What is Aadhaar?

Aadhar is a unique Identification number issued by UIDAI to individuals for the purpose of establishing unique identification of every single person. Aadhar is actually a 12-digit number and not a card which is unique for every individual who enroll or apply to get his/her Aadhar number. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the regulatory body for this.

Aadhar is meant for individuals of any age (including children) for the purpose of establishing identities. Since Aadhar is for only individuals, it is different for all the members of a family. For deciding uniqueness of every individual, the demographic details (residence address information) of the person and his/her biometric information (photograph, iris-scan, fingerprints) is collected which is stored in a centralized database.

Aadhar is not a compulsory approach instead, it is voluntary based and any individual who is interested in having Aadhar number for himself/herself can enrol or apply to get Aadhar number. An individual will be provided with only one unique Aadhar number and not multiple unique ID numbers. Aadhar number will be valid for the whole life of any individual and does not need to be changed or renewed from time-to-time. A person can get his/her Aadhar number for free of cost.

The Aadhar number can be used while opening a bank account, applying for passport, booking e-tickets and many other places where there is a need to give your identity. Aadhar number will be your identity which will provide you with the simplest way of describing who you are?

11 thoughts on “What is Aadhaar?

  1. My Adhar Card Enr0lment No.1207/04911/02645dated 16.12.2012 at 11:12:17 was done gwalior. But I do not have received my Adhar Card till date. May plesae expedite the same and oblige.mohan goyal gwalior

  2. Hello Sir,
    How can I download or get my Aadhar card number using the Enrollment Number and these sites good for nothing as not able to search the number. Earlier when I used to stay in Bangalore I have enrolled in Aadhar and given the mobile which I am using there but now I moved to Chennai last year and changed my number. So how to update my details online without that old number as its sending OTP to that number which I am not using it currently.

    Thanks.
    With Regards,
    Manikanth.

  3. Sir, i tried to download e-adhar but to generate OTP, i didn’t get OTP on my registered cell no. what should i do??

  4. HELLO SIR I AM CHANDRAMATI R SHETTY I REQUEST YOU AADHAR CARD NOT USE ADDRESS PROF BECAUSE, RENTED PEOPLE ARE CHANGE HOUSES THREE – FOUR YEARS ONCE CHANGE HOUSE HOW CAN CHANGE ADDRESS EVERY TIME

  5. hi, i am from mumbai, vasai, i have missed to submit the from of adhar, and it is been said that the adhar application is now closed.
    What to do ? any help ?

    1. My Adhar Card Enr0lment No.2017/00511/00153 dated 22.07.2011 at 05:33:43 was done by Karvy Data Management Service- Varanasi. But I do not have received my Adhar Card till date. May plesae expedite the same and oblige.Rampher PrajapatiVaranasi

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