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What is a Masked Aadhaar?

A masked Aadhaar is  an updated version of the regular Aadhaar card. In this, the initial 8 digits of the Aadhaar number are hidden in the form of special characters like ‘XXXX-XXXX-XXXX’ and only the last 4 digits are visible. All the other details like the photograph, QR code, contact details, address details, etc are written in the same manner and the only change is in the Aadhaar number. A masked Aadhaar card is also issued by the UIDAI and therefore can be legally used as identity proof anywhere in the country.

Steps to Download a Masked Aadhaar Card

Wondering, how to download masked Aadhaar card, check out the following ways listed below

Method 1 - Aadhaar Number 

  • Step 1: Open the official website of UIDAI on your device

  • Step 2: Tap on the option ‘Download Aadhaar’ visible under the ‘My Aadhaar’ section

  • Step 3: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, name, and address details

  • Step 4: You will be redirected to a page where you will get an option to download your masked Aadhaar card

  • Step 5: Next, you must click on ‘Send OTP’ and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number

  • Step 6: The masked Aadhaar will be downloaded in PDF format automatically

Method 2 - Enrolment Number

  • Step 1: Go to the official website of UIDAI

  • Step 2: Tap on the option ‘Download Aadhaar’ visible under the ‘My Aadhaar’ section

  • Step 3: Enter your 28-digit enrolment number, name, and address details.

  • Step 4: You will be redirected to a page where you will get an option to download your masked Aadhaar card

  • Step 5: Next, you must click the ‘Send OTP’ and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number

  • Step 6: The masked Aadhaar will be downloaded in PDF format automatically

Method 3 - Virtual ID

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UIDAI.

  • Step 2: Tap on the option ‘Download Aadhaar’ visible under the ‘My Aadhaar’ section.

  • Step 3: Click on the box ‘I want a masked Aadhaar’.

  • Step 4: Enter your 16-digit virtual ID number, name, and address details.

  • Step 5: You will be redirected to a page where you will get an option to download a masked Aadhaar card.

  • Step 6: Next, you must click the ‘Send OTP’ and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number.

  • Step 7: The masked Aadhaar PDF will be downloaded automatically.

The citizens can also download masked Aadhaar cards via mAadhaar App as well. Follow these quick and simple steps and get a masked Aadhaar card on your device in minutes -

 

  • Step 1: Install mAadhaar App on your device via PlayStore

  • Step 2: Under the ‘Services’ section, click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option

  • Step 3: Click on the box ‘I want a masked Aadhaar’ option

  • Step 4: Select Aadhaar card number, enrolment number or virtual ID as Aadhaar download method

  • Step 5: Enter the information as per your selection and  Captcha Code mentioned on the screen

  • Step 6: Click on the ‘Send OTP’ option.  

  • Step 7: Upon verification of the OTP, the masked Aadhaar card will be downloaded on your mobile

Why should you opt for Masked Aadhaar

Aadhaar card is one of the most important documents used for various documentation and verification purposes. There are a variety of reasons why one should opt for masked Aadhaar cards - 

 

  • Masked Aadhaar card is a convenient option in comparison to a photocopy.

  • Masked Aadhaar card is equally valid and holds the same value as regular Aadhaar cards, as they are digitally signed by the UIDAI.

  • Masked Aadhaar card is a password-protected electronic copy which can be easily carried.

  • Masked Aadhaar card eliminates the possibility of personal information getting misused for fraudulent activities.

  • Using a masked Aadhaar card in public places as identity proof will ensure the confidentiality of other relevant information.

  • Masked Aadhaar card can be used for e-KYC as well, where 12-digits of Aadhaar card are not mandatory.

How to Set Password for Masked Aadhaar?

The password-protected electronic copy of the masked Aadhaar card comes with a default password set by the UIDAI. The password is a combination of the initial 4 letters of your name in CAPITAL and your birth year. So when an individual downloads a masked Aadhaar card, the PDF comes with the UIDAI set default password.  UIDAI does not offer the facility to change or reset the password of the masked Aadhaar card to the citizens.

Where will your Masked Aadhaar Card be Accepted

The only difference between a regular Aadhaar card and a masked Aadhaar card is that in a masked Aadhaar card only the last 4-digits of your Aadhaar number are visible. All the other details are the same, however, the individuals must keep in mind that a masked Aadhaar card cannot be used to avail of the benefits of government schemes and scholarships. For such purposes, a regular Aadhaar card is mandatorily required.

Apart from that, a masked Aadhaar card can be used as identification proof.

FAQs on Masked Aadhaar Card

  • ✔️ What is the purpose of using masked Aadhaar cards?

    The Aadhaar card is one of the most important legal documents which is used in the documentation of almost every procedure. A lot of information is linked to a person’s Aadhaar card, which can be easily misused. UIDAI, therefore, launched masked Aadhaar cards which are similar to regular Aadhaar cards but have a simple yet crucial difference. The 12-digit Aadhaar number is not completely visible, only the last 4-digits of the Aadhaar card number are visible.

  • ✔️Is masked Aadhaar valid for KYC?

    Yes, a masked Aadhaar card can be used for KYC where the full Aadhaar number is not required. In places where the full Aadhaar number is required, a regular Aadhaar card is mandatorily required.

  • ✔️ Is masked Aadhaar valid for a passport?

    Yes, a masked Aadhaar card can be used for a passport where the full Aadhaar number is not required, however, in places where the full Aadhaar number is required, a regular Aadhaar card is a must.

  • ✔️ How can I get an Aadhaar mask without a mobile number?

    You can not get your masked Aadhaar card downloaded without your registered mobile number. You can get the regular Aadhaar card delivered to your registered address in 2 weeks.

  • ✔️Can I download masked Aadhaar without OTP?

    No, you can not download your masked Aadhaar card without OTP. To download the e-Aadhaar PDF, you need to enter the OTP sent to the registered mobile number by UIDAI.