What Is an Aadhaar Card? Application Eligibility, Status Check, Correction

Aadhaar Introduction

An aadhar card has become the lifeblood of all Indian nationals. It is one of the most important and widely used Identification proof in India. As a citizen of India, one must have an insight into the importance of an aadhar card.

Aadhar is a system which operates on biometric and other identity-related data of its users. This data is very confidential, and anyone should not share it with third parties. The Adhaar card encompasses a database of your online activities. Thus, it has become a primary welfare tool.

The concept of aadhar came into existence and had spread quickly to fulfill the government’s initiative to develop and grow the economy. As per Indian government recommendations, this should be the primary source of recognition of Indian citizens.

Nowadays, most of the corporates and net banking applications use this card as a valid proof. Each card has a unique number that includes 12 digits. Also, the aadhar card acts as a centralized and universal identification number. Thus, the UIDA ( Unique Identity Authority of India) generates these digits indicating the demographics. Its importance is vast as it serves a purpose to both the citizens and the government.

Five reasons why Aadhar card is essential:

  • Serves the purpose of a proof of citizenship,
  • It acts as age as well as an address proof,
  • Its details are sufficient to open a bank account,
  • It serves as the connecting medium among all other types of government IDs, and
  • To apply for a passport, one must share his/her Aadhar details.

Application Procedure:

Eligibility for Application:

  • Any resident of India, Non-Resident Indian or any foreign citizen residing in India is eligible to apply
  • Individuals of any age can apply for Aadhar number
  • The enrollment is free and voluntary
  • Applications are available to all citizens across the country.
  • For children lesser than the age of 3 years, biometric details are not necessary. Their aadhar card will be linked to their guardians
  • Any child between the age of 5-15 years has to offer their biometric information. After turning 15 the biometrics change and hence has to be re-registered.

What are the documents required while applying?

UIDAI approves 18 proofs of identity and 33 proofs of address. The common ones are:

Name/Identification proof:

  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Ration Card
  • Voter ID
  • Government Photo ID
  • Arms License, and
  • Pensioner card

Address Proof:

  • Passport
  • Passbook
  • Bank Statement
  • Voter ID
  • Ration Card, and
  • Driving License

Evidence Of Date Of Birth:

  • Passport
  • SSLC certificate, and
  • Date of Birth Certificate

Even if, any resident individual who doesn’t have the above evidence, can still enroll. They can register through any family document having mention of their name on it. Before this, the head of their family must obtain a card.

Modes of Application:

Since it is the 21st century things applying has become more comfortable. Through the concept of digitization, one can enroll through online mode. But if one doesn’t have the required resources or knowledge they may go through the offline procedure as mentioned below:


  • Visit the official website of UIDAI online registration and the appointment form online
  • Then, fill in your details and other requirements
  • At last, Select the enrollment center and date/time of appointment

Offline: Through an enrollment center:

  • First of all, download the enrollment form and take a print out and fill it up.
  • Then, visit your chosen enrollment center with the valid identity and address proof
  • You must provide the biometric details and get yourself photographed
  • Once you have submitted your form with the required documents, you will receive an acknowledgment slip.
  • Also, this slip must be kept carefully as it will be required while checking for your application status.

How do I check my application status?

The following procedure can check the service of an aadhar:

  • First of all, visit UIDAI
  • It will redirect you to a page where you can review the status of your Adhaar card.
  • Enter the Enrollment ID
  • Put the Date/Time
  • Then, enter Security Code
  • If you are unable to view or read the security code, you can click on ‘Try Another’ and another code will appear on the screen,
  • Then, click on ‘Check Status.’
  • Finally, the status of your Adhaar will appear on your screen. You can find your enrollment number on the acknowledgment slip and will be of 14 digits. It will have Date and time as well. The enrollment number and date/time together constitute your Enrollment ID (EID).

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How do I make corrections/update in my aadhar card?

The aadhar is the most critical document. When the biometrics or demography of individual changes it must be updated. There are two modes to update aadhar information:

– Online: Steps to update aadhar card details online:

  • Visit UIDAI
  • Then, Under “Update Adhaar Details” column, click on “Update Adhaar Detail Online.”
  • It will redirect you to a new webpage, where you can enter your Adhaar number. You will have to enter the captcha code for verification as well.
  • As a result, you will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number. Type the OTP to log in to your Adhaar account.
  • It will redirect you to Adhaar Update Portal where you can select the field you wish to update.
  • Fill in the details accordingly. Ensure that all information is correct as it will reflect in the new Adhaar card.
  • Furthermore, UIDAI will not make corrections to the information provided in your request. At this step, it is advisable that you review all other news of the card to ensure everything else mentioned is accurate and up to date. Also, if you face issues with the pin code or related information such as the post office, city, town, village, district or state, you will need to contact the UIDAI contact center.
  • Once the form is submitted, a URN (Update Request Number) will be generated.
  • Select a BPO service provider to review the updated information and hit “Submit.”
  • Then, you need have to upload supporting documentation that would validate the change required.
  • You can download or print the acknowledgment copy. The updated Adhaar card will be mailed to the registered address.
  • Using the URN, you can check the Adhaar Card update status any time you want.
  • Also, you can make changes to your aadhar in various regional languages.

– By visiting Permanent Enrollment Center:

#Updating Client Lite (UCL): 

In this mode, the applicant can update all the demographic fields, photo, and local languages. This mode helps to verify those fields that need documentary evidence. Under this mode, the resident goes through the biometric verification. It involves the following steps:

  • First of all, visit the enrollment center and procure an updation form. Then, fill the form accurately, crosscheck and submit it.
  • The appointed UIDAI registrar present at the enrollment center should verify the details filled by the applicant.
  • Then, the operator enters the details in the software manually.
  • After that, the resident will provide biometric authentication for every request.
  • The supervisor and operator available in the center validate all the information provided by the resident.
  • On completion of the above process, the applicant will receive an acknowledgment receipt with update request number (URN) which is trackable.
  • Finally, he will provide a biometric signature against all updates.

#Updating Client Standard: 

This mode is similar to UCL, except that the biometric authentication happens at the backend.  The user can update all the demographic fields, photo, and local languages. It involves the following steps:

  • First of all, you will have to visit the enrollment center and procure an updation form. Fill the form accurately, crosscheck it and then submit.
  • The appointed UIDAI registrar present at the enrollment center should verify the details filled by the applicant.
  • The operator enters the details in the software manually. If you have issues with language and transliteration, this method is best for you.
  • Then, the supervisor available in the center validates all the information provided by the resident. After that, he will present a biometric signature against all updates.
  • Finally, on completion of the above process, the applicant will receive an acknowledgment receipt with Update Request Number (URN) which helps in tracking the Aadhar status.

#Updating Via AUA Point Of Presence: 

Using this mode, the registrar can update or correct demographic fields of the applicant. A handful of registrars who will become authentication user agencies (AUA), uses this mode. These selected registrars are those who will be known to possess, collect, manage or generate such demographic data. UIDAI may also require an additional authentication factor such as a mobile OTP.

  • The registrar’s operator will fill up the details that need an update on the device.
  • The applicant must submit scanned documents online. The device may capture the records.
  • The registrar can provide the copies with each request or can also send it in batches with the respective URN, date and time.
  • The applicant will have to provide authentication and an OTP on the registered mobile.
  • The operator will provide a biometric sign off on all updates.
  • The resident will get an acknowledgment receipt with the URN which is, mainly, used for tracking Aadhar updates.
  • Finally, the acknowledgment can be printed, or sent via SMS or email.

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