VID or Virtual ID is a 16-digit random number which can be used for authentication on temporary basis, in the same way the aadhar card can be used. VID can be created from UIDAI portal. Being a digital ID, VID is safer to share than aadhar as it can be generated multiple times and remains valid for just one day. The VID can be created if the user’s mobile number is registered with UIDAI database as an OTP code is required for the process. Moreover, the VID number will be received on the registered mobile number. There are various services where aadhar is mandatorily required and can be replaced with VID for authentication purpose, such as:
For opening a new bank account.
For availing government subsidies.
For applying for tatkal passports.
For buying the new insurance policies.
Visit the official website of UIDAI.
Under ‘Aadhar Online Services’ navigate through the listed links of ‘Aadhar Services’ section and click on ‘Virtual ID (VID) Generator’.
Enter the aadhar number and the captcha code displayed on the screen, and press ‘send OTP’ button.
An OTP will be sent on the registered mobile number. Enter the OTP and select ‘Generate VID’ option.