Aadhaar card, previously known as Unique Identification (UID) card, is a national identity card issued to the residents of India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The card contains a 12-digit unique number known as Aadhar number. Aadhaar is linked to demographics and biometrics of each person like photographs, fingerprints and IRIS. All individuals including Infants irrespective of Age and gender can enroll for Aadhaar. Aadhaar enrolment is one time effort at free of cost. Aadhaar can be used as proof of identity and address across India. Aadhaar number is cost effective way of verifying identity online. Aadhaar number is valid for lifetime. Once assigned to an individual aadhaar number remains same throughout his/her life. Aadhaar eliminates the duplicate and fake identities in several government and private databases. Aadhaar is a randomly generated number and cannot be classified based on caste, creed, religion and geography. Enrolling for Aadhaar is voluntary.
Facts about Aadhaar:
Aadhaar is a unique 12 digit number. It is not a card.
Aadhaar is for each individual including infants in the family and not one per family like ration card.
Aadhaar will collect biometrics and demographics of the individual and will not collect profile information like caste, religion and language.
Aadhaar is for every resident irrespective of his/her existing documentation.
Aadhaar is not a replacement for all other identifications.
Each individual can have unique Aadhaar number. Multiple Aadhaar numbers are not allowed.
UIDAI information is not accessible to public and private agencies. UIDAI has right to give Yes or No response for any identification authentication queries.