An Aadhaar is a new-age document that has a 12-digit exclusive identification number that is issued by the UIDAI on behalf of the Indian Government to all residents in India, created on their biometric and demographic facts. Aadhaar is a biometric paper that holds your personal statistics in the government database. Aadhaar is treated as a one-point identification document and does not substitute a Passport, or a PAN, or a Driving license or any other valid proof of identity documents. It is issued to the residents of India based on their biometric and demographic data.

According to the Aadhaar Act, 2016, residents in India are eligible to apply for an Aadhaar card. A resident here is defined as an individual who is living in the country for 182 days or more in the earlier year from the date of putting an application for enrolment. If you are meeting this criterion and wish to enrol yourself for getting an Aadhaar, you need to fill up the Aadhaar Enrolment Form that is available on the official website of UIDAI. Then you need to submit any UIDAI authorized  Aadhaar Enrolment Centres  in India. You must attach the form with self-attested photocopies of certain specific supporting documents required for the Aadhaar card that will be authenticated thereafter. These documents are further subdivided into essentially four groups which we will discuss in the next section.

Here, we will take you through various documents that are required for obtaining an Aadhaar card.

Documents required for Aadhaar card

As stated above, the type of documents is broadly categorized into four segments mentioned below and you would need specific documents under each category.

  1. Proof of Identity
  2. Proof of Address
  3. Proof of Date of Birth
  4. Proof of Relationship

Let us see the requirement of documents for each of the above groups. 

List of documents required under Proof of Identity or POI 

POI meaning in Aadhaar card means documents with name and photo needed under Proof of Identity. The below is the list of documents required under Proof of Identity

  • Passport 
  • Voter ID 
  • PAN Card 
  • Driving License
  • Ration or PDS Photo Card 
  • Government Photo ID Cards or Service photo identity card issued by PSU 
  • NREGA Job Card
  • Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
  • Photo Bank ATM Card
  • Photo Credit Card 
  • Arms License 
  • Freedom Fighter Photo Card 
  • Pensioner Photo Card 
  • Kissan Photo Passbook 
  • Address Card with Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts 
  • CGHS or ECHS Photo Card 
  • Marriage certificate with photograph 
  • Gazette notice for a name change
  • Bhamashah Card 
  • ID Card for Disability or medical certificate of handicapped issued by the particular State or Union Territory Governments or Administrations 
  • Certificate from Superintendent or Warden or Matron or the Head of Institution of certified shelter homes or orphanages etc. on UIDAI format 
  • Certificate of Identity with photo issued by Village Panchayat head or Mukhiya
  • RSBY Card 
  • SSLC book with a photograph of the candidate
  • School Leaving Certificate or SLC, School Transfer Certificate or TC
  • Certificate of Identity with photo and issued by an MP or MLA or MLC or Municipal Councillor on UIDAI format 
  • Certificate of Identity with name and photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution signed by the Head of Institute on UIDAI format
  • Extract of School Records issued by the Head of School 
  • Bank Pass Book 
  • Certificate of identity with name, date of birth and photograph issued by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO on UIDAI format
  • ST or SC or OBC certificate with photograph

List of documents required under Proof of Address or POA, any one such document would be required

POA meaning in Aadhaar card means Proof of Address. Ensure to mention the right address in your Aadhaar application form as your Aadhaar card will be sent to the same address which you have mentioned. The below is the list of documents required documents with name and address under Proof of Address

  • Passport
  • Bank Statement or Passbook 
  • Ration Card 
  • Voter ID
  • Post Office Account Statement or Passbook
  • Government Photo ID Cards or Service photo identity card issued by PSU 
  • Driving License
  •  Electricity Bill *
  • Water Bill *
  • Telephone Landline Bill * 
  • Property Tax Receipt (not greater than 1 year) 
  • A letter signed from Bank Letterhead with photo
  • Signed Letter on letterhead with Photo issued by registered Company 
  • Signed Letter on letterhead with Photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution 
  • NREGA Job Card
  • Credit Card Statement *
  • Insurance Policy 
  •  Freedom Fighter Card 
  • CGHS or ECHS Card 
  • Arms License 
  • Pensioner Card 
  • Kissan Passbook 
  • Certificate of Address with photo issued by MP or MLA or MLC or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on UIDAI format 
  • Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equal authority for rural areas on UIDAI format 
  • Address Card with Photo issued by Postal Department 
  • Disability ID Card or handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State or UT Governments or Administrations 
  • Gas Connection Bill * 
  • Spouse’s Passport
  • Passport of Parents for Minors
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate Registered Sale or Lease or Rent Agreement 
  • Certificate of Address with photo issued by Municipal Councillor on UIDAI format
  • Allotment letter of accommodation issued by Central/ State Govt not more than 3 years old
  • Marriage Certificate with address issued by the Government
  • Caste and Domicile Certificate with Photo issued by State Govt 
  • School Identity card 
  • Certificate from Superintendent or Warden or Matron or Head of Institution of recognized shelter homes or orphanages etc. on UIDAI format 
  • Identity Card issued by recognized educational institutions 
  • SSLC book with a photograph
  • School Leaving Certificate or SLC or School Transfer Certificate or TC with Name and Address
  • Extract of School Records with Name, Address, and Photograph issued by Head of School 
  • Certificate of identity with Name, DOB and Photograph issued by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO on UIDAI format
  • Bhamashah card 
  • Certificate of Identity with Name, Address, and Photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution signed by Head of Institute on UIDAI format

