UIDAI Aadhaar Card: How to Apply, Document required and eligibility

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UIDAI Aadhar Card: The Aadhar card is an important document in India and to get the aadhar card, you will have to visit the nearest Enrollment Center. You can get the address of your aadhar Enrollment Centre in your area from the official website of UIDAI. Check this article on the UIDAI aadhaar card and learn how to apply for an Aadhar card online and other related details. At UIDAI, you will have to fill Enrollment Form to enrol yourself to get the Card.

Latest: Now aadhaar cardholder can update their Age, Name, Gender, address, and language online at uidai.gov.in

Latest: Aadhaar Card Holders who are not happy with their photographs may update them by visiting the nearest aadhaar enrollment entrance.

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UIDAI Aadhaar card enrolment can be done only by visiting the Aadhaar Seva Kendra. The applicant has to be present to fill out the form. All the details related to Aadhaar can be collected from this article as well as from the official portal of UIDAI. Once your form is submitted then your photograph, fingerprint scan, and iris scan will be taken to complete the process of Enrollment.

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What is UIDAI Aadhar Card?
Aadhar No. is a 12 digits unique identity number issued to the residents of India based on their demo-graphical and biometric data. It is issued by an authority administered by the Central Government of India, which is called as Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).  

What is Aadhaar
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Note: Child Biometrics need to be updated at the age of 5 and 15 and these biometrics updates are free of cost and will be done only at Authorized Aadhaar Seva Kendra.

UIDAI Aadhaar Card

UIDAI was established on 12 July 2016 to issue a unique identity number to all the residents of India by which they can be identified throughout their lives. The main purpose of the issue of Aadhar No. to every citizen is to provide them with a unique identity and to eliminate fake and duplicate identities.

E-Aadhar Card is an electronic copy that is protected by a password and is digitally signed by the UIDAI. Both the printed card and the Aadhar card should be equally valid. Now, UIDAI is issuing PVC aadhar cards to the citizens. Those who have old paper-based Aadhaar cards can get them replaced with PVC Aadhaar cards. They can apply for the same from the official portal. A number assigned to an individual will not be assigned to any other user.

Features of UIDAI Aadhaar Card

Features of Aadhaar

The features of Aadhaar include-

  • Uniqueness
  • Random number
  • Portability
  • Open-source technologies
  • Scalable technology architecture

Eligibility for Aadhar Card

An aadhar serves various purposes for residents of India. All Indian residents don’t need to have an Aadhar Card. The eligibility requirement for an Aadhar card is very simple.

  • If you want to enrol in UIDAI you must be a resident of India.
  • There is no age restriction for enrolment. From a newborn to senior citizens all are eligible to enrol.  
  • Children below the age of 5 years are enrolled based on the enrolment of their parents/guardians. For such children, only demographic information is collected.

List of supporting documents for applying for an Aadhar card

You need to have any of the following nationally valid documents proof of identity (PoI), age (PoDOB), address (PoA), and relationship (PoR) at the time of enrolment.

PoI (Proof of Identity) documents

PoI (Proof of Identity) documents for applying aadhaar card

PoR (Proof of relationship) documents

aadhaar card applying PoR (Proof of relationship) documents

Proof of DoB documents

Aadhar card Proof of DoB documents

PoA (Proof of address) documents

aaddhar PoA (Proof of address) documents

Enrolment of the citizens shall be cancelled in the absence of any of these supporting documents at the Aadhaar Center

Do you Know: You can change your name twice in a lifetime on your aadhaar card

Aadhaar Card

India has adopted a unique identification system for its civilians and this unique identification system is commonly known as Aadhar. The aadhar card is the basic required document for the identification needs of people residing in India. India is not the only country that has adopted a unique individual identification number for its citizens; many other countries also have adopted this system.  The United States of America also issues a unique code of nine-digit numbers to its permanent and temporary citizens.

To provide a unique identification number to Indian citizens, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was created. UIDAI was established by the Government of India in January 2009. UIDAI works under the central government of India. UIDAI collects the biometric and demographic details of Indian residents and stores them in a centralized database system called the UID Database. Based on collected data, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues the 12-digit unique identification number to the Indian resident. This 12-digit identification number is also called the UID number and Aadhar number.

Aadhaar card system

Aadhar is not mandatory for everyone in India but this unique identification number is required at banks, schools, government schemes, Scholarships, and many other places. There are various instances in everyday life where you can see is Aadhaar is of great importance such as PAN Aadhaar Linking, Aadhaar Bank Account Linking, etc. Overall, we can say that Aadhar is an important document. Aadhar helps the government to offer its services to the targeted group of civilians.

Do You Know: You can change your gender and DOB once in a lifetime on your aadhaar card

Aadhaar Enrolment

To get a unique identification no. in India, one has to enrol for the same. Aadhaar enrolment is completely offline however, the facility of online booking of appointments for enrolment is available.


To enrol for an Aadhaar card, one has to visit the nearest Aadhar enrolment centre in person as it is the only method to apply for Aadhaar. All the citizens of India whether he/she is newborn baby or old person is eligible for an Aadhaar card.

The aadhaar Enrollment process includes-

  • Visiting the authorized Aadhaar Center
  • Filling out the Aadhaar enrollment form.
Aadhaar enrollment form sample
Aadhaar enrollment form sample
  • Capturing Demographic and Biometric Data of the applicant
  • Submission of Identity Proof and Address proof documents
  • Collection of acknowledgement slip. This slip needs to be retained carefully by the applicant as it includes the enrollment ID by which one can track the status of the Aadhaar application.

How to book an online appointment for Aadhar Card Enrolment?

