An Aadhaar card is a proof of residence for Indian citizens and the most sophisticated ID program in the world. The 12-digit unique identity number is needed for a host of services such as the purchase of mobile sim cards and participation in various welfare schemes. Hence, it is important for Indian residents to have their Aadhar cards safe with them. If by chance, you happen to lose the card and have forgotten the Aadhaar card number, then do not worry. It could easily be retrieved from the official website by following some simple steps. Given below is the process to retrieve your Aadhaar card number.
Steps to Retrieve Aadhar Card online
The following are the steps that you have to follow to retrieve your Aadhaar Card online-
Log in to the official UIDAI website at https://uidai.gov.in.
At the top left-hand corner, click on the drop-down menu “My Aadhaar”.
Scroll down the list of options. Choose “Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID”.
A new page will open up. You are given two selection choices- “Aadhaar No (UID)” and “Enrolment No (EID)”. Select the option “Aadhaar No (UID)”.
Now enter your complete name. Next, enter either your associated email address or the linked mobile number. Lastly, enter the projected Captcha Verification. Press the button “Send OTP”.
You will get an OTP or a TOTP on your selected option.
Enter the 6 digits OTP or 8 digit TOTP and enter the “Login” button.
The Aadhaar number will be sent to both the linked mobile number and also to your registered email address.
Once you get your Aadhaar number, you can download a regular or masked version of your Aadhaar. This would be as valid as the original Aadhaar letter.
Errors You May Face
During the retrieval process, you may encounter the following possible errors:
No Record Found
As the error suggests that the data entered matches none of the records in the UIDIA database. You may double-check with the name spelling and mobile or email you are using to recover.
Multiple Records Error
Aadhar Multiple Record Error comes when you have multiple Aadhaar numbers linked to a single mobile number and you are trying to recover the lost Aadhaar Card Number. The error display looks like the snapshot below.
Steps to Retrieve Aadhaar Card Offline by Visiting Enrollment Center
The following are the steps that you have to follow to retrieve your Aadhaar Card offline-
- Visit the nearest Aadhaar enrollment center
- Now, the enrollment personnel will handover a form which you have to fill correctly. In this form, you’ll be asked about name, age, Date of birth, address, etc.
- After submitting your form, the enrollement personnel will examin your biometric details like fingerprint and iris scan.
- After this process, the representaitve will provide you with your Aadhaar Number also, you can take a print out of your Aadhaar Number by paying the fee.