Thursday, March 16

Aadhaar: UIDAI makes this Aadhaar facility free for three months: Dates and more

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has decided to allow citizens to update their documents in their Aadhaar online free of cost. The people-centric move is aimed to benefit millions of residents across the country. As part of the Digital India initiative, the UIDAI is urging residents to get the benefit of a free document update facility on myAadhaar portal.
During the past decade, Aadhaar number has emerged as a universally accepted proof of identity for residents in India. Nearly 1,200 government schemes and programs, run by both the central and state governments, are using Aadhaar-based identification for delivery of services. Besides, several other services by service providers, including financial institutions like Banks, NBFCs, etc are also using Aadhaar to authenticate and onboard customers seamlessly.

Dates of the free service
The free Aadhaar update service is available for the next three months, i.e., March 15 to June 14, 2023.
How to avail free service
It is important to note that the free updation service of Aadhaar is available only on myAadhaar portal. At all physical Aadhaar centres across the country it will continue to attract a fee of Rs 50. This is the same as in the case earlier.
Why update your Aadhaar
The UIDAI has been encouraging residents to upload Proof of Identity and Proof of Address (PoI/PoA) documents to revalidate their demographic details, especially if Aadhaar was issued 10 years back and never got updated. This, the body says, will help in improved ease of living, better service delivery and enhances authentication success rate.
If there is a need to change demographic details (Name, Date of Birth, Address, etc), the residents can use regular online update service, or may visit the nearest Aadhaar centre. In such cases normal charges will apply.

How to update Aadhaar online
Residents can login on using their Aadhaar number. One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to the registered mobile number, one has to just click on ‘Document Update’ and the existing details of residence will be displayed. An Aadhaar holder needs to verify the details, if found correct, click on the next hyper-link. In the next screen, the resident has to choose Proof of Identity (PoI) and Proof of Address (PoA) documents from the dropdown list and upload the copies of the same to update his/her documents. The list of updated and acceptable PoA and PoI documents is available on the official website of UIDAI.
As per Aadhaar Enrolment and Update Regulations, 2016; Aadhaar number holders may, on completion of every 10 years from the date of enrolment for Aadhaar, update their supporting documents in Aadhaar, at least once, by submitting POI and POA documents, so as to ensure continued accuracy of their information.

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