With so many government welfare schemes linked with Aadhaar, it is one of the most important documents you will ever hold. Also, a vital proof of identity, it can come handy anywhere and anytime.
If you need to download your Aadhaar card online, you can do it easily using your Aadhaar-registered mobile number.
What is Aadhaar-registered mobile number?
Aadhaar-registered mobile number is the contact number added in the Aadhaar database. One might give it at the time of Aadhaar application or link it at a later stage. It is typically used by UIDAI to send OTPs for facilitating instrumental Aadhaar updates and transactions.
Procedure to download Aadhaar using your Aadhaar-registered mobile number
First off, log on to the UIDAI portal, and click on 'Download Aadhaar' link under 'My Aadhaar' drop-down menu.
On the next page, you are required to enter your Aadhaar number/Enrolment ID/Virtual ID.
Following this, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to your Aadhaar-registered mobile number.
Finally, enter the OTP and click on 'Verify and Download' option.
Your digital Aadhaar-card will be downloaded.
How to update your Aadhaar-registered mobile number
To update your Aadhaar-registered mobile number, you'll have to visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Center and fill in an Aadhaar Update/Correction Form, and submit the same, along with the required documents and prescribed fee.
Clearing the air around Aadhaar status
Post the September 26, 2018 SC verdict relating to authentication of Aadhaar, there has been some confusion with respect to the services where Aadhaar is necessary and where not.
Aadhaar is no longer mandatory for services such as bank accounts, 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.