Now, PAN & Aadhar Number can be used interchangeably!
What will happen when a person :
-Doesn't have PAN: Aadhar can be used to file ITR & quote at all the places where PAN is Required.
-Have PAN: Aadhar & PAN needs to be linked first and then any of them can be quoted at the time of filing ITR.
India is the second largest populated countries in the world with a population of more than 1.2 billon individuals. In such a large country, a need was felt to identify each individual for various financial and welfare services. As such, the Government of India launched the concept of Aadhar Card. Aadhar, also called as the Unique Identification Number (UID), is a 12-digit unique identification number which is allotted to individuals who apply for it. The record of each individual’s biometric and demographic data is stored in the Aadhar Card which can be easily accessed using the unique Aadhar number.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the main agency which operates under the Government of India and is tasked with the job of issuing Aadhar Cards to individuals. UIDAI collects the biometric and demographic data of the applicants and stores it in a centralised database. After the data is collected and verified, a unique Aadhar number is issued which is printed on the Aadhar Card. The card also contains the name, address, date of birth, gender and other details of the cardholder. Moreover, there is a QR code in the card which can be scanned to access the details of the cardholder easily.
Aadhaar card is a 12 digit unique number provided to every Indian resident who gets himself registered for it. Under its process, demographic as well as biometric information of the residents is taken such as name, date of birth, address, all ten fingers’ fingerprints, both eye iris scan, and a recent photograph. After completing the whole process, you get a 12 digit unique number that can be used as identity and address proof.
A public or private entity can accept the Aadhaar number as an identity proof of Aadhaar number holder. It is also used for verification of the identity of a person who is receiving subsidies or Government services.
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Aadhar Card can be availed by Indian citizens, non-resident Indians, foreigners who live in India as well as by minor children. However, if the applicant is a child below the age of 5 years, the Aadhar Card number of one of the parents of the child would have to be provided when applying for the Aadhar Card. The details of the parent’s Aadhar Card would be recorded in the enrolment form and the child would not have to submit any biometric data. Only a photograph of the child is taken to be attached to the Aadhar Card. The birth certificate of the child would be the only accepted age proof. Moreover, after the child turns 15 years old, the Aadhar Card would be updated with the child’s latest photograph and biometric details.
After you apply for Aadhar Card, it takes some time for the UIDAI to allot you the Aadhar number. Moreover, additional time is taken for the actual Aadhar Card to reach your home. Meanwhile, you can check the status of your Aadhar Card application online. The process of checking the status is as follows –
There might be times when Aadhar card details need to be changed. For instance, any change in the address recorded in the card, phone number, name, etc. might happen and when these changes happen, the Aadhar card should be updated with the changed detail. A change in the details in the Aadhar card can be done online or offline. Online changes can be done by visiting the UIDAI website. Here are the processes for each –
(For more information about updating Aadhar details, click here)
Linking of Aadhar card has become necessary in many instances like in case of a bank account, PAN card, insurance policies, investments, etc. Aadhar card linking is an easy process which can be done online using your Aadhar card number and registered mobile number. You would just have to enter your Aadhar card number and an OTP would be sent to your registered mobile number. Once you enter the OTP, the linking process would be completed.
Here are the different processes of linking Aadhar to various avenues –
Yes, a foreign citizen can avail an Aadhar card if he/she has lived in India for a total period of 182 days in a financial year. The Aadhar card would, however, not serve as a proof of citizenship of the foreigner.
Aadhar card enrolment is free of cost. No fee is charged from applicants applying for an Aadhar card first time. However, if any update is made in the card, a fee of INR 50 would be applicable.
NRIs can apply for an Aadhar card even when they live in foreign countries. However, to apply for the card the NRI should be physically present in India for submitting his biometric details.
In many cases it has been made mandatory to link Aadhar. Some instances include linking of Aadhar card with bank account, PAN card, mobile number, investments, etc.
A blue coloured Aadhar card is issued when the applicant is a minor child aged 0 to 5 years. Once the child attains 5 years the Aadhar card becomes invalid. The child would again have to apply for a new Aadhar card which would be similar to other Aadhar cards issued by the UIDAI.
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