The UIDAI, the Unique Identification Authority of India, issues a 12 digit identification number for all the individuals living in the country.
The number is given to the residents once they give their biometrics and demographic details at the different government Aadhar card enrollment centers.
Dr. Manmohan Singh launched this program in the year 2009, and Nandan Nilekani gave the name for this program Aadhar in the year 2010.
The word Aadhar means base or foundation in Hindi.
The eligibility needed for Aadhar enrolment:
The purpose of having an Aadhar card is to verify the identification of the resident living in the country for different reasons. It is not only Indians who can apply for this card, here are the eligibility criteria for issuing aadhar card:
- The applicant is a citizen of India and resides in the country
- The applicant is not a citizen of India but lives in the country
- A foreigner residing in India
There is also an Aadhar card for the newborns, which is known as the Baal Aadhar card.
Aadhar for residents of India:
Every citizen of the country can apply for the Aadhar identification card.
Now the government of India has also made it compulsory to link the PAN number with the card for filing the annual income tax returns.
Aadhar for minors:
Unlike the voter’s card, the Aadhar card is also available for the minors.
It is very simple to apply for the card for children as you just need to give the birth certificate and identification and documents of the parents.
The children can present their biometrics as soon as they turn 5 or 15 years old.
Aadhar for foreigners:
An Aadhar card is not proof that you are a citizen of India because it just has the necessary details for the identification of the person, which makes it applicable for the foreigners who are residing in India to have the same card even if they belong from some other country.
The eligibility criteria for foreigners to have the card is that they have to reside in India for more than 182 days in the last 12 months.
Documents that are required to apply for the card:
- Passport of the person who is applying for the card
- PAN card
- Voter identification card of the applicant
- Driving license
- Ration card
- Photobank ATM card
- Birth certificate of the person
It is very easy to apply for the card once you have all the documents that are needed for the identification proof.
You can either apply for the card online on the website or visit the nearest aadhar card verification center for the application of the card.
Once you give all the documents and fill in the details, you will get your card for the identification proof.
The card is very useful for many purposes, and mainly the identification person and all the people mentioned above can apply for the card.