Nowadays Aadhaar Card is the most important document which is used for both identities as well as address proof of any individual. Aadhaar has helped the common man in several ways, the primary one being a credible identity and therefore has empowered all the residents in India with extensively reliable supportable identity. Let us understand in brief what is an Aadhaar.

What is an Aadhaar Card? 

Aadhaar Card is a unique 12- digit number, issued to Indian citizens and it is issued to the children along with the infants free of cost. The card captures your biometric data and demographic information which then further used for authentication purposes. An Aadhaar card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI to who enrols for the card and this exercise is completely voluntary.

It is of extreme importance to obtain an Aadhaar card since it is a very beneficial document and allows you to do many critical transactions and other activities easily. The Aadhaar card when issued remains in force for your entire lifetime. Here, we will take you through the concept and details of enrolment and will also explain what is an enrolment number in detail.

What is an Aadhar enrolment process and enrolment number?

The Aadhaar enrolment process comprises visiting an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, filling up the enrolment form, having the demographic and biometric data taken and lastly submission of the supporting documents as per the specified list as a proof of Identity and address. After completing all these activities, you will be given an acknowledgement slip containing which is called your Enrolment ID. Enrolment number is nothing but a 14-digit number which is treated as your enrolment ID or enrolment number. An Aadhaar EID or the Enrolment ID is generated out of the enrollment number. The Aadhaar application combines the Aadhaar enrolment number as a single number without any gaps and this joint number is known as EID. Now, let us see the applicable situations where you will be allotted the enrolment number for you to use the same.

For checking the status for your Aadhaar card

  1. On the UIDAI’s website 

    After you apply for an Aadhaar card via an enrolment centre, it takes around 90 days for the generation of your Aadhaar number. In the interim, you can check and see the status of your Aadhaar card by visiting the official website of UIDAI- https://uidai.gov.in/. And to do this activity, you must keep with you the acknowledgement slips or your enrolment number handy. An important point which you must remember is that if you have declared your mobile number while applying for your Aadhaar card, then the UIDAI will send you a message notifying you about your Aadhaar car generation. 

  2. By contacting the UIDAI helpline number 

    Other than the method of checking on the website, another system of checking the status of your Aadhaar is that you can call the UIDAI’s helpline in 1947 and follow the directions after enrolment. Be ready with your enrolment ID as you will be needing the same. When your Aadhaar gets generated, the helpline permits you to note your Aadhaar number with which you can download your Aadhaar from the UIDAI website.

  3. If you have misplaced your acknowledgement slip or enrolment ID

    In case you have misplaced your enrolment ID or the acknowledgement slip, you can recover the 28-digit acknowledgement number online and then you can check the status of your Aadhaar card. But, to get this benefit, your mobile number or your email ID must be registered during enrolling for Aadhaar.

The basic structure of an enrolment ID & its format

Enrolment ID comprises 28 digits with a 14-digit enrolment number and also with the 14-digit date & time stamp. It can be seen at the top of the update acknowledgement slip which you get from the Aadhaar Enrolment or the Update Centre. Enrolment ID comes in the below format.

5678/56789/56789 03/01/2020 09: 40: 20

Details of the Situations where EnrolmentIDcan be used

There can be two main scenarios where you can use your Enrolment ID. Let us see where and how.

  1. On the UIDAI’s website

    You can check the status of your Aadhaar card online by visiting the online portal of UIDAI’s official website. There will be no fee or charges to be paid by you to check your Aadhar card status on UIDAI’s official website. Follow the below steps to see the status of the application of your Aadhaar card online:

    Step 1: Visit theUIDAI’s official website https://uidai.gov.in/ and go to the ‘My Aadhaar’ section. You will see another subsection named “Check Aadhaar Status” as shown below

    Check Aadhaar Status

    Step 2: Fill up the Enrolment Id. As explained above, the enrolment ID is a 14-digit enrolment number and 14-digits date and time in the format: dd/mm/yyyy: hh: mm and the same is also shown in the below screenshot for your reference

    enrolment ID

    Step 3: Enter the captcha code and complete the authentication process and then click on “Check Status”

    captcha code

    Step 4: If your Aadhaar number has been generated, then you will be able to download your Aadhaar from the website or you can download the Aadhaar on your mobile as well, however, remember your phone number needs to be registered with your Aadhaar data

  2. If you have misplaced your acknowledgement slip or enrolment ID

    You need to follow the below steps in case you have misplaced the enrolment ID

    Step 1: Visit theUIDAI’s official website https://uidai.gov.in/and go to the ‘My Aadhaar’ section. You will see another subsection stating “Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID” as shown below

    Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID

    Step 2: Choose the option of “Enrolment ID -EID” as below

    Enrolment ID -EID

    Step 3: Enter your name, your mobile number or your email address and fill in the captcha security code

    captcha security code

    Step 4: Tap on “Send OTP” and the OTP will be sent to your registered address. Fill in the OTP and complete verification

    Step 5: After verification, the enrolment number would be sent to your email ID and your registered mobile number. And after you have got the enrolment number on your mobile, you can check the status of your Aadhaar by following the above procedure as mentioned above

How to get an enrollment number for Aadhaar?

As mentioned above, when you apply the first time for your Aadhaar through an enrolment centre, you get an acknowledgement slip that contains your enrolment number which is of 14 digits. And if in any case, you lose your enrolment number, then you can follow the above-mentioned process to get the same. With every facility available online, it will not be a difficult task for you to get the enrolment number

With an advanced online facility and with the availability of almost all the Aadhaar processes online, applying for Aadhaar is not a difficult task at all. Hence, ensure you enrol for your Aadhaar and get the same immediately if not done already.


FAQ’s

Yes, you can as there is no age limit for Aadhaar Enrolment. You can enrol a newborn baby also and get his or her Aadhaar.


Yes, you can. After your Aadhaar card is generated, you can download the electronic version of Aadhaar which is an e-Aadhaar letter by clicking on “Download Aadhaar” under the Aadhaar Enrolment segment on the official website of UIDAI.


There are possibilities that your Aadhaar is being generated, but you have not obtained the respective Aadhaar letter by post. In such a scenario, it is suggested to have your Aadhaar card status checked with all your EIDs, by clicking on the “Check Aadhaar Status” option on the home page of UIDAI or visit the nearest Permanent Aadhaar Enrolment centre.


Basically, there are two types of information that are captured for Aadhaar enrolment, first being the Demographic, which has your name, address, date of birth, gender, email id, and cell number and the second one is your Biometrics data having your 10 finger Prints, iris scan, and photograph. Note that your cell number and email id are voluntary.


Yes, you must bring all original copies of your supporting documents for Aadhaar enrolment as they will be scanned and given back to you after completing the necessary process.