What is Aadhaar Card

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Aadhaar is a 12 digit individual Identification number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), on behalf of Government of India.

This Aadhar card can be used as Proof of Identity & Proof of Address valid anywhere in the country.


Salient Features of Aadhaar Card:
  • This number is Unique for every citizens and collects Bio metric ( fingerprints, retina scan) and Demographic (age, gender etc) information valid through the life.
  • Any resident of India can apply for Aadhar card irrespective of there gender and age. In fact even infants can have Aadhar card.
  • Enrollment for Aadhaar Card is required only once , and  is free of cost.
  • Aadhaar Number is unique to each individual and will remain valid for life
  • Once you have enrolled for Aadhaar and your application has been accepted, you can download Electronic copy of your Adhaar Card, from UIDAI website anytime from anywhere.
  • Electronic copy of Adhaar card or E Adhaar card as its better known is valid proof of identity, and can be used as such anywhere across India.
  • Aadhaar number is randomly generated for each individual, it is in no manner related to your caste, creed, religion or even geographical location. 

What is Aadhaar card

# Aadhaar Card Is aadhaar card is Aadhaar Card Is NOT aadhaar card is not
1 A 12-digit unique identity for every Indian individual, including children and infants. There is no age criteria for getting Aadhaar Card Just another card
2 Enables identification for every resident Indian, and is required for every Indian citizen. Aadhaar Card is 1 per person. Only one Aadhaar card per family is Not enough. Ration Card is 1 per family.
3 Establishes uniqueness of every individual on the basis of demographic and biometric information Aadhaar Card does not collect profiling information such as caste, religion, and language.
4 It is a voluntary service that every resident can avail irrespective of present documentation Mandatory for every Indian resident. Supreme Court of India has provided in its ruling that no Indian citizen will have to suffer due to lack of  Aadhaar Card
5 Each individual will be given a single unique Aadhaar ID number No individual can obtain multiple Aadhaar ID numbers. 1 number for 1 citizen.
6 Aadhaar will provide a universal identity infrastructure which can be used by any identity-based application (like ration card, passport, etc.) Aadhaar will not replace all other IDs. It can be used as proof of identity and residence as and where required. But you still need other documents like Passport, PAN Card etc.


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So far a number of Government agencies and State Government’s have issued notification stating that they will recognize UIDAI issued Aadhaar Card as valid Proof of Identity (POI) and Proof of Address (POA).

Here’s a list of the authorites who have issues notification regarding Aadhaar Card acceptance:

  1. Reserve Bank Of India
  2. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority
  3. Department of Revenue
  4. Securities and Exchange Board of India
  5. Pensions Funds Regulation and Development Authority
  6. Forward Markets Commission

Central Government

  1. Department of Telecommunications /Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
  2. Min of Panchayati Raj / RGSY
  3. Indian Railways
  4. Passport Seva
  5.  Department of Revenue CBDT New Delhi for Income-tax Dept

State Government

  1. Govt of Himachal Pradesh
  2. Govt of UT Chandigarh
  3. Govt of Haryana
  4. Govt of Tripura
  5. Govt of Punjab
  6. Govt of Sikkim
  7. Govt of Jharkhand
  8. Govt of Andhra Pradesh
  9. Govt of Uttar Pradesh
  10. Govt of Karnataka

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Read More on Aadhaar Card by clicking on the links below:

  1. How to find status of your Aadhar card.
  2. How to Apply for Aadhar card.
  3. How to Update/Correction your Aadhar card.
  4. Valid Document list For Aadhar card.
  5. Benefits of Aadhar card.

  1. Posted by Pranab Shah

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