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FAQs on Aadhaar Card
Q. What is an Aadhaar Card?
Ans. Aadhaar Card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which acts as proof of address and identity for an Indian citizen.
Q. What is the validity of my downloaded Aadhaar Card?
Ans. Once you download the Aadhaar Card it is valid for the entire life.
Q. What is Aadhaar authentication and what are its benefits?
Ans. Aadhaar authentication is the process of the verification of demographic, biometric and other information submitted to the CIDR authorities for verification. The benefit of authenticated Aadhaar is that it helps in establishing identity, improving efficiency and transparency in service delivery, demographic and address verification in future.
Q. How to link an Aadhaar Number with a Bank Account?
Ans. The government of India in 2017 made it mandatory for the applicants to link Aadhaar with Bank accounts, but it was later ruled out in 2018 that it is no longer mandatory to link Aadhaar cards with Bank to open an account. However, banks have provided various options through which account holders can link their accounts with Aadhaar. Some of the methods to link Aadhaar with bank accounts are –
• Bank’s mobile app,
• Internet banking,
• Through IVR,
• By visiting the ATM or
• By visiting the bank’s branch.
Q. How to link Aadhar Number with PAN?
Ans. You can link your PAN with Aadhaar either online or through SMS.
• Aadhaar can be linked online by visiting
• You can also link your PAN with Aadhaar through SMS. Type a message in the format UIDPAN<12 digit Aadhaar><10 digit PAN> and send the SMS to either 567678 or 56161.
Q. How to link an Aadhar Number with your ration card?
Ans. Linking Aadhaar with a ration card enables easy transfer of PDS benefits to your bank account (if applicable). In order to link your Aadhaar with ration card, you have to follow these steps:
• Visit the nearest PDS centre/ration shop
• Provide the self-attested copy of your and your family members’ Aadhaar
• Now provide a self-attested copy of your ration card.
• You will have to provide your bank account details in case you have not linked it with Aadhaar.
• Now provide your fingerprint for biometric authentication.
Q. How to link Aadhar Number with EPF Account?
Ans. Linking your EPF account/UAN with Aadhaar allows you to access your EPF account online. Here’s how to do it:
• Register on the EPF member portal and login to your account
• In the KYC section, add your Aadhaar details and submit the form
• Your request will appear under pending KYC
• Once approved by EPFO, it will be viewed under approved KYC
• On successful verification by UIDAI, “Verified” will be mentioned against your approved Aadhaar.
Q. When do I need to authenticate Aadhaar Number?
Ans. You need to authenticate Aadhaar for the verification of identity under different schemes like PDS, NREGA, etc. Beneficiaries are required to authenticate Aadhaar either at the time of applying for such schemes or at the time of availing benefits.
Q. What is a Masked Aadhaar Card?
Ans. This is the latest option for the citizens to mask their Aadhaar cards in downloaded e-Aadhaar in which the first 8  digits are replaced with characters like ‘XXXX-XXXX’ and only shows the last four digits of the Aadhaar number.
Q. From where can I authenticate Aadhar Number?
Ans. The request to authenticate Aadhaar can be placed at the point of service delivery by various agencies. Some of these are self-service kiosks whereas others are operator-managed. Examples of such authentication points are FPS shops, bank terminals, NREGA centres, etc.
Q. Can a US citizen apply for an Aadhaar Card?
Ans. If the concerned US citizen is residing in India for the past 182 days continuously or in parts in a year, he can apply for an Aadhar card. But the card can be used only in India and should not be considered as the proof of Indian citizenship.
Q. How can I know if my Aadhar number is linked with my bank account?
Ans. UIDAI has provided a facility to check whether a bank account is linked with Aadhaar or not. Users can visit and login using their Aadhaar number and OTP to check the linkage.
Q. My mobile number is not registered in Aadhaar, how can I get my mobile number updated in Aadhaar?
Ans. In order to get your mobile number linked with an Aadhaar card, you have to visit one of the Aadhaar Enrolment Centres and submit a request for mobile phone updation. Once the request is submitted, the mobile number will be linked with Aadhaar.
Q. How can I know if my update request has been processed?
Ans. Whenever a person files an updation request, he gets a URN after successful submission of the form. He can track the request with the help of this URN.
Q. From where do I download the m-Aadhaar App?
Ans. m-Aadhaar app can be downloaded from the Google Playstore.
Q. Is it necessary to link a bank account with Aadhaar?
Ans. No. It is not mandatory to link a bank account with Aadhaar as long as you have provided any of the other key KYC documents such as PAN, Driving License, Voter ID card, Passport etc.
Q. Is there any fee charged by UIDAI for enrolment for Aadhar Card?
Ans. No fee is charged by UIDAI for Aadhaar enrolment process. Also, availing original as well as duplicate Aadhar card is free of cost. However any corrections/additions made to your Aadhaar information at an enrolment center is charged Rs. 25.
Q. How to update Address in your Aadhaar?
Ans. You can update the address in your Aadhaar card online as well as offline. The online process is free of cost whereas you have to pay a charge of Rs. 50 to update your address in Aadhaar by visiting the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.
Q. How to change mobile number in Aadhaar card?
Ans. You can change your mobile number in your Aadhaar card by visiting the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.
Q. What is the URN number in Aadhaar Card?
Ans. Whenever you file a request for updation or correction of details in your Aadhaar online, an Update Request Number (URN) is provided after successful submission of the application. You can use this URN to track the updation process.
Q. How to check Aadhaar Card update or correction status?
Ans. Aadhar details may sometimes be wrong or may need to be updated. It might take some time to make the correction after a request is made. In order to check Aadhaar update status or correction status, you can visit the official UIDAI website. However, you will have to provide the Update Request Number (URN) to track the status of your update request.
Q. How to get a duplicate Aadhaar Card?
Ans. In order to get a duplicate Aadhar card, you must follow the steps mentioned below:
• You can call the toll free number 1800-180-1947 and follow the IVR.
• You can download e-Aadhaar from UIDAI’s website and print it to use it in place of Aadhaar.
Q. What to do if an Aadhaar Card is not received?
Ans. In case you check the status of Aadhaar on the website and find that it has been dispatched but the Aadhaar card is not received at your end, you can download the e-Aadhaar from UIDAI’s website using your enrolment number or you can place a request for sending the Aadhar card again.
Q. Can I e-file a tax return without an Aadhaar number?
Ans. E-filing a tax return without Aadhaar is not possible according to the current norms. The government has made it mandatory to link PAN and Aadhaar. In case PAN and Aadhaar are not linked, the e-filing of return would not be processed.
Q. I am not in India and I don’t have an Aadhar Card. Can I apply for an Aadhaar card from outside India?
Ans. No. You cannot apply for Aadhaar from outside of India as it is mandatory to provide biometric details at an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, which is located in India. Additionally, you need to have a residential address in India if you want to apply for an Aadhaar card.

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