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Aadhaar Card for children: How to apply for Baal Aadhaar Card?

Updated on: 16 May, 2024 02:13 PM

Aadhaar Card is mandatory at this time for everyone. The good news is even newborns and children can apply for Aadhaar. We all know the Aadhaar card enrolment process in the case of adults, but when it comes to applying for an Aadhaar card for your child, some clarity is needed. These days, many schools ask for the Aadhaar number of the child while giving admission. If you haven't applied for it for your children yet, you can do so further by following the excerpt.

In this case, the process is divided into two parts- when the child is below five years and when the child is above five years. However, UIDAI has not given any instructions related to Aadhaar for adults and Aadhaar for children. For children below five years of age, biometric details will not be collected, and they have to update the biometric after attaining the age of 5 years, and later, after attaining the age of 15 years, Biometric details will be updated again. Updating the biometric details of children between 5 and 15 years old is mandatory, and the procedure is free of cost.

Thus, if you have applied for an Aadhaar card before the age of 15 years, then in this case, you need to update your biometric details after turning 15.

Further, if at any stage of life, you want to change any of your Aadhaar details, you can update it by visiting an enrolment center or through an online process.

Benefits of Baal Aadhar Card

Here are some of the key advantages of the Baal Aadhar Card:

  • Official Identification: The Baal Aadhar Card provides an official government-issued identification for children, which can be useful in various scenarios such as school admissions, availing government schemes, and future documentation.
  • Availing Government Benefits: Children with Baal Aadhar Cards can potentially access various government welfare schemes, scholarships, and subsidies that are available for minors.
  • School Admissions: Many schools and educational institutions require an official ID for admission purposes. The Baal Aadhar Card can be used for school admissions, simplifying the process for parents and guardians.
  • Biometric Data: The card may include biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans, making it more secure and reliable for verification purposes.
  • Financial Inclusion: As the child grows, the Baal Aadhar Card can be linked to a bank account, ensuring financial inclusion from an early age.
  • Medical Services: In some cases, the Baal Aadhar Card can be used to access medical services and treatments for children, making it useful for healthcare purposes.
  • Government Documentation: It serves as a foundational identity document and can be used for future government documentation like a passport, driver's license, or voter ID.
  • Prevention of Identity Theft: Issuing a Baal Aadhar Card helps in preventing identity theft and misuse of children's identity.
  • Digital India Initiatives: The Baal Aadhar Card supports the government's Digital India initiatives by facilitating e-KYC (Know Your Customer) processes, which can be used for online services.
  • Reduced Paperwork: With the Baal Aadhar Card, parents and guardians can reduce the amount of paperwork required for various official and government transactions.

What are the documents required for an Aadhar card for a child above 5 years?

  • Proof of Identity (PoI) for the Child: Any one of the following documents can be used as proof of identity for the child:
    • Birth certificate.
    • Passport.
    • School identity card.
    • Photo identity card issued by a recognized educational institution.
  • Proof of Address (PoA) for the Child: Any one of the following documents can be used as proof of address for the child:
    • School identity card.
    • Passport.
    • Parents' Aadhaar card.
    • Any address proof in the name of the child.
  • Proof of Relationship (PoR) with Parents/Guardian: The child's parent or guardian must provide proof of their relationship with the child. This can be established through documents like:
    • Birth certificate containing the child's name.
    • Passport.
    • Any official government document.
  • Aadhaar Number of Parents/Guardian: The Aadhaar number of the parent or guardian is required to establish a relationship with the child.
  • Biometrics of the Child: The child will need to provide their biometric information, which includes capturing fingerprints and iris scans. The child's biometrics help in ensuring the uniqueness of the Aadhaar.
  • Passport-sized Photographs: You should provide recent passport-sized photographs of the child.
  • Aadhaar Enrollment Form: The parent or guardian should fill out the Aadhaar Enrollment Form. This form is usually available at the Aadhaar Enrollment Center.
  • Aadhaar Enrollment Fee: The Aadhaar Enrollment process may require a nominal fee, which can vary by location. Check the official UIDAI website or with the Enrollment Center for details.

Baal Aadhaar Card online registration for children below five years old

If you are applying for the Aadhaar of your children, when his or her age is below five years, either the mother or the father has to authenticate for the child and give consent for the enrollment by signing the enrollment form. As per UIDAI, Children below the age of 5 years get the blue-colored Aadhaar which is popularly known as Baal Aadhaar.

The process of applying for an Aadhaar Card for a child is slightly different from an adult. There are different documents to be submitted.

