Since its introduction, the Aadhaar card has proven to be a reliable and easy-to-use tool to authenticate the identity of individuals.
No resident can have a duplicate Aadhaar number because it is linked with his/her biometric information (photograph, fingerprints and iris scan). This futuristic and transparent verification method eliminates fake or duplicate identities. To further help people validate Aadhaar card details, UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) offers the Aadhaar card verification service.
But, what is the purpose of verifying an Aadhaar number? Read along to know this.
This service allows individual cardholders and service providers to validate an Aadhaar card to see if it is active or not. You can also use this facility to view details such as gender, age, state of issuance and registered mobile number.
Aadhaar card verification not only shows the legitimacy of an Aadhaar number but also tells if the details on it are correct. The typographical or printing error may result in wrong information printed on your Aadhaar card. Verifying these details allows you to get corrections as soon as possible.
Service providers such as telecom operators and hotels can use this facility to verify and authenticate the Aadhaar details of their clients. This facility also allows banks, insurance companies, and fund houses to complete KYC verification.
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UIDAI has a website offering a range of Aadhaar related services. You can use it for Aadhaar card verification by following the given steps:
Step 1: Go to UIDAI’s official website.
Step 2: Navigate to ‘My Aadhaar’ and then ‘Aadhaar Services’. Click on ‘Verify an Aadhaar Number’.
Step 3: On the new page, type the 12-digit Aadhaar number in the space provided.
Step 4: Enter the CAPTCHA code and click on ‘Proceed to Verify’.
Step 5: If your Aadhaar number is valid, the screen will show a message ‘Aadhaar Number XYZ exists’. It will also display your gender, age band, mobile number and state. If the Aadhaar number is invalid, it will show an error message telling you to enter a valid Aadhaar number.
mAadhaar is UIDAI’s mobile application for Aadhaar related services. You can download this on any Android or Apple smartphone and use it to verify any Aadhaar number. The steps to do this are as follows:
Step 1: Visit Google Play Store or Apple Store to download mAadhaar.
Step 2: Open the app and link your mobile number with it so that you can receive OTPs.
Step 3: Register your Aadhaar card on the application with a 4-digit PIN.
Step 4: Type your Aadhaar number and enter the OTP sent to your registered mobile number for creating a profile.
Step 5: On the homepage, click on ‘Verify Aadhaar’.
Step 6: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and security code; then click on ‘Submit’.
If you have a valid Aadhaar number, you will be shown a message on the screen stating that it is valid. Otherwise, you will receive a message saying ‘Invalid Aaddhar Number’.
At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, your phone number and email will be registered as permanent contact details. Verifying these details is important as it will let you receive Aadhaar-related notifications/messages and OTP for authentication. Such details are also necessary for completing the KYC verification process while availing of services offered by financial institutions.
To verify your registered email ID and mobile number, follow these steps:
Step 1: Visit UIDAI’s official website, navigate to ‘My Aadhaar’ and click on ‘Verify Email/Mobile Number’ under ‘Aadhaar Services’.
Step 2: Enter your Aadhaar number followed by your contact details (either mobile number or email).
Step 3: Type the CAPTCHA code as shown and click on ‘Send OTP’.
Step 4: Enter the OTP sent to your registered mobile number and click on ‘Verify OTP’.
If your mobile number and email ID are successfully verified, you will receive a message confirming the verification.
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The Aadhaar card is an important document for every Indian citizen; it ensures a secure but easy verification process. The Aadhaar card verification process is fully online and does not require you to carry any documents. All you need to do is enter the Aadhaar number on UIDAI’s website for checking its validity.
Ans: You need to have the following documents to complete the Aadhaar enrolment process:
Identity proof: Voter ID card, PAN card, driving license, passport, etc.
Proof of address: Voter ID card, ration card, bank statement, utility bills, passport, etc.
Marriage proof: Marriage certificate
Proof of age: Voter ID card, domicile certificate, birth certificate, matriculation certificate, etc.
Ans: Follow the given steps to download e-Aadhaar from the official website of UIDAI:
Visit UIDAI’s website and click on the relevant option to download an e-Aadhaar card.
Enter the following details (Aadhaar number, enrolment ID, your name, PIN code and security code).
Request for OTP and enter it to receive an e-Aadhaar PDF file.
Ans: Yes, UIDAI offers the facility to retrieve your Aadhaar number if you have lost or forgotten it. You will need to go to the ‘My Aadhaar’ section on UIDAI’s website and enter your name, email address and mobile number to get your Aadhaar number or enrolment ID sent to your mobile.
Ans: UIDAI allows you to check details of authentications done with your Aadhaar number for up to 50 transactions. This facility shows a history of Aadhaar authentications with transaction IDs, types, dates and other details. With it, you can track which service provider checked your Aadhaar number to prevent any misuse.
Ans: Aadhaar Virtual ID (VID) is a 16-digit random number created using UIDAI’s Virtual ID Generator. You can use this temporary code in place of your Aadhaar number for all authentication and e-KYC services. It has no expiry period and lasts till you generate another VID on UIDAI’s website.
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