Aadhar number is a 12 digit random number issued by UIDAI to Indian residents after undergoing a verification process. Any individual resident of India irrespective of age and gender may voluntarily enroll to obtain it free of cost by providing minimal demographic and biometric information. Enrollment has to be done only once and a unique Aadhaar number is randomly generated by the process of demographic and biometric deduplication. Demographic information like name, date of birth, gender, address, and biometric information like ten fingerprints, iris scans, and facial photographs are required. Till October 2021,131 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued to Indian residents.
A little insight on the background of Aadhar
‘’Unique makes you the only one is the central message of Aadhar. Aadhar in English means foundation or base and is a groundbreaking initiative of the Indian Government. Aadhar identity platform is one of the key pillars of the Digital India program where every resident of the country is provided with a Unique Identity. The Aadhaar program has already achieved several milestones and is the world’s largest biometric-based identification system. It enables the Government of India to directly reach the Indian citizens for delivery of various subsidies, benefits, and services by using only the resident’s Aadhar number. It is a strategic policy tool for financial and social inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, increasing convenience, and promoting hassle-free people-centric governance.
The Aadhar Card update process can be done by two modes – The online portal or the Enrollment Center. Aadhaar details that can be updated are Demographic ( name, address, date of birth, gender, mobile number, email address, relationship status information sharing consent )and Biometric information ( iris, fingerprint, and facial photograph). The update process accepts a wide range of proof of identity (PoI) and proof of address (PoA) documents. While demographic information can be updated through any mode, updating biometric data is only possible through enrollment centers.
To change a mobile number, the person must visit either the nearest Aadhar Enrollment Center or Aadhar Seva Kendra. Mobile number updation cannot be done online.
Mobile number updation is important because to make any further changes to Aadhar online, an OTP is sent to the registered mobile number.
A person may want to change the mobile number for personal reasons or because of migration to another location.
The process to change the mobile number linked to the Aadhaar card is to visit the nearest Aadhar Kendra Seva carrying their Aadhar card. The nearest Kendra can be found on the Aadhar website https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/(X(1)S(n5jdxm45d5jgxb455nh0gwj3))/easearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
At the center, the person can request an update, fill out the Aadhaar update or correction form, submit the form to an Aadhar executive, and pay the required fee. The person then receives an acknowledgment slip and the request is now under processing. The acknowledgment slip contains an update request number or URN. The status of the request can be checked online with the help of URN. The mobile number updation service is not free of cost but the center charges a minimal fee. For further clarifications, one can call the toll free number 1947 or email at [email protected]