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PVC Aadhaar Card: What Is It? Features, How to Apply & Check Status

Updated on: 16 May, 2024 04:31 PM

Aadhaar is a unique identification number that was first introduced in 2010. Since its introduction, more than 135 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued. An Aadhaar card is a single unique document that you can use to register for multiple government services and benefits. Given the importance of the Aadhaar card, the government has introduced PVC Aadhaar cards consisting of better security features and durability. Let us understand more about it.

What is PVC Aadhaar Card?

The Aadhaar Card or Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identification number provided by the Indian government to its residents. It is a randomly generated number by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Aadhaar is issued after verifying the identity of the applicant.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Aadhaar card is the most recent development in Aadhaar cards to make them handy and durable. You can easily apply for PVC Aadhaar through the UIDAI website.

What are the different types of Aadhaar Cards?

Currently, there are four different types of Aadhaar cards -

  • Aadhaar letter - An Aadhaar letter is a long form of the Aadhaar card that can be used as an Aadhaar card. You can either keep the entire letter or cut off the upper part.
  • eAadhaar - This is the soft copy of the Aadhaar card, which is available in digital/electronic form. It can be downloaded from the website.
  • mAadhaar - mAadhaar is also a digital form of the Aadhaar card. Even though it is similar to eAadhaar, it is available on your mobile and can be easily accessed from there.
  • PVC Card - PVC Aadhaar card is the latest type of Aadhaar card that will be printed on PVC. Aadhaar holders can pay INR 50 and apply for a PVC Aadhaar card through the official website.

What are the Features of PVC Aadhaar Card?

PVC Aadhaar cards use the latest technology to ensure your personal details are completely safe and secure. Given below are the security features provided by PVC Aadhaar cards -

  • Secure QR Code
  • Micro Text
  • Issue Date and Print Date
  • Aadhaar logo embossed
  • Hologram
  • Guilloche pattern
  • Ghost Image

What are the benefits of PVC Aadhaar Cards?

PVC Aadhaar cards are highly secure and better than other forms of Aadhaar cards. Here are the advantages of a PVC Aadhaar card -

  • PVC Aadhaar cards have good printing quality and lamination
  • PVC Aadhaar cards are highly durable and very easy to carry. They can easily fit into your wallet like your ATM and PAN cards.
  • The latest PVC Aadhaar cards provide top-notch security features like a hologram, ghost image, and micro text.
  • The PVC Aadhaar card is waterproof; you can easily carry it without worrying, even in the rain.
  • It consists of a QR code that can be used to verify the details instantly.
  • It also has the Aadhaar logo embossed in it.

How to apply for PVC Aadhaar Cards?

If you want to apply for the all-new PVC Aadhaar card, here are the steps you must follow -

  • Step 1. Visit my Aadhaar portal ( And login using your Aadhaar number.
  • Step 2. After successful login you will see plenty of services offered by UIDAI, click on “Order Aadhaar PVC Card.” Order Aadhaar PVC Card
  • Step 3. You will be seeing a preview of your Aadhaar details, if you find your Aadhaar card details correct, click on the “Next” button. Aadhaar card details
  • Step 4. Accept the check box that you understood the process of payment/cancelation/ refund and click on “Make Payment.” Make Payment You can choose from different payment mode options; after a successful payment process, you will be shown a confirmation message on the screen. Don’t forget to save your SRN number to check the status of your PVC Aadhaar card. PVC Aadhaar card PVC Aadhaar card

How to check the status of your PVC Aadhaar Application?

Once you have applied for a new PVC Aadhaar card, you can track the status of your application by following the below-mentioned steps -

Visit the official website of UIDAI (, scroll down, click on the “Check Aadhaar PVC Card Order,” fill in the SRN number and captcha, and hit the “Submit” button and the status of your PVC Aadhaar card order will be shown on the screen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What is the difference between a normal Aadhaar card and a PVC Aadhaar card?

A normal Aadhaar card is a paper-based document that is laminated. PVC Aadhaar cards are Polyvinyl cards with superior security features and durability.

Q- Where is the PVC Aadhaar card delivered?

You will receive your PVC Aadhaar card at your registered address. You can also change your registered address on your Aadhaar card and track the status of your request.

Q- What is the SRN number?

SRN number is a service request number of 14 digits which is generated once the request for a PVC Aadhaar card is raised.

Q- How many days does it take to deliver a PVC Aadhaar card?

It generally takes 5 days to deliver the PVC Aadhaar card to your residence address.

Q- What happens if a PVC Aadhaar card is not delivered?

If your PVC Aadhaar card is not delivered after the stipulated time, email them at [email protected] or call at 18001801947.

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.