Everything you want to know about your Aadhaar number

Everything you want to know about your Aadhaar number


According to
http://uidnumber.org /aadhaar/, 'Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification (UID) number, which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is issuing for all Indian residents.

The UID number is stored in a centralised database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information photograph, 10 fingerprints and iris of each individual'.

Other than just being a proof of identity, the number will also keep a check on bogus ration cards, driving licences or any other identity document.


Once an individual is on the Aadhaar database, the identity of a person can be established easily. Aadhaar will become a single source of identity verification.

Residents would be spared the hassle of repeatedly providing supporting identity documents each time they wish to access services such as obtaining a bank account, passport, driving license and so on.

By providing clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will also facilitate entry for poor and underprivileged residents into the formal banking system and the opportunity to avail services provided by the government and the private sector. Aadhaar will also give migrants mobility of identity.

"A person should get his UID number within three months of registration,
" said Dr Santosh Bhogle, undersecretary, IT department, Government of Maharashtra.


A person of any age can get an Aadhaar number. For children below 3 years, biometric details will not be taken and the Aadhaar will be linked to guardians/parents. They shall have to register biometrics when they turn 5 years of age.

For children between 5 to 15 years, the biometric shall be re-registered again when they turn 15 years of age, as biometrics change with age.



A toll free number -18001801947- has been provided to help people get information regarding enrollment centres, documents required or any other information related to UID numbers.


Along with the filled registration form, one needs to produce original or attested copies (attested from notary/gazetted officer) of Proof of Identity (PoI); Proof of Address (PoA) and Date of Birth (DoB) certificate.
Following documents will be accepted as proof. (See Box)


Visit, http://gms.maharashtra.gov.in/uidmms/FrmFindEnrollmentCentre.aspx,

to get the list of various enrollment centres.

Select the appropriate option and then click the search button on the left. The list of enrollment centres will be displayed on your computer screen. Mobile numbers of officials who are in charge of that particular centre accompany a few enrollment centres.

When this reporter called one of the centres in Andheri (W), the official, whose number was given, informed this reporter that he has now been transferred to a different centre, but the site has not been updated.


For people based in Mumbai
1 Go to http://gms.maharashtra.gov.in/uidmms/FrmFindEnrollmentCentre.aspx
2 Click on District and select Greater Mumbai
3 Click on Municipal Corporation and select Greater Mumbai
4 Click on Village/Town/City and select a place
5 Click on the search button to your left. The enrollment centres in your area will then be displayed

Proof of Identity (PoI) (containing name and photo)

1. Passport
2. PAN Card
3. Ration/ PDS Photo Card
4. Voter ID
5. Driving License
6. Government Photo ID Cards
7. NREGS Job Card
8. Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
9. Arms License
10. Photo Bank ATM Card
11. Photo Credit Card
12. Pensioner Photo Card
13. Freedom Fighter Photo Card
14. Kisan Photo Passbook
15. CGHS / ECHS Photo Card
16. Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
17. Certificate of Identity having photo issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
Documents without photos will not be accepted. Older photos are acceptable.

Proof of Address (PoA) (containing name and address)

1. Passport
2. Bank Statement/ Passbook
3. Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
4. Ration Card
5. Voter ID
6. Driving License
7. Government Photo ID cards
8. Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
9. Water bill (not older than 3 months)
10. Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
11. Property Tax Receipt (not older than 3 months)
12. Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
13. Insurance Policy
14. Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead
15. Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead
16. Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Instruction on letterhead
17. NREGS Job Card
18. Arms License
19. Pensioner Card
20. Freedom Fighter Card
21. Kisan Passbook
22. CGHS / ECHS Card
23. Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
24. Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
25. Income Tax Assessment Order
26. Vehicle Registration Certificate
27. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement
28. Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
29. Caste and Domicile Certificate having photo issued by the state government.

For Date of Birth (DoB) proof (having name and DoB)

1. Birth Certificate 2. SSLC Book/Certificate 3. Passport
4. Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead

In case one does not have documents FOR proof Introducer System

In the case of people who do not have documents for proof, there is an introducer system.
The Registrar for enrollment can designate individuals who can vouch for the validity of a person's information. Introducers can be government agencies, banks, teachers, village postmen, elected representatives and NGOs. Introducers will be enrolled first and given training. Their UID will be mentioned among the details of the person who gets enrolled.

Would you get yourself registered for UID number?

Ahad Taheraly (17), student from Mahim
I don't see the need for a UID number. I would not use it. I don't even use my PAN card. As far as the UID programme is concerned, it won't work unless you give it years and everyone is made aware of it. Though it started in 2009, I had no idea about the project. For people to know about the programme, it needs to be better advertised.

Nandini Mohta(19), NRI from Singapore

I think it's a very good idea because it is for the residents of India. It can help people like me who are Indians but don't live in India. I think they should try and make it compulsory for people to have a UID number. I would definitely go for it.

Farhad Shroff (21), student from Colaba

The UID scheme is a good idea because it can keep a check on illegal immigrants as well as terrorists. Since the programme is computerised, chances of hacking the system are always there but it is way better than the other identity documents that we have.

Rohini Vaish (44), Textile designer from Juhu

I would definitely get my UID number. At least I can leave my house with just a few cards in my wallet. Because it is now voluntary, making it mandatory would help. Aadhaar could turn out to be a very beneficial scheme if it gains enough support.

Dimple Aggarwal (39), Financial Manager from Chembur

The UID concept is unique and our country needs something like this. Though the card would help people living in the country, it will be more beneficial for the government. But the success of the programme depends on how the government implements the scheme. Personally, I would never go for the number because it is voluntary. A lot of people will opt out, so why should I get one?

Aashna Aggarwal