How to apply for Aadhaar card: In brief, step by step guide

Sep 26, 2018, 16:36 PM IST
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Aadhaar card is constitutional says Supreme Court and for certain things it is mandatory. For instance, you must link Aadhaar to PAN (permanent Account Number) for income tax returns filing and other purposes. If you don't have Aadhaar card, then know here how to apply for the 12-digit biometric number. Here’s how you can do it -  a step by step guide: 

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Step 1 - Find an Aadhaar enrolment centre near you. Those residing in Tier 1 cities can find their enrolment centre by clicking https://uidai.gov.in/images/Tier1_Cities_PECs.pdf. As for those who reside in other cities, they can find their centre, through this https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx. 

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Step 2 - Then fill the enrolment form which include details like name, gender, address, age, email ID and mobile number. 

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Step 3 - After filling the enrolment form, you will have to submit with documents supporting proof of identity and address. 

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Step 4 - Once all forms are accepted, then you will have to submit your biometric which involves fingerprint and iris scan. 

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Step 5 - The centre will take your photograph for Aadhaar. 

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Step 6 - Then you will be given with an acknowledgement slip containing the 14-digit enrolment number. This slip helps you in checking the status of your Aadhaar. 

Remember to keep your acknowledgment slip safely till you get your actual Aadhaar card. 

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Generally, it takes about 90 days which is 3 months for an Aadhaar card to get delivered at your place. 
 

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However, in case of an emergency like linking PAN with Aadhaar, a citizen can download a copy of the Aadhaar card which is also known as E-Aadhaar. 

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1 Visit the Aadhaar Card official website of https://uidai.gov.in/.

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2 Fill in the form with using the 14 digit enrolment number or the Aadhaar number.
 

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If you have the enrolment number:

a. Enter the enrolment number.

b. Enter the date and time as mentioned in the acknowledgment slip.

c. Enter your name, pin code of your area and your registered mobile number with Aadhaar.

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After all the details mentioned, you will receive an OTP (One Time Password) which will help in downloading a coloured version of the Aadhaar letter which is as valid as the Aadhaar card itself.

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