An Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Department Authority of India (UIDAI) is a 12-digit Unique Identification Number that serves as a valid proof of address and identity, throughout the nation. Not only grown-ups but children and infants too are eligible for the Aadhaar card as it assures uniqueness of the person on the basis of biometric and demographic data.
If you do not have an Aadhaar card of your own, you can apply for it by visiting the nearest Aadhaar enrollment center. However, those who have already applied for the Aadhaar but their card has not been issued yet or perhaps those who have lost their Aadhaar can download the e-Aadhaar from the UIDAI website. An e-Aadhaar works same as the Aadhaar card and can be used as an address proof across India. This article highlights few services wherein Aadhaar card can be used as an address proof.
- Passport issuance: An Aadhaar card can be used as a residence proof while applying for a passport. However, if your Aadhaar card is less than one year old, at the PSK it should be accompanied by one more address proofs. Also, note that both the documents namely Aadhaar card and the additional proof of address should have the same address. With Aadhaar, you can usually get a passport in 10 days but providing two documents with a dissimilar address may lead to rejection of passport application.
- New PAN Card application: Similar when applying for a passport, an Aadhaar card is used as a valid address proof while applying for a new PAN card. In addition to this, an Aadhaar card is also accepted as a valid identity proof, and date of birth certification. Until now the voter ID card and Aadhaar both were used as a residence proof and id proof of an individual when applying for a PAN card but now Aadhaar card alone will suffice for all these categories. It will, therefore, curb duplication and hence make the PAN card application process a lot simpler and time-saving.
- Opening a bank account: As per the latest changes made by the income tax department of India, Aadhaar card also serves as a valid address proof for opening a bank account. If the address that you have furnished in your bank account matches the address on your Aadhaar card, you need not carry a bundle of documents to the bank and hence make the account opening process a lot simple and convenient.
- SEBI: Till now, Aadhaar card was only used as a proof of identity by SEBI but now it is also used as a proof of address by Securities and Exchange Board of India for investing in stock market.
Apart from these major services, Aadhaar card is used for provident fund disbursals, pension plans, driving license, quick digital locker process, digital life certificates, LPG and other subsidies. Also, it is required for making transactions above 50,000/-.
Gone are the days when Aadhaar card was lying idle in your wallet, now it has become the most important document to avail one and all government benefit. In fact with Aadhaar card, all government related subsidies will reach directly to your bank account. You need not have to register separately for every government benefit.
Aadhaar card provides universal identity to a person. It is now made mandatory for day to day activity. So now that you have understood how important is Aadhaar in the lives of people if you have not yet enrolled in for the Aadhaar card, we advise you to visit your nearest Aadhaar enrolment center today and get yourself enrolled for it.