How to apply for Aadhaar card
To apply for an Aadhaar card, here are the six steps you should follow.
1. Collect required documents
To apply for Aadhaar card, you should first collect the required documents. These include proof of identity, address proof and date of birth proof.
Proof of identity includes documents such as PAN card, passport, Voter ID card, and driving license. You can submit either one of these as proof. For address proof, you can submit passport, bank statement/passbook, or voter ID. As date of birth proof you can submit any of these documents: PAN card, mark-sheet issued by government board or university. Read on to know list of documents that you can submit to apply for Aadhaar card.
Remember, a single document such as passport can serve as proof of identity, address and date of birth for submission.
These documents have to be submitted along with the enrolment form. You can get the enrolment form either from the enrolment centre or download the same from the UIDAI's website. The form is available at the enrolment centre free of cost. Click here to download the enrolment form.
2. Locate the nearest permanent enrolment centre
Next step is to visit the permanent enrolment centre along with the required original documents. You can locate the nearest permanent enrolment centre on the UIDAI's website or alternatively by clicking here.
On the UIDAI's website, you can search the nearest enrolment centre using any of the three options - state, Postal (PIN) Code and via locality name, city, district under the search box. Don't forget to select 'Show only permanent centres' to refine your search list.
3. Enrolment Centre
At the enrolment centre, you are required to submit the duly filled form. You can either fill the form by taking it from the enrolment centre or by downloading it from the UIDAI's website, as mentioned above.
The agents at the enrolment centre will take the duly filled enrolment form and scan the original documents submitted as proof of identity, address proof and date of birth. After scanning the documents, the original documents will be returned to you.
4. Submission of biometric data
At the enrolment centre, after the submission of enrolment form and documents, you will be required to submit your biometric data, i.e., your finger prints and iris scan. Your photograph will also be taken at the enrolment centre.
5. Acknowledgement slip
Once the form, documents and biometric data are submitted at the enrolment centre, don't forget to collect your acknowledgment slip. The acknowledgment slip contains 28 digits which is made up of 14 digit enrolment ID and 14 digit date and time of the enrolment in the format dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss.
Keep the acknowledgment slip safely as you can use this number to check your Aadhaar status on the UIDAI website.
6. Check status of your Aadhaar
As per FAQs on the UIDAI's website, after the enrolment, Aadhaar generation may take up to 90 days from the date of request. The Aadhaar letter is delivered by post. Once your Aadhaar is generated, you will also receive an SMS from UIDAI confirming the same if your mobile number is mentioned at the time of enrolment.
To check the status of your Aadhaar, click here. The hyperlink will redirect you to the UIDAI website. On the website, you are required to enter the 28 digits mentioned on your acknowledgement slip and security code.
Using the 28-digit number from the acknowledgement slip, you can also download your Aadhaar from the UIDAI website. Read on to know how to download your Aadhaar card online.
If you have lost your acknowledgement slip, you can retrieve the same from the UIDAI website. To avail this service, your email ID or mobile number must be registered in the Aadhaar database at the time of enrolment. Click here to retrieve your lost enrolment number.
You will be required to mention name and mobile number/email ID as given at the time of enrolment.
Points to remember
There is no online method to apply for an Aadhaar card as you are required to submit biometric identification as well. Therefore, you are mandatorily required to visit the enrolment centre.
Also, there is no charge to apply for Aadhaar card. Any correction within 96 hours of enrolment is also free. Therefore, agents at enrolment centre are not supposed to charge you for applying for Aadhaar card.
(The above information has been verified from the UIDAI's call centre.)