24th January, 2020

Frequently asked questions about Aadhaar

1. Who is eligible for Aadhaar card?

A resident of India, of any age can apply for Aadhaar card. NRIs and foreign citizens (who have foreign citizenship but reside in India) can also apply.

2. What information must one provide to get Aadhaar?

Two kinds of information will be required:

(a)Demographic information: This includes-

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Parent/Guardian details (required for children, adults may provide)
  • Contact details phone and email (optional)

(b) Biometric Information: This includes-

  • Photo
  • 10 finger prints
  • Retinal Scan

3. What are the various applications of Aadhaar?

Aadhaar can serve as the single source of your identity. Thus it can be used in various services like ticket booking, opening bank accounts, getting LPG and kerosene, obtaining driving license, transfer of welfare payments and in property transactions. Any system that needs to establish the identity of a resident or provide secure access to services/benefits can make use of Aadhaar. It can be used in the delivery of programs like Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Indira Awaaz Yojana (IAY), Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Program (PMEGP), Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan (SSA), Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) etc.

4.  How to enroll for Aadhaar?

  • Visit the nearest enrolment centre/camp set up by UIDAI. To locate the centre closest to you click on this link http://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx .
  • You can also take an appointment via internet for enrolment in order to save time at the centre.
  • Carry the required original documents/ attested photocopies.
  • Fill Aadhaar enrolment form available at the centre. Demographic and biometric details will be required.
  • Collect the acknowledgement slip. The details given in the slip can be used to track your Aadhaar status.

5.  Does UIDAI charge a fee for enrolment?

No fee will be charged at any stage of the registration process for Aadhaar.

6. Is the information of individuals secure?

Yes, the UIDAI takes various measures to protect the individual and their information. Some of the inbuilt security features are:

  • Random numbers are assigned which do not reveal anything about the Aadhaar card holders.
  • UIDAI collects limited information such as name, date of birth, gender, address, Parent/ Guardian's name. Data like mobile number and email id is optional. Biometric information such as photo, 10 finger prints and retinal scan are required to establish uniqueness.
  • Sensitive information such as religion, caste, community, class, income, transaction records etc is not collected by UIDAI. This prevents profiling of individuals.
  • If there is a request to verify an identity, the Aadhaar database generates a response only in the form of YES or NO. The UIDAI is barred from revealing personal information except in rare situations such as a threat to national security or on the order of a court of law.
  • There are strict security and storage procedures. There are severe penalties for any security violation.
  • The UID database is not linked to any other databases. The only purpose of Aadhaar is to verify a person's identity with his/her consent, while giving a service.

7. What is unique about Aadhaar?

Aadhaar is different from any other identity issued by the Government. It is an online/paperless identity assigned to a resident for his/her lifetime. It can be accessed anywhere and at any time. The identity of an Aadhaar card holder is verified online with the help of authentication devices which connect to UIDAI’s Central Identity Repository. Today the Aadhaar authentication service is being used in many service delivery schemes across India.

8. Who are "Introducers"?

Some people like children, migrant workers and the homeless may not be able to produce documentary proof of identity (PoI) and proof of address (PoA). An ‘Introducer’ is a person who is authorized by UIDAI to introduce such residents, enabling them to enroll for Aadhaar too.

9. Is it compulsory to get Aadhaar?

No, it is voluntary. However some agencies may choose to use Aadhaar to provide benefits/services. In such cases, the beneficiaries/ customers will have to provide their Aadhaar card details in order to avail the related service/ benefit.

10. Is there a grievance redressal mechanism?

Yes, for concerns related to enrolment, authentication and identity frauds the UIDAI has set up a Contact Centre. UIDAI can be contacted on the helpline number 1800-300-1947 or through email at help@uidai.gov.in