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From filing your taxes to opening a bank account to making an investment, Aadhaar today has become an integral part of our financial lives. For those who have not applied for an Aadhaar Card yet, it is advisable to do so immediately, especially since the completion of the entire process may take 15 days to 3 months.

The procedure to apply for Aadhaar card begins with your visit to an enrollment center where you have to furnish all the related documents and provide your biometric data to initiate the Aadhaar card enrollment process. However, the actual process begins the moment you apply online for an appointment to visit the Aadhaar center for registration. Is this all sounding too complicated to comprehend? Not anymore!

With this article, we will take you through the entire Aadhar card online registration process and then follow-up metrics to help you in tracking your Aadhar card application.

Steps To Apply For Aadhaar Card

  • To begin with, the first and the foremost thing that you need to find an Aadhaar enrollment center in your area. You can look for Aadhaar Center on official UIDAI Website,
  • After finding the center online, you can visit the page to book your Aadhaar card online registration appointment with the nearest Aadhaar center. You can also visit the Aadhaar Center for registration without making any online appointment.
  • However, you must collect all the supporting documents like your proof of identity, address proof and proof of date of birth before visiting the Aadhaar center as they all will be needed for the registration process.
  • After visiting the Aadhaar center you will be required to fill the enrollment form, which you can even download from the UIDAI website You can take the print out and fill the form before making a visit to the center.
  • Apart from submitting the form along with the required supporting documents you need to provide your biometric details as well, which will include your finger prints and iris.
  • After furnishing all the details, you will be issued an acknowledgement slip for your Aadhaar card enrollment. The slip will contain a 14 digit enrollment number that will further help you in tracking your application online.
  • All the data that you have provided will then be verified centrally and the Aadhaar card will be sent to your postal address after the successful verification of the details.
  • It may take up to 90 days from the day of your enrollment for the Aadhaar Card to be sent to your place.

Note: If you are awaiting your Aadhaar Card than you can file your income tax return by providing your Aadhaar Card enrollment number.

How to Check Your Aadhaar Card Status

Only applying or registering for Aadhaar card does not solve your purpose and you must keep tracking its status until you receive it after successful completion of the application. To keep a track of your Aadhaar application status you can use any of the following methods:

Check Status on UIDAI Website

To check the Aadhaar application status on the official UIDAI website all you have to do is to take note of your 14 digit Aadhaar enrollment number and the exact date and time of your Aadhaar application, which will also be mentioned on your enrollment slip. The date and time digits together of your enrollment slip will make up a 14 digit number that you will need along with 14 digit enrollment number to check your application status on UIDAI websites’ ‘Check Aadhaar Status’ page.

However, if you have lost your menthol number acknowledgement slip than you first need to retrieve it on UIDAI website and then look up for the application status.

Steps To Retrieve Enrollment Number

  • Log in to UIDAI website Aadhaar kiosk page and look for Find UID/EID option.
  • On Find UID/EID page there will be two options retrieve Aadhaar Number (UID) and retrieve 28 digit enrollment number (EID), select EID option.
  • Enter the details like full name, mobile number, email id, etc. along with the security code.
  • Request for OTP and a one-time password will be sent to your registered email id and mobile number.
  • Enter the OTP and click on Verify button.
  • After verification, your enrollment details will be displayed which you can use to check your Aadhaar application status.

Check Status through SMS

You can send an SMS to 51969 to get update on your Aadhar card application status. All you have to do is to type UID STATUS<space>28-digit-EID and send it to 51969 from your mobile.

Check Status through Toll-Free Number

You can also call on Aadhaar card status enquiry phone number, i.e. 1947 to know the status of your application; you just have to keep your enrollment ID handy while making a call. All calls to this support number remain toll free.

Check Status at Post Office

If you have received any notification regarding generation and dispatch of your Aadhaar card but haven’t received it yet, than you can check with your nearest post office to know whether it has reached there or not. To do so, you again need to keep your Aadhaar enrollment number handy.

Download Aadhaar Card Online

If you have received message stating your Aadhaar card has been dispatched but you haven’t received it yet and it has not reached your nearest post office as well, than you can opt for Aadhaar card download by name and date of birth and enrollment ID from the UIDAI website using the following steps:

  • Visit the E-Aadhaar card website and select between Enrollment ID and Aadhaar option.
  • Enter your enrolment ID along with other details like your name, PIN Code, registered mobile number, etc.
  • Click to get ‘One Time Password’ through a text message.
  • Input OTP and click on ‘Validate and Download’.
  • The E-Aadhaar card will be downloaded on your computer. The file will be password protected and you can open it using your area PIN code as a password.

There are chances that your Aadhaar card application may get rejected because of failed verification or lack of proper documentation or if you have already enrolled before. If you have not received your Aadhaar card and the status says ‘Rejected’ than you have to reapply for the same. The reapplication procedure will be the same as the registration procedure.

On the other hand, if you have successfully received your Aadhaar card then you must verify that the details mentioned on your card are correct. If there are any discrepancies in your Aadhaar card information than you can use online Aadhaar information update service to get the same corrected on time?

With the process to register for Aadhaar card being extremely simple, it should not be a problem for many to apply for it with your nearest Aadhaar Card center. So, get your Aadhaar Card now, as the government says ‘Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchaan’.


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