Aadhaar is a 12-digit identification number assigned to each citizen of India basis their biometric and demographic data. The 12-digit number will be exclusive and unique for every single individual. Issuance of the Aadhar card number is governed by UIDAI -Unique Identification Authority of India. Aadhaar helps in providing well-ordered and transparent control thereby eradicating the unprincipled practices, fraud, and corruption in the economy to a great extent. This is solely because every resident is allotted a unique identification number. It is compulsory to have an Aadhaar knowing the snowballing importance and benefits of different government-based schemes today.
In India, the Unique Identification Authority of India has been delegated with the responsibility of providing this 12-digit unique identity number to all its citizens for Aadhar enrolment and verification, together with managing the procedures at every stage of an Aadhaar life cycle – framing the policy, process, and structure for issuance of Aadhaar numbers to people, executing authentication and ensuring the safekeeping of all identity information and verification histories of individuals. These random numbers will positively help the Indian government to provide suitable benefits to its residents. Developed countries, like the United States of America, implemented this unique number strategy to offer safety and security to its residents. Likewise, India’s legal authority UIDAI, founded in January 2009 is in charge of issuing “Aadhaar” under the rule of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
As per the Aadhaar Act of 2016, Indian residents are entitled to apply for an Aadhaar card. A resident here is well-defined as a person who is living in the country for 182 days or more than that in the previous year, from the date of placing an application for Aadhaar enrolment. If you are fulfilling this condition and you voluntarily like to enroll yourself for receiving an Aadhaar, you will be required to fill up the Aadhaar Enrolment Form that is obtainable on the official website of UIDAI. After which you need to submit the same in any UIDAI sanctioned Aadhaar Enrolment Centres in India. You must furnish photocopies of all your supporting documents by doing a self-attestation that will be validated afterward. An important point to note here is that before applying for an Aadhaar, you need to book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment. After which you can visit the respective enrolment centre for biometric and demographic verification.
Here, we will take you through various channels of booking an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment.
Steps to book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment
There are several ways of booking an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment. We will discuss the same in detail one by one.
- Booking an appointment online
The first and most important step for you to get your Aadhar card is to book an appointment at an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. You can go directly as well to your nearest Enrolment Centre but doing that is not advisable as you may face long lines and face issues. To avoid this, you must book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment online with the UIDAI. Mentioned below are the steps as to how to do so:
Step 1: Visit the official website of UIDAI https://uidai.gov.in/and click on “Book Appointment” below “Get Aadhaar” under “My Aadhaar” in the homepage
Step 2: Read thoroughly the terms and conditions for Enrolment
Step 3: You need to tick a checkbox confirming whether you have enrolled for your Aadhaar earlier or not
Step 4: Enter the security code which will be there on the screen for verification
Step 5: Choose the state or union territory where you reside
Step 6: Click on the key “Verify and Proceed” which would mean giving your consent to move further
Step 7: You will be forwarded to a new page https://wenrol.uidai.gov.in/enrolment_request/view/enrol/preEnrol.php?menu_id=a02&smsg=pass
Step 8: The Enrolment Request Application form will reflect on this page which you need to fill up correctly
Step 9: After filling the form, click on “Save and Continue” button and then save the data which you have filled up
Step 10: Now, your demographic details will be showed for your final evaluation.
Step 11: Check the form carefully and rectify any mistake if you see, as after this stage you will not be allowed to do so
Step 12: After revising the form, click on the “Submit” button
Step 13: You will be able to select an Aadhaar Enrolment centre as per your choice and your appointment for Aadhaar enrolment will be confirmed
Step 14: After completion of the above steps, you will receive a pre-enrolment slip which you need to carry with you when you visit the enrolment centre
- Booking an appointment via Aadhaar Seva Kendra- ASK
Aadhaar Seva Kendra or ASK is a one-stop solution for all Aadhaar related services for the Indian citizens. ASK is managed by UIDAI and offers complete services for Aadhaar enrolment and update or correction. The ASK follows an online Appointment Management System or AMS for you if you select to book your appointment before visiting the ASK and an automatic Token Management System or TMS for the walk-ins till 5:30 pm every day. The below diagram will help you to understand how an ASK works
Booking of an appointment at UIDAI run Aadhaar Seva Kendra
You need to follow the below steps to book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment
Step 1:Visit the official website of UIDAI https://uidai.gov.in/and click on “Book Appointment” below “Get Aadhaar” under “My Aadhaar” on the homepage as shown below
Step 2: Choose the name of the centre and click “Proceed” to book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment
Step 3: Select the service which you need- New Aadhaar or Aadhaar Update
Step 4: Enter your mobile number and complete the captcha verification process after which an OTP will be generated in your mobile which you need to fill in
Step 5: Upon successful, validation, you need to fill up a form that will be shown on the screen
Step 6: You will be able to choose and manage the date and the time if you visit the” Manage Appointment” tab
Booking of an appointment at Registrar runs Aadhaar Seva Kendra
Step 1: Same as above
Step 2: The below page will appear after you click on “Proceed” where you need to declare whether you are an Indian Citizen or not and fill in your cell number and complete the captcha verification process as below
Step 3: A new page will appear with two option of “New Enrolment” or “Update Aadhaar” and you need to select “New Enrolment” for the first time to book an appointment
Step 4: You will be able to see a page where you need to fill up your details as required and then proceed to review and submit to view the details of your appointment
Booking an appointment via walk-ins
As stated above, you can always walk in any of the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre after location the same online, however, it is advisable not to do so to avoid unnecessary delay and chaos at the Enrolment Centre. Instead, book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment and thereafter complete the process peacefully by visiting the designated Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.
Documents required for Aadhaar enrolment
There is a certain set of documents that you need to provide as proof of your identity, address, date of birth as well as relationship. UIDAI accepts 31 PoI and 44 PoA, 14 PoR and 14 DoB documents. You can refer to https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf for a complete list.
The supporting documents include:
- Proof of Identity or PoI:This means documents with name and photos needed under Proof of Identity. Example: Passport, Voters id, PAN card, Driving license and many more
- Proof of Address or PoA: This means documents with name and address needed under Proof of Address. Example: Passport, Voters id, Ration Card, Utility Bills, Driving license and many more
- Date of Birth or DoB: This means documents with name and date of birth needed under Proof of Date of Birth. Example: Passport, Birth Certificate, Driving license and many more
- Proof of Relationship or PoR: This means documents with the name of the applicant and name of the Head of the Family- HoF needed under Proof of Relationship. This is applicable when you do not have any other documents as supporting documents. Example: Passport, PDS card, and many more
How to find the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre near you after the appointment?
You can visit the official site of UIDAI and search an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre near you as shown below in the figure.
There are three options which you will find like below- you can search by “State” or by a “Postal PIN code” of the locality where you are staying or a general “Search Box”. You can choose as per your convenience and locate the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre
UIDAI has also provided many options like they have partnered with various public and private sector banks to ensure an easy and hassle-free process of Aadhaar Enrolment and they have not restricted their services only through their centres and ASKs. Therefore, do not delay in applying for your Aadhaar card, if not done till now. For your safety and security as well as the country’s, it is of utmost importance for you to apply for an Aadhaar card. Book an appointment for Aadhaar enrolment without any challenge and have this unique card with you.