If you have lost your Aadhar or it is damaged, you may want to have a duplicate Aadhar. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can get duplicate Aadhar Card.
Well, getting your lost Aadhar card is perhaps the most simplest of getting any other government ID and address proof. It involves the simplest of process and almost no re-application process. And if you have access to the internet, you can simply download your Aadhar card and print it on a simple paper and it is still a valid proof!
So wondering how to download duplicate Aadhar Card online to get your lost Aadhar card back? Just read the simple steps shared below…
How to download duplicate Aadhar Card Online 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 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
Do Note: To download the Aadhar card online, you will need your Mobile number to be already added or registered with Aadhar. If you want to know how to add your mobile number to Aadhar, click here.
Once you are on the page, using the eAadhar link above, you can follow these 5 simple steps to download your duplicate Aadhar card:
- Select the number you have Aadhar number or the Enrolment ID and enter the same in the field given.
- Enter your full name and pincode
- Enter the security text – the text seen in the image
- Input your mobile number (the one which is added/registered to your Aadhar) and click generate OTP
- You will now receive and OTP on your registered mobile number.
- Enter the OTP and click on Validate and Download
That’s it! You can simply take the printout of this PDF on a simple paper and that is your perfectly valid duplicate Aadhar card… The password of the PDF is your PIN code of the address in Aadhar card.
So, that’s How to download duplicate Aadhar Card Online!
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
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
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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