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How to download Aadhaar card from the UIDAI website

If you have applied for an Aadhaar card but have not received it yet, you can download a PDF file from UIDAI's website. Here is a guide about how you can download it online.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 01.38 PM IST
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How to download Aadhaar from the UIDAI website
How to download Aadhaar from the UIDAI website
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The 12-digit unique identity, Aadhaar, was declared constitutionally valid by the Supreme Court a couple of years ago. According to the apex court verdict, Aadhaar has to be mandatorily linked with PAN, you also need to quote it while filing your income tax returns (ITR), applying for new PAN card and to avail various subsidies from central and state governments.

After applying for an Aadhaar card, if your Aadhaar number has been generated, you can download it in PDF format from the Unique Identification Authority of India's (UIDAI) website. According to UIDAI, an Aadhaar card downloaded (or e-Aadhaar) from the UIDAI website is a valid proof of identity. It has said that an e-Aadhaar should be treated on par with a printed Aadhaar letter.

How to download Aadhaar card online from UIDAI's website step-by-step guide:

1. Visit the UIDAI website: www.uidai.gov.in

2. Click on the download Aadhaar option under the 'My Aadhaar' tab.
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3. Enter your 28 digit enrolment ID as mentioned on the acknowledgment slip or your 12-digit Aadhaar number, or 16 digit Virtual ID and captcha code. You can also choose if you want masked Aadhaar copy. Under the masked copy, the first eight digits of your Aadhaar card will be hidden.
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5. Click on 'Send OTP' if you have not generated 'TOTP using m-Aadhaar app'. An six-digit OTP will be sent to your mobile number. The OTP will be valid for 10 minutes.

6. Enter the OTP. You will be required to undertake a survey. Click on 'Verify and Download'. A PDF file will be downloaded on your computer.
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7. This file is password protected. The password for the file is the first four letters of your name as mentioned on Aadhaar card which you will have to enter in capital letters and your year of birth in YYYY format. For instance, if your name is Sneha and you were born in the year 1980, then your password will be SNEH1980.

  1. What is Aadhaar number?
    The Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identification number that an individual can obtain by submitting identity proof, address proof, date of birth and biometrics.
  2. Is an Aadhaar card downloaded from UIDAI website valid?
    According to a UIDAI circular dated April 28, 2017, the Aadhaar card downloaded from UIDAI website, i.e., the e-Aadhaar is valid as a proof of identity. e-Aadhaar should be treated on par with a printed Aadhaar letter.
  3. What is the password of downloaded Aadhaar card?
    The password to open a downloaded Aadhaar card is a combination of the first four letters of your name in CAPITAL and your year of birth. For instance, if your name is Raj Kumar and you were born in the year 1986, then the password will be RAJK1986.
  4. To download Aadhaar, what do I need?
    To download Aadhaar, one needs either Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID or virtual ID.

  5. Is mobile number mandatory to download Aadhaar?
    Yes, your mobile number must be registered in the UIDAI records to download Aadhaar. A One-Time Password will be sent to your mobile phone during the process of downloading Aadhaar.

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