The Aadhaar scheme is a 12 digit unique identification number which has been issued for the verification of the identity of every individual resident of India.
This mode of identification is a part of the list of essential documents every Indian resident citizen would need in order to execute any proceedings which involves identity verification.
Initially, when this scheme was started, most people were not aware of the same but as of now, The Aadhaar has become a mandatory document for everyone who wishes to carry out any legal or government related task in India.
Even now, there is a category of people who are not very well aware about the process which needs to be undertaken in order to apply for developing an Aadhaar number and subsequently, Aadhaar card. In this particular article, we are here to tell you each and every detail which would lead you towards the application and enrollment of the Aadhaar.
How to apply for Aadhar Card?
Applying for an Aadhaar card is not that difficult as it seems. The step-by-step procedure for obtaining your own Aadhaar card is as follows:
1) Visit an authorized Aadhaar application center in your city along with carrying any of your identity and address proof. No matter where you reside in India, locating your nearest Aadhaar enrollment center is possible through navigating to the official Aadhaar website of India.
2) If your town/Tehsil/area of residence is not listed in the online appointment application website powered by the government of India then, you will be required to visit any nearby Aadhaar card center. For this, there is no need to obtain an appointment. You can visit the center freely without any prior appointment.
3) At the Aadhaar center, you can ask for a free Aadhaar card application form in the paperback format, other than this, you can also choose the option of downloading the form online.
3) It is generally advised to download, obtain a print out of the Aadhaar form and then and plan a visit to the Aadhaar card center with the already filled application form(s) to save time at the center.
At the time of enrollment, the authorities will click your photo along with tracing your finger-prints and the eye iris scan.
4) After you have done the above, you must carefully review the details you have provided and make corrections, if any, during the enrollment itself. During enrollment, you will receive an acknowledgment slip, till the time you don’t receive your original Aaadhaar Card copy. The information details shall be verified before you are issued your dedicated Aadhaar Card.
5) After the process of successful verification is completed, you will receive an SMS notification on your mobile phone. You might also receive an email notification on your registered e-mail ID. After a few days your Aadhaar number will be printed and sent to your address through post.
Criteria of eligibility for Aadhar Card
Any resident of India, Non-Resident Indian (NRI) or any foreign citizen residing in India is eligible to apply for Aadhaar Card.
Required Documents for Aadhar card
For Proof of Identity, you can choose any of the following documents as per your convenience. Each of them qualifies to be a document for initiation of the Aadhaar card. The list of documents is as follows:
- Photo ID card
- Ration card
- PAN (Permanent Account number) Card
- Driver’s License
Apart from your own identity verification, you will also need to supply any legal credential which acts as a proof of your current residing address.
The following list compiles all the documents which qualify as a Proof of Address:
- Water bills
- Electricity bills
- Telephone bills (from the last 3 months)
Alternative documents required for Aadhar Card
In case, you do not have any proof of identity/address, then you will have to produce the proof of relationship with the head of the family. The following documents can be used for the aforesaid purpose:
- Birth Certificate
- PDS Card
- MNREGA Job Card
- ESIC Medical Card
- Pension Card
-The usual processing time which is taken for the Aadhaar card ranges between 60 to 90 days. In some cases, it could take a bit longer due to the stringent verification process followed and it also depends upon the time taken by the respective authorities.
-In case there are any issues found for an application during verification, corrective actions are taken wherever possible, else a rejection letter asking the resident to re-enroll is dispatched through post.
– Generally, it takes 4-5 weeks till the time your Aadhaar card shall be dispatched to your registered address of residence.
Process of Aadhar enrollment for children aged 3-15
The process of Aadhar enrollment becomes slightly elongated when it comes to developing an Aadhar for children.
-In the process of Aadhaar, age is not a bar. An individual of any age can apply for Aadhaar number. A child of age less than 3 years does not require giving biometric information and in this case Aadhaar will be linked to the parents or guardian of that child. However, that child needs to give his/her biometric information when he is of 5 years in age.
– For a child who has enrolled for Aadhaar and is of the age of 5 to 15 years has to give his/her biometric information again when his/her age becomes 15 years. This process of re-registering is necessary because the biometrics of a person changes with age. This is because the biometrics of a person become different when he is a child and when he will be an adult.