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The Supreme Court of India reiterated the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar while clarifying on it being mandatory for a few services like ITR filing, insurance policies, high value transactions, etc. It also declared that it is no longer mandatory for bank accounts, mobile connections, school admissions and other similar services. However, linking Aadhaar with your mobile number has various benefits. It facilitates convenient OTP verifications for various other services you would like to avail. You will not be required to submit a physical copy of your Aadhaar for ID proof and Address proof. Various online services can be availed without having to visit the offices in person.

While it was mandatory, telecom companies offered convenient ways to link Aadhaar with mobile number, both online and offline. We will take you through some simple steps that were offered to link Aadhaar with mobile number

  • Customers seeking a new mobile connection will have to visit the nearest showroom of the telecom providers, like Vodafone, Airtel, Idea, BSNL, TATA Docomo, Jio, etc.
  • Submit the duly filled-in application form along with a copy of Aadhaar for ID proof and Address proof.
  • Verify details through the biometric scanner to scan fingerprint and Aadhaar.
  • The new SIM card issued will be automatically linked to the customer’s Aadhaar upon activation.

  • The user has to log on to the telecom operator’s official webpage and click on the option for Aadhaar linking.
  • The user will be required to enter the mobile number and the Aadhaar number.
  • An OTP would be sent to the mobile number for verification.
  • Upon entering the OTP, the Aadhaar shall be verified and the linking would be completed.

  • Existing customers have to visit the nearest showroom of their telecom operator
  • Submit a self-attested copy of their Aadhaar card
  • Using the re-verification application, a 4 digit OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number
  • Submit this OTP to the store executive and provide biometrics
  • The Aadhaar linking will be executed within 24hrs and a confirmation message will be sent to the mobile number

The Government of India provided a single toll-free number to be used by all mobile phone users to link their Aadhaar number through IVR. The number was common for prepaid as well as postpaid connections and took less than 5 minutes to complete the linking process.

  • The users had to dial 14546, a toll-free number from their phone.
  • They had to verify whether they were resident Indians or NRIs.
  • Resident Indians were asked to enter their 12 digit Aadhaar number.
  • They will then verify the repeated Aadhaar number and press 1 to confirm.
  • Then enter the mobile number registered with the Aadhaar to receive OTP.
  • It will ask for a consent to allow the telecom operator to verify their details from the Aadhaar database.
  • The users will then be asked to enter the OTP received on the registered mobile number and press 1 to complete the re-verification.
  • Once the re-verification is complete, a confirmation SMS is sent to the user

The main objective of the Government of India to implement Aadhaar linking with mobile number was to weed out anti-social elements misusing mobile numbers to spread fake news and harmful rumours. It allowed them to track these miscreants and bring them to justice. It was also conceived to be helpful in preventing fraudulent financial transactions carried out by fraudsters, money-launderers and criminals.

How can I confirm if my mobile number is already linked with my Aadhaar?

You can check the linking status of your mobile number and Aadhaar on the official UIDAI website. enter your Aadhaar number and mobile number or email address. An OTP is sent to the mobile number or the email address you enter. The system will confirm if the numbers are linked and display a confirmation message on the screen.

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