How to get an Aadhaar Number?

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Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number that can be obtained by residents of India, based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established in January 2009 by the government of India, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, following the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016. Aadhaar is the world’s largest biometric ID system. World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer described Aadhaar as “the most sophisticated ID programme in the world. Considered a proof of residence and not a proof of citizenship, Aadhaar does not itself grant any rights to domicile in India. In June 2017 the Home Ministry clarified that Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan.

Have you applied for Aadhaar but have not received it yet? Or misplaced your Aadhaar card/Aadhaar letter? The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has provided a tool on its portal – – that enables Aadhaar holders/applicants to retrieve the UID (Unique Identity Number) or EID (Enrolment ID). An Aadhaar applicant – has submitted his or her Aadhaar application or Aadhaar letter – or Aadhaar cardholder can use the UIDAI portal to retrieve the UID or EID (enrolment ID) on their registered mobile number. This is the phone number fed into the UIDAI database while applying for Aadhaar card or updated through the UIDAI portal after issuance of UID/Aadhaar card. You can actually request the UIDAI to send the information on your registered mobile number. How to receive Aadhaar card number (UID) on your mobile?

On the next page, ‘Aadhaar Number’ is selected on the left side of the page for receiving your Aadhaar card number on mobile. Fill in the personal details as specified against the required fields. You need to give your name, the mobile number or email address registered with Aadhaar and the security code as displayed on the form. “Your registered Mobile Number/Email which you had provided at the time of enrolment is important to receive your lost UID/EID,” according to the UIDAI website. After entering the details, click on ‘Send OTP ‘ to proceed. Upon a successful entry, the UIDAI facility sends an OTP or one-time password to the registered mobile number or email address.

Enter this OTP in the given field on the right-hand side of the form and click on ‘Verify OTP’.

At the end of a successful entry, the UIDAI tool displays the message: “Congratulation! Your Aadhaar Number (UID) is sent to your Mobile.” Check your mobile number for accessing your Aadhaar number. Users also get an option of downloading the Aadhaar card in the digital form. How to get Aadhaar enrolment ID (EID) on the registered mobile number. The ‘Receive Your Lost UID/EID’ tool also enables users to retrieve their Aadhaar enrolment number, also known as EID or enrolment ID. This facility is for Aadhaar applicants who are still awaiting their Aadhaar card. Select ‘Enrolment Number (EID)’ option on the left side of the tool, fill in the required details such as name, phone number/email and the OTP. At the end of a successful submission, the UIDAI tool sends the enrolment ID to the user.


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