DigiLocker is an online, cloud-based service that was launched by the government as part of its Digital India campaign for storage, issuance, and verification of important documents, in a safe and convenient manner.
DigiLocker has partnered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to make Aadhaar available online, automatically when users link their DigiLocker account with Aadhaar.
Here are the details.
How to store your Aadhaar card in DigiLocker
Step by step process
In order to store your Aadhaar online, in your DigiLocker account, follow these steps:
First off, log on to the DigiLocker website or download the DigiLocker app on your smartphone.
Create your DigiLocker account.
Once done, it will ask you for your Aadhaar number. Enter the same.
You'll receive an OTP on your Aadhaar-registered mobile number.
Enter the OTP to verify, and you're done.
How to download Aadhaar from your DigiLocker account?
In order to download Aadhaar from your DigiLocker account, first log on.
You will see a dialog box that reads 'Get your eAadhaar.' Click on the link.
Following this, an OTP box will appear. Click on 'Get OTP' button.
Next, enter the OTP received on your mobile number, and click 'Verify OTP.'
The 'Issued Documents' page will appear.
Download your Aadhaar card by using the 'Save' icon.
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Clearing the air around Aadhaar status
Post the September 26, 2018 SC verdict relating to authentication of Aadhaar, there has been quite a lot of confusion with respect to services where Aadhaar is necessary.
Aadhaar is no longer mandatory for services such as bank account, telecom services, and school admissions/entrance tests.
However, it is still necessary for getting a PAN, filing I-T returns, and availing government welfare schemes.