UIDAI services online- How to use them Effectively?

UIDAI services online

Aadhaar card is issued by UIDAI to every individual of the country. It is a 12-digit unique identification number that works as a proof of identity. An Aadhaar card is provided in the physical or electronic form. One can obtain an e-Aadhaar card from the official website of UIDAI.

The official website of UIDAI offers a range of Aadhar card services online. The services together make it easy for users to verify their Aadhaar card details, email/mobile number, lock/unlock biometrics, etc. 

This blog will explain the list of Aadhaar card services offered by UIDAI online and how to use them responsibly. 

Online Aadhaar Card Services available through the UIDAI Website

The official website of UIDAI offers the following Aadhaar card services – 

  • Verify an Aadhaar number
  • Verify Email/mobile number
  • Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID
  • Virtual ID (VID) Generator
  • Aadhaar peerless offline e-kyc
  • Check Aadhaar/Bank Linking Status
  • Lock/Unlock Biometrics
  • Aadhaar Authentication History
  • Aadhaar Lock and Unlock Service
  • Aadhaar Services on SMS

How to Verify an Aadhaar Number through the UIDAI Website?

One of the major Aadhaar card services offered by UIDAI is to verify an Aadhaar number. Following are the steps to do the same- 

  • Visit the official website of UIDAI
  • Navigate to ‘My Aadhaar’, click on ‘Verify an Aadhaar Number’ under the ‘Aadhaar Services’
  • Enter 12-digit Aadhaar number and captcha code
  • Click on ‘Proceed to Verify’ to verify your Aadhaar number

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How to Verify an Email/Mobile Number through the UIDAI Website?

A user can verify an email or mobile number through the UIDAI website by following the given steps-

  • Visit the UIDAI official website
  • Click on ‘My Aadhaar’, locate ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Verify Email/Mobile Number’
  • Next, enter a 12-digit Aadhaar number and contact details
  • Enter captcha code and click on ‘Send OTP’
  • Enter the OTP to verify the email/mobile number

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How to Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID?

To retrieve the lost or forgotten EID/UID, a user is required to follow the given instructions- 

  • Visit UIDAI website
  • Click on ‘My Aadhaar’, navigate to ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID’
  • Upon clicking, a new page will appear with the Aadhaar number and Enrolment ID options
  • Select any of them, fill in your personal information and enter captcha code
  • Click on ‘Send OTP’, enter the OTP to retrieve lost or forgotten EID/UID

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How to Generate Virtual ID through the UIDAI Website?

An Aadhaar Virtual ID works as a substitute for an Aadhaar number. It is a revocable, temporary 16-digit random number generated against an Aadhaar number. Following are the steps to generate a Virtual ID online-

  • Visit UIDAI website
  • Click on ‘My Aadhaar’, locate ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Virtual ID (VID) Generator’
  • Enter a 12-digit Aadhaar number, captcha code and click on ‘Send OTP’
  • Submit the OTP and click on ‘Generate VID’ or ‘Retrieve VID’ and click on ‘Submit’
  • Virtual ID will be generated and sent to the registered mobile number

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How to do Aadhaar Paperless Offline KYC through the UIDAI Website?

One of the next Aadhaar card services offered by UIDAI is to do Aadhaar paperless offline KYC in a few minutes. All an applicant has to do is to follow the given steps-

  • Visit the official website of UIDAI
  • Navigate to ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC’
  • Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, security code and click on ‘Send OTP’
  • Submit the OTP to receive a ZIP file containing the applicant’s paperless offline e-KYC

Things to be noted- 

  • Aadhaar paperless offline e-KYC is a shareable document. It can be shared with the concerned authorities for offline verification
  • ZIP file contains the applicant’s peerless offline e-KYC and is password protected. The applicant has to enter a share code to get it opened

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How to Check an Aadhaar/Bank Linking Status on the UIDAI Website?

The next Aadhaar card service offered on the UIDAI website is to check the Aadhaar/bank linking status. One can check the status by following the given few easy steps- 

  • Open official website of UIDAI
  • Click on ‘Aadhaar/Bank Linking Status’ under the section ‘Aadhaar Services’
  • Enter 12-digit Aadhaar number and security code
  • Next, enter OTP to check Aadhaar/bank linking status

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How to Lock/Unlock Aadhaar Biometrics Online?

