The very basic detail about applying for an Aadhar Card is checking out for your nearest enrollment center and submitting all the required documents and the mandatory biometric data. If you have found the enrollment center, the book for an appointment online. If you find it uncomfortable to book an appointment, visiting the center without one can also be done. But then, having an appointment saves you a lot of time.
Visiting the center – Things to know
When you visit the center, the first thing you will be required to do is filling out the enrolment form. You can also check out for the form online. Submitting the form requires an add-on list of supporting documents – a proof of identity and a proof of address. Next, comes the biometric data section wherein you will be required to include the impression of your fingerprints and your iris, followed by your photograph just for the records. After these steps are done, make sure to get an acknowledgment slip of your enrolment, wherein you can find a 14 digit enrolment number to help you keep a track of your application status.
Check for the status
You can check the status of your application by visiting the UIDAI website and typing in the enrolment number to know if you have been allotted with an Aadhar Card number or not. Even if you happen to lose your enrollment number at any serious cost, you will still be allowed to track your status online. You can also get your Aadhar Card number via SMS by visiting the official website and entering the enrolment number along with the date and time of appointment and your registered mobile number.
Download your Aadhar Card
After the process, you are requested to wait for around 90 days for the Aadhar Card to arrive at your place. The same will be arriving via the Indian post, which again can take a lot of time given the number of people who apply for the card. However, you can also opt for the Aadhar Card Download option. You will simply be required to visit the UIDAI website and enter the enrolment number, the date and time present in the acknowledgment slip, your full name, area pin code and the registered mobile number. Once the registration is done, you will receive an OTP, which will lead to the Aadhar Card Download. For your information, this one is just as valid as the Aadhar Card sent by the Indian Post itself.
In case if you do not receive your OTP, you might want to check if the mobile number has been registered during your application for the Aadhar Card or if you have any network problems or other issues like blocked sim. If not any of these, try deleting a few text messages enabling some space for the new message to arrive. Sometimes, restarting your phone works too.
Beyond all these, there might be a case where the application could have been rejected. This is the result of you not having proper documentation submitted during enrolment, which clearly states you will be required to re-apply for the same. You can simply follow the same process as before, for booking appointments.