How To Download Digital Copy Of Aadhaar Card

The digital Aadhaar is "as valid as the Aadhaar letter receievd by post", according to the UIDAI
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) - the issuer of the 12-digit personal identification number Aadhaar - provides a slew of online facilities for Aadhaar applicants and enrollees. One such service provided by the UIDAI enables those registered under the Aadhaar programme to download a digital copy of their Aadhaar identification card. The digital Aadhaar is "as valid as the Aadhaar letter receievd by post", the UIDAI said on Twitter. The UIDAI manages the biometric ID programme Aadhaar. (Also Read: How To Order An Aadhaar Reprint Online)

Overview of e-Aadhar Card

e-Aadhar is nothing but the electronic version of Aadhar card. The electronic version of your Aadhar is made online by UIDAI for easy and instant access. The electronic copy is password protected and it is also digitally signed by the competent authority of the UIDAI. All the information in your Aadhar Card will be displayed in your e-Aadhar Card.

In today's scenario, every single person carries a smartphone. So its a smarter choice to have e-Aadhar which comes handy. It is easy to carry around with no fear of losing. The cardholder can download the e-Aadhar Card from the UIDAI site. Get a complete outline of what an e-Aadhar is and make the maximum use of it.

What is e-Aadhar Card Download and its Methods?

e-Aadhar Card Download can be done once the Aadhar card is generated. After the enrolment process and only after the verification is over, Aadhar card will be generated. Once the Aadhar card is generated the applicant can download the e-Aadhar even before receiving the physical Aadhar Card. For availing services before obtaining the physical Aadhar card, e-Aadhar Card can be used. e-Aadhar is not an alternative or a substitute of Aadhar, but just same as Aadhar both by functions and information given. Once the Aadhar card is generated, it takes around 90 days for the Aadhar card to reach you. In cases where Aadhar card is needed, e-Aadhar comes in hand. The applicant can check the status of their Aadhar and if the status notifies Aadhar has been generated he/she can download the electronic form of it i.e., e-Aadhar. One can also have or carry the e-Aadhar as proof even after receiving the Aadhar Card.
e-Aadhar can be easily downloaded from UIDAI’s official website in two ways

  1. Using their Enrolment ID (After before receiving the Aadhar Number)
  2. Using their Aadhar Number

How to  Get And Download e-Aadhar Card Via  Using Enrolment ID?

The applicant can download the e-Aadhar once the Aadhar is generated, and before receiving the physical Aadhar, using the Enrolment ID. Enrolment ID is 28 digit ID which combines a set of number and date and time of enrolment. One can find the Enrolment ID in the acknowledgement receipt provided at the time of applying for Aadhar at the enrolment centre. Follow the below steps to download the e-Aadhar Card.

  • You can Visit UIDAI official website and choose the option “Download Aadhar” [or] Visit directly to the e-Aadhar website.
  • Choose the Enrolment ID and give the details.
  • Enter the other necessary details like name as in Aadhar, pin code, and captcha security code.
  • You can Choose the option “Send OTP” to get the OTP on the registered mobile number.
  • Type the received OTP on the space provided and then select “Download Aadhar”.

How to Download e-Aadhar Card Using Aadhar Number?

One can use the electronic form of Aadhar (e-Aadhar) as proof of identity in place of security checks and many other places even after he/she receives the physical Aadhar Card. e-Aadhar can be download using Aadhar number and check the points given below for easy download. Even after the e-Aadhar Card Download can be performed if the applicant has the Aadhar number. Follow the below steps to download the e-Aadhar using the Aadhar number.

  • You CanVisit UIDAI official website and choose the option “Download Aadhar” [or] Visit directly to the e-Aadhar website.
  • Choose the Aadhar number option and give the details.
  • Enter details such as name as in Aadhar, pin code and captcha security code.
  • Choose the option “Send OTP” to get the OTP on the registered mobile number.
  • Type the received OTP on the space provided and then select “Download Aadhar”.

How to Download e-Aadhar Card Without Enrolment ID and Aadhar Number?

e-Aadhar Card Download can be done even if the applicant does not have both Enrolment ID and Aadhar Number. He/she can retrieve it using the “Retrieve UID/EID” option from the Aadhar online services. Once the Aadhar number or Enrolment ID (EID) is retrieved, the applicant can continue with the process of e-Aadhar download. To retrieve UID/EID easily through the step-step procedure, click on the links given below.

For more detailed information on how to retrieve the UID or EID, check Aadhar Card Download.
For downloading e-Aadhar, the applicant needs to check the Aadhar status online. For more details regarding how to check Aadhar Status, check Aadhar Card Status.

How to Validate e-Aadhar Card with Digital Signature?

The e-Aadhar to be used for banking purposes and other government purposes, it should have a valid signature by the respective authority. UIDAI has given a online feature to validate the downloaded e-Aadhar. It is a very simple procedure. To validate the e-Aadhar, follow the below steps.

In the downloaded e-Aadhar, right click on the validity unknown icon.

  • Click on “Validate Signature”
  • Signature validation status window is opened. Click on “Signature Properties”
  • Click on “Show Certificate”
  • A certification with the name “NIC sub-CA for NIC 2011, National Informatics Center” would be displayed and it is a trusted identity where the documents are validated automatically with a digital signature from CCA.
  • Mark the certification path and click “Trust” tab and then “Add to Trusted Identities”.
  • Press “OK” for the security questions.
  • Tick the option “Use this certificate as a trusted root” and click “OK” twice to close the present and the following window.
  • Click “Validate Signature” to validate the document.

What are the Details Provided in e-Aadhar Card?

The e-Aadhar which is just like the twin of the Aadhar card with an only difference that it is an electronic version has all the details as available in the real physical Aadhar card. e-Aadhar also contains the biometric information like photo of the cardholder as in Aadhar Card. VID which is known as the Virtual ID number is also present in the e-Aadhar. The details in the e-Aadhar are listed below.

  • Name of the applicant
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Aadhar number
  • Biometric information
  • Virtual ID

What are the Advantages of the e-Aadhar Card?

e-Aadhar is an unique identification provided to all the residents of India. Applying for an Aadhar is a voluntary process. But nowadays it has become mandatory, as Aadhar is required is asked for in all places. Keeping the physical Aadhar card may tend to damage or being lost, so it is always advisable to use e-Aadhar. e-Aadhar can be downloaded any number of times. Advantages of e-Aadhar are listed below.

  • e-Aadhar's main use is that it is readily available anywhere and at any time. e-Aadhar Card is so handy and easily available online
  • The cardholder if he/she forgets to take the physical Aadhar with them or has lost the card, they need not worry about anything. They can just easily log in to the UIDAI website and download their e-Aadhar
  • e-Aadhar card can be used for all purpose like bank account opening and transactions, availing LPG subsidies, insurance services, income tax filing, telecom services and much more.

More Details on e-Aadhar

The UIDAI has allowed the applicants to download the e-Aadhar from their database at any time and any number of times. It is free of cost and a self-service online procedure. If the applicant needs the Aadhar card for any purpose but has not yet received the physical document through the postal service, he/she can download their e-Aadhar from the UIDAI website after the Aadhar number is generated. This e-Aadhar is equally valid as the physical document Aadhar card and can be used for all purposes because it wears the valid signature provided by the UIDAI authority.

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