Every person residing in India will be provided with a new 12 digit individual identification number which is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India. This is called as Aadhaar and will serve as a proof of identity and address for the individual in India.
The person who applies for the Aadhaar has to enroll for it only once and is done free of cost. This number has lifetime validity and is unique to each and every person. NRI’s and foreigners living in India can apply for Aadhaar card. The Aadhaar number will be useful at various services like banks, Government and Non government institutions etc.
To apply for Aadhaar, one has to go to the authorized Aadhaar enrolment centers along with the documents for proof of identity and address. Personal details are filled in the application forms and your photo, finger prints and iris scan is taken at the enrolment centers. The authorized person after verifying the documents fills all these details in the system database. You can check the details that have been entered and make corrections if any. You will then get an acknowledgement slip with a temporary enrolment number.
The information that is to be provided to get an Aadhaar number are
Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Address, Parent /Guardian details (required for children, adults may provide) and Contact details phone and email (optional). The Biometric Information required are Photo, 10 finger prints and both Iris scan.
Every person gets only one Aadhaar number and need to enroll only once. After verification of the details provided by you, an Aadhaar number will be generated and is mailed to your address. It takes around 60-90 days to get your Aadhaar.
To check Aadhaar enrolment status and download e-aadhaar letter
One can check the status of the Aadhaar enrolment online. At the top of your acknowledgement slip lies a 14 digit enrolment number, 14 digit date and time of enrolment. These 28 digits together is your temporary enrolment ID (EID).
You can enter the 14 digit enrolment number and the enrolment date and time in the boxes provided in the link below
If your Aadhaar status is available, then you can download your Aadhaar number from the Resident portal of the UIDAI website (https://portal.uidai.gov.in/ResidentPortal/welcomeLink)
Click on the e-aadhaar menu and after entering the enrolment number, date and time and your name in the boxes provided, you can download the e-aadhaar letter. You can also get your aadhaar number in your registered mobile.