is as below:

  • Find an Aadhaar Enrolment centre
  • Fill the Aadhaar Enrolment form
  • Submit the form along with requisite documents
  • Submit your biometrics and photograph
  • Collect the Acknowledgment Slip
  • Keep the slip accessible till you get Aadhaar

Now we will go through the entire journey of applying for a new Aadhaar card step-by-step:

Find an Aadhaar Enrolment centre: Before beginning your search for the Aadhaar enrolment centre do make sure you have all the necessary documents which are required to initiate this process. These documents include Identity Proof such as Passport or PAN Card or Driving License, Address Proof such as Passport or Bank Statement or Voter ID,  Date of Birth Proof such as Birth certificate, PAN Card or Mark-sheet  issued by any government board or university and Relationship Proof such as Passport, Birth certificate, Marriage certificate etc. Then find an Aadhaar Enrolment centre which is near you. If you reside in a Tier 1 city, you can find enrolment centres here (Click here for list of Aadhar Enrollment Centres)

If you reside in Tier 2, 3 or other cities, visit here to know the Aadhaar enrolment centres. You can also book an appointment visit at the Aadhaar enrolment centre if you fulfil the necessary terms and conditions. This will surely save your time.

Fill the Aadhaar Enrolment form: You can also fill your enrolment form at home so that it saves you time when you visit the aadhar card enrollment center. The form is available here for your perusal (Click here for the form)   

The form available at the above web-link also contains detailed instructions which you should follow while filling up the form.

Submit the form along with requisite documents: When you are at the enrolment centre with your filled form, you need to go to the concerned official there and submit your form along with the required documents. The documents required are mentioned in the first point of this article.

Submit your biometrics and photograph: After document submission, the officials at the Aadhaar enrolment centre will ask for your biometric data. The biometric data includes your fingerprints of all digits and the iris scan of both your eyes. Your photograph is also clicked. This photograph will be used in your Aadhaar card.

Collect the Acknowledgment Slip: After completion of the requisite procedure, the Aadhaar enrolment centre official will hand you the acknowledgment slip. This acknowledgment slip will contain a 14 digit enrolment number.

Keep the slip accessible till you get Aadhaar: Through the 14 digit enrolment number provided in the acknowledgment slip you can track the status of your Aadhaar card online.

Once you have received your Aadhaar, you can update it if there is any such necessity. Aadhaar card details can be updated and corrected both online and offline. Generally, the address, name, date of birth, gender, mobile no. and email id details in your Aadhaar card can be updated or corrected.

  1. Here you will have to first enter your 12 digit Aadhaar number.
  2. Then you will be required to fill in the Text Verification.
  3. Once you are done with that, you will have to click on either ‘Send OTP’ or ‘Enter TOTP’. TOTP is a time-based One Time Password which is majorly used on the mAadhaar app.
  4. Once you have received the OTP, you will have to submit it along with the Captcha code.
  5. The screen will then transfer to the next tab which will ask for the field which needs updating/correction.
  6. Select the field which you need to change by checking the corresponding box. The fields listed here are: Name, Gender, DOB, Address, Mobile No., and Email id. Then click Submit.
  7. Change the relevant field. Upload supporting document(s).
  8. Click on ‘Submit Update Request’. An Update Request Number (URN) is then generated. This can be used to track the Aadhaar card update process.
  9. You can print the Update receipt or download the file containing the URN no. too.

Please note that while updating Aadhaar online, you should keep these things in mind:

  1. The changes made must be correct and should have documentary proof to support them.
  2. The details should be filled in English or the local language.
  3. Update Request No. (URN) should be duly noted or downloaded as it will help you track the status of your update request.
  4. To update your details online, it is pertinent for you to have the mobile no. which is registered with the UIDAI. If you do not have that mobile no. anymore, then you will have to get your mobile no. updated by visiting the Aadhaar enrolment centre and then only you will be able to change your Aadhaar details online.
  5. The details filled in the form should be in Capital letters. The copies of the documentary proof submitted should be attested by you.

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