UIDAI now provides citizens with a facility to book online appointments at Aadhar Seva Kendra for new Aadhar enrolment or also for uidai aadhar update

– Open the Official portal of UIDAI first.

– Search for Book Online Appointment and hit the “Click Here” link or click on the same option given under Get Aadhaar Here Section.
– Now proceed to the Book Appointment option among the two options- Appointment at UIDAI run Aadhaar Seva Kendra or Appointment at Registrar run Aadhaar Seva Kendra. Note: Currently there are fewer numbers of locations listed in the portal, so if your city is not there in the list, you should click on “Registrar runs Aadhaar Seva Kendra”.
Aadhaar online appointment

– Select resident type, enter the mobile No./ email, captcha code, and OTP.

– Now enter the OTP sent to the mobile number in the space provided for login.

– Now select the update Aadhaar option.

– Fill in details as per Aadhar in the space provided and click the option you want to update.

-Now, mark the declaration and proceed to submit.

– Appointment Id will be generated. Keep this appointment id safe.
– Click on the Book appointment option.
– Choose the centre and time slot for the appointment.
– Make the payment or pay at the centre.
– The appointment process will be completed. Download the Aadhaar update form and carry it to the Aadhaar Seva Kendra on the day of the appointment along with the necessary documents mentioned on it.

How to Check Uidai Aadhaar Card Status?

Once you have enrolled for the Aadhaar, you can track the status of your application. You can track it through the UIDAI portal. Just follow the simple steps given below to check your Aadhaar Status-

  • Visit the UIDAI portal.
  • On the homepage, click on the “My Aadhaar” option and select the “check aadhar card status” link from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter the EID and captcha code. Click on Check Status.
  • Aadhaar status will appear on the screen and you can check the same.

Important Links

UIDAI Aadhaar Official portal Offical Portal Link
Online appointment for Aadhaar enrolmentEnrollment Link
Aadhar Status CheckStatus Link


Is the Aadhaar card mandatory in India?

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number provided to citizens of India by the Indian Government. Aadhaar has now become mandatory at some places/works such as for passport applications, banks, etc. but it can’t be said that it is completely mandatory for Indian citizens. Although it is not mandatory now but might become a compulsory document to have in near future and therefore every citizen should apply for the same.

What are the different forms of Aadhaar?

The different forms of Aadhaar include-
Aadhaar Letter- Paper-based laminated Aadhaar card
e-Aadhaar- Electronic form of Aadhaar
Aadhaar PVC Card- The latest form of Aadhaar which is portable, durable, and digitally signed with all the details.
mAadhaar- It is also the digital form of Aadhaar. It can be downloaded on mobile phones which have a QR code for offline verification.

Where can I apply for Aadhar Card?

For Aadhaar Enrolment, you have to visit the Aadhaar Enrolment centre set up by the Enrolment Agency across the country. After visiting the concerned centre you have to fill out the application form. You can search for the location of your nearest Enrolment Centre by clicking on the “Locate Enrolment Center” option given on the official portal of UIDAI.

Does UIDAI provide an online application process for Aadhaar enrolment?  

No, enrolment for Aadhaar can be done only in offline mode by visiting the enrolment centre UIDAI does not have any online procedure as biometrics of the applicant are required and to provide the same they have to visit the enrolment centre in person. However, if you wish you can book an online appointment for Aadhaar enrolment at the Aadhar Seva Kendra or Enrolment Centres

What are the services for which online appointment booking is available?

One can book an online appointment for the given services provided by the UIDAI-
Aadhaar enrolment, Mobile No. Update, Name Update, Address Update, DOB Update, Email ID Update, Gender Update and Biometric Update (Photo + Fingerprints + Iris)

I am a resident of UP but working in Mumbai, can I enrol from Mumbai for a fresh Aadhaar card?

Yes, you can enrol from the location you are residing currently. You just have to locate the nearest authorized Aadhaar centre and visit the same with all the necessary documents.

What are the charges for Aadhaar enrolment and update of details?

Aadhaar enrolment is completely free for all citizens. However, applicants have to pay a requisite fee for updating details in the Aadhaar (if applicable). Check the details of charges applied for various services given below- aadhaar-charges

Is there any mobile application of UIDAI for Aadhaar?

Yes, UIDAI also provides a mobile application for Aadhaar citizens. This app is called
mAadhaar and is available for download on both the OS platforms i.e. Android and iOS. The link to download mAadhaar is given in this article.

What is the procedure for online booking of appointments for the Aadhaar Application?

The online booking option is available on the UIDAI portal and you have to click on the same. The complete procedure is an online link discussed in this article.

How much time does it take to update the Aadhaar after the date of request?

After the date of request, it takes nearly 90 days to update the details on the Aadhaar card of the applicant.

Is there any option to update biometrics in Aadhaar?

Yes, UIDAI also provides a facility to update the biometric and demographic details in the Aadhaar along with other updates. For this, you have to personally visit the authorized Aadhaar Seva Kendra.

What is an e-Aadhaar?

e-Aadhaar is an electronic copy of Aadhaar protected by a password. e-Aadhaar is digitally signed by the issuing authority UIDAI and is equally valid as of physical copy of the Aadhaar for all purposes.

What is EID?

EID is an enrolment ID that is allotted to the applicant at the time of enrolment at the Aadhar Center. Applicants have to keep this EID safe till he/she gets/her Aadhaar card. Using this EID, applicants can track their enrollment status and other related details.

What is the processing charge for ordering a PVC Aadhaar card?

You can order it online from the UIDIA portal and you have to pay a charge of only Rs.50/- for the same. It can be paid through any online mode of payment.

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