Aadhar Card Download

The Aadhaar card, a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has become an indispensable document for Indian residents.

It serves as a proof of identity and address for various government and private services. Whether you've misplaced your original Aadhaar card or need a digital copy for online transactions, downloading your Aadhaar is a simple and convenient process.

This article will walk you through the different methods available, ensuring you can easily obtain and access your Aadhaar information whenever needed.

Aadhar Card Download Options

You have several options for downloading your Aadhaar card:

  • e-Aadhaar: This is a password-protected electronic copy of your Aadhaar, digitally signed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is a valid and secure document for most purposes.
  • Masked Aadhaar: This is a version of your e-Aadhaar where the first eight digits of your Aadhaar number are masked, providing an extra layer of privacy.
  • Aadhaar PVC Card: This is a physical PVC card with enhanced security features, offering a durable alternative to the paper Aadhaar card.

Prerequisites

  • Registered Mobile Number: To download your Aadhaar, ensure your mobile number is registered with UIDAI. This is crucial for receiving the One-Time Password (OTP) required for authentication.

Methods to Download

There are several methods to download your Aadhaar card online. Below, we have discussed all the methods.

Downloading e-Aadhaar using Your Aadhaar Number

UIDAI Official Portal
  • Step 3: Select "Aadhaar Number" as your download method.
  • Step 4: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and the captcha code.
  • Step 5: Click on "Send OTP" and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number.
Download Aadhaar Page
  • Step 6: Choose between "Regular Aadhaar" or "Masked Aadhaar" (if you prefer to hide the first eight digits of your Aadhaar number).
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A regular Aadhaar shows your full 12-digit number, while a masked Aadhaar hides the first 8 digits and shows only the last 4 for privacy.
  • Step 7: Click on "Verify and Download." Your e-Aadhaar will be downloaded in PDF format.

Downloading Aadhaar Card Using Your Enrollment ID (EID)

  • Step 1: Visit the official UIDAI website.
  • Step 2: Go to the "My Aadhaar" section and click on "Download Aadhaar."
  • Step 3: Select "Enrolment ID (EID)" as your download method.
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The Aadhaar enrolment ID (EID) is a unique 28-digit identifier given to each applicant. It comprises a 14-digit enrolment number and a 14-digit timestamp indicating the date and time of enrolment. You receive the EID during the Aadhaar registration process.

  • Step 4: Enter your 28-digit EID, enrollment date, and time, along with the captcha code.
  • Step 5: Click on "Send OTP" and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number or email.
  • Step 6: Choose between "Regular Aadhaar" or "Masked Aadhaar."
  • Step 7: Click on "Verify and Download." Your e-Aadhaar will be downloaded.

Downloading the Aadhaar Card with Date of Birth and Name

If you have lost your Aadhaar number and EID, you can retrieve them using your name and date of birth:

Aadhaar Services On UIDAI Portal
  • Step 3: Select whether you want to retrieve your Aadhaar number or EID.
  • Step 4: Enter your full name, registered mobile number/email ID, and captcha code.
  • Step 5: Click on "Send OTP" and enter the OTP received.
Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID
  • Step 6: Your Aadhaar number or EID will be sent to your mobile number or email.
  • Step 7: Once you have your Aadhaar number or EID, follow the steps above to download your Aadhaar.

Downloading Aadhaar Card by Virtual ID (VID)

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The VID (Virtual ID) in Aadhaar is a 16-digit temporary code that you can use instead of your Aadhaar number for authentication, enhancing privacy and security.
  • Step 3: Generate or retrieve your VID by entering your Aadhaar number and OTP.
  • Step 4: Once you have your VID, go back to "Download Aadhaar" and select "Virtual ID (VID)."
Generate or retrieve VID
  • Step 5: Enter your VID and captcha, and click on "Send OTP."
  • Step 6: Enter the OTP and follow the instructions to download your e-Aadhaar.
Downloading Aadhaar Card by Virtual ID (VID)

Downloading Aadhaar Card from mAadhaar App

  • Step 1: Download and install the mAadhaar app on your smartphone.
  • Step 2: Register and log in using your Aadhaar-linked mobile number.
  • Step 3: Select "Download Aadhaar" and follow the instructions to download your e-Aadhaar.
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The mAadhaar app is an official mobile application by UIDAI that allows you to carry your Aadhaar card digitally. It provides features like Aadhaar download, update requests, biometric locking/unlocking, and sharing eKYC for various services securely from your smartphone.

Downloading Aadhaar Card via DigiLocker

  • Step 1: Download and install the DigiLocker app or visit the official portal - https://www.digilocker.gov.in/.
  • Step 2: Log in using your mobile number and OTP.
  • Step 3: Link your Aadhaar with DigiLocker.
  • Step 4: Once linked, you can download your e-Aadhaar directly from the app.
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DigiLocker is a government digital storage service where you can securely store and access your Aadhaar card and other important documents online.

Downloading Your Aadhaar Card via UMANG

  • Step 1: Download and install the UMANG app or visit the portal - https://web.umang.gov.in/.
  • Step 2: Log in using your registered mobile number.
  • Step 3: Access the DigiLocker section within the UMANG app.
  • Step 4: Follow the same steps as in the DigiLocker method to download your e-Aadhaar.
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UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is a government app that integrates various public services, including Aadhaar-related services like updating details, downloading Aadhaar, and checking status, all in one place.

Opening Downloaded Aadhaar

Your downloaded e-Aadhaar will be in a password-protected PDF format. To open it:

  1. Install PDF Reader: Ensure you have a PDF reader (like Adobe Acrobat Reader) installed on your device.
  2. Open e-Aadhaar: Double-click the downloaded e-Aadhaar PDF file.
  3. Enter Password: When prompted, enter your password. The password is the first four letters of your name (in CAPITAL letters) followed by your birth year (YYYY). For example, if your name is ROHAN SHARMA and your birth year is 1995, the password would be ROHAN1995.

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