Aadhaar has developed into a recognized and valid proof of ID and address acknowledged across the country and many service providers. Once you enrol yourself for Aadhaar, service providers will not face any problem of execution of Know Your Customer or KYC repeatedly before providing any services. They will not disagree to provide services to residents, who are without any identification documents. Residents would also be now getting rid of the hassle of constantly proving identity through documents every time they want to access any services like opening a bank account, getting a passport, or driving license, etc and many more. More importantly, you can easily get government subsidies and other benefits as well if you have an aadhaar. Let us see what is an aadhaar.

What is an Aadhaar Card? 

Aadhaar Card is a 12-digit unique numeric identification issued to Indian citizens by the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI. The uniqueness of this card is that it encompasses your demographic and biometric information and is used for all necessary authentication purposes. The government has taken this initiative of issuing the Aadhaar card free of cost for everyone and also applying for aadhaar is voluntary and not a rule as of now. 

With the growing importance of aadhaar day by day, it is our responsibility to give correct details as required during aadhaar enrolment. These details are very crucial as these will not only be authenticated when you apply for Aadhaar but also will get stored in the government-owned central database. It may happen that you see that some details in your aadhaar are incorrectly captured, and therefore require a correction or an update, etc, UIDAI has provided the facility of doing such aadhaar card update wherein you will be allowed to change or update your aadhaar details. UIDAI has both the online as well as offline facilities to make corrections or updates in your Aadhaar. Changes in life events like marriage, death, etc. may result in changing your basic demographic details like your name and address. You may also need to change your address as well as mobile number due to moving to a new location or you may have personal reasons also to change your mobile number, email address, etc. 

You are allowed to correct any error or update any of your data in your Aadhaar by filling up the Aadhaar card update/ correction form. No need for you to incur any expense for doing this if you are doing any update or change within 96 hours or 4 days from the enrolment date. But, after 4 days, you need to pay a minimal charge of INR 50 for any update or change request.

Here we will take you through the process of aadhaar card name change in detail.

Modes of aadhaar card name change-online & offline

There used to be two different ways, where you could do aadhaar card name change which was online and offline, however, currently, as per UIDAI directives, aadhaar card name change can only be done offline, implying you need to visit any nearest Permanent Aadhaar Centre PEC or Aadhaar Kendra Service or ASK and you will not be allowed to change aadhaar card name change online. Further, you can book an appointment online as well and download the aadhaar correction form and visit the centre. 

  • Online: As mentioned above, you can book an appointment online and it is always beneficial to do so to avoid long queues and unwanted hassle. Let us see the step below for booking an appointment.
  • 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

    Get Aadhaar

    Step 2: Select the name of the centre as per your location and click” Proceed to Book Appointment” 

    Proceed to Book Appointment

    Step 3: Choose the option “Aadhaar Update” as shown below

    Aadhaar Update

    Step 4: Fill your mobile number and also the Captcha code

    Step 5: Enter the OTP that will be sent to your registered mobile number

    Step 6: Upon successful verification, you will get to see a form which you to need to fill in with your details and then you can submit the form

    Step 5: You can make the appointment details by visiting the tab stating “Manage Appointment” tab 

    Step 6: Download the “ Aadhaar Enrolment/ Update Form” from https://uidai.gov.in/images/aadhaar_enrolment_correction_form_version_2.1.pdf

    Step 7: Visit the PEC or ASK according to the time slot and with the form together with necessary supporting documents

  • Offline: You can do an aadhaar card name change by visiting the Permanent Enrolment centre or ASK as well. You may search for the nearest enrolment centre by visiting the UIDAI website link- https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1and get the nearest centre and as explained above, book an appointment and then visit the centre as per the booked time and date slot. Download the necessary form as mentioned in Step no: 6 above. Follow the below steps for doing an aadhaar card name change
  • Step 1: Fill the Aadhaar Enrolment/Correction Form cautiously
    Step 2: Mention your name properly and accurately in the form
    Step 3: Submit the form with the appropriate Proof of Identity -PoI
    Step 4: The Aadhaar officer will register your aadhaar card correction request

    Step 5: You will get an acknowledgement receipt for the update request
    Step 6: You need to pay INR 50 to avail this facility

    Under this method, you can do aadhaar card name change easily. In this situation, the evidence is gathered by the officer during the time of receiving the request. UIDAI presently has planned three modes for Supported Updates:

    1. Update Client Standard or UCS

      Fields: All biometric and demographic fields with local language may be updated

      Identity Authentication: Back-end Biometric check

      Document Verification

      • Verification for fields needing documentary proof
      • Authentication is completed by the verifier, appointed by the UIDAI or the Registrars present at the Enrolment or the Update Centre
      • Verification procedure followed in line with DDSVP Committee Recommendations 

      Form Filling and Acknowledgement

      Done by an officer, responsible for handling language issues, spelling, translation, etc on update client as requested by you as the resident. The officer will give biometric sign off for each update request. You will get an acknowledgement stating the Update Request Number -URN with which you can track your request. This whole process can be shown in the below figure for your better understanding:

      Form Filling and Acknowledgement

    2. Update Client Lite or UCL

      Fields: All demographic fields with Photo with local language may be updated

      Identity Authentication: Biometric Confirmation of the resident

      Document Verification: Similar as mentioned under UCS as above

      Form Filling and Acknowledgement: Similar as mentioned under UCS as above

    3. Update through AUA-Authentication User Agency Point of Presence

      Used by a particular Registrar who will be acting as AUA’s to whom UIDAI may provide an application for all updates. The Registrars are known to collect or create or own the exact demographic field and is a custodian of all data.

      Fields: Demographic fields

      Identity Authentication: Your biometric authentication on the AUA device; UIDAI may select to use more authentication aspects if essential. 

      Document Verification: UIDAI will agree to take the request for the update, based on the Registrar’s confirmation process and your authentication as a resident. 

Documents required for aadhaar card name change

You can visit the UIDAI website link https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf for a complete list of POI- Proof of Identity documents. There are 32 PoI approved documents as per the UIDAI list. Refer to the below list:

  • Passport 
  • Voter ID 
  • PAN Card 
  • Driving License
  • Ration or PDS Photo Card 
  • Government Photo ID Cards or Service photo identity card issued by PSU 
  • NREGS Job Card
  • Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
  • Photo Bank ATM
  • 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

Fee chargeable & expected completion time for aadhaar card name change

For doing aadhaar card name change, or any Demographic or Biometric field, you need to pay INR 50 (inclusive of taxes) to the respective service provider every time you get your details updated. You can also refer to https://uidai.gov.in/images/akr_policy_on_pricing.pdf for a complete fee structure.

Aadhaar card name change may take till 90 days for completion from the date of placing the request.

How to change the name after marriage?

Changing a name after marriage is a common aspect of India. You need to follow 5 simple steps for doing this activity:

  • Affidavit: You need to make an affidavit and state that after marriage you would like to change your name/ surname as desired, with all the details of your new name, new address, and details of the spouse.
  • Notary:  You need to get the same notarized by a gazetted officer.
  • Advertisement: After the above process, you need to publish the same in local important newspapers.
  • ForAadhaar card name change you need your Marriage certificate with a photograph and the 

Gazetted notice for the name change.

How to update/correct aadhaar details?

As per UIDAI guidelines, if you are visiting a Permanent Enrolment centre you can get both Demographics like Name, DoB, Address, Gender, Mobile & Email Address, and Biometrics like Fingerprints, Iris with your Photograph. And, if you are using Self Service Update Portal -SSUP Portal for any update, you can update only your address under demographic details. You need to ensure that your mobile number is correctly registered in your Aadhaar when you are using this service.

Things to remember while doing Aadhaar card name change

Certain Do’s and Don’ts for doing Aadhaar card name change are needed to be kept in mind

A Must Do

  1. Use of capital letters while filling Aadhaar card name change form is a must
  2. Submit the correct proof for identity
  3. Link your mobile number with your Aadhaar and then place a request for correction
  4. In absence of the original documents with you for authentication, get all the photocopies certified by a gazetted officer or a public notarized officer 
  5. Use any language to fill up the details on the Aadhaar enrolment form and not necessarily the local language

A Must Not Do

  1. Do not give untrue information 
  2. Do not fill old data unnecessarily
  3. Never use initials like A.K. Gulati, instead, write as Anand Kumar Gulati
  4. Do not use greetings like Mr./Mrs./ Dr./ Col etc.

Important points to remember for Aadhaar card name change

  1. You as an aadhaar holder can only request for your aadhaar card name change and not anyone else, except for child below 5 years
  2. Any aadhaar update needs verification by the aadhaar holder. This authentication is done either by OTP verification or biometric authentication. For child below 5 years, the authentication will be done by his or her parents or guardians as applicable
  3. If your aadhaar states as “Invalid”, you can call 1947 for further assistance
  4. There is a limit on the number of updates for aadhaar card name change which is as per the UIDAI guidelines and is given below. A good to know information is that there are no restrictions set on the number of updates in like your address, email address, mobile number, fingerprints, iris scans or photographs
    • Name update- Only Two times
    • Date of Birth- Only on one occasion
    • Gender Update- Only on one occasion
  5. For any rejection in your aadhaar card name change, you can call at 1947 to know the proper reason and therefore can do the needful accordingly

Now, you know how to change the name in aadhaar card and UIDAI has given all necessary platforms and facilities to perform an aadhaar card name change, without any hassle. Hence, go ahead and do the same if needed without any trouble


FAQ’s

No biometrics is captured for kids below 5 years. Their UID will be managed on the basis of their parent’s or guardian’s demographic information and photograph linked, with the UID of their parents. And when they attain 5 years and 15 years, they would need to update their biometrics of ten fingers, iris and photograph.


No, if you are submitting any request for data change or update in your aadhaar doesn’t mean that the same will be updated in your Aadhaar records. The information which you have submitted is subject to authentication and validation. And, therefore, furnishing improper data or suppression of any data or information will lead to a rejection of your aadhaar application.


The approved list by UIDAI has 31 Proof of Identity or POI, 44 Proof of Address or PoA, 14 Proof of Relationship or PoR and 14 Proof of Date of Birth documents. And, hence you can choose accordingly and provide the correct supporting documentation.


Filling your husband’s name in your aadhaar is purely voluntary. In case, if you wish to do so, there is a part under details of relationships in the address section of the Aadhaar enrolment form and is being standardized to Care Of or C/o. And, therefore you can add your husband’s name accordingly.


Yes. There is a structured process for family enrolments. The Head of the Family should always bring the original POI or POA documents for authentication and only those particular family members will be enrolled, basis the family entitlement document, whose names & rest of the details are documented. It is needed that the family must come together for aadhaar enrolment to the best possible extent. In case if all the members are unable to come on the same day, then the head of the family should escort the other family members every time he or she goes for their aadhaar enrolment.