VID can also be generated by sending an SMS to the Aadhaar helpline number 1947. Resident will have to type “GVID Last 4 digits of Aadhaar Number” and send it to 1947 through the registered Mobile NumberVID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number.

The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India)- has managed to implement and introduce better authentication process for virtual identity systems. The new introduction has been made by the authority with an aim to offer citizens with much improved security and protection for their Digital Data available. Under the new regulations the authorities have restricted the access to the virtual data system with aim to breach the security measures.

What is an Aadhaar Virtual ID?

The Aadhaar Virtual ID consists of 16-digit random numbers that is mapped to an individual’s Aadhaar card at the back end. An Aadhaar card holder using the virtual ID need not submit his Aadhaar number every time for verification purpose, instead he can generate a Virtual ID and use it for various verification purposes like mobile number, bank and other financial documents.

VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. To strengthen privacy and security of Aadhaar number holders, UIDAI hereby lays down the layer of Virtual ID for an Aadhaar holder to use it in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number to avoid the need of sharing of the Aadhaar number at the time of authentication. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.

Residents are currently required to share Aadhaar number to authenticate their identity to avail various services. With the introduction of Virtual ID, a fungible number mapped to Aadhaar number, Aadhaar number holders will have an option not to share their Aadhaar number to further improve privacy. Virtual IDs allow Aadhaar number holders to share VID instead of their Aadhaar number by various agencies

Aadhaar Virtual ID

Aadhaar Virtual ID is a temporary number created by the UIDAI system. It consists of 16 digits numerical code that is recorded to the back-end of individual’s aadhaar card. This can be generated anytime by the Aadhaar Card holder to authenticate KYC.

Generate / Retrieve Virtual ID

VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. VID can be used in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or e-KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.

Create or retrieve lost / forgotten a 16 digit Virtual ID for your Aadhaar.

For example,  “Dear {Name}, {3242 XXXX XXXX 4367} is the Virtual ID for your Aadhaar number: 12XX XXXX XX16, generated at 07-06-2018:12:58:21

Features of VID:

  1. VID will be a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.
  2. Last digit of the VID is the checksum using Verhoeff algorithm as in Aadhaar number.
  3. There will be only one active and valid VID for an Aadhaar number at any given time.
  4. Aadhaar number holder can use VID in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number.
  5. VID, by design being temporary, cannot be used by agencies for de-duplication.
  6. VID is revocable and can be replaced by a new one by Aadhaar number holder after the minimum validity period set by UIDAI policy.
  7. No entities like AUA/KUA can generate VID on behalf of Aadhaar number holder.

How to Generate Virtual ID

  • Aadhaar virtual ID can be generated by the aadhaar user anytime through online process. Users need to visit the official Aadhaar website The Home page will be opened.
  • On the Home page, user must find the option ‘Virtual ID (VID) Generator’ from the ‘Aadhaar Services’ option list. By clicking on this option, the user will be redirected to the VID generator page.
  • On the next page,, the user will get two empty text boxes given. First one is for the Aadhaar Number and the second one is for the security verification code. The user has to provide their aadhaar number in the first box and then the given security code in the next.
  • After filling up the mandatory fields, the system will send an OTP to the registered mobile number of the user. The OTP will have to be entered afterwards as per instruction.
  • On the second part of the VID generation page, the received OTP must be entered in the text box given. Along with that select the option whether to generate/retrieve VID. Finally users must click on the submit button to generate the VID.
  • After submitting the form, the virtual ID will be generated. It will be shown on the screen. The created ID will be messaged to the users’ registered mobile number.

Generating VID through Mobile App

  • Aadhaar Virtual IDs can be generated through the mobile App as well. UIDAI has introduced mAadhaar App, available on Android platform, for aadhaar services. The users have to download the App to use it.
  • After installing the app on your device, provide your Aadhaar card 12-digit number to start the App. After providing the number, an OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number. Enter the OTP to proceed.
  • Once you enter the App by providing the OTP, you will be asked to generate a password. This password will be secured codes that will be needed to login to the App every time you open it.
  • After generating the password, log in to the app. Find the option Generate VID from the options and tap on it. It will ask you to enter your password to proceed.
  • After entering the password, you will have to go to the Virtual ID section. There, in the section, type any random 16 numerical digits in the text box given. After doing this, a virtual ID will be generated and sent it to the registered mobile number.

Benefits of Aadhaar Virtual ID

  • Virtual Ids are the replacement of Aadhaar numbers. That means all the agencies that are asking for KYC authentication can have this ID rather than the confidential unique Aadhaar ID.
  • It is temporary. After a point of time the ID gets deactivated. So no one can misuse it or can tamper it to get confidential information of the person. One virtual ID can be created against one Aadhaar number at a time.
  • It is secured as it does not access much of the information of the person. It only accesses basic information and finger print details for authentication of KYC.
  • In earlier times, all the agencies have to save individual’s Aadhaar details in their system for future references. It was a tedious task for the agencies to handle such huge data. But now they do not have to do that. They can use virtual ID for their KYC purposes anytime.

Key Features

  • Each virtual ID has a stipulated time of revoke. Depending on the agency and the service, virtual ID’s expiry time has been set by UIDAI. They are temporary and cannot be active for a long time.
  • From 1st March 2018, the use of Virtual ID will be started. According to the government, from 1st June 2018, using virtual ID for KYC authentication will be mandatory in India for any agency or services.
  • This virtual ID can be created by the aadhaar card holder only. Agencies that authenticate KYC will not be able to generate virtual ID for any user.
  • The UIDAI has started limited KYC system. Under this system, users can provide only that much of information that is required for KYC authentication. Agencies will record only required information for KYC, provided by the user through limited KYC system.

Important Dates

  • The UIDAI had made its first concerns about implementing and improving the security of the virtual system in the month of November 2017.
  • According to the latest updates from the sources and UIDAI, the team of professionals has been working to improve and make the system better since 2016 July.
  • The court shall provide with its statements on Aadhar authentication on January 17th 2018 in a sessions hearing.
  • UIDAI has already notified that it shall be making better technical updates to the entire Aadhar system by March 1st All other agencies that make use of the Aadhar system will be upgraded latest by 1st June 2018.

There are many speculations regarding Aadhaar leaking information in India now. To remove and reduce such confusion created among citizens, the UIDAI has launched the concept of Virtual ID. It was stated by the authority that now it will be easier to link your aadhaar without disclosing any of your important and confidential information.

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