In India, the Aadhaar card is an important identification document for every citizen, not only for its government-related schemes but also for financial services. This document is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), linked with insurance policies, bank accounts, and vehicles.
An Aadhaar card contains the person’s name, gender, date of birth, photograph, and address. Unlike other documents, it is not safe to carry an Aadhaar card everywhere. Still, if you lose or misplace it, one can download an e- Aadhaar card instantly by verifying their identity on the UIDAI portal.
As per recent updates, an e-Aadhaar is equally valid like its physical copy for all purposes and needs. It can be accessed digitally at the official UIDAI websites – uidai.gov.in and eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in. The first four letters of your name and the year of birth is the password of this e-Aadhaar, as per UIDAI.
Here are the steps to download an e-Aadhaar:
Step 1: Go to the official website – https://uidai.gov.in/
Step 2: Search and click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option that appears in the ‘My Aadhaar’ section of the homepage
Step 3: Now, choose between Enrollment ID, Aadhar Number, and Virtual ID as the method for e-Aadhaar download
Step 4: Following this, enter the details of the selection and verify the CAPTCHA code
Step 5: An OTP will be sent to the registered phone number. Enter the OTP to demonstrate the process
Step 6: After entering OTP, the person’s password-protected e-Aadhaar will be downloaded on their phone or laptop
As the name suggests, an e-Aadhaar is an electronic copy of your Aadhaar card. This card is protected by a password and is equally effective as its physical copy. Meanwhile, e-Aadhaar can also be downloaded from the UIDAI portal by using a 28-digit enrollment number along with the person’s full name and pin code or the 14-digit Aadhaar number along with personal details.