An Aadhar Card has become one of the universal documents used as a valid identity and address proof for assorted purposes. However, if you are among those who still have not applied for an Aadhaar card, you should initiate the process right away to avail unlimited benefits. Aadhar card enrollment is free and mandatory for every Indian citizen. An applicant can register for Aadhar from anywhere in India.
Process to Apply for Aadhaar Card
Step 1 – To start with the process, the first step is to visit the UIDAI website. Here you can find the Aadhaar enrolment form that you can fill online or can even download the form and fill it manually.
Step 2 – Once the Aadhaar application form is duly filled, search for the Aadhaar enrolment center near you.
Step 3 –After finding the Aadhaar enrolment center, you can book an appointment online by mentioning the date and time suitable for you. If you don’t want to book an appointment online, you can visit the centre directly, but booking an appointment online will save you a lot of time.
Step 4 – On the day of the appointment, make sure you reach the centre on time along with all the documents such as your identity proof, address proof, etc.
Step 5 – Once you reach the centre, the first thing you are expected to do is to fill up the application form available at the centre. You can even download the form from the UIDAI website in advance, fill it and take it with you at the center to save time and effort.
Step 6 – Once you have filled the form, submit it with supporting documents.
Step 7 – Soon after the documents are submitted and accepted, you’ll be called for the biometric data analysis that will include your fingerprint and iris scan.
Step 8 – They will also take your photograph for their record.
Step 9 – After all the details are collected, you will be provided with an acknowledgment slip that will have your enrolment number – a 14-digit code on it which will help you easily track your application status.
Please note that you should enroll for Aadhaar only once. Enrolling, again and again, will not get you any different Aadhaar number. The center will verify the authenticity of your documents carefully. On successful verification, you’ll first receive an SMS or an email notification and after a few days, your Aadhaar will reach your address via post. You can even download an e-Aadhaar online after you get a verification SMS or email and use it for your benefits.
4 Steps to Download E-Aadhaar
Step 1 – Visit the UIDAI website and go to E-Aadhaar section
Step 2 – You will be directed to the page wherein you’ll have to fill a form using your Aadhaar number or enrollment number (In case Aadhar has not reached you)
Step 3 – Enter the details like enrolment number/Aadhar number, date and time as mentioned in the acknowledgment slip, your name, your area pin code, your registered mobile number.
Step 4 – Once all the details are entered, you can generate an OTP. Once you enter the OTP, your e-Aadhar will be displayed to you which you can download for further use. Remember, E-Aadhar is equally valid and has the same importance as that of Aadhar card.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit Unique Identification Number (UAN) that can be used as a valid proof of identity, age, address, etc when applying for any government service. Not only an Aadhaar is useful in availing subsidies, monthly pension, PF disbursement, and filing income tax return but the government has also made the Aadhaar card an essential document for opening bank accounts, during PAN card application process, etc., this further increases the importance of Aadhaar in India.