- Did you lose your Aadhaar Card during lockdown? Here’s how to get it back
- First thing to do is to file an FIR at your local Police Station
Did you lose your Aadhaar Card (Aadhaar Unique Identification Number) or the Enrollment ID during the lockdown period? Do not worry, you can retrieve it by simply following easy steps.
Aashaar Card has became a saviour of sorts for the marginalised, especially during the novel Coronavirus outbreak, as it comes with a plethora of benefits with it given by both Central and State governments.
Here are the steps to follow to get back Aadhaar:
These are very simple and straightforward steps which you can follow without much difficulty.
- The very first thing to do is file an FIR (First Information Report) at you local Police Station after you lose the printed copy of your Aadhaar Card
- There are 2 websites – https://resident.uidai.gov.in/lost-uideid and https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/#/ which you can visit to retrieve your Aadhaar. Both existing Aadhaar Card holders and applicants (who recently enrolled for it) can submit their request.
In order to retrieve your Aadhaar Card, you must have the following information:
1. Your Aadhaar Number or Enrolment ID
2. The registered Mobile Number or Email Id with the Aadhaar Card
Scenario A: You Know you Aadhaar Number and have the Registered Mobile Number
If you know what your Aadhaar Number is and even have access to the Registered Mobile Number, take it as 95% work done. You can download your Aadhaar from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/#/ or from the mAadhaar App in your smartphone.
Simply download the eAadhaar Card and then get a print out. This e-Aadhaar Card will be a legally valid version of your Aadhaar and will also be accepted as the Aadhaar letter sent via the Post.
You can also pay Rs. 50 on the same website and request the same via post as well.
Scenario B: You know your Aadhaar number but don’t have access to the Registered Mobile Number or the Email ID
In this scenario, you can get a print of your Aadhaar from the website – https://resident.uidai.gov.in/order-reprint – by giving an alternate mobile number where an OTP (One Time Password) will be sent.
A thing to note here is that the new mobile number will not automatically get registered in your Aadhaar. The update in mobile number requires a mandatory biometric authentication. And for that you will be needed to visit an Aadhaar Seva Kendra (ASK).
Scenario C: You have access to the Registered Mobile Number or the Email ID but not the Aadhaar Number
In this case, retrieval of your Aadhaar can be done either for the website – https://resident.uidai.gov.in/lost-uideid – or the mAadhaar application. You will need to fill in the “Full Name” section and the Mobile Number or Email- ID along with the Captcha to receive the OTP.
Once you authenticate yourself by entering the OTP, you will receive the Aadhaar Number on your Registered Mobile Number and/ or Email-ID.
You can then use the Aadhaar Number to order the reprint or download you Aadhaar as explained in the Scenarios above.
Scenario D: You do not have access to either the Aadhaar Number or the Registered Mobile Number/ Email ID
When you will try to re-enrol, the new request will get rejected saying that an Aadhaar already exists, so you will need to follow these steps:
- Call Aadhaar helpline: 1947
- Confirm your details asked by the representative such as Name, Date or Year of Birth, Pin code etc.
- rite down the Enrolment ID shared when you successfully verify of details
- Use this Enrolment ID to Order a Reprint of your Aadhaar from: https://resident.uidai.gov.in/order-reprint