Saturday, April 20, 2024

Aadhaar Card

'Aadhaar', is a twelve digit unique identification number for the identification of each and every individual in the country, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the government of India. The number linked to the basic demographics and biometric information like photograph, photo print of the ten fingerprints and the iris etc of each individual, collected to establish uniqueness of individual, will be stored in a centralized database. This card is used as an identity and address proof for every individual including infants, anywhere in India. Each Aadhaar number will be unique to an individual and will remain valid for life. The centralized technology infrastructure of the UIDAI will enable 'anytime, anywhere, anyhow' authentication.

Features and Benefits:

  • Aadhaar identification will have 'Universality' and will over time become the single source of identity verification. Residents would be spared the hassle of repeatedly providing supporting identity documents each time they wish to access services such as obtaining a bank account, passport, ration card, driving license and so on.

  • By providing a clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will also facilitate entry for poor and underprivileged residents into the formal banking system and the opportunity to avail services provided by the government and the private sector.

  • It will enable financial inclusion with deeper penetration of banks, insurance and easy distribution of benefits of government schemes.

  • The Aadhaar number, since it's a portable identification/proof of address that can be regularly updated by the individual and used nationally, is a powerful tool for migrants to access services and benefits. So Aadhaar will give migrants mobility of identity.

How can we apply?

Aadhaar enrolment is free, you can go to any authorized Aadhaar enrollment center anywhere in India with your proof of Identity (POI) and proof of address (POA) documents. Photo ID cards like PAN card and Govt ID cards are permissible for identity proof. Address proof documents also include water- electricity- telephone bills from the last three months. Common proofs of identity and address are election photo ID card, Ration card, passport and driving license. 

Even if you or someone in your family does not have valid documents, you can still enroll. If the head of the household has relevant documents, he/she can first enroll and then introduce others in the family while they are enrolling. If even the head of household has no documents, you may take the help of Introducers available at the enrolment center. You need to enroll only once. Enrolling again is a waste of your time as you will get only one Aadhaar number. Making Aadhaar card is Voluntary


At the enrollment center, each individual has to fill his/her personal details in the application form. Along with the application form, one has to bring a document supporting your proof of Identity (POI) as well as the proof of address (POA). (List of supporting documents which can be submitted is given in the table below). Your proof of Identity (POI) and proof of address (POA) will be verified by the enrollment officer.

 Then your photo, finger-prints and iris scan will be taken as a part of the enrollment. You can review the details you have provided and make corrections during enrolment itself. You will get an acknowledgment slip with a temporary enrolment number and other details captured during enrolment. Based on the information provided, your details will be verified centrally. If your application is successful, an Aadhaar number will be generated and mailed to your address normally within 60 to 90 days.

For any Enquiries, contact :

UIDAI Helpline 
Telephone 1800-180-1947 
Fax 080-2353 1947 
Letters PO Box 1947, GPO Bangalore - 560001 
Email - 

List of supporting documents which can be submitted for enrollment

 PoI (Proof of Identity) Documents Containing Name and Photo

PoA (Proof of Address) Documents Containing Name and Address

1. Passport

2. PAN Card

3. Ration/ PDS Photo Card

4. Voter ID

5. Driving License

6. Government Photo ID Cards/ service photo

identity card issued by PSU

7. NREGS Job Card

8. Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution

9. Arms License

10. Photo Bank ATM Card

11. Photo Credit Card

12. Pensioner Photo Card

13. Freedom Fighter Photo Card

14. Kissan Photo Passbook

15. CGHS / ECHS Photo Card

16. Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts

17. Certificate of Identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead

18. Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations

1. Passport

2. Bank Statement/ Passbook

3. Post Office Account Statement/Passbook

4. Ration Card

5. Voter ID

6. Driving License

7. Government Photo ID cards

8. Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)

9. Water bill (not older than 3 months)

10. Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)

11. Property Tax Receipt (not older than 3 months)

12. Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)

13. Insurance Policy

14. Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead

15. Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead

16. Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Instruction on letterhead

17. NREGS Job Card

18. Arms License

19. Pensioner Card

20. Freedom Fighter Card

21. Kissan Passbook

22. CGHS / ECHS Card

23. Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead

24. Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)

25. Income Tax Assessment Order

26. Vehicle Registration Certificate

27. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement

28. Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts

29. Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt.

30. Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations

31. Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)

32. Passport of Spouse

33. Passport of Parents(in case of Minor)

 PoR Documents containing Relationship details to Head of Family

1. PDS Card

2. MNREGA Job Card

3. CGHS/State Government/ECHS/ESIC Medical card

4. Pension Card

5. Army Canteen Card

6. Passport

7. Birth Certificate issued by Registrar of Birth, Municipal Corporation and other notified local government bodies like Taluk, Tehsil etc.

8. Any other Central/State government issued family entitlement document.


Proof of DoB Documents

1. Birth Certificate

2. SSLC Book/Certificate

3. Passport

4. Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead