Aadhaar is issued by the Personal Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) as a 12-digit unique identification number. UIDAI ‘s online facility helps the owners of an Aadhaar to download a digital copy of his or her Aadhaar card. E-Aadhaar is an online edition of the Aadhar card that can be accessed by uploading the Aadhar or enrollment ID of a person online. This version is just as real as the physical card. You can check the status of the Aadhar card and download Aadhar Card from the official website of UIDAI.
What Kind of Information is Available On E-Aadhar?
An e-Aadhar card of individuals includes their data. Individuals can visit the UIDAI website to see their Aadhar data, such as –
- Your Aadhar number
- Date of birth
- Details of your Address
How to get an E Aadhar?
- It is now possible to have an Aadhaar card officially printed by India’s Unique Identity Authority – UIDAI. On a pilot basis, UIDAI has begun reprinting Aadhaar cards. This move would assist people searching for Aadhaar card centres by obtaining the Aadhaar card directly from UIDAI.
- Indian citizens need Aadhar to enjoy social welfare facilities offered by the Government of India. For a person, the document serves as address proof and identification.
- Once a person enrols by visiting Aadhaar Centres or Banks/Post Offices for the Aadhaar card, he/she can download and print Aadhaar using the UIDAI enrollment ID, virtual ID or Aadhaar number. Once a number is given, you can download the Aadhar card.
- Via its portal, UIDAI provides several services online. One of these installations allows the holder of an Aadhaar to download a digital copy of his or her Aadhaar card. This tool can be accessed on the UIDAI portal’s homepage via the ‘Download Aadhaar’ link.
- By entering any of the Aadhaar number (UID), Aadhaar Virtual ID (VID) and Aadhaar enrollment ID (EID), the Download Aadhaar tool enables a user to download a digital copy of his or her Aadhaar card, called ‘e-Aadhaar’.
Some Benefits of E Aadhar
- It is an electronic card available online so that it can be accessed at all times, and people need not worry about losing it because it is virtual and can not be misplaced.
- It is a standardised identification card that all citizens of India can obtain. Unlike most other documents, this card serves as evidence of identification and address.
- The GoI offers several subsidies such as LPG subsidies, and so on. Applicants must have an Aadhar card to take advantage of these subsidies.
- Using their Aadhar, individuals can also open bank accounts.
- An e-Aadhar card is a legitimate proof of address and identity since this document has been digitally authenticated. Also, all information printed on the Aadhar card in a physical copy is available on the e-Aadhar card.
Print Aadhaar Card officially
Having the Aadhaar card printed takes only a few taps.
- Visit the https:/resident.uidai.gov.in/ (copy the URL into a separate tab and paste it)
- Click the Order Aadhaar Reprint link (URL: https:/resident.uidai.gov.in / aadhaar-reprint)
- Provide the Aadhar ID number
- Enter the captcha
- Check the ‘I have TOTP’ checkbox for a TOTP (Time-based One-time Password) from your mAadhaar app.
- Click and submit the Request OTP tab. If you have a TOTP, you can skip this.
- Enter the OTP you received in the OTP box.
- The applicant is taken to a page where he/she will be asked to pay ₹ 50 as reprinting charges after submitting the OTP. It will allow you to pay the cost through credit or debit cards, Net banking or UPI.
- You’ll receive an acknowledgement after you make the payment. Save it for future reference.
- You will have your Aadhaar card printed and sent to the address on the card.
Conclusion: The UIDAI officials have advised individuals not to share their Aadhaar number or personal information with unauthorised agencies to get it laminated or printed on a plastic card.
Although, according to UIDAI, the downloaded version of Aadhaar is a valid document. Still, there was a massive demand for the ‘original’ card sent by UIDAI. There have also been complaints that some utilities were hesitant to consider eAadhaar printouts.
While several UIDAI-authorized centres for the printing of Aadhaar cards have been established, there have been reports of many illegal ‘printing’ centres charging excessive prices for printing. The related security threats of individuals handing out OTPs and personal information such as phone numbers and addresses were also related to uploading and printing Aadhaar cards at the centres.