Aadhaar card is a unique identity pan nation, so that all your verification almost sits in one range of numbers. Earlier, the process of getting an Aadhaar card was a whole lot tedious. It included standing in long queues and getting your data secure only to get your card weeks, or sometimes even months, later.

This process, however, has gotten a whole lot streamlined over the years and with rampant digitisation all over, this process of procuring your Aadhaar is also an electronic process now.

Documents needed to get yourself Aadhaar card

Aadhaar essentially requires two types of documents – Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Identity (POI).

Proof of identification (POA)Proof of Address (POI)
PAN cardPassport
Certificate of BirthRation/PDS card
 Voter Identification card
 Driving License

The process of getting yourself an Aadhaar card

  1. Book an appointment by walking into an Aadhaar Seva Kendra or book an appointment online
  2. Contact the Help desk or show an appointment slip which must have been mailed to you
  3. Go to the token desk
  4. Move ahead to the Verifier who will verify the details your provide and enter it into the national database.
  5. Payment at the cash counter
  6. Update / enrol your details at the operator’s desk

Quite often, you might have an Aadhaar number processed, but you still cannot, for some reason or another, get your hands on the physical copy of your Aadhaar card. How then can you go about this?

The solution is simple!

You can download Aadhaar card by just having your Aadhaar number as well.

Here is a step by step guide to download your Aadhaar card by your Aadhaar number

Step 1: Keep your Aadhaar card or enrolment number ready. If in case you do not have your Aadhaar, you can keep your enrolment ID along with the time and date provided in the acknowledgment slip ready. If you do have your Aadhaar number handy, that is all you would be needing.

Step 2: Visit the official UIDAI website. Here you will see the section titled Aadhaar Online services. One of the options on the menu would be to “download Aadhaar”. Click on this option and enter all the necessary details required by the website, which includes enrolment number/aadhaar number/VID, full name, pin code of your area, security code.

Step 3: Request for the TOTP/OTP. Once you fill out the form in Step 2, you will come to a section where you will be needed to enter a TOTP. If you do not have your TOTP, you can click on ‘Request OTP’.

Step 4: enter the OTP. Once you choose the ‘Request OTP’ option, you will get an OTP on your registered mobile number a few seconds later. Enter the OTP in the space provided.

Step 5: Download the E-Aadhaar PDF. Your Aadhaar will come to you in the form of a .pdf file. You will need to enter a password. Your password will ideally be the first four letters of your name along with your birth year. You are to ensure if the letters of your name are entered in all caps. For example, if your name is William Smith and your birth year is 1970, your password will be WILL1970.

This is how you can basically go about downloading your e-aadhaar card.

Linking Aadhaar to PAN card

Linking your Aadhaar to PAN is an essential step that needs to be done. The procedure, at the outset might seem daunting but is actually quite simple.

Here is how you can go about linking your Aadhaar to your PAN card.

Step 1: log on to the Income tax department’s official e-filing portal.

Step 2: Enter your PAN number and your Aadhaar Number. The name you mention should be the name as mentioned in your Aadhaar card and then you got to fill in the Captcha code. Click on the button that reads, “Link Aadhaar”.

You have to make sure that the name mentioned in you Aadhaar is the same as the name mentioned in your PAN card. In case of any discrepancy, like there is any kind of a spelling error, the linking will not be possible. If the names mentioned in Aadhaar card and PAN card stand to be different, you will need to update your Aadhaar details.

Once you filled in all the information correctly and your details are verified, you will see a message flash on your screen as follows:

Eligibility for Aadhaar card

What are the eligibility criteria to avail yourself an Aadhaar card?

  1. Any resident of India (including newborns and minors) are considered eligible for Aadhaar card. While the Aadhaar card is usually considered a card for adults, there is also a new section of Aadhaar now called “Baal Aadhaar” which is for children below the age of 5.
  2. NRIs and foreigners who have been staying in India for more than 12 months are also considered eligible for the Aadhaar. It has also been proposed to issue Aadhaar for non-resident Indians who have an Indian passport on them. This would be after their arrival in India without having to wait for 180 days.

How to check Aadhaar status post application?

In order to check the status of your Aadhaar card, log on to the official UIDAI website, click on the option that reads ‘Check Aadhaar Status’ which would be under the Aadhaar enrolment tab. Enter your enrolment number, which is printed on the acknowledgment slip to check the current status of your Aadhaar card and how long would it take to reach you.

Summing it up

The Aadhaar is an essential document to have and its impact has been massive ever since it has been implemented. It is easy to apply, handy to have and has relevance across various sectors in India. It not only serves as a Proof of Identity but also as a Proof of Address.

An ultimate document to possess, the Aadhaar is amazing and has streamlined various processes all across the nation.