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Procedures To Retrieve The Lost Aadhar Card

The Indian nationals are entitled to obtain the 12 digit number which is their Unique Identity and issued by the government of India. This card is known as the Aadhaar card and contains the demographic information of the recipient as well as his biometric data.  The Unique Identification Authority of India collects relevant information from the Indian residents on the order of the Indian government. Adhaar card is the world’s most sophisticated system of biometric identification. The Adhaar card takes account of your biometrics like fingerprint scan as well as Iris scan. It also takes your demographic informations like your home address, and date of birth. The whole jurisdiction of Adhaar Card related issue comes under the IT ministry of India. Adhaar card can be used as the identity proof or address proof but, it is not proof of Indian citizenship.  Adhaar card is also not valid document identification for the Indians going to Bhutan and Nepal.

Despite the fact that it is not mandatory to link the mobile phone number and bank account with Adhaar as per the order of the Indian Supreme court, still, the Adhaar identification proof is required for applying for the Pan card or making an application to open a bank account as well as filing the income tax files. There are many instances where people lose their Adhaar Card and face inconveniences to execute various procedures related to financial activities. Therefore one must know to handle the situations if he/she has lost Adhaar card.

So, what to do if Aadhaar card is lost or if you happen to forget your Adhaar number or enrollment ID? In that case, UIDAI gives you an opportunity for downloading a similar copy of your Adhaar. The steps to get the copy of your Adhaar in case you have lost it are listed below:

  • Visit the official website of UIDAI.
  • Go to the online services options on the website where you will be given an option by UIDAI for downloading another duplicate copy of your Aadhaar.
  • Then you’ve to choose the ‘Retrieve Lost UID/EID’ button which will guide you to the next crucial step.
  • You then have to input your credentials such as mobile phone number, name and email id. This is a very important step and it’s mandatory also.
  • Then you have to specify whether you decide for retrieving your Enrollment Number (EID) or your Aadhar Number (UID).
  • You’ve to click on the ‘Send OTP’. You have to keep in mind that you need to input a valid phone number and a registered email id to get the OTP as SMS on your mobile number.
  • As soon as you receive an OTP you have to enter it to the field and verify it. Keep in mind not to share your OTP with anyone else.
  • As you enter the OTP, you’ll receive your Aadhaar number. You can then use that Aadhaar Number or Enrollment Number for downloading the electronic version of your Aadhaar Card.