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What is the Udyog Aadhaar?

The Udyog Aadhaar is a 12-digit number that is used to register and identify Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India. This Unique Identification Number (UIN) is provided by the Ministry of MSMEs. This is particularly useful for sole proprietors who do not have any official identification tool. The Udyog Aadhaar can help owners of these small and micro businesses get the official recognition they need to cement and grow their trade.

When was the Udyog Aadhaar Scheme Launched in India

The Udyog Aadhaar scheme was launched in India in September 2015. As of October 2021, there are over 55 lakh Udyog Aadhaar registrations in India.[1] This number only continues to grow as an increasing number of entrepreneurs register on the portal.

Udyog Aadhaar Eligibility

Not all businesses are eligible for Udyog Aadhar. This scheme is specifically for businesses that are categorized as Micro, Small or Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). A business can be classified as a micro, small or medium enterprise based on its investment and turnover, as follows.

Enterprise category

Investment limit

Turnover limit


Up to Rs. 1 Crore

Up to Rs. 5 Crores


More than Rs. 1 Crore, up to Rs. 10 Crores

More than Rs. 5 Crores, up to Rs. 50 Crores


More than Rs. 10 Crores, up to Rs. 50 Crores

More than Rs. 50 Crores, up to Rs. 250 Crores

Udyog Aadhaar Registration Process

Registering for the Udyog Aadhar card can be done free of charge. If you wish to register for the Udyog Aadhaar scheme, you can do it in any of the following ways.

  • Online registration using your Aadhaar number

  • Offline registration without using your Aadhaar number


Let’s take a closer look at the steps involved in the registration process through both these options.

Online Registration Using your Aadhaar Number

If you already have an Aadhaar number, you can go ahead with your Udyog Aadhar registration online using the following steps.

  • Step 1: Head to udyogaadhaar.gov.in and locate the section for Udyog Aadhaar registration.
  • Step 2: Enter your Aadhaar number and name. To apply for an Udyog Aadhar card for a partnership firm, the partner making the application should enter their Aadhaar number.
  • Step 3: You’ll find a button labeled ‘Validate & Generate OTP.’ Click on it and enter the OTP you receive on the mobile number linked with the Aadhaar number.
  • Step 4: Next, you will have to fill out the Udyog Aadhaar form with the following details.
  1. Your Aadhaar number

  2. The name of the business owner

  3. The social category of the applicant along with the required caste certificate in case the applicant belongs to the SC, ST or OBC category

  4. The gender of the applicant

  5. The name of the business enterprise

  6. The type of business organisation

  7. The PAN of the applicant

  8. The location of the business plant, if any

  9. The complete official business address

  10. The date of commencement of the business

  11. The details of any previous MSME or SSI registrations made for the business

  12. The business’s bank account details

  13. The major activity of the business

  14. The National Industry Classification Code (NIC Code) applicable to the activities of the business

  15. The number of people employed in the business

  16. The location of the DIC according to the location of the business

  • Step 5: Once you have filled out the form, click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  • Step 6: You will receive an OTP on the number linked with the Aadhar used.
  • Step 7: Enter that OTP and the captcha code generated on the screen, and click on the ‘Submit’ button to complete the Udyog registration online.
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Offline Registration Without Using your Aadhaar Number

If you do not have an Aadhaar number, you can still go ahead with your Aadhar Udyog registration in the following manner.

  • Step 1: Apply for an Aadhaar card if you are eligible for the same as per section 3 of the Aadhaar Act.
  • Step 2: Till you receive the Aadhaar card, your application for Udyog Aadhaar will be made by the District Industry Center (DIC) or MSME-DI. So, you need to submit the relevant documents to the DIC or MSME-DI applicable to you.
  1. Aadhaar enrollment ID slip or a copy of the request you made for the Aadhaar enrollment

  2. Any valid address proof like voter ID card, driving license, passport, or bank passbook with photograph

  • Step 3: Fill out the Udyog Aadhar Mandate (UAM), which is a physical registration form. Once this is done, submit it to the concerned DIC or MSME-DI.

What are the Documents Required for Udyog Aadhaar Registration?

The steps explained above already give you a clear idea of the details and documents needed. Nevertheless, it always helps to have a consolidated list of the paperwork required, so you can be better prepared. Here is what you need for the Aadhar Udyog registration.

  • Your Aadhaar card or your Aadhaar enrollment slip

  • Your bank passbook with your photograph

  • Passport

  • Voter ID

  • PAN card

  • Driving license

  • Caste certificate in case of applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC category

Updating your Udyog Aadhaar

In case you need to update or edit your Udyog Aadhaar, the process involved is fairly straightforward. Here is what you need to do.

  • Step 1: Visit udyogaadhaar.gov.in and head to the Udyami login section.
  • Step 2: Enter your 12-digit UAM number, the captcha and the OTP that you will receive on your registered mobile number or email ID.
  • Step 3: You can then log in and update the details or make any changes to your Udyog Aadhaar as needed.

Benefits of Udyog Aadhaar Registration

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) stand to benefit in many ways through a Udyog Aadhar registration. Here are some of the many benefits of the Udyog Aadhaar.

  • MSMEs with an Udyog Aadhaar number can enjoy exclusive government subsidies.

  • It gives MSMEs access to loans at subsidized interest rates

  • MSMEs with an Udyog Aadhaar registration also have access to financial funding for participating in foreign expos.

  • It allows MSMEs to avail loans without any collateral.

  • There is a 50% grant in case of patent registrations.

  • Interest rates for registered entities are lower.

  • The ISO certification charges are reimbursed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I apply for the Udyog Aadhaar without an Aadhaar number?

 Yes, you can. However, you need to apply for your Aadhaar card and use your Aadhaar enrollment ID slip for the Udyog registration.

Can I register for the Udyog Aadhaar online?

 Yes, you can register for the Udyog Aadhaar scheme on www.udyogaadhaar.gov.in

In what language is the Udyog Aadhaar registration process carried out?

 The registration process is currently carried out in English. It may soon be available in Hindi too.

Do I need to provide a caste certificate for my Udyog Aadhaar registration?

 Yes, you need to submit your caste certificate if you belong to the SC/ST/OBC categories.  

On what number will I receive the OTP for Udyog Aadhaar registration?

 You will receive the OTP on the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar card.  

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