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 is a 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to residents of India. The Aadhaar enrolment process is the process of obtaining an Aadhaar number.
What is enrolment process and enrolment number?
Enrolment for Aadhaar is a simple process that involves collecting biometric and demographic information from the individual. The process has the following steps:
Step 1: Visit an Aadhaar enrolment center like the Aadhaar Seva Kendra: You can locate the nearest Aadhaar enrolment center by visiting the UIDAI website (https://uidai.gov.in/).
Step 2: Fill the Aadhaar enrolment form with your personal details such as name, address, date of birth, gender, etc.
Step 3: Provide biometric information with your fingerprints and iris scan, at the center.
Step 4: Provide proof of identity and address with supporting documents such as PAN card, passport, driving license, or voter ID card.
Once you complete the enrolment process, you will be given an enrolment ID (EID), which is a 28-digit number that acts as a temporary reference for your enrolment. You can use the EID to track the status of your Aadhaar application and get a copy of your Aadhaar card once generated.
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
Check the status of your Aadhaar using mobile
Below are the steps to check your Aadhaar card status using your mobile phone by sending an SMS:
Step 1: Open the messaging app on your phone.
Step 2: Type “UID STATUS <14-digit enrolment number> <14-digit date and time>” (without quotes) and send it to 51969.
Step 3: You will receive an SMS with the current status of your Aadhaar card.
Note: Ensure that you type the enrolment number and date and time correctly, as errors can result in incorrect information. Also, be sure to use your registered mobile number for this process.
Check the status of your Aadhaar via the toll-free number
Yes, you can also check the status of your Aadhaar card by calling the UIDAI’s toll-free number. Follow the below mentioned steps:
Step 1: Dial the UIDAI toll-free number:1800-300-1947
Step 2: Follow the IVR instructions: Select the appropriate options from the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to get to the option for checking Aadhaar status.
Step 3: Provide the required information: You will be prompted to share your 28-digit enrolment ID (EID) and other details such as your full name, registered mobile number.
Step 4: Get the Aadhaar status: Once you provide the required information, the IVR system will update the status of your Aadhaar card.
Use a toll-free number to get the latest information on the status of your Aadhaar card without going online or visiting an enrolment center.
Check the status of your Aadhaar online On 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
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
Step 3: Enter the captcha code and complete the authentication process and then click on “Check Status”
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
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
Step 2: Choose the option of “Enrolment ID -EID” as below
Step 3: Enter your name, your mobile number or your email address and fill in the 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
Step-by-step guide on How to Retrieve Aadhaar EID number online
If you have lost or misplaced your Aadhar UID or EID, you can retrieve it in a few simple steps:
- Go to the UIDAI website, and click on “Retrieve Lost UID/ EID”
- On a new page you need to choose to “Retrieve Lost UID” or “Retrieve Lost UID/ EID”
- Fill in your details, as mentioned on your Aadhaar Enrolment form and then enter the captcha code
- Click “Send OTP” and enter the code that you receive on the registered mobile number
- Once the verification is complete, you will receive the Enrolmenet ID on your registered mobile number or email
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.
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.