Are you hesitant about carrying your original Aadhaar card everywhere you go? Your Aadhaar copy not only serves as an identification document, but it is also required for various tasks. Whether you want to book LPG, file taxes, open a new bank account or take a new mobile number, you need the unique 12-digit code, issued to you by the UIDAI. So, it only makes sense if you are careful about keeping it safe. In such a situation, downloading an e-Aadhaar card in PDF format and taking a print out of it is the best way to go. You would, however, need an Aadhaar card PDF Password to open the file. Let’s discuss how you can do it.
Aadhaar card PDF Password
If you do not have the e-document of your Aadhaar card, you can easily download it by visiting the official website. After you download the electronic Aadhaar file, you will notice that it is in PDF format and it is also password protected. The system offers safety to Aadhaar card holders and prevents misuse. Do not panic if you do not know the password to your e-Aadhaar card. It is an 8-digit password that you can construct by putting the first 4 letters of your name and your birth year in YYYY format. Remember, the name and the birth year that you will put as your password should match with the Aadhaar card information. Here are some of the examples of passwords:
- 1st Example: If your name is Animesh Kumar and your birth year is 1982, the password will be ANIM1982.
- 2nd Example: If your name is Anil Kumar and your birth year is 1982, the password will be ANIL1982
- 3rd Example: If your name is A.S. Kumar and your birth year is 1982, the password will be A.S.1982.
- 4th Example: If your name is SAI and birth year is 1982, the password will be SAI1982.
Why do you need the Aadhaar card PDF Password?
PDF is one of the safest digital file formats, and by making the document password protected, the UIDAI adds another layer of protection to your e-Aadhaar card. Your Aadhaar card PDF password consists of the first 4 letters of your name and your birth year. Remember, you must put the letters in capital for the password to work.
How to download and take a print out of your e-Aadhaar card?
Whether you have lost or misplaced your original Aadhaar card or you simply want to take out a substitute copy, you can easily download the e-Aadhaar by visiting https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/ and following the steps mentioned below:
In the section called “Your Personal Details”, you can find two options – enrolment ID and Aadhaar. If you do not know your enrolment ID, you need to check the acknowledgment slip that you got after registering for your Aadhaar card. You need to click on the Aadhaar option and provide the 12-digit number.
- If you click on “Enrolment ID”, you will have to provide the 14-digit enrolment number along with date stamp.
- After that, you need to provide your full name. The name should match the one in the Aadhaar card.
- Next, you need to provide the PIN code of your postal address. It should also match with the one you had provided when registering for the Aadhaar card.
- You will see a captcha in the “image” section. You need to fill that area correctly.
- Provide the mobile number that is registered with your Aadhaar card.
- Click on “get OTP” or one-time password.
After you click on “get OTP”, you will receive a text message containing the one time password. You have to enter this OTP and move on to the tab called “Validate and Download.”
A PDF file will start to download. That will be your e-Aadhaar card.
How to open the PDF e-Aadhaar card with password?
Since the PDF file is password protected, you won’t be able to open without the password. There are two ways to open the PDF e-Aadhaar document.
1) You can enter your PIN code (the same one you on your Aadhaar card)
2) Use the password structure consisting of the first 4 letters of your name and your birth year.
No matter which option you choose, the details in the password should match with the information you provided when registering your Aadhaar card.
Once you crack the password and open the PDF file, you can take a print out of it too. If you have a printer at home, you can use that to get a hard copy or you may use someone else’s printer.
What happens if you forget your password?
Forgetting the password to the e-Aadhaar card is not a matter of concern. As discussed above, you can easily construct it with the letters of your name and your birth year. You should use all letters in CAPITAL for the password to work.
Does the online Aadhaar card offer any benefits?
e-Aadhaar allows you to get a copy of your Aadhaar card when you have lost or misplaced it. It is also a great way to get an updated Aadhaar card online. For example, if you have made changes to your Aadhaar card and have not received the modified copy yet, you can easily get it online. Linking your Aadhaar card with your financial, personal and employment profile helps the government to get your full information. On the other hand, you get access to many of the government subsidies and schemes. Here are some of the other areas where you need your Aadhaar card.
If you run a business and have biometric attendance systems in your offices, linking employees’ Aadhaar card with the system will help you track absenteeism and late arrivals. It will not only help you regulate attendance rates, but it will also pay off during appraisal cycles. The system can work wonders in government sectors where late attendance and absenteeism are far too common among employees.
DBT or Direct Benefit Transfer:
When you link your Aadhaar card to your bank accounts, you transfer the monetary benefits of the government subsidy schemes directly to your registered bank account. The same applies to schemes related to unemployment benefits and public subsidy. Other schemes to fall under the scope of DBT include MGNREGS and domestic LPG.
In some states such as Telangana, you can also link your Aadhaar number with your ration card. This can significantly reduce and prevent the risk of ration card duplication.
EPFO or Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation of India:
EPFO is the government organisation that offers Provident Fund schemes to Indian employees. The organisation has started to link Aadhaar details of account holders to their respective Provident Fund accounts. The EPFO has also gained the status of a UIDAI registrar. The organisation can issue Aadhaar numbers to subscribers of the Provident Fund schemes.
Now that you know how to download your e-Aadhaar card and open the PDF file with the correct password, there is no cause for you to be concerned about the process.