How To Download Aadhar Card? in English

How to download Aadhar card?

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An Aadhaar card may be simply obtained using your Aadhar number, enrollment ID, virtual ID, and other information. In this tutorial, you may also learn how to download Aadhaar using DigiLocker and the mAadhaar app.

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Aadhaar is required for an Indian resident to be eligible for certain government welfare benefits provided by the Government of India. An individual can use the paper as proof of address and identification. The Unique Identifying Authority of India issues Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number (UIDAI). After enrolling for an Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar Centre or a bank/post office, an individual can download and print UIDAI Aadhaar by using the enrollment ID, virtual ID, or Aadhaar number supplied by the UIDAI. Once a number is provided, he or she can follow the processes outlined below to get an Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar Card Download by Aadhaar Number

If you wish to download and print an e-Aadhaar card online, follow the procedures below:

Step 1: Visit the Aadhaar official website or click on ‘Download Aadhaar’ option from My Aadhaar option or visit the link

Step 2: Select the “Aadhaar Number” option

Step 3: Now, enter the 12-digit Aadhaar Number, Security Code and click on  “Send OTP” option to get the one time password on your registered mobile number

Step 4: Select the ‘masked Aadhaar’ option if you want to download Masked Aadhaar.

Step 5: Enter the OTP received and click on “Verify And Download”.

Step 6: Upon successful verification, you will find a password-protected PDF of the Aadhaar card in your Downloads folder. To open the file, you need to enter an 8 character password. The password will be a combination of the first 4 letters of your name (as in Aadhaar) in capital letters and year of birth in YYYY format.

Steps to Download e-Aadhaar Card by Virtual ID (VID)

The latest feature to UIDAI’s Aadhaar download page is the ability to get Aadhaar numbers using the Virtual ID. Follow the procedures below to get your Aadhaar card for free by utilising a virtual ID online:

Step 1: Visit UIDAI’s online portal
Step 2: Click “Download Aadhaar” listed under “My Aadhaar”
Step 3: Select the VID option 
Step 4: Enter your virtual ID, security code and click on “Send OTP” to generate OTP
Step 5: e-Aadhaar will be downloaded to your system
Step 6: You can access it by entering the Aadhaar card password. It is 8 digit password to open the PDF file – first four letters of your name in CAPITALS and “Year of Birth”

e-Aadhaar Card Download by Using Enrolment Number (EID)

If you have not yet received your Aadhaar card or if you have forgotten your Aadhaar number, you can still download the updated Aadhaar card by entering your Aadhaar Enrolment Number (EID). To obtain an e-Aadhaar card by enrollment number, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Click “Download Aadhaar” option. You will be redirected to

Step 3: Enter your 28-digit enrolment ID, Security Code and click on “Send OTP” to generate an OTP.

Step 4: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number and click on “Verify And Download”.

Step 5: Now you can download an electronic copy of your Aadhaar Card.

Steps for e Aadhaar Card Download by Name and Date of Birth

If you have forgotten your Aadhaar number or EID, you may still get e Aadhaar by providing your name and date of birth. To obtain an Aadhaar card, follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit Aadhaar website

Step 2: Enter your full name and either your registered e-mail ID or mobile number and the security code

Step 3: Click the “Send OTP” button

Step 4: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number and click on the “Verify OTP” button

Step 5: A message will appear on the screen informing the Aadhaar number is sent to your registered mobile number

Step 6: On Getting your Aadhaar enrolment number on your mobile, visit the e-Aadhaar page on the official UIDAI website

Step 7: Enter your 28-digit enrolment ID, Security Code and click on “Send OTP”

Step 8: Enter the OTP that you receive on your registered mobile number and click on “Verify And Download” to download Aadhaar

How to Download e Aadhaar from DigiLocker Account

DigiLocker has partnered with the UIDAI to make it available to cardholders who link their DigiLocker account to their Aadhaar. DigiLocker is a cloud-based platform for the issue, storage, distribution, and verification of digital documents and certifications, allowing selected registered organisations to give electronic or e-copies into citizens’ ‘digital lockers.’ To download Aadhaar from your DigiLocker account, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Login to your DigiLocker account

