How to Apply for Aadhaar Card?

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues a 12 digits unique identification number known as Aadhaar number for every Indian citizen on behalf of the government of India. All individuals can enroll for an Aadhaar card as it serves purpose of an address proof and that of an identification proof.

Children, as well as adults, who are eligible to apply for an aadhaar card, can apply for one however; the process can be a little lengthy. The primary thing that should be kept in mind is that the registration of aadhaar card is completely voluntary and even if you have not gotten yourself registered, you can still avail of all the privileges that you are eligible for. Secondly, in order to issue the aadhaar card, the individuals need to visit the enrollment center and submit all the required documents and biometric documents.

Nowadays, people can also apply for an aadhaar card online in a simple and hassle-free way. Once the individual completes the application process then they can get the printout of their aadhaar card online. To download the aadhaar card one just need to enter the aadhaar number or enrollment number.

How to Apply for Aadhaar Card:-

The initial step to apply for a new aadhaar card includes keeping all the necessary documents handy. The applicant will need to book an appointment and visit the enrollment center. You can also apply for an online aadhaar card, known as an e-aadhaar card, by visiting the official website of UIDAI.

  • The first step for aadhaar card application is to search for an enrollment center nearby.
  • After finding the enrollment center the person can book an appointment online.

It is important to be present in the center on the appointed day. The things that are required to be done over there are:-

  • The first and foremost thing that is required to be done is to fill the enrollment form. The person can also fill the form online as it is available online too.
  •  After filling the form completely you will need to submit it along with an identity proof and an address proof.
  • Once you are done with the submission of documents and they are approved, you will need to provide biometric data too. The biometric data includes your fingerprint impression and iris scan.
  • Further, for the records, they will also take a photograph of you.
  • After providing all the details, you just need to collect the acknowledgment slip of your enrollment. The acknowledgment slip will have your 14 digit enrollment number which will assist you to check the status of your application from time to time.

Nowadays, you can also download the aadhaar card online in a very simple and hassle-free process. In order to apply aadhaar card online all, you need to have is a computer and an internet connection. The applicant can easily download the aadhaar card by entering the enrollment number or aadhaar number.

e-Aadhaar Card Downloading Steps:

  1. Go to the e-aadhaar website.
  2. Choose the aadhaar number or enrollment ID.
  3. Enter your enrollment ID or aadhaar number along with the other details like name, phone number, pin code, etc.
  4. Once you are done with filling all the details click on OTP(One Time Password).
  5. Enter the OTP code sent to your mobile number and click on ‘validate’ and download option.
  6. Your online aadhaar card will be downloaded on your computer.

In some of the states, districts of states and union territory of India the enrollment of aadhaar card is issued by Registrar General of India. These places are:

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Odisha
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • West Bengal
  • Lakshadweep
  • Dadar and Nagar Haveli
  • Udupi
  • Gadag
  • Haveri
  • Uttara Kannada
  • Bangalore rural
  • Davangere
  • Kodagu
  • Chikkabalapur

Once you complete the process of new aadhaar card enrollment you can check the status of your aadhaar card process through various methods.

Check Aadhaar Status via Enrollment Number

In order to check your aadhar card status , you can go to the UIDAI website and enter your enrollment number to check whether you have been allotted an Aadhaar number or not. The procedure to check the status of your aadhaar card is extremely simple. Moreover, if you lose your enrollment number then also you can check the aadhaar card status online.

Check  Aadhaar Card Status through SMS

In order to receive the aadhaar number through SMS, all you are required to do is to go to UIDAI website and fill some details like enrollment number, date and time of appointment and the registered phone number. You will receive your aadhaar number via SMS.

Get the e-Aadhaar Letter

Once the submission of biometric data and documents has been made then you will be required to wait for a while before your aadhaar card arrives. Normally, it takes 60 days to 3 months to receive the aadhaar card. In some cases, it may take some more time to receive the card. Nevertheless, in case you want your aadhaar card early then you can simply download the copy of an aadhaar card online which is also known as  e-aadhaar card.

Apart from the e-aadhaar letter, you can also download the aadhaar card by using your aadhaar number. In order to do so, you just need to visit the UIDAI website (Unique Identification Authority of India). As compared to the voter ID card and pan card, the procedure to get the aadhaar card is much easier. While you apply for an aadhaar card online, you receive the slip of acknowledgment along with reference detail. This slip contains the enrollment number and other basic details. You can use either of the two i.e. the UID or EID to retrieve the online aadhaar card.

Steps to Download and Print the Aadhar card

  • Visit the official website of
  • Go to the section ‘Aadhaar online services’ and click ‘Aadhaar enrolment’
  • After that Click on ‘Download Aadhaar’
  • You will be forwarded to
  • Subjected to whether you have the UID or EID, choose the suitable option
  • Enter your Aadhaar number /enrollment number
  • Fill your all personal details, like:
  • Full name
  • Mobile number
  • PIN code
  • Image captcha
  • Click on OTP (One Time Password)
  • The OTP will be sent to your mobile phone in few minutes
  • Enter the one-time password to confirm your request and click download
  • A PDF format of your Aadhaar card will be downloaded
  • You can open your aadhaar card PDF by entering the password and pin code.

Once the PDF format of Aadhaar card is downloaded, you can use the printout copy of it wherever it is required.

Download Aadhaar Card by Enrollment Number 

Here is the process that is required to be followed in order to do so.

  • Go to -
  • Go to the section ‘Aadhaar online services’ and click ‘Aadhaar enrolment’
  • You will be forwarded to the web page of eAaadhaar
  • Enter the time stamp and the 14 digit EID number provided in the acknowledgment slip.
  • Once you are done with this, enter your other details like pin code, name, mobile number and image Captcha to produce one time password.
  • You will receive the OTP in your registered mobile number.
  • Enter the one time password to confirm your request
  • The Aadhaar card will be downloaded automatically to your computer
  • A PDF format of your Aadhaar card will be downloaded
  • You can open your aadhaar card PDF by entering the password and pin code.
  • You can use the printed copy of your aadhaar card as the original document.

In case, you have lost either of the enrolment details or acknowledgment slip then you can retrieve lost EID by referring to UIDAI website. Here is the process that you will be required to follow:

  • Go to the website -
  • Go to the Aadhaar Online Services and choose Retrieve Lost ‘UID/EID’
  • Click on the selection to get your lost EID
  • Enter your details like full name, mobile number or email ID, and security Captcha to receive the one time password.
  • The OTP will be sent to your mobile phone in few minutes
  • Use the one time password to confirm your request
  • After the verification of OTP, you will be delivered with your enrolment details

However, applying for aadhaar card and the aadhaar card downloading process is very simple the applicant might get rejected in some of the cases.

. There can be cases where your aadhaar card enrollment application is rejected. This can be an outcome of you not enrolling yourself earlier or not having a proper documentation. In case you fail to receive your Aadhaar card and your status id shown rejected then you may have to reapply for a new aadhaar card. You can reapply for the Aadhaar card by following the same process for booking appointments and completing the process of registration.

Once you complete the whole process of applying for Aadhaar card and have received it, it is very important to check the details provided in the aadhaar card. This way you can ensure that you have the correct information on record. If you find any differences in the information, you can update the Aadhaar information by using the online service portal.

Written By: PolicyBazaar