Sunday 27 October 2013

Your Aadhaar card hasn’t reached you yet? Download e-Aadhaar

Around four years ago, the Indian government had announced the implementation of a unique identification number or Aadhaar card (something like the social security number in the US) for every citizen. Soon, registering and obtaining the Aadhaar card was on the agenda of almost every well-informed citizen. In fact, the government’s decision to make it a mandatory document in government schemes, banks, schools and so on had fuelled the urgency to obtain it quickly. The card still isn't mandatory, though, at least for now. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency responsible for implementing the Aadhaar card, has several enrollment centres across the country, and the procedure is hassled with long queues to acquire the form. Along with the form, the resident will be assigned a specific day for enrolling. This day can be within the next week or even months away. You then have to go and submit the Aadhaar application form along with other required security checks.

To avoid all the hassle and with a view to make it convenient for residents, UIDAI has been improvising on its methods and has now gone all online for select states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. This means you can book an appointment for enrolling for Aadhaar online. This is a trial-based facility and may extend to other parts of the nation in the near future. Once the online appointment is fixed, an appointment slip will be generated with a token number and other details of the schedule. In case you cannot make it on the day of the appointment for whatsoever reason, UIDAI has also provided the facility to re-schedule or cancel the appointment that has been made previously. You can book an appointment by filling this form from here, and re-schedule or cancel it here.

It is mandatory to undergo the usual process of getting your photograph clicked through the webcam, fingers scanned and fill in all the essential details. Many who have done all of this and haven't yet received their Aadhaar card can simply download it online, provided they've managed to keep the acknowledgement receipt given at the enrollment centre safely. Moreover, the printed copy can be directly used as the "official card" without the need for any authoritative signature.

To download the e-Aaadhar, you need to go to the e-Aadhaar page and feed in your details, such as the EID number, date and time, along with Resident Name and your area pincode. It will then take you through a process, verifying your mobile number, and the last four digits of the mobile number will be displayed. If they are correct, click on "Yes", otherwise click "No". You will then be given a one-time password (OTP). It is also possible to change your mobile number in case it is incorrect. In the next field, you have to key in the password and obtain the link to download the electronic version of your Aadhaar card.


Before you start with the procedure to download the e-Aadhar, there are some important points to be noted. Firstly, the e-Aadhaar card that you download is password protected. The file will ask for a password and you can key in your area pin code to access it.

  • If you see the “validity unknown” icon on the e-Aadhaar, follow the below mentioned procedure:
  • Right click on the “validity unknown” icon and then click on “Validate Signature”
  • You will now see a signature validation status window, click on “Signature Properties”
  • Under Signature Properties, click on “Show Certificate”
  • Verify that there is a certification path named “CCA India 2011”. This means CCA India is identified as the owner of the digital signature that has been used when signing the document
  • Mark the certification path named “CCA India 2011", then click the “Trust” tab followed by “Add to Trusted Identities”
  • Answer “Ok” to any security question that follows
  • Check (v) the field for “Use this certificate as a trusted root” and click “OK” twice to close this and the next window
  • Click “Validate Signature'” to execute the validation
  • Also, once “CCA India 2011” is identified as a Trusted Identity, any subsequent documents with digital signatures from CCA will be validated automatically when opened

Users can also contact UIDAI by writing to them at or via the toll free contact number 1-800-180-1947.

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