Step 2: Click on “Sign In” button and enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number

Step 3: Click on ‘Verify’ to get ‘OTP’

Step 4: Enter the OTP received on your mobile number

Step 5: Click ‘Verify OTP’

Step 6: ‘Issued Document’ page appears. Download ‘e-Aadhaar’ using ‘Save’ icon

How to Download Masked Aadhaar

Masked Aadhaar cards are the same as ordinary Aadhaar cards. The only difference between the two types is that your Aadhaar number is partially obscured, with only the last four digits visible. Its purpose is to keep your Aadhaar number from being leaked to others. Your disguised Aadhaar card has the same validity as your ordinary e-Aadhaar card. To obtain an updated Aadhaar card in masked format, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Click on the link

Step 2: Select Aadhaar Number, VID or Enrolment Number and enter details depending on the option that you choose (Aadhaar Number, Enrollment ID or Virtual ID)

Step 3: Enter the Security Code and click on “Send OTP”

Step 4: Select the ‘Masked Aadhaar’ option

Step 5: Enter the OTP and click on “Verify And Download” to download the masked Aadhaar card

Get Aadhaar Card without Registered Mobile Number

You cannot obtain your Aadhaar online unless you have a registered mobile number. You may obtain Aadhaar without a cellphone number by following the procedures outlined below.

Step 1: Visit the nearest Aadhaar centre with your Aadhaar number

Step 2: Provide the required bio-metric details verification like thumb verification, retina scan, etc.

Step 3: Also carry other identity proof like a PAN and identity card

Step 4: The person concerned at the centre will give a printout of the Aadhaar. A normal paper form will charge Rs 50, while the PVC version will cost Rs 100.

Steps to Download e-Aadhaar through Umang App

For downloading Aadhaar through Umang applicants need to follow the simple process mentioned below::

Step 1: Download and open the Umang App

Step 2: Click “Aadhaar Card” under all services tab

Step 3: Click “View Aadhaar Card From DigiLocker”

Step 4: Login with your DigiLocker Account or Aadhaar number

Step 5: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number

Step 6: Click “Verify OTP”

Step 7: Now you can download electronic copy of  your Aadhaar by clicking on download icon

How to Know Your Aadhaar Number on Mobile

If you wish to receive your Aadhaar on mobile, you must follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Visit the official website of UIDAI

Step 2: Select what you want to retrieve – Enrolment ID or Aadhaar Number

Step 3: Enter your registered mobile number or email ID and mention the security code

Step 4: Now click the “Send OTP” tab to process further

Step 5: You will receive the 6-digit OTP on your registered number

Step 6: Enter the “OTP” and click the “Submit” button

Step 7: You will receive the Aadhaar number on your registered mobile number as a text message

How to Take e-Aadhaar Card Print after Download

To open your e-Aadhaar letter, you must enter the 8-digit password. The password is made up of the first four letters of your name and the year you were born. You may print your Aadhaar card online after downloading it in pdf format from the UIDAI website. Online status checks and Aadhaar card downloads are available.

Moreover, UIDAI has now authorized CSC Aadhaar Print as one of the options for printing Aadhaar Card at prescribed fees.

Points to Remember

If your cellphone number is not registered with UIDAI, you will be unable to download Aadhaar.

Before permitting Aadhaar pdf download, UIDAI sends an OTP to the registered cellphone number for authentication.

You cannot download Aadhaar card without OTP.

You are free to download e-Aadhaar as many times as you like.

The downloaded e-Aadhaar card may be used in lieu of your original Aadhaar card in all places.

After downloading the online Aadhaar, enter the password to print the Aadhaar card.

UIDAI allows applicants to download updated Aadhaar cards online by using various biometric devices that capture biometric data, such as Aadhaar card download by fingerprint software for pc, Aadhaar Card download by face, and so on, to replace the need for physical ID and to ensure the security of the applicants’ data.

Aadhaar Card Download Procedure Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I get Aadhaar even if my cellphone number is not registered with UIDAI?

