Aadhaar Card has become a vital document to live in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are all set to make Aadhaar Card the single identity proof which is linked to everything from bank accounts and tax payments and has become the basic identity. As the need for Aadhaar Card increases every day for basic daily activities, it is important to know how to apply for Aadhaar Card. Aadhaar Card also needs to be up to date with various changes in address and other details. The entire process of Aadhaar Card update has become easier as the UIDAI website has made the process online. Application of Aadhaar Card begins with registering on the Aadhaar website, uidai.gov.in, and the process is completed by visiting an Aadhaar enrollment center. The 12 digit unique identity number issued under Aadhaar Card is the Indian version of the social security number and provides a database of Indians based on the their bio-metric and demographic data.
Making Aadhaar Card compulsory has been a debate that has reached the Supreme Court of India. Even though the Supreme Court of India September 23, 2013, issued an interim ruling that no person should suffer for not getting Aadhaar, the NDA government has been striving to make it a compulsory document. In the Union Budget 2017, it was disclosed that Aadhaar Card would be a compulsory document for filing Income Tax from the financial year 2017-18. Earlier it was also revealed that students without Aadhaar card would not be eligible to receive midday meals at government aided schools. Here is your guide to check if you are eligible for Aadhaar Card, the application process and the complete list of documents required for applying for Aadhaar Card.
Eligibility Criteria for Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar Card is a 12-digit unique –identity number which is issued by the demographics and bio-metric data. Any Indian citizen who is a resident of India or an NRI can apply for Aadhaar Card. In addition to this, the Government of India also allows foreign nationals of India to have an Aadhaar Card. According to the Indian government Aadhaar Card is a recognition for everyone who lives in India and not the citizenship of India. Aadhaar Card thereby works as an important document that can help NRIs as well as foreign citizens in everything from getting an Indian SIM card to pass various verification processes.
Documents Required for Aadhaar Card
Like any government document, the application of Aadhaar Card also requires a list of documents which is verified by authorities at the Aadhaar center. To apply for a new Aadhaar Card, the basic documents required are a photo identity proof and an address proof. The KYC (Know Your Customer) documents to be provided with the Aadhaar application form can be Passport, Ration Card or PDS Photo Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID, Government or PSU issued work IDs, Arms License, Photo Credit Card, Photo Bank ATM Card, Photo Passbook, etc. While documents like PAN card are categorised as Proof of Identity, Passport, Driving License, etc. are considered as a Proof of Address as well as proof of date of birth. The application of Aadhaar Card also requires a proof of relationship with the head of the family. Passport, Pension Card, Marriage Certificate issued by the government are some of the documents which are considered as proof of relationship.
How To Apply for Aadhaar Card
The first step to apply for Aadhaar Card is to collect all the required documents. Once this is done, enroll on the Aadhaar registration website, and take an appointment for a nearby Aadhaar center. You can visit www.appointments.uidai.gov.in, to book an appointment by filing out the appointment form. The date and time of the appointment can be selected as per your convenience, and the appointment form needs to be filled out with factually correct details. The Aadhaar enrollment form can also be collected from any nearby Aadhaar enrollment center. Once the appointment is noted, you need to visit the Aadhaar center on time for the appointment with all the required documents. A government appointed person will verify your documents at the Aadhaar center and feed in your finger prints as well as pictures for the Aadhaar Card. An iris scan is also done at the center to complete the bio-metrics for unique identification.
How To Update Aadhaar Card Details
There are many circumstances under which we need to make changes to the Aadhaar Card that has already been issued. The Indian government has made this process extremely easy thanks to UIDAI launched service where you can easily modify your details online anytime you want to. To update Aadhaar Card details simply log in to the self-service update portal, www.uidai.gov.in/update. Once you enter the link you can log in your 12-digit Aadhaar number, a one-time password or OTP is sent to your registered mobile number. After logging into the website, you can make the required changes and back it up with the required documents. The documents need to be uploaded on the website, and the Aadhaar update request is generated.