A step-by-step guide to easily get duplicate Aadhar Card
Aadhar is a 12 Digit unique identification number issued by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), agency of Government of India. You can think of Aadhar on the lines of Social Security Number that’s issued to American Citizens by their Government. Aadhar is unique and very important number and issued only once in lifetime to citizens of India. It is not a proof of citizenship but a very effective proof of identity and address to avail various facilities and schemes like Direct Benefit Transfer of Government Subsidies like in Domestic Gas, Ration, etc. or for passport applications, opening of bank account or other day-to-day needs anywhere in India
How to get Duplicate Aadhar Card?
It often happens that one misplaces his or her Government ID like driving license, Voter ID Card, etc and it is a well established fact that it becomes a nuisance to get a duplicate copy of the document which often takes days or months together with all difficult procedures like lodging of F.I.R or publishing newspaper advertisement in addition to visits to local Government offices. However, in case of Aadhar things are so simple that getting a duplicate Aadhar card is easy process of few steps which can be completed in minutes.
For getting a duplicate Aadhar Card, simple procedure of downloading online copy of Aadhar (also known as e-Aadhar) needs to be followed and e-Aadhar which also has your photo can be easily printed to get a printed Aadhar Card that can be carried along easily. Now you must have question how can this print-out be a valid document of proof? Will it be accepted by banks or other institutions as a valid document of proof? The answer is YES. Fundamentally, Aadhar Card is nothing but a number (called as Aadhar) issued to every Indian citizen. Now, let’s say you lose the Aadhar Card that was sent to you by UIDAI. That should not be a problem because you can then go online and download another copy of your e-Aadhar and it will be accepted as a valid Photo ID as well as address proof. So, go ahead and refer this verified guide on how to get duplicate Aadhar Card.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AADHAR ONLINE / DUPLICATE AADHAR CARD?
In order to open the online version of Aadhar Card Adobe Reader needs to be installed, which can be downloaded free of cost by searching on Google or from here.
The URL for downloading Aadhar Card online can be accessed by CLICKING HERE
Information necessary to download Aadhar Card online is:
- Enrollment ID or Aadhar No.
- Full name
- Mobile number
For maintaining the security of Aadhar information, a One Time Password (OTP) will be generated and sent to the Registered Mobile Number, which needs to be entered on the screen to download the Aadhar in PDF format. In order to open the PDF file, Pin Code as registered with Aadhar needs to be entered to open the file.
Online generated copy of Aadhar is equally valid as Aadhar Card received through post which is also evident from the fact that lower part of the E-Aadhar is similar to the one received through post.
How to print a good quality duplicate Aadhar Card?
Now to get a printed version of Aadhar Card, online generated copy can be printed on good quality paper preferably 80 GSM or other photo paper available easily in market at less than Rs. 5 per page. Cut marks present on the printout can be used carefully to cut the printed sheet using scissors. After carefully cutting the card out from the e-Aadhar letter, something similar to the picture shown below shall be obtained.
Now fold the Card from middle and a card similar to the one provided by UIDAI can be prepared. Now for added protection one can get the card laminated to make the card last longer. The entire process involves a maximum expenditure of thirty rupees (and that too at maximum).
One may also prefer to get the card printed on polyvinyl chloride card from local Photo Lab to make the last for decades, however poly vinyl chloride card are costly and printing of one such card costs around hundred rupees.
A brief – About e-Aadhar
After successful launch of Aadhar project throughout the country, need was felt to introduce system of generating and downloading copies of Aadhar online which could be easily accessed and used. Additionally, as the number of enrollments increased manifold, there was a considerable increase in cases of loss of card or damage of card. In order to facilitate speedy and timely processing and issuance of duplicate Aadhar Card, Resident Portal of Aadhar was launched which could be easily used by citizens to get duplicate Aadhar Card issued immediately without any hassles. That’s where online Aadhar Card (also known as e-Aadhar) comes in to picture. E-Aadhar is an online copy of the Aadhar generated using the resident portal of the UIDAI.
E-Aadhar is similar to conventional printed Aadhar card and the same can be used in place of Aadhar Card which shall be deemed equivalent to the card received through post. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which is implementing the Aadhar project has clarified in numerous statements that both E-Aadhar and cut-away portion of Aadhar letter, are to be considered as a valid proof of identity and this has been notified by the Government through various notifications also. For the curious minds, a copy of such notification is also appended below.
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