Aadhaar Card is a significant document issued under the guidance of the Government of India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It stands as a valid identity proof of individuals and can also be held in the electronic form downloaded from the official website of UIDAI. The Aadhaar process has been made very transparent by UIDAI. Aadhaar card is the only document which is also required to be linked and authorised by the mobile number of the holder of the card.
What is an Aadhaar Card?
Aadhaar Card is a one time issued document of identity proof and is valid for a lifetime. It is issued by the UIDAI and has validity all over the country. Aadhaar Card is proof of being an Indian Resident and has no minimum age limit. It can also be issued to a newly born child and stands as a valid identity proof for the lifetime of the individual. It contains a 12-digit random number which forms the unique identification number of the cardholder. The Aadhaar card contains both biometric and demographic data of an individual and can, therefore, be used for various authentication purposes. Some of the common applications of Aadhaar card include the opening of a bank account, availing loan from banks, for fulfilling the KYC need in case of financial transactions, etc.
Benefits of Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar card is a very beneficial document. The benefits of Aadhaar card are as follows:
What are Aadhaar UID and EID numbers?
There are two numbers which are associated with Aadhaar. They are UID number and EID number. Let’s understand what these numbers are –
UID Number stands for Unique Identification number. It is the 12-digit number which is mentioned on the Aadhaar card. This number gives you a unique identity and is used for verification purposes.
EID number, on the other hand, is the number which you get when you enrol for Aadhaar. The full-form of the EID number is the Enrolment Identification Number. This is a 14-digit number which is printed on the enrolment form which is used to apply for Aadhaar card. Before the UID number is assigned to you, you can use the EID number for checking your Aadhaar application status and also for downloading your Aadhaar card in an electronic format.
Loss of UID and/or EID number
In some cases, you might lose your Aadhaar card due to theft, robbery or damage. In case of lost Aadhaar card, the UID number can also be lost if you don’t remember it. Similarly, if you lose your enrolment form, the EID number would be lost. If you want to download an e- Aadhaar card or replace a lost Aadhaar card, you would need your UID or your EID number for the same. In fact, the UID number would be needed for all verification purposes and also for availing online Aadhaar services.
Since both UID and EID numbers are important, UIDAI allows you the facility of retrieving the lost UID and/or EID number online through its website and mobile application. The process is simple and you can retrieve your lost UID and/or EID numbers easily within minutes. Let’s understand the process involved –
Retrieval of lost UID/EID number through UIDAI website
You can retrieve the lost UID and/or EID number directly from the website of UIDAI. The steps for the same are listed below –
Retrieval of lost UID or EID number through mAadhaar application
UIDAI has launched a mobile application called mAadhaar which helps you access Aadhaar related services on your Smartphone. If you have an Android phone you can download the application from Google Play Store and register yourself. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone, you can visit Apple Store to download the application on your phone. Once the application is installed and you have registered yourself, you can find your lost UID and/or EID number using the application. The process is as follows –
Once you have retrieved your lost UID and/or EID number online, you can download your lost Aadhaar card online. You can also order a reprint of your lost Aadhaar card online to get a duplicate Aadhaar.
No, you need a registered mobile number to retrieve the lost UID or EID number online because the OTP is sent to the number for verification. If the mobile number is not linked, you would have to visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre to get your UID or EID number.
Yes, you can generate the lost UID number of your wife’s card online even if your mobile number is registered in both her and your Aadhaar card. You would just have to enter in your wife’s details to get the lost UID or EID number along with the registered mobile number for OTP generation. Once the OTP is verified, the lost UID or EID number would be regenerated.
To generate the UID number through the mAadhaar application you need the EID number as well as date and time of enrolment. If you don’t have the EID number but you have the date and time, you can generate the EID number first by providing your name and mobile number. Thereafter, the number can be entered along with the date and time to find the UID number. However, if you don’t have the date and time, you should use the website of UIDAI to find your UID number. This is because on the website you don’t have to mention the EID details to generate your UID number. You just have to enter the registered name and mobile number or email ID and you would be able to find the UID number.
Even though the name has spelling errors, you can use the misspelt name to generate the UID number online. Thereafter, you can get the name corrected in your Aadhaar database by visiting the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre and submitting an application for correction in your name.
You should use the name as registered in your Aadhaar card for the generation of the lost UID or EID. So, you should mention JP Murarka on the Aadhaar website or application and get your UID or EID generated.