Today, Aadhaar card is needed for almost everything starting from a bank account to mutual fund investments to real estate investments. You even need it for filing your tax returns. Losing your Aadhaar card can turn out to be a big hassle. If you lose your Aadhaar card, your entire financial life can come to a standstill. Besides, you have to be very careful with your Aadhaar card for security purposes too as that could be misused by frauds.
However, getting a duplicate Aadhaar card if you have lost yours is pretty simple. Note that this is useful only when you have the registered mobile number and email id with you. This is the number and email id that you gave while registering for Aadhaar. This is needed to receive the One Time Password (OTP) that will be sent to your mobile.
The following steps can be followed for getting a duplicate Aadhaar card if you lost yours. It can also be followed for getting your Aadhaar card in case you changed your address after applying for Aadhaar and it was never sent to you.
Getting a duplicate Aadhaar card
In the drop-down menu, under ‘Select UID/EID, choose ‘You want to retrieve your lost Aadhaar number (UID)’. You can also use your enrolment number to retrieve your Aadhaar in case you didn’t receive your Aadhaar card.
Enter your personal details such as your full name (as on your Aadhaar card), email id, mobile number and the security code that is displayed on the page. Then, click ‘Send OTP’.
You will receive an OTP on your registered email id or mobile number. Enter the OTP that you receive. Then, click ‘Verify OTP’.
You will receive your Aadhaar number or enrolment number on your mobile. Keep this with you. Visit https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/.
Choose ‘I have Aadhaar’ or ‘I have Enrolment ID’. Give your enrolment id or Aadhaar number. Give your full name, PIN code and security text displayed on the page. Click ‘Get One Time Password’.
You will receive an OTP on your mobile number or email id. Provide the OTP that you receive. Click ‘Validate & Download’.
You will get your Aadhaar card as a pdf file. It will be password protected. The password will be your pin code. Enter it and you can take a print out of the Aadhaar card.
You can visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre, provide your biometrics and get a copy of your Aadhaar card. You can also call 1800-300-1947 which is a toll-free number. Want a digital copy of your card? Download the mAadhaar app on your phone.
Now you can use the DigiLocker provided by the government to store your Aadhaar card and other important details. Ensure that your Aadhaar details are not shared with an unauthorised entity.