• The filing of Income Tax return (section 139AA of the Income Tax act 1961) and
  • Availing Government subsidies

Also, in the decision so made amendments as to voluntary use of Aadhaar by

  • The Banks and
  • Telecom Companies

has been accepted.
But, practically one might face a situation where he wants to furnish or attach Aadhaar card’s copy but has not received the Aadhaar by UIDAI till date. Or, has already received but misplaced. Also, there might be a situation that the Aadhaar card at the time of requirement is not available with you. UIDAI has come out to be your savior in all situations like this. The authority gives you an option to download the Aadhaar online in few simple steps.
Before we go ahead with the process to download the Aadhaar card let us understand one more important concept. UIDAI gives you an option to download

  • Regular Aadhaar
  • Masked Aadhar

Regular Aadhaar is your normal copy of Aadhaar card whereas masked Aadhaar has the digits of your Aadhaar masked (i.e hidden). Only last four digits in masked aadhaar can be viewed. Maksed aadhaar is used in case the person does not want to share the details or keep its aadhaar number secret.

To download your Aadhaar online following process shall be followed

  • Login to UIDAI website https://uidai.gov.in/
  • On the home page select “My Aadhaar” and click on the third option under Get Aadhaar of “Download Aadhaar” Download Aadhaar
  • A page of e-Aadhaar as shown under will open up e-Aadhaar
  • Here you will find three options to download e-Aadhaar. You can download it by either quoting any of the three details
Aadhaar Number

In case you have your 12 digit Aadhaar number, enter the same to download the electronic copy of UID.

Virtual Id (VID)

Virtual Id is generated online. It is a 16 digit number which is presently valid for 24 hrs. You can regenerate the VID online. This Id can also be used to download the online copy of your Aadhaar.

Enrolment ID

On the successful submission of Aadhaar form, you get a receipt on which an acknowledgment or enrolment number of 16 digits is mentioned. The same can be used to download the Aadhaar copy online till the time you receive its original hard copy by post. But, here is one important thing to be taken care of. Together with enrollment Id you would also be required to mention the 14 digit time and date details as mentioned on your enrolment slip.

  • In addition to mentioning any of the three ID numbers explained above these permanent details would also be required to download your e-Aadhaar
  • Full Name
  • PIN Code
  • Captcha
  • OTP or TOTP generated through m-Aadhaar (mobile aadhaar app)

Also, for confirmation of your mobile number after requesting the OTP you will see last four digits of your registered mobile number. The screen on being confirmed generates a valid OTP and your aadhaar is downloaded. Now, the next question coming up to mind would be

What is the password of my downloaded Aadhaar?

You e-Aadhaar PDF is password protected. The password to open the same is a combination of

  • 4 starting letters of your name (in capital letters) and
  • Year of Birth

For Instance, in the given situations your password would be

1.Name – Kajal Rao
Year of birth – 1994
Password – KAJA1994

2.Name – S.Nisha Rao
Year of birth – 1994
Password – S.NI1994

3.Name – Jay
Year of birth – 1994
Password – JAY1994

4.Name – Jay Rao
Year of birth – 1994
Password – JAYR1994

Facility to downloading your Aadhaar online is a boon. It can help you in completing the task or documentation without physically carrying your original hard copy of Aadhaar along with you every time. Also, the Apex court of the nation has said in its recent ruling that those who do not have hard copies shall download the electronic aadhaar and mandatorily quote the same at the time of filing ITR.
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CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2Win.in. 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.