New Delhi, December 1: The government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with financial institutions, including banks to avail uninterrupted services. Customers need to link Aadhaar details with their accounts by December 31. If you have not linked your Aadhaar details with your bank account, you still have time to get done with the procedure. In case if you have already linked the two details, you can use the online facility by the UIDAI to verify the same. Banks have been sending SMSs to their customers to complete the Aadhaar card linking process as early as possible to avoid last minute hassle. The linking the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar to Bank Accounts can be done in a number of ways. They include the online method, through an SMS service, through ATM and by visiting a branch. UPDATE: Big Relief!! Aadhaar-PAN Linking Last Date is NOT 31st Dec 2017; CBDT Extends Deadline

Here’s how you can verify if your bank account details are linked with Aadhaar:

1.Visit the UIDAI website and go to Aadhaar Services section

2.Under the Aadhaar Services section, find the link that says ‘Check Aadhaar & Bank Account Linking Status’

3. A new window will pop up. Enter your Aadhaar Number and the security code given in the box. An OTP will be generated.

4. Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number and then click on Log in button below.

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5. The box will appear showing your Status with a tick mark.

6. If your Aadhaar number is linked to the bank account, you will see a message saying, “Congratulations! Your Bank Aadhaar Mapping has been done.”

On June 1, in an official notification, the government had said that if you fail to link the two, you bank account will be invalidated.  However, the Centre in a fresh affidavit said that it is willing to extend the deadline for linking the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar with existing bank accounts till March 31, 2018. The government said in the affidavit that until March 31, existing bank accounts will not be made non-operational for not linking with Aadhaar. It added for existing account holders, the deadline for Aadhaar based verification is being extended to March 31 and no coercive action will be taken till then.