The Aadhaar card is an important document required by every Indian as it serves as proof of identity, date of birth proof and residential address proof. It is required for filing income tax returns, opening a bank account and getting government subsidies. If you do not have an Aadhaar card already, you need to find an Aadhaar card enrollment centre nearby.
UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has authorised banks, post offices and government offices to carry out Aadhaar services. You can visit one of these places to enrol for a new Aadhaar card or apply for changes/corrections in your existing Aadhaar card details.
So, where can you find an Aadhaar enrolment centre? To know this and more, read the following sections.
Enrolment centres are entities hired by Registrars to provide enrolment services and collect biometric and demographic data. These agencies must abide by the code of conduct, policies, guidelines set up by the authority. Enrolment agencies are responsible for the operations and maintenance of enrolment centres.
Aadhaar services are available across 35,000 banks, post offices, state government offices and BSNL centres. Permanent enrolment centres are established on a full-time basis to carry out enrolment and update services.
Temporary enrolment centres are operated by non-empanelled agencies and operate on a contractual basis. Most temporary centres have ceased operations nowadays as the government has shifted their operations to government or bank premises.
Aadhaar Seva Kendras or ASKs are a new type of enrolment centre that serves as a single one-stop destination for all Aadhaar-related services. These dedicated centres are open all 7 days of a week from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM IST.
ASKs allow residents to book an appointment for a queue-free experience and an automated token system for walk-in applicants. These centres have air-conditioners and special provisions for the elderly or the differently-abled.
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You can go to UIDAI’s official website and search for the nearest Aadhaar card enrolment/update centre. The website offers three options to search for enrolment centres — state, search box and PIN code. The following are the steps to find addresses and contact information of Aadhaar enrolment centres:
Visit the official website of UIDAI.
Go to the ‘My Aadhaar’ menu and click on ‘Locate an Enrolment Centre’.
On the given form, click on the option that you want to search with. For the next steps, choose any of the given three options.
Select your state of residence from the drop-down menu.
Choose the name of your district and subdistrict.
Find the name of your city, town or village. Click on the checkbox to filter out all temporary enrolment centres.
Enter the CAPTCHA code and click on ‘Locate a Centre’.
Enter the name of your locality, city or district to view the list of all enrolment centres.
Fill in the CAPTCHA code and click on ‘Locate a Centre’. You may also click on the checkbox to view permanent enrolment centres only.
Type the 6-digit PIN code of your residential address.
Enter the CAPTCHA code as shown on the screen and click on the ‘Locate’ option.
You will find a list of all enrolment centres in the area, along with their full address, name of the register, type of enrolment centre and update/enrolment information.
Besides UIDAI’s official website, you can use the mAadhaar app to locate nearby Aadhaar card centres. The process to do this is as follows:
Download the mAadhaar mobile app from Google Play Store or App Store, depending on your smartphone’s OS (Operating System).
Open the application and tap on ‘Enrolment Centre’ on the homepage.
On the given map, you will see two options to find an Aadhaar card enrolment centre — A) Search by Text and B) Advanced Search.
If you choose the first option, you have to type the name of your location to find nearby enrolment centres.
Otherwise, you can select ‘Advanced Search’ to find enrolment centres using the PIN code or the name of your state.
Enter the PIN code of your location and click on ‘Search’.
When choosing to search with the ‘State’ option, select the name of your state, district, sub-district and city/town. Next, click on ‘Search’ to get the list of enrolment centres.
If you do not have an Aadhaar in your name, you can enrol for a new Aadhaar card by visiting a nearby enrolment centre. You need to carry proof of identity, age proof and proof of address to the centre, fill up the enrolment form and submit it to apply.
The following steps describe this process in more detail:
Locate a nearby enrolment centre and visit it. You can also book an appointment online on UIDAI’s website before going there.
Collect an enrolment form from the Aadhaar enrolment centre and fill in all required details.
Submit this form along with supporting documents, including proof of identity, address, date of birth proof and proof of relationship. Make sure to bring original copies of these documents.
The operator at the centre will now collect your biometric inputs. This involves capturing your facial image, fingerprint impressions of all fingers, and iris scan.
Review the details to ensure that there are no mistakes. Check that your name, DOB, gender, and address are correct. Also, make sure that there are no initials or prefixes in your name.
Collect the acknowledgement slip with your 14-digit enrolment ID, which you can use to track your application status.
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UIDAI has set up many Aadhaar card centres across India to facilitate the ease of enrolment and updation of Aadhaar. You can use UIDAI’s official website to find an Aadhaar enrolment centre located near your residence. Enrolment of Aadhaar is completely free of cost while updation charges are also nominal at Rs. 50 per update.
There are two ways to update Aadhaar card details:
Online using SSUP (Self Service Update Portal): This allows you to update your address only.
Visiting a permanent enrolment centre: You can get both your demographic (name, gender, DOB, address, mobile number and email) and biometric details (photograph, fingerprint and iris scan) updated here.
Yes, children below five years of age can apply for the blue-coloured Baal Aadhaar card. No biometric information is required for them. However, they will need to update biometric details when they reach 5 years of age and another time when they reach 15 years.
Follow the given steps to check Aadhaar application status:
Visit UIDAI’s official web portal and click on ‘Check Aadhaar Status’ under ‘Aadhaar Online Services’.
Enter all details required (enrolment ID, date, and security code)
Click on ‘Check Status’.
Yes, you can follow these steps to get back your enrolment ID provided you have a registered mobile number:
On UIDAI’s homepage, click on ‘Retrieve EID/Aadhaar number’.
Enter all required details (your name, mobile number, email address and CAPTCHA code).
Click on Send OTP, enter it and click on ‘Verify OTP’ to get the enrolment ID by email or SMS.
Yes, applicants can furnish minor details with regard to the address stated in their proof of address document. This can include house number, street name, lane number and also minor changes for typographic errors. However, these modifications must not change your base address.
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