To prevent misuse of an Aadhaar card, UIDAI has added a feature to lock/unlock Aadhaar biometrics on its official website. An applicant can lock/unlock biometrics by following the given instructions-

Lock Aadhaar Biometrics

For locking Aadhaar biometrics, an applicant should follow the given instructions- 

  • Visit UIDAI official website
  • Click on ‘My Aadhaar’, locate ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’
  • Tick the declaration and click on ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’
  • Enter 12-digit Aadhaar number and captcha code
  • Enter OTP, click on the locking feature
  • Aadhaar biometrics will be locked

Unlock Aadhaar Biometrics

To unlock Aadhaar biometrics, an applicant needs to complete the following steps- 

  • Visit UIDAI website
  • Click on ‘My Aadhaar’, and select ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’
  • Tick declaration and click on ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’
  • Enter Aadhaar number and captcha code
  • Click on ‘Get OTP’, enter it to unlock biometrics
  • Aadhaar biometrics will be unlocked

How to Lock/Unlock Aadhaar Services Online?

Lock/unlock Aadhaar service is a little different from the Aadhaar biometrics lock/unlock feature. Though in both situations, a user cannot use the Aadhaar number for authentication purposes, however, one can use VID to authenticate information. Here is how to lock/unlock Aadhaar service online-

  • Visit UIDAI website
  • Navigate to ‘Aadhaar Services’ and click on ‘Aadhaar lock/unlock Service’
  • Upon clicking, a new screen will appear with a note. Read it carefully before proceeding further
  • Click on the lock or unlock UID, enter 12-digit Aadhaar number, name, PIN Code, security code
  • Enter OTP to lock/unlock Aadhaar services

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How to avail Aadhaar Services on SMS?

UIDAI has added a feature and a service called ‘Aadhaar services on SMS’. The service serves best to those who do not have internet access, resident portal, m-Aadhaar, etc. in order to use numerous Aadhaar services. Listed below are the numbers to avail of Aadhaar services through SMS-

PurposeSMS number
To generate Virtual IDGVID<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits
To Retrieve Virtual IDRVID<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits
To get OTPWhen using Aadhaar Number: GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-NUMBER-last-4-digits
When using Virtual ID: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual ID-NUMBER-last-6-digits
To Lock Aadhaar2 SMS are required to be sent by an applicant- 
SMS 1- GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar NUMBER-last-4-digitsSMS 2- LOCKUID<SPACE>Aadhaar NUMBER-last 4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
To Unlock Aadhaar2 SMS are required to be sent by an applicant- 
SMS 1- GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digitsSMS 2- UNLOCKUID<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
To Enable Biometric Lock2 SMS are required to be sent by an applicant-
SMS 1- GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digitsSMS 2- ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
To Disable Biometric Lock2 SMS are required to be sent by an applicant-
SMS 1- GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digitsSMS 2- DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
To Temporarily Unlock Biometrics2 SMS are required to be sent by an applicant-
SMS 1- GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digitsSMS 2- UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
FAQs
Can I check my Aadhaar card status online?
Yes, you can check your Aadhaar card status online by visiting the official website of UIDAI.
Can I submit my virtual ID instead of an Aadhaar number?
Yes, you can submit your virtual ID instead of an Aadhaar number as VID are taken into consideration for authentication purposes.
Is it mandatory to submit my biometrics when enrolling for an Aadhaar card?
Yes, it is compulsory to submit biometrics when enrolling for an Aadhaar card as the Aadhaar card is made out of the applicant’s demographic information and biometrics data.
Does e-Aadhaar card carry similar importance like an Aadhaar card?
e- Aadhaar card works similar to an Aadhaar card. It can be submitted for all the purposes where an Aadhaar card is required.
Can I lock my Aadhaar biometrics online?
Yes, you can lock and unlock your Aadhaar biometrics online by visiting the UIDAI website.
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