Reportedly, UIDAI has disabled about 8.1 million Aadhaar numbers. The best part is deactivated Aadhaars can be reactivated
At the time of providing services like mobile connections, banking services, etc. 12-digit Aadhaar number has appeared as the most crucial KYC document to be used by various service providers to verify the details of their customers.
It acts as a great convenience to the customers who save ample time in finishing the process physically for the same. Hence, they must guarantee that their Aadhaar is active all the time.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had deactivated about 8.1 million Aadhaar numbers, and the best part is deactivated Aadhaars can be reactivated. De-activation does not indicate cancellation. A canceled Aadhaar stops to exist, but the deactivated one can be activated by updating the appropriate information with UIDAI.
When can Aadhaar be deactivated?
There are several situations when your Aadhaar can be deactivated.
- An Aadhaar with various or unusual biometric information or multiple names in a single name is a suitable candidate for deactivation.
- Aadhaar can also get deactivated against non-usage of the same for 3 consecutive years. So, if you haven’t linked it to any bank account or PAN or for carrying out any transaction such as giving Aadhaar details to EPFO to claim pension, your Aadhaar can likely get deactivated.
- Also, children below 5 years need to update their details again.
- Also, likely, a child who registered for Aadhaar before the age of 15 may have his Aadhaar deactivated for failure to update it after the age of 15 as mandated by the UIDAI.
How to confirm if your Aadhaar is active?
To check the status of your Aadhaar, Here are 5 step instructions:
- Visit the official website of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that is uidai.gov.in.
- On the right-hand side of the website, Go to the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ link.
- To confirm if your Aadhaar number is valid or not, put your 12-digit Aadhaar number in the appropriate box.
- In the later step, enter a security code displayed as an image
- If your number is valid, the page will be shown, which will display a message validating the status of the Aadhaar number entered.
However, the page will not display the number in case of deactivated Aadhaar number.
How to activate it again?
A deactivated Aadhaar can be activated again on re-verification of your biometrics or update of your card.
You require to visit the nearest enrolment centre along with many documents for identity, address, and proof for date of birth.
Now, you have to fill the Aadhaar update form and submit these documents.
You will be asked for biometric verification after presenting demographic details. Your previously recorded biometrics will be matched with a new one.
Once the match is verified, the Aadhaar number will be once again be activated with the authority of UIDAI. You have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 25 at the enrolment centre.
Soon UIDAI will add more bank branches to the list of Aadhaar service/enrolment centres or ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendras.’