Updated: May 14, 2021
Introduction: In India, Aadhar Card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India[UIDAI] on behalf of the government. The Aadhar Card has an Aadhar No. of 12 digits which is an individual identification number that serves as evidence of identity and address, anywhere in India. The demographic details required to apply for the Aadhar Card are name, gender, age, date of birth, and residential address.
E-Aadhar Card: Digital Aadhar Card or E-Aadhar card is an electronic version or digital copy of an Aadhar Card having a 12 digit alphanumeric identity provided to all Indian citizens and digitally signed by the proficient authority of the Unique Identification Authority of India. The e-aadhar card contains the following information as Aadhar number, sex, Date Of Birth, name, address, and photograph.
Features of e-aadhar card:
1.Details of Aadhar holder - the e-aadhar has the details of the aadhar holder such as name, gender, address, photo, and date of birth.
2. Digitally signed secure QR code with photo - The e-Aadhaar card is digitally signed by UIDAI, therefore, it is a digitally signed Secure QR Code with a photo.
3. Text realignment - the design of the new e-aadhar has been enhanced with text realignment.
4.Larger image - the new e-aadhar card has a larger photo of the Aadhar card holder that ensures finer visibility of the person.
5. VID - the new e-aadhar has the Virtual ID which is printed below the aadhar number.
6. Emblem and Aadhar Logo - the new e-aadhar carries the emblem and aadhar logo on both sides.
7. Physical Card - the e-aadhar card is accepted as a physical aadhar card.
8. QR Code - the new e-aadhar card has the updated information concerning the use of a secure QR code.
9. Password Protected - the distinctive feature of e-aadhar is that it is password protected.
10. Issue date - the e-aadhar has the date of aadhar generation and also the date of aadhar when it was downloaded. The issue date is the date of aadhar in the new e-aadhar.
Benefits of e-aadhar card:
1.E-Aadhar Card is available online, therefore, can be accessed anytime by an individual.
2.As the e-aadhar card is virtually present it cannot be mishandled.
3.E-Aadhar card serves as evidence of identity and addresses all -over India.
4.E-Aadhar card has a password protection feature that safeguards the information of the applicant.
5.With the help of an e-aadhar card an individual can take benefit of the various subsidies provided by the government such as LPG subsidy. 6.Individuals can also open bank accounts by using their Aadhar card.
The 5 steps to download your e-aadhar card from Aadhar Number:
The Aadhar Card has an access to the Aadhar Number, that can be used to download the e-aadhar card from the UIDAI website:
Step 1: Open the official UIDAI website, https://uidai.gov.in/ - Click on the section Aadhar Online Services
Step 2: Then click on the option entitled "Download Aadhar " in the menu.
Step 3: Fill in certain details: these details include: Aadhar Number Name Pin Code Security Code
Step 4: A section of OTP will appear- click on ‘Request OTP’ and then you will receive an OTP, enter this OTP in the section provided.
Step 5: Download e-aadhar- Now, e-aadhar can be downloaded by using a password i.e the first four letters of your name and your birth year in capitals.
The 5 steps to download your e-aadhar card from a DigiLocker Account:
Step 1: Open the official website page of DigiLocker at https://digilocker.gov.in/ - click on the 'Sign-In' button.
Step 2: Log in to your DigiLocker account- through your 12-digit Aadhar number. Step 3: Click on Verify - to receive an OTP in your registered mobile number.
Step 4: Verify OTP- enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number and click 'Verify OTP'.
Step 5: Download the e-aadhar card- from the 'Issued Document' page e-aadhar card can be downloaded using the 'Save' icon.
The 5 steps to download your e-aadhar card from Umang Mobile Application: UMANG is an action taken by the government to introduce digital governance. Umang App is developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) & the National e-Governance Division (NeGD).
Step 1: Download and open the Umang App - to log in or register.
Step 2: Click “Aadhaar Card” under the ""all services"" tab.
Step 3: Click “View Aadhaar Card From DigiLocker” - the DigiLocker home page will appear.
Step 4: Log in with your DigiLocker Account or Aadhaar number-Enter the Aadhar number and the one-time password sent to your phone when call-forth.
Step 5: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number- e-aadhar can be now seen on the UMANG App, direct to DigiLocker.
The Bottom Line:
Aadhar card is the distinctive proof of address and identity for every citizen of India that enables the individual to avail of all the services and benefits as a member of the country. After enrollment, Aadhar cards take up to 3 months to be delivered. Also, an Aadhar card is a hard copy that can be mishandled by an individual. Whereas, E-Aadhar Card is a digital copy downloaded from the official website of UIDAI in a PDF form which is also secured by a password. As Aadhar cards take up to 3 months to be delivered therefore in between that time an e-aadhar card can be used by an individual. An E-aadhar card can also be used for filing income tax returns. These electronic cards are available online and can be accessed anytime by an individual which will make your life easier.
According to the government, the Aadhar card and the E-Aadhar card are the same, both are justifiable as Point Of Identity for the government as well as private office work. As India is moving towards digitalization the government is taking various steps to uplift the citizens of India to download E-Aadhar for essential purposes. Hence, an E-Aadhar card is a very resourceful asset that should be used by every citizen of India.
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