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Have an Aadhaar Card? Here's How To Access UIDAI via Online

Unique Identification Authority of India provides biometrics-based personal identification programme Aadhaar - provides a range of services online. While some of these online facilities are meant for Aadhaar applicants - those who have enrolled for an Aadhaar card but not
received the identification document yet - and Aadhaar card holders - those who have already have an Aadhaar card in possession. 

The 12-digit identification number issued by the UIDAI under the Aadhaar programme is known as Unique Identity Number (UID) and also Aadhaar number. These online facilities can be accessed through the UIDAI's self-service portal,

How to update/correct/change Aadhaar card address

One of these facilities enables the user to apply for a change in the address fed into the Aadhaar database. The user can update the address online by submitting valid documents or an address validation letter (for those without documents), according to the UIDAI protal.

Here's how to access this Aadhaar card online service using the UIDAI self-service portal:

The Aadhaar holder can access the service by selecting the "update your address online" option on the UIDAI portal. On the next page, the user is required to log in to the portal through an OTP- or one-time passcode-based verification process.

After this step, the user can proceed by clicking on the "update address via address proof" option. In this method, the user is required to upload a digital copy of a valid document to complete the request.

After this step, the user is asked to fill in the personal details such as name and full address. On the next page, the user is required to verify the details fed into the online form. 

Once the user is satisfied with the entries, he/she may proceed to upload a copy of the relevant document.

The UIDAI's self-service portal accepts a copy of documents such as passport, bank statement/passbook, driving license, insurance policy and vehicle registration certificate, among others, as a valid proof of address, according to its website. 

The user can also upload a digital copy of an electricity bill, a water bill, a landline bill, a credit card statement or a gas connection bill up to three months old as address proof for making a request, according to the UIDAI.

How to reprint Aadhaar card (paid service)

An Aadhaar reprint can be ordered online through a pilot facility being provided by the UIDAI. The UIDAI has set a fee of Rs. 50 per Aadhaar reprint, which includes GST and speed post charges, according to the UIDAI.

In order to utilise the facility, users are required to log in on the UIDAI portal through their registered mobile number. An OTP or one-time password is sent to the user to verify the identity of the applicant for the purpose of identity verification.

How to enable/disable Aadhaar card biometrics lock 

To enable the biometrics lock system, the user can start by selecting the “Lock/Unlock Biometrics” option from the homepage of the UIDAI portal. On the next page, he/she can proceed by entering details such as Aadhaar number or virtual ID (VID) in the indicated fields and clicking on “Send OTP”.

After this step, fill in the OTP in the given field and proceed by clicking on “Submit”.

On the next page, fill in the required details and click on “Enable” to activate the biometrics lock.

Once the biometrics associated with an Aadhaar are locked, the UIDAI portal displays the message: “You will not be able to authenticate by using your fingerprint or iris. You can unlock biometrics temporarily for any authentication requirements. You can also disable the Locked Biometrics.”

In order to deactivate the biometrics lock system on a temporary basis (the lock gets enabled automatically after 10 minutes), the user is required to log in to the UIDAI portal in the same way as explained above and click on "Unlock". 

Once the biometrics details are unlocked, the UIDAI portal displays the message: "Your Biometrics is unlocked now... You can authenticate by using your fingerprint or iris. You can also disable the Biometric Lock."

In order to disable the Aadhaar biometrics lock system (permanent deactivation), the user is required to log in to the UIDAI portal and first click on "Unlock". In the next step, the user is required to log in, fill in the required details and click on "Disable" to proceed. This can be done before the biometrics are automatically locked in the stipulated time. 

Once the biometrics lock is disabled, the UIDAI portal displays the message: "Your Biometric Lock is disabled. You can enable your Biometric Lock any time. But before that you will be required to login using your Aadhaar." In this case, the Aadhaar biometrics lock is not engaged automatically. 

Aadhaar card-PAN (Permanent Account Number) link

Meanwhile, the Income Tax Department has set a September 30 deadline for assessees to link their Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number). The taxman had earlier announced March 31 as the due date for PAN holders required to file an income tax return to seed their Aadhaar number into the income tax database.


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