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 Aadhaar Card is an important document of identification. It is widely accepted in the country as a valid proof of identity. For this reason, it is crucial that the biometric details linked to your Aadhaar card are authentic and accurate.

In the case of children, biometric details like fingerprints or iris scans may develop with age as they grow older. And in the case of adults, rarely, on account of a disease or an accident, these details may be altered.

It is imperative to update the biometric details in the Aadhaar system in such cases. And in this article, we’ll see how you can quickly perform an Aadhaar card biometric update.

How to Update Aadhaar Biometrics?

The Aadhaar card biometric update is a fairly easy process. Bear in mind, however, that it is not possible to perform the Aadhaar biometric update online.

Here are the steps you need to follow to update the biometric details in your Aadhaar card.

  • Step 1: Visit an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre near you to update the details.

  • Step 2: Ask for the Aadhaar Enrolment/Update Form and fill in the details required by the form.

  • Step 3: Submit the duly filled form to the executive at the centre, and also provide your Aadhaar details.

  • Step 4:Then, provide your biometric data. Here, you can either give your fingerprints’ scans or your iris scans for authentication.

  • Step 5: After the details are verified and authenticated, your data is updated or recorded, as the case may be.

The Aadhaar enrolment centre executive will lock and update your data in the UIDAI’s database. You need to pay a nominal fee of Rs. 50 for the biometric update in Aadhaar.

Significance of Biometric Data of an Individual

  • The Aadhaar program, launched in India in 2009, sought to issue a unique identification number for each individual in the country. This unique number is the 12-digit Aadhaar number, which can be biometrically verified.

  • The biometric data that an individual gives at the time of Aadhaar biometric update or enrollment is very crucial. The Aadhaar number is not issued right away, after collecting biometric details. The data collected is cross-verified and compared with the existing details in the database.

  • This is done to ensure that there is no matching set of data already recorded. Only when it has been verified that the biometric details submitted are unique is the Aadhaar issued or updated. This ensures that there is no duplication in the Aadhaar numbers, since fingerprints and iris scans are unique for each individual.

Aadhaar Biometric Data

Whether it is the initial recording of biometric data or any subsequent Aadhaar biometric update, three sets of biometric data are recorded, as follows.

  • The cardholder’s photograph

  • The fingerprints of all 10 fingers

  • An iris scan of both eyes

At the time of biometric update in Aadhaar, these details must be provided by the individual.

How to Submit Aadhaar Biometric Data?

It is important to understand how to submit your biometric data when you go in for an Aadhaar biometric update. Here is a closer look at what you need to do.

  • Provide your demographic details.

  • Have your photograph taken.

  • Provide the fingerprints of all 10 fingers.

  • Have the irises of both eyes scanned.

Aadhaar Biometric for Children

  • The Aadhaar card is not issued only for individuals above the age of 18. Even children and newborns have this identity card.

  • Children below the age of 5 are issued a Baal Aadhaar, which does not include their biometric details. Instead, the parent’s details are recorded. It is only when a child attains the age of 5 that their biometric data is recorded.

  • Thereafter, when the child attains 15 years of age, the Aadhaar biometric update has to be performed once again. The procedure to be followed for the update is the same for adults and children.

Fees and Charges for Aadhaar Biometric Update

  • If you wish to perform an Aadhaar card biometric update, you need to pay the fees and charges applicable for the procedure.

  • In case of biometric updates for adults, the fee is Rs. 50, inclusive of GST. This is applicable each time you wish to update your biometric details.

  • For children, the Aadhaar biometric update that is done at the age of 5, for the first time, is free of charge. Similarly, the first Aadhaar card biometric update done after the child attains 15 years of age is also free.

  • However, any subsequent biometric updates for the child will cost Rs. 50.

FAQs on Aadhaar Biometric Update

  • ✔️What documents are required for biometric update in Aadhaar?

    You only need to fill in and submit the Aadhaar update form at the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre.

  • ✔️How can I update my Aadhaar card biometrics after 5 years?

    You can visit an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre near you to update your Aadhaar card biometrics.

  • ✔️Can we update biometric details in Aadhaar online?

    No. For security purposes, biometric updates in Aadhaar can only be performed offline, in Aadhaar Enrolment Centres.

  • ✔️Do we get a new Aadhaar card after the biometric update?

     No. You do not get a new Aadhaar card after the biometric update has been done.

  • ✔️How many times can we change biometric details in an Aadhaar card?

    There is no limit on the number of times the Aadhaar biometric update can be carried out.