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Aadhar card download

In India, UIDAI issues 12-digit unique identification number through aadhar card to the residents, which serve as an identification proof as well as address proof for them. Once the process of enrolment gets completed, the e-aadhar download and print can be done from the official website of UIDAI, in case the individual can't wait for it to come via post which is sent within 60-90 days after enrolment process or in case the aadhar card has been lost. The e-aadhar download can be done in three ways:

  1. Through Aadhar number

  2. Through VID

  3. Through EID

The process of Downloading Aadhar Through Aadhar Number:

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Through Aadhar

  1. Visit the official website of UIDAI.
  2. As 'aadhar online services' section is further divided into three subsections, you should navigate through 'Aadhar Enrolment' section and click on 'download aadhar' link listed under it.
  3. Clicking on 'download aadhar' link will take you to another page which will ask you for downloading e-aadhar by using aadhar number or UID (Unique Identification Number), EID (Aadhar Enrolment ID which is issued at the time submission of aadhar application) or VID (Aadhar Virtual ID which allows the user to authenticate transactions and complete e-kyc process without using aadhar number).
  4. This option is helpful if the aadhar card is lost but you still remember the aadhar number. In that case, enter the 12 digit aadhaar number which was printed on the aadhar card and enter the personal details like full name and the pincode of your residential address.
  5. Fill the captcha code as displayed on the screen.
  6. In case you have the TOTP (Time based OTP) which can be generated through m-aadhar app, put the tick mark in the checkbox, else request for an OTP.
  7. If you have requested for an OTP, the OTP number will be sent to your registered mobile number.
  8. Enter the 6 digit OTP and click on ‘download aadhar’.

The process of Downloading Aadhar Through VID:

VID or Virtual ID is a 16-digit random number which can be used for authentication for temporary basis in the same way the aadhar can be used. VID can be created from UIDAI portal. So if you have VID but you want to download aadharcard then VID can also be used for the downloading process. Here are the steps for downloading aadhar using VID:

  1. Visit the official website of UIDAI.

  2. As 'aadhar online services' section is further divided into three subsections, you should navigate through 'Aadhar Enrolment' section and click on 'download aadhar' link listed under it.

  3. Clicking on 'download aadhar' link will take you to another page which will ask you for downloading e-aadhar by using aadhar number or UID (Unique Identification Number), EID (Aadhar Enrolment ID which is issued at the time submission of aadhar application) or VID (Aadhar Virtual ID which allows the user to authenticate transactions and complete e-kyc process without using aadhar number).

  4. Enter the 16 digit VID and the personal details like full name and the pincode of your residential address.

  5. Fill the captcha code as displayed on the screen.

  6. In case you have a TOTP (Time based OTP) which can be generated through the m-aadhar app, put the tick mark in the checkbox, else request for an OTP.

  7. If you have requested for an OTP, the OTP number will be sent to your registered mobile number.

  8. Enter the 6 digit OTP and download aadhar.

The process of Downloading Aadhar Through EID:

  1. Go to UIDAI portal.

  2. Scroll down the 'Aadhar Enrolment' section and click on 'download aadhar' option.

  3. A new page will be redirected at which you need to enter the 14-digit enrolment number along with date, time stamp and personal details

  4. Enter the captcha code mentioned on the screen.

  5. Select the OTP option to generate OTP for the submission of request.

  6. Fill the OTP details and download the aadhar by clicking on 'download aadhar'

TOTP is one-time temporary password (8-digit numeric string) which once generated remain valid for only 30 seconds.

TOTP can be generated by using mAadhar app. For TOTP generation, the mobile number should be registered and the mobile device should be in sync with the IST time-zone.

Steps for configuring TOTP:

  1. Install the mAadhar app from google play store.

  2. Create your profile.

  3. Click through TOTP page view and it will be visible for the next 30 seconds.

Adobe Reader should be installed in the system for opening pdf file of e-aadhar.

Put the password as a combination of first four letters of the name in capital letters and year of birth.

  1. On the pdf file of e-aadhar, right click on the 'validity unknown' icon and select 'Validate Signature'.
  2. After the signature validation status window opens, select 'Signature Properties' and click on it.
  3. Select 'Show Certificate.'
  4. Verify that there is a certification path named 'NIC sub-CA for NIC 2011, National Informatics centre'. This identifies 'NIC sub-CA for NIC 2011, National Informatics centre' as the owner of the digital certificate that has been used when signing the document.
  5. Answer 'OK' to any security question that follows.
  6. Tick mark (✔) the field for 'Use this certificate as a trusted root' and press 'OK' twice to close this and proceed to the next window.
  7. Select 'Validate Signature' option to execute the validation.

    Open the pdf file of e-aadhar and click on the print option to get the printout. The printout can only be taken if the printer is connected to the computer or mobile phone.

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