e-Aadhaar Card Download and Duplication

There are steps you should take if you have lost or misplaced your card. Additionally, we explain for you here what to do if you want an extra, duplicate electronic version – an           E-Aadhaar card download.

What to do if you have lost your Adhaar Card?

If you have lost or misplaced your card, it is easy to obtain a duplicate card. The process is also the same if you have gone through the application process, but not received your card. The exact method you will need to depend on two things:

  1. If you have your Adhaar number (or acknowledgement slip)
  2. If you do not have (or cannot remember) your Adhaar Card or acknowledgement slip

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What to do if you HAVE your number/acknowledgement slip


If you have received a SMS confirmation that says ‘Aadhaar Card is processed successfully’, you can easily get an E-Aadhaar Card Download. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit the online portal. The link to the website can be found here: https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions, completing the basic personal details and add your enrolment number (if you still have it).
  3. A ‘Get One Time Password’ message will appear on screen. Click on this tab.
  4. Wait for the One Time Password to be sent to your registered mobile number by SMS.
  5. Find the ‘Enter OTP’ section on screen and input your OTP that you have been sent.
  6. Next, click the tab that reads ‘Validate & Download’.
  7. A new page will open on the screen. Locate the option ‘Download Aadhaar Card’
  8. Enter your residence pin code.
  9. Click ‘Duplicate Aadhaar Card in PDF Format’.
  10. Check for any mistakes. This is a good opportunity to update the personal details related to your card, if necessary. It only takes a few simple steps and is quick to do. If you need to make changes or corrections, click here online portal
  11. Print off a copy, if required.

What to do if you have LOST your Aadhar card number or acknowledgement slip

Don’t worry, it is a simple process to get a duplicate copy even if you have lost your Aadhaar card number or if you have misplaced your acknowledgement slip. Just follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://resident.uidai.net.in/find-uid-eid
  2. Look for the heading ‘YOU WANT TO RECEIVE LOST’.
  3. Choose Option 1: Aadhaar No (UID) or Option 2: Enrolment No (EID).
  4. Enter your FULL NAME.
  5. Enter your registered email address.
  6. Enter your registered mobile phone number.
  7. Complete the security code field.
  8. Click the tab that reads ‘GET OTP.’
  9. An SMS will be sent to your registered mobile number. The OTP will also be sent to your email address at the same time.
  10. On screen, enter this One Time Password into the relevant box, as requested.
  11. Click on the tab that reads ‘VERIFY OTP.’
  12. A new SMS will be sent to you containing either your Aadhaar card number or Enrolment number (depending on your choice in Step 3 above).
  13. Next, visit the e-aadhaar section of the online portal. This can be found here:  https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/
  14. Select the appropriate option under the heading ‘I HAVE’. Your choices will be either: ‘AADHAAR’ or ‘ENROLMENT ID’.
  15. Enter the details as requested on screen: Adhaar Card Number or Enrolment Number, Full Name, Pin Code, Security Text and Mobile Phone Number.
  16. Next, click the ‘GET OTP’ tab.
  17. Your OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number and your registered email address.
  18. On screen, fill in the OTP in the relevant box.
  19. Click on ‘VALIDATE & DOWNLOAD’.
  20. Your e-aadhaar card download will go straight into your deviceevice.
  21. Enter your pin code as the password.
  22. Your e-aadhaar will open in PDF format.
  23. Print. This can now be used as proof of identity and address.

Other ways to get a duplicate/replacement card

There are two other ways for you to obtain a replacement for a lost card. These are:

  1. Contacting the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  2. Contacting your local enrolment centre

The UIDAI has a toll-free phone number that can be used to contact them to inform them that you have lost your card. They will send your enrolment number to your registered mobile number by SMS and to your email address.

Alternatively, contact a regional office to notify them about the fact you have lost your card. You will need to have your original supporting documents that you used in your initial application. You also will need photocopies of these documents. Details of your nearest regional office can be found on the online portal.

Why should you get an e-aadhaar card download?

Obviously, if you have actually lost or misplaced your Adhaar card, it’s important that you get a replacement. However, it’s a good idea to download a duplicate anyway. If you print off the PDF version, you have the peace of mind that if you were to lose your card, you have a spare copy to hand.

E-Aadhaar Card download to your phone means that you always have your card with you.


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