Ans. No, you cannot download your Aadhaar if your cellphone number is not registered with UIDAI.

Q. What exactly is a masked Aadhaar card?

Ans. This is the most recent option for citizens to hide their Aadhaar cards in downloaded e-Aadhaar, in which the first eight digits are substituted by characters such as ‘XXXX-XXXX’ and just the final four digits of the Aadhaar number are displayed.

Q. Can I get my e-Aadhaar by utilising my Enrolment ID and Virtual ID?

Ans. If you have misplaced your Aadhaar number, you can obtain your e-Aadhaar by using your Enrolment ID and Virtual ID.

Q. What is the UIDAI’s official website for downloading an Aadhaar card?

Ans. To download Aadhaar pdf, go to UIDAI’s official website,

Q. Is the Umang App for downloading Aadhaar Cards compatible with both iOS and Android devices?

Ans. Yes, the Umang APP for downloading Aadhaar Cards is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.

Q. Are the Aadhaar Card and e-Aadhaar the same thing?

Ans. Yes, both the Aadhaar Card and the e-Aadhaar are valid. UIDAI sends Aadhaar Cards to applicants by post, whereas e-Aadhaar applicants must download it from UIDAI’s website.

Q. How long will my downloaded Aadhaar Card be valid?

Ans. Once the UID (Aadhaar Card) is downloaded, it is valid for life.

Q. After downloading my E-Aadhaar Card, how can I print it?

Ans. After downloading your Aadhaar Card, enter the 8-digit password to print it.

Q. What exactly is the “Order Aadhaar PVC Card” service?

Ans. The UIDAI’s “Order Aadhaar PVC Card” service allows users to pay a minimal fee to obtain a PVC Aadhaar Card online if their Aadhaar card is misplaced or lost. This service is also available to candidates who have not registered their mobile numbers using the Non-Registered/Alternate Mobile Number option.

Q. How much does it cost to “Order Aadhaar PVC Card”?

An applicant must pay Rs. 50/- (including of GST and speed post expenses) to “Order Aadhaar PVC Card.”

Q. How can citizens go about requesting a “Order Aadhaar PVC Card”?

Ans. You may request a “Order Aadhaar PVC Card” on the UIDAI’s official website using your Aadhaar Number (UID), Verification Identification Number (VID), or Enrollment ID. This service is accessible for both registered mobile numbers (where OTP/TOTP will be sent) and non-registered or alternative mobile numbers (where OTP will be sent on non-registered or alternate mobile number).

Q. How can I submit a request using a registered mobile phone number?

Ans. The request may be made using a Registered Mobile Number by inputting the 16-digit VID or 12-digit UID on the UIDAI’s official website. After selecting ‘Request OTP,’ an OTP will be issued to the registered cellphone number, and the Aadhaar data will show on the screen.

Q. Can we make an Order Aadhaar PVC Card request from a different address?

No, it does not. The Aadhaar PVC card will be mailed to the address on the card. There is no option to have the card sent to an address other than the one specified on the Aadhaar card.

Q. How long would it take to acquire an Aadhaar PVC Card after submitting a valid request?

An applicant may expect to obtain their PVC Card within 5 working days (excluding the date of request).

Q. Where can I get the m-Aadhaar App?

Ans. The m-Aadhaar app is available for free download from the Google Play store.

Q. Can I download my Aadhaar letter online once it has been updated?

Ans. Yes, after your request for an update has been authorised, you may download your Aadhaar letter online by clicking ‘Download Aadhaar’ on the UIDAI’s official website.

Q. Is the validity of the online downloaded Aadhaar letter the same as that of the original?

Ans. Yes, the Aadhaar (e-Aadhaar) letter obtained online has the same validity as the original.

Q. What software is required to open an e-Aadhaar?

Ans. ‘Adobe Reader’ is the required programme to open an Aadhaar pdf.

Q. Is e-Aadhaar as valid as a paper copy of Aadhaar?

Ans. Yes, e-Aadhaar is valid in the same way as a physical copy of Aadhaar is.

— By Gaurav Joshi

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