What is AADHAAR Card?

AADHAAR Card is a unique identification number, which is issued to all the residents of India. It is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India. AADHAAR number is an auto generated 12 digit unique identification numbers. This unique number is linked to the assigned individual's bio-metric (such as finger prints, iris scan, etc.) and demographic (such as picture id verification, address verification, date of birth verification, etc.) information. The entire process to acquire AADHAAR Card is free of cost for the applicants.

Each applicant has to physically go to a nearby AADHAAR Card center to complete the data collection process. The procedure involves taking photograph, iris scan and finger prints of the applicant. The applicant also has to submit the completed application form and related supporting documents. To know more about the supporting documents required to apply, click here: AADHAAR Card Documents.

With all these information in one central place, the AADHAAR Card will work as all-in-one proof for Photo ID proof, Address proof and Date of Birth proof. For the complete step by step application procedure, click here: How to apply for AADHAAR Card.

Who can apply for AADHAAR Card?

All the residents of India, including NRI and foreigners living in India, are eligible to apply. The minimum age to apply is 1. To know more about the process for small children, click here: AADHAAR Card for Child.


How robust is AADHAAR Card system?

A resident can and should register for AADHAAR card only once. The assigned unique ID will remain valid for that person forever. Bio-metric along with demographic data are captured to make the AADHAAR Card system foolproof. With these data stored centrally, a person will not be able to get multiple AADHAAR Cards. Any additional registration will result in automatic rejection of the subsequent applications.

Exception: In some rare cases the system may not be able to capture and/or process the application successfully due to unforeseen technical reasons. In such cases the applicant will be required to apply again at a nearby AADHAAR Card center.

To learn more about the AADHAAR Card and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), click here: Unique Identification Authority of India