* Not greater than 3 months

List of documents required under Date of Birth or DOB, any one is needed

Following are the documents that are needed with Name and Date of Birth under this category:

  • Passport 
  • Birth Certificate 
  • PAN Card 
  • SSLC Book/ Certificate 
  • A certificate on UIDAI format or ID Card having photo and Date of Birth or DOB duly signed and issued by a Government authority 
  • A photo ID card with Date of Birth, issued by Recognized Educational Institution
  • Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on UIDAI format 
  • Government Photo ID Card or Photo Identity Card issued by PSU with DOB 
  • Central or State Pension Payment Order 
  • Central Government Health Service Scheme Photo Card or Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Photocard
  • Marksheet issued by any Government Board or University 
  • Certificate of Identity with Name, DOB and Photo issued by Recognized Educational Institution signed by Head of Institute on UIDAI format 
  • School Leaving Certificate or SLC, School Transfer Certificate or TC with Name and Date of Birth 
  • Certificate of identity with Name, DOB and Photograph issued by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO on UIDAI format
  • Extract of School Records issued by Head of School with Name, Date of Birth and Photograph

List of documents required under Proof of Relationship or POR

POR meaning in Aadhaar card means documents with the name of the applicant and name of the Head of the Family- HoF needed under Proof of Relationship. The below is the list of documents required under Proof of Relationship

  • PDS Card 
  • Passport
  • NREGA Job Card 
  • Pension Card 
  • Birth Certificate issued by Registrar of Birth, Municipal Corporation and other notified local government bodies like Taluk, Tehsil, etc.
  • CGHS or State Government or ECHS or ESIC Medical card 
  • Army Canteen Card
  • Any other Central or State government issued a family entitlement document
  • Address card with name and photo issued by Department of Posts 
  • Bhamashah card 
  • Discharge card or slip issued by Government hospitals for the birth of a child
  • Marriage Certificate issued by the government 
  • Certificate of Identity with photo and relationship with HoF issued by Village Panchayat head or Mukhiya or its equivalent authority for rural areas on UIDAI format
  • Certificate of Identity with photo issued by MP or MLA or MLC or Municipal Councillor or Gazetted Officer on UIDAI format

Documents required for address change

You can change your address in case you have shifted to a different address or there are some mistakes in the address which you have noticed. You can provide sufficient supporting documents and change the address. Refer to the list of documents mentioned under POA- Proof of Address segment for the same. You can submit any of the above-listed documents and get your address changed or updated. 

The documents required for the Aadhaar card are simple and easy to understand. Hence, go ahead and apply for your Aadhaar card so that you can avail of all the benefits under the same. Applying for a new Aadhaar card is completely voluntary from a resident’s point of view and is certainly not compulsory for now.


FAQ’s

UIDAI will ask you to confirm the addresses from the several address proofs you want your Aadhaar letter to get delivered. UIDAI will capture the address as per the supporting document which you will provide.


Yes, you can. After your Aadhaar is created, you will be able to download e-Aadhaar letter going to the section of “Download Aadhaar” from the official website https://uidai.gov.in/


You can apply for your kid’s Aadhaar card, also for new-born babies. You as a guardian need to take the child to your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Center. Your Aadhaar number needs to be submitted with the child’s Birth certificate. Biometric details will not be taken until the child attains 5 years of age. Your child’s Aadhaar card will be linked to your Aadhaar card.


You will be needed to upload the original coloured scanned copies of proof of address document according to the Valid Documents List specified in UIDAI website shown as below
UIDAI website


Relationship details are a section of the address portion in Aadhaar. You can use C/o -Care of and add your father’s name or your husband’s name