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India is fast embracing digitalisation considering the many changes that have been introduced in various government systems or mechanisms. Data pertaining to all citizens needs to be brought under a single umbrella database which can result in smoother digitalisation process. Aadhaar card is aimed to assist in smoother digitisation process.

Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identification number and is issued by the UIDAI on behalf of the Government of India to every Indian citizen. This biometric document records an individual’s personal information in the government database. Aadhaar functions as a single identification document and is not meant as a replacement for other documents such as PAN, passport, driving license etc. It is issued to India residents based on their biometric and demographic data.

The Aadhaar Enrolment Form is required for enrolling and upgrading various details in the Aadhaar card. The same form is required for initial application as well as amendments. An applicant has to provide details as listed below:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Pre-enrolment ID
  • NPR number
  • Full Address, e-mail id and mobile number
  • Aadhaar details of Father/Mother/Guardian/Husband/Wife. Details of Father/Mother/Guardian is mandatory in case the child is below 5 years of age
  • Details of document proofs (proof of identity, proof of address and proof of date of birth)
  • Introducer’s/HoF’s details, if required
  • Applicant’s signature/thumbprint

Aadhaar collates and records the biometric data of individuals through a central database. The E-Aadhaar is a digitised edition of Aadhar card which could be downloaded online using an individual’s enrolment ID.

Pre-enrolment ID - To apply for Aadhaar, an applicant has to visit an Enrolment Centre and fill the enrolment form. Post-submission of biometric data along with other requisite documents, the applicant receives an acknowledgement slip mentioning the Aadhaar Enrolment ID.

NPR Receipt - The National Population Register is a database of the identities of all Indians. The goal for national population register is mostly the same as for UIDAI, that gives out Aadhaar cards.

Full Name - It is important to use one name across all the official documents of a person.

Gender - If the gender of an applicant has been mentioned incorrectly in the Aadhaar Card, then he or she can change it anytime easily. When gender is not right in Aadhaar one cannot utilise it for anything since it can be misleading wherever used. For instance, if a person is male then his gender might be mentioned as female or transgender in Aadhaar and vice versa for females.

Age or Date of Birth - ‘Aadhaar’ card bears the date of birth of the holder, facilitating people to avail benefits of several government and non-governmental schemes that require age validation.

Address – While filling the application form, one must write down his or her full address without any mistakes and in only capital letters. This is the address where Aadhaar card will be sent by post so it is important to ensure that one writes the complete address correctly. The address of an applicant should consist of house number, block number, street/road/lane, landmark, area/locality/sector, village/town/city, post office, pin code, district, taluka, state.

Details of family members - The Aadhaar numbers of all members of a family, not just the head of a household, will be linked.

Consent - In this part, one can choose to allow or deny UIDAI the right to share his or her information with agencies involved in delivering public and welfare services. Select the ‘tick’ sign if OK with information-sharing, and select the ‘x’ sign if NOT OK with it.

Bank Account (Mandatory field) – An applicant can choose to open a new Aadhaar linked bank or post office account or choose to link his or her existing bank account details to the Aadhaar number to be created. One can also link the Aadhaar Number with Bank Account later on. Most banks also provide an option to map an applicant’s Aadhaar number using the ATM. This can be done using the debit card and PIN. The ATM menu could differ from bank to bank but would not be any different from withdrawing money. The only difference is that one needs to enter his or her 12-digit Aadhaar number for a complete seeding process. An applicant can also attach the bank account with Aadhaar number through the phone banking option given by the bank.

Documents Provided – While filling the enrolment form, one must check for the list of updated documents to be submitted.

Signature - Proof of Relationship (PoR) is to be submitted to give proof of the applicant’s relationship with the Head of Family. This can also be utilised for making Aadhaar card of minors or children.

  • An applicant must download the Aadhaar enrolment form from the UIDAI website. He or she can also visit the nearest Aadhaar centre to get the form. It is a two-page document – the first page has nine fields to be filled and the second page contains the instructions to be followed to fill the form.
  • The next step is to fill in the form with the necessary details. Applicants can follow the instructions given in the form to avoid mistakes.
  • Applicants must ensure to attach the relevant supporting documents to prove their identity, address, and date of birth. These documents must be valid and accepted by UIDAI. If an applicant is using an introducer or Head of Family (HoF), it is important to provide proof of relationship with the member.
  • Next step is to visit the nearest Aadhaar centre and submit the form along with the supporting documents.
  • The staff at the centre then take a photograph of the applicant and capture the biometric data such as iris and fingerprint. This data will be added to the database along with other details provided in the form.
  • An applicant must then collect the acknowledgement slip that contains his or her details, enrolment ID, and the date and time of enrolment.
  • One can track the status of Aadhaar card with the help of enrolment ID.

Use capital letters: Fill-in all details in the form using capital/uppercase letters. It is easier to read and distinguish between letters with uppercase letters. The probability of an error in the name, address, date of birth, and other details is lesser in this case as compared to lowercase joined letters.

Filling Neatly: Try to keep the form neat and avoid any ink blots on the form. If the information provided is not readable, it will affect the information that goes on the Aadhaar card.

End Note

The procedure to fill an Aadhaar enrolment form is simple as long as one follows the exact instructions. It is important for all applicants to go through all the details and instructions online or seek assistance from the enrolment centre while filling the form.

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