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What is E-Aadhaar Card

  • The electronic version of the Aadhaar card is called E-Aadhaar. E-Aadhaar is password protected and can be downloaded online. For downloading E-Aadhaar, you should visit the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website.

  • You must have the E-Aadhaar password and Aadhaar number or Enrollment ID to download the e Aadhaar. E-Aadhaar Card is valid and equivalent to a physical Aadhaar card copy. You can check the E Aadhaar status and take an E-Aadhaar print by visiting the official website of UIDAI.

  • Though Aadhaar is not mandatory, it is required for many online procedures during this era of digitisation. Be it a physical copy or an E-Aadhaar, it is always in the best interest to have a copy of your Aadhaar with you.

Information Available On E-Aadhaar

All the personal information related to an individual is available on an E-Aadhaar card. E-Aadhaar by UIDAI is similar to its physical copy. You can visit the UIDAI website and view Aadhaar information, including;

How to Download E-Aadhaar from the E-Aadhaar Link

For e-Aadhaar card download, you must have the 12 digit Aadhaar number or the enrollment ID. If you have already registered for Aadhaar and know your Aadhaar number, then you can easily access it from the website. If you have not received the number yet, you should enter the 28 digit enrollment number, time and date provided in your acknowledgement slip given during the time of your Aadhaar application. If you have any of the numbers mentioned above, follow the below-mentioned steps for your E-Aadhaar download online.

  • Step 1: To get E-Aadhaar, go to the official website of UIDAI - uidai.gov.in

  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option under the ‘Get Aadhaar’ section.

  • Step 3: Enter in the Aadhaar number or the enrollment ID, whichever is applicable.

  • Step 4: Enter your name and pin code.

  • Step 5: Then, you have to click on the option titled, ‘Get One Time Password’(OTP).

  • Step 6: You will now receive an OTP, which should be entered in the given field.

  • Step 7: Download your e aadhaar card by clicking on ‘Download’.

  • Step 8: Enter the first four letters of your name in capitals along with your birth year (YYYY format) as the E-Aadhaar password. Eg: If your name is Rajesh and your year of birth is 1987, your password will be RAJE1987.

  • Step 9: Now, you can open the E-Aadhaar PDF file.

  • Step 10: Take a print out of the PDF if you need.

How to Validate Digital Signatures in e-Aadhaar

  • Step 1: Open the e-Aadhaar PDF which you have generated through the UIDAI website, and add your pin. On the 'validity unknown' icon, right-click.

  • Step 2: Click on the 'Validate Signature’

  • Step 3: A signature validation status window opens.

  • Step 4: Choose 'Signature Properties' and select the 'Show Certificate’ option.

    NIC sub-CA for NIC 2011, National Informatics centre'- this certification path should be verified.

  • Step 5: Mark the certification path named so and click the 'Trust' option that appears.

  • Step 6: Select 'Add to Trusted Identities'.

  • Step 7: If any security questions are followed, click on 'OK’.

  • Step 8: Tick mark the field for 'Use this certificate as a trusted root'.

  • Step 9: Click 'OK' twice to close this and the next window.

  • Step 10: To execute the validation, click on 'Validate Signature'.

Benefits of e-Aadhaar Card

  • Easy to Carry and Cannot be Misplaced: Since E-Aadhaar card is available online, you can access it all the time. There is no need to carry the physical copy around or worry about losing the Aadhaar card as it is virtual.

  • Equally valid: All the data printed in a physical copy of the Aadhaar card is also available on the e Aadhaar card, and it is equally valid.

  • Universal Identity Card: E-Aadhaar card is an universal identity card that every resident of India can obtain. This card can identify you as a resident of India anywhere in the world.

  • Proof of Identity as well as Address: This card can act as a proof of identity and a proof of address. This is not possible for many other documents.

  • Avail Subsidies: To avail the subsidies provided by the Government of India, applicants must submit a copy of their Aadhaar card.

  • Open Bank Accounts: Using an Aadhaar card, one can open bank accounts. For easy transactions, it is mandatory to link your bank account to your Aadhaar card if you have both of them.

How to Download e-Aadhaar from DigiLocker Account

DigiLocker is a secure cloud-based app that can be used to verify, issue, store and share various certificates and documents. UIDAI joined hands with the DigiLocker app and made it possible for Aadhaar cardholders to link their Aadhaar card with the app. Many documents from the registered issuers like Registrar Office, Income Tax department, CBSE, etc., are issued directly in this app. Follow the below-mentioned steps to download your E-Aadhaar card from your DigiLocker account:

  • Step 1: Open your DigiLocker app.

  • Step 2: Log in and enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number.

  • Step 3: Click on ‘verify’, and you will receive an OTP.

  • Step 4: Enter the OTP you received.

  • Step 5: Click on the ‘Verify OTP’ button.

  • Step 6: After verifying the OTP, a page titled ‘Issued Document’ will appear.

  • Step 7: You can download and save your ‘E-Aadhaar card’ from there.

FAQs on e-Aadhaar Card

✔️What is E-Aadhaar Card?

An e-Aadhaar card is a digital version of your regular Aadhaar Card that you can download from the official website of the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI).

✔️What is an e-Aadhaar card number?

It is a unique 12 digit alphanumeric number provided by the UIDAI and seen on the E-Aadhaar card.

✔️How many numbers are there in an e-Aadhaar card?

There are 12 digits in the E-Aadhaar card number, which is unique and used to identify the identity of a resident of India.

✔️How to check an e-Aadhaar status card?

You have to visit the official website of UIDAI and check your E-Aadhaar status by entering the enrollment ID provided in the Aadhaar application slip.

✔️What is the password of e Aadhaar?

The first four letters of your name in capitals, along with your birth year (YYYY format), is the E-Aadhaar password. E.g., If your name is Rajesh and your year of birth is 1987, your password will be RAJE1987.

✔️What supporting software is needed to open e-Aadhaar?

To open E-Aadhaar, you need to have a PDF reader like Adobe reader installed in your system.

✔️How to Access an E-Aadhaar Card Online?

E-Aadhaar card can be accessed easily if you have the E-Aadhaar password. You have to visit the official website of UIDAI and download the PDF version of the Aadhaar. After that, you can access your E-Aadhaar anywhere, anytime by simply entering in the password and unlocking the document.