Aadhaar For My Child
  • Visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment Centre with your child or log in to the official website of UIDAI,
  • Fill out the Aadhaar enrolment form and other details asked through parents' Aadhaar.
  • Biometric details of the child will not be recorded, a photograph will be enough to serve the purpose of enrolment.
  • Submit the birth certificate of the child.
  • Demographic details are taken from the parent’s Aadhaar card
  • Now acknowledgment slip or enrolment slip will be provided to you in which the enrolment number will be given.
  • You’ll receive the Aadhaar card at the address you gave at the time of enrolment within a few days of submitting the form. This enrolment number can be used to track the status of the Aadhaar Card Application.
  • The average process time for an Aadhaar card is 90 days.

Online Registration Process of Baal Aadhaar Card

  • Visit the official website of the UIDAI and navigate to ‘My Aadhaar’.
  • Under ‘My Aadhaar,’ locate ‘Book an Appointment’ and click on it.
  • Under ‘Book an Appointment at UIDAI run Aadhaar Seva Kendra’, select your city/location from the dropdown. We have selected ‘Bangalore’ as an example. Once done, click on ‘Proceed to Book Appointment.
  • Click on ‘New Aadhaar’ and enter your mobile number and the CAPTCHA. Click on ‘Generate OTP’ to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on the appointment tab and book a convenient date and time for Aadhaar registration.
  • You are required to visit the Aadhaar enrolment centre along with your child. Bring your child’s birth certificate, Aadhaar card of any one of the parents, and a passport-size photo of your child (the photo could be clicked at the enrolment center as well). Fill out the Baal Aadhaar Card application form to complete the process.
  • After all the formalities are done, you will get an SMS on your phone with the confirmation of the registration with the registration number. This number aids you in tracking the status of your Aadhaar card. Once the verification and other formalities are complete, the Baal Aadhaar Card will be issued to the child.

What are the documents required to submit when the age of the child is above five years?

If the age of your child is between 5 to 18 years or he/she is a minor, the following process needs to be followed for minors-

  • Birth certificate of the child,
  • School identity card
  • Aadhaar Card details of any one parent
  • Certificate of identity with photo on letterhead issued by Gazetted officer or Tehsildar
  • Certificate of address with photo issued by the MP or MLA or Gazetted officer or Tehsildar or by village panchayat head or equivalent authority on letterhead

Baal Aadhaar Card online registration for children above five years old

If the age of your child is between 5 to 18 years or he/she is a minor, the following process needs to be followed for minors-

  • Visit the nearest enrolment center with your child
  • Fill out the enrolment form and submit the identity proof details of your child. A copy of the birth certificate and school identity card will serve the purpose.
  • In case if above-mentioned details are not available, then the Aadhaar details of any of the parents or certificate of identity issued by the tehsildar or gazetted officer can be used for the purpose.
  • If the child is five years or older, the biometric details will be taken, i.e., fingerprints of 10 fingers, iris scan, and facial expressions.
  • When the child turns 15 years of age, biometric details will be updated again.
  • After the completion of the above process, you will be provided an acknowledgment slip or enrolment slip.
  • You can track the status of your child’s Aadhaar through this enrolment number.
  • Within 60 days, you will get the physical copy of your Aadhaar at the address given by you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- How can I change my child's name on the Aadhaar card?

A person shall log in to the Aadhaar card online self-service update portal using the Aadhaar number, submit a name change correction request then upload self-attested proof of identity documents for Aadhaar card name change online. After this, you will get the updated request number. save this number this will be used for future reference. The second option is you can also visit an authorized enrolment center to update your details.

Q- How can I get an Aadhaar card for my child?

Go to the nearest Aadhaar seva Kendra, please note that the parent's Aadhaar card, along with the child's birth certificate, is required to enroll the child for Aadhaar. The kid's Aadhaar is linked with the parents' Aadhaar.

Q- What is the minimum age for an Aadhaar card?

No minimum age is defined for an Aadhaar card. A person of any age can enroll for an Aadhaar card.

Q- Is it necessary to update the Aadhaar card after 15?

Yes, it is necessary to update the Aadhaar card biometric data for those children whose Aadhaar card is made before reaching the age of 15. Biometric data after the age of 15 is considered as final biometric data.

Q- What documents are required for a name change on an Aadhaar card?

Document with the updated name is required like ration card, passport, bank statement, voter ID, and Driving license, etc.

Q- Can I change the name on my Aadhaar card online?

Yes, you can apply for the name correction online on the Aadhaar card online self-service update portal by using your Aadhaar card. Alternatively, you can also visit an authorized enrolment center to update your details.

CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.