Aadhar Smart Card: Aadhaar card is the twelve digits unique identification number issued to the citizens of India by the Unique Identification Authority of India (under the Government of India) in 2009.
This card is one of the most vital documents of an Indian citizen so as to provide them with a universal identification number and so, this is linked to all the official documents of an Indian citizen. There is no age limit for getting an Aadhaar Card – all people starting from a newborn to a senior citizen, everyone can avail of the facilities of an Aadhaar Card.
Aadhar Smart Card
The case of Aadhaar card is that it is usually printed on glossy paper which is proof of you having a valid Aadhaar Card and moreover, the government has recently stated that black and white copies of the same are valid. However, some agencies charge extra to laminate the document.
- However, some agencies have been reported charging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200 I order to produce a PVC version of the Aadhaar card.
- It is marketed by these agencies as a smart card.
- This card has no official validity and no Aadhaar chip.
- As of 2022, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had stated in a statement that the PVC or even Plastic Aadhaar smart cards are usually not usable and are not valid forms of Aadhaar verification.
- This is because the QR code of these smart cards commonly becomes dysfunctional during any unauthorized printing at some vendor or shop.
- In addition to that, there could be a lot of possibilities of sharing Aadhaar details (such as personal and sensitive demographic information) without the user’s informed consent by some devious elements.
- Certain mobile apps have been claiming to verify the Aadhaar card using a form of QR code scanner.
- Needless to say, the QR code is also not a secure representation of the regular Aadhaar card.
- QR codes in such cards can also be copied and edited.
The only legitimate way to validate an Aadhaar card is performing an online validation, by virtue of which the card number can be considered valid, the postal code can be confirmed along with the gender of the holder.
In theory, this actually means that is very much possible to create a false Aadhaar card just by using the number of a genuine Aadhaar card holder from the same postal code with possibly the same gender, with the card ultimately being subject to a number of cases of impersonation and counterfeiting.
It is very important to keep in mind that Aadhaar Card is one of the most important documents for an Indian citizen, and hence, it is your sole responsibility to safeguard your Aadhaar card, else it might be misused by hackers who might steal your information.
So, even while updating any detail of your Aadhaar Card, you need to ensure that you don’t share the details and the EID, UID or OTP in any case, with any third party person or vendor so that you can keep your details safe.
India’s Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) today said in a statement that the Plastic or PVC Aadhaar smart cards are often not available as the QR code is usually defective in some vendor/shop during such unauthorized printing. There could also be the risk of exchanging Aadhaar data (personal sensitive demographic information) with certain devious elements without informed consent.
UIDAI reiterated that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway section or downloaded versions of Aadhaar on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly legitimate and citizens should not yearn for the so-called Aadhaar smart card as it may lead them to fall into the ploys of those unscrupulous elements which print Aadhaar on a plastic / PVC sheet and charge between Rs.50 and Rs.300 or more.
UIDAI also told citizens to hold themselves away from these elements/shops/vendors. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, “The so-called Aadhaar Smart Card is completely unnecessary and waste, as its QR code is often dysfunctional during such printing. The Aadhaar card or Aadhaar card written on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is ideally appropriate for all forms of uses.”
When an individual loses his Aadhaar card, he can access his Aadhaar card from https:/eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in at no price. Even in black and white type, the print out of the downloaded Aadhaar card is as accurate as of the initial UIDAI Aadhaar text. No need to print it on a plastic / PVC sheet or get it laminated.
CEO, UIDAI urged citizens to be careful to safeguard their privacy and suggested that they should not share their Aadhaar number or personal information with unauthorized entities for lamination or plastic card printing.
UIDAI advised unauthorized entities not to collect Aadhaar details from the general public for the purposes of printing Aadhaar cards, such as gathering such details or illegal printing of Aadhaar cards or supporting these individuals in some way constitutes a criminal offense punishable by the Indian Penal Code and the Aadhaar Act, 2016.
Locate an Enrolment / Update center near you:
To enroll for Aadhaar, you would be asked to visit an Aadhaar Enrolment Center for yourself or your family member. If your Aadhaar demographic details (name, address, doB, gender, mobile number, email) are not up-to-date, you can update the same by visiting an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Aadhaar holders kids (who turned 15) or those who need to update Biometrcis data-Fingerprints, Iris & Photographs are also needed to visit an Enrolment Centre. Please receive relevant documentation showing the Address.