About your Aadhar Card

The Aadhar Card or Aadhaar Card as it is also known, is a unique identity card issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India.

It is based around a 12-digit unique identification number and it records the individual’s biometric and demographic data. Applying for an Aadhaar Card is voluntary and free of cost.

The Aadhar program was started in 2016 when the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was instituted and charged with the creation and management of a centralised biometric ID database to enable a more streamlined and public method of accessing government services, regardless of a person’s caste, gender or religion. Only UIDAI can issue Aadhar cards and collect, and store the cardholder’s demographic and biometric data.

Aadhar is considered a proof of residence, but not proof of Indian citizenship and Aadhaar does not itself grant any citizenship rights to an individual in India.

By law, the Indian government cannot withhold services to a resident who does not possess Aadhaar, as it is a voluntary identity scheme and not mandatory.

However, having said all that, Aadhar is also the biggest biometric ID system in the world and more and more businesses in India are dependent on it as proof of their customers ID.

This means that although the system is itself voluntary, and the government cannot withhold services to people who are on the Aadhar registry or biometric database, businesses can withhold access to their services and do so.

So, if you want to get on in India, get a job, get an education, set yourself up in business, you will at some point need to register on the Aadhar database. We are here to hopefully answer as many of your questions as possible and help you on your way.

We are UK based and Aadhar.co.uk has been set up to give you the latest information on the Indian biometric id system and ID cards known as the Aadhar Card.

On this website we will take you step by step through applying for your card, managing it, using it in your day to day life, and also how to contact UIDAI when things go wrong.

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