Aadhaar Card: Want to know where your UID has been used? Follow these steps
Through UIDAI's Aadhaar Authentication History service, you can check when and where your Aadhaar card has been used and you can take corrective measures against any fraud.
A 12-digit number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Aadhaar is a unique number that serves as residential proof as well as identification proof for every Indian across the country. It has become one of the most important documents that every citizen must have as it is used for verifying identity and address for various purposes, including the government schemes.
Considering the significance of this vital document, there are also chances that a person's Aadhaar data can be misused, leading to further complications and data leaks. In recent times, the potential for Aadhaar misuse has also increased, thus making it crucial for all to remain vigilant about misuse of their Aadhaar cards.
Aadhaar Card History
In view of the untoward incidents regarding Aadhaar misuse, UIDAI has also offered a valuable tool that can help individuals check their Aadhaar history. This gives the details usage since the issuance of the Aadhaar number. You can check the history of your Aadhaar usage by visiting the 'Aadhaar Authentication History' section on the official website of UIDAI.
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It also informs about the documents that are linked to your Aadhaar card which empowers people to detect and address any discrepancies promptly. You can also find the date, time and mode of authentication of Aadhaar number.
How to know where your Aadhaar has been used?
Here is a step-by-step guide that you can follow to find out where and when your Aadhaar was used.
- Visit the official UIDAI website at uidai.gov.in
- On the left top corner of the homepage, click on the 'My Aadhaar' section
- From the dropdown menu, select the 'Aadhaar Authentication History' under the Aadhaar services section.
- You will be redirected to a new page.
- Login with your Aadhaar number and security code and click on 'Send OTP'.
- Fill in with the OTP for proper verification and click on 'Proceed'.
- All the details regarding your Aadhaar card's past activities will appear on the screen.
After entering the authentication history page, you can see the information for recent six months, including up to 50 records. You can customise the date range on the calendar to view more records.
If any discrepancy is spotted, one can visit the nearest Aadhaar centre for immediate correction. In case of any misuse or irregularities, you can reach out to the UIDAI through their toll-free number 1947 - or send an email to email@example.com.
It is important to maintain a habit of checking your Aadhaar history at regular intervals to keep a check on discrepancies or misuse of your Aadhaar number.