Applying for an Aadhaar Card
An Aadhaar card is a unique identification that has a random 12-digit number that holds the identity of every Indian citizen. This number is used as proof of identity and is becoming a mandatory requirement.
This card enables Indians to provide a proof of identity when opening a bank account or applying for passport. The Aadhaar card can also be used to help those in rural and semi-urban areas avail government schemes and facilities. This is also beneficial to the government as it reduces fraud and helps reach out to those in need.
Why Aadhaar Cards are Used?
The Central Government has made it mandatory for businesses to have an Aadhaar card to register their venture. With the Aadhaar cards, your small business will now be able to secure loan faster through government agencies, banks and financial institutions. Aadhaar will help with the assessment of the lending organizations. Additionally, since businesses are moving to cashless operations, online purchases require Aadhaar credentials for the authentication process. The Aadhar card is also required for employment purposes like opening a bank account and Aadhaar details are filed while filling in the Employment Pension Schemes.
How to apply?
1. Visit any authorized Aadhaar enrollment centre with your identity and address proof. You can walk-in at any Aadhaar card centre even if your locality is not listed in the online appointment application website.
2. You can get a free Aadhaar card application form at the centre but it is advisable to print out the form and enter your details ahead of time to speed up the process.
3. Submit your proof of identity such as Photo ID card, Ration card, Passport, PAN card, or driver’s license. For proof of address, submit either your water, electricity, or telephone bills from the last 3 months. If you do not have any of these documents then a birth certificate, PDS card, MNREGA job card, ESIC medical card or pension card can be submitted.
4. After submitting your details, your photo and fingerprints will be taken and your iris will be scanned.
5. Review the details provided and make corrections during the enrollment.
6. You will receive an acknowledgement slip that you can hold till the time you receive the original Aadhaar card.
7. The information details will be verified centrally before you are issued an Aadhaar card.
8. After the Aadhaar card is verified, you will first receive an SMS and/or email notification and a few days later your Aadhaar number will be printed and sent to your address through post after 60 to 90 days of submitting the application.
Who can avail an Aadhaar Card?
Any person that is the resident of India, Non-Resident Indian (NRI) or any foreign citizen residing in India is eligible to apply for Aadhaar card. You can apply for an Aadhaar number at any age.
The Aadhaar card is the social security in India and serves as a unique identity for anyone in India. It is free from the Government of India and any correction should be made within 96 hours of application.