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What is a Masked Aadhaar Card?
Masked Aadhaar card can be said as another form of Aadhaar card in which only the last 4 digits of your 12-digit Aadhaar card number are visible. It is an e-Aadhaar card introduced by UIDAI. This masked Aadhaar card was introduced to combat issues that were caused by Aadhaar card data leaks. One can easily get this after necessary authentication from the UIDAI website. In the masked Aadhaar card, the first 8 digits get replaced by XXXX-XXXX. As mentioned earlier this masked Aadhaar card ensures and protects your Aadhaar number from getting disclosed. The remaining details on the Aadhaar card remain unchanged such as name, date of birth, code, sex, photograph, demographic information, etc. The masked Aadhaar card is valid and authenticated as your normal Aadhaar card as it is authorized by UIDAI hence it is acceptable and legible.
What is a Regular Aadhaar card?
Regular Aadhaar is the usual Aadhaar card that any individual gets initially. It comprises a 12-digit random number that is allotted in each Aadhaar. As mentioned earlier this is issued by UIDAI. The regular Aadhaar is only given to the residents of India. You can easily enrol for receiving one without bothering about your age, gender, caste, religion, or any other factor. All you need is to provide the authority with your demographic and biometric information. The biometric information is taken then and there itself at the office where you have been to enrol for your regular Aadhaar. This enrollment process is free of cost. The demographic information includes your name, DOB, age, gender, mobile number, email, Aadhaar card number, parental information, residential address, etc whereas the biometric information accounts for ten fingerprints, iris scans, and of course your facial photograph.
Purpose of Having an Aadhaar
There was one single purpose to have a unique Aadhaar for all individuals and that was to eliminate the fake identities that were used to avail government schemes. It also aimed to provide the government with transparency. You will be amazed to know that it is the only program carried globally that is free of cost. It also aims to improve the way of servicing and delivery functionalities of the government in the whole county.
Steps to Getting Masked Aadhaar Card
To get your masked Aadhaar card to follow the below-mentioned steps.
- Step1: Open a web browser.
- Step 2: Open the official website of UIDAI or just type http://uidai.gov.in/
- Step 3: Now go to my Aadhaar option and click on download Aadhaar.
- Step 4: Enter your valid Aadhaar number.
- Step 5: Now go and click on “I want a masked Aadhaar”.
- Step 6: Click on send OTP and an OTP will be sent to you on your registered mobile number.
- Step 7: Enter the OTP sent.
- Step 8: Complete the survey that appears.
- Step 9: Click on verify and download.
- Step 10: Your masked Aadhaar will be finally downloaded.
Keep in mind that your mobile number should be registered with your Aadhaar Card else you will face issues in Step 6 and you won't be able to receive any OTP.
How to Access Your Masked Aadhaar?
After downloading the masked Aadhaar you will soon witness that it is protected with a password. To open it, you need to enter the 8 digits password. Now, what's the password? Just enter the initial four letters of your name (In Upper Case) followed by your birth year in the YYYY format. For example, if your name is RAJAN and your birth year is 1996 then your password will be RAJA1996.
Use of Masked Aadhaar
Similar to your normal Aadhaar card you can also use this Aadhaar card as identity proof (e.g., in train or plane). Also, it can be submitted to any hotel for booking. But there is one loophole: one cannot go for availing government schemes or programs with this masked Aadhaar card. Apart from all these, you can also use masked Aadhaar for e-KYC at various places.
Difference Between Masked Aadhaar and Regular AadhaarMasked Aadhaar
- The Aadhaar number which is a 12-digit number isn’t visible completely. The first 8 digits are masked and only the last 4 digits are visible
- One cannot avail any of the government schemes by providing the masked Aadhaar.
- In the case of regular Aadhaar, the 12- digit Aadhaar number is visible clearly.
- By using the regular Aadhaar one can easily avail of the various government subsidies and offers.
The masked Aadhaar card has a varied number of advantages over the normal Aadhaar card. It completely respects your privacy concerns and accordingly doesn’t disclose your private information. It is beneficial when you do not intend to share your Aadhaar card number with anybody.