There are a variety of documents that verify the identity of a person. This includes documents like PAN cards, Aadhaar cards, voter ID, ration cards, and more. Since these papers are of vital importance, people try to carry at least one or two of them with them wherever they go. This is also how most people lose, misplace or hamper their identity cards.
- Understanding the fundamental definition of a smart Aadhaar card.
- How is a smart Aadhaar card different from a paper Aadhaar card?
- Key characteristics and features of a smart/PVC Aadhaar card.
- How to apply for a smart Aadhaar card online.
- How to check the status of a smart Aadhaar card online?
In the last few years, with the introduction of digitization and advanced technology, almost every sector of society has witnessed a drastic revolution in the way they function and operate. In this article, we will bring under purview the features, characteristics, and benefits of a smart Aadhaar card.
Nowadays, people prefer investing in small and compact resources that do not require too much space or maintenance. This is evident, especially in the technology sector with systems like computers, television, tablets, phones, and more.
Similarly, the government of India has also attempted to smartly integrate the design of identity cards with features of digitization. Smart Aadhaar card stands as one of the best examples of this updated smart technology. Now, before proceeding further, let us learn more about the basic difference between an Aadhaar card and a smart Aadhaar card.
Rahita is a confident 19-year-old college student. To be on the safe side, she carries her Aadhaar card wherever she goes. One afternoon when she got done with her last lecture of the day, she raced towards the bus stop, jumped on the first bus, and secured a seat for herself in the first row.
After a minute, while taking a sip from her water bottle, she realized that her Aadhaar card was missing. After searching everywhere, the next day, she applied for another Aadhaar card in the nearest enrolment centre. That is when the person in charge suggested that she apply for a Smart Aadhaar card.
Did You Know
Smart or PVC Aadhaar card has a digitally signed QR code with all demographic details and multiple security measures that prevent the breach of privacy.
What is a Smart Aadhaar Card?
Aadhaar PVC or a smart Aadhaar card is one of the many types of Aadhaar cards Issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. In simple terms, it is a smart and compressed version of a normal, paper Aadhaar card that can be quoted or submitted for multiple purposes.
Additionally, a smart Aadhaar card is printed on high-class PVC material with a variety of smart features like ghost images, holograms, QR codes, print date, issue date, and an embossed Aadhaar logo and micro text. Below we have mentioned some of the many advantages of obtaining a smart Aadhaar card:
- It can be used as a replacement for a paper Aadhaar card.
- Smart Aadhaar card or Aadhaar PVC is long-lasting, lightweight, and water-resistant.
- Smart Aadhar card was introduced so people can carry their Aadhaar cards conveniently.
- Smart Aadhaar cards reduce a person’s chances of losing, hampering, or misplacing their Aadhaar card.
How to Get Smart Aadhaar Card Online?
Once Rahita was done with her new Aadhaar card application, she started looking for online procedures to get a smart Aadhaar card. With digitization, almost everything is available on different online sites, be it clothes, books, accessories, or anything else. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get smart Aadhaar card online:
First, visit the official website of The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
There, look for the option ‘My Aadhaar’ and click on ‘Order Aadhaar PVC Card’.
Enter your enrolment ID or Aadhaar number with the security code to ensure the process is carried out smoothly.
Next, click the option ‘Request OTP’. After a few seconds, you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
Fill in the OTP and submit.
In the next step, double-check and review all your details. Remember to cross-check every column.
Now, you can proceed to the payment option; remember to download the payment slip receipt.
Once everything is done, keep a check of your smart Aadhaar card delivery status. You can check it by recording the Service Request Number (SRN).
Usually, the smart Aadhaar is delivered within 15 working days.
Words to Remember
In simple terms, SRN is referred to as an 18-digit number that is automatically generated once you have raised a request for a smart Aadhaar card. If you want to view the Service Request Number on your payment or acknowledgement slip. In addition, it is also displayed while checking the application/request status.
How to Check the Status of Smart Aadhaar Card Online?
After Rahita received her Aadhaar Card and requested her smart Aadhaar card, she kept track of the delivery process by using her service request number. Below is a glimpse into how she tracked her Smart Aadhaar card:
- This time again, she logged in to the official UIDAI website.
- Look for the option ‘My Aadhaar and click on ‘Check Aadhaar PVC Card Status.’
- Carefully enter your security code and 12-digit Aadhaar card number.
- In case your personal mobile number is not linked to UIDAI, click on the option ‘Mobile number is not registered.’
- Now, in order to receive an OTP, enter your non-registered mobile number and click ‘Send OTP’ or ‘Request OTP’.
- The status of the smart Aadhaar card along with the SRN number will be displayed on your screen.
- Lastly, remember to save the acknowledgement slip for the future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Yes, you can. When you apply for a PVC Aadhaar card, a preview of your Aadhaar card details will be displayed on your screen, considering your mobile number is linked with your Aadhaar number.
Thoroughly check all your details, if you want to make any changes, click on the ‘cancel’ option and go back. In addition, you can also make changes on your Aadhaar card or Aadhaar letter by visiting the SSUP portal or your nearest enrolment centre.
Yes, you can. When you log in to the official UIDAI website to apply for a smart Aadhaar card, look for an option that says, ‘My mobile number is not registered. So, in case your mobile number is not linked with your Aadhaar card, tick this box, enter the alternate mobile number and click ‘send OTP’. Enter the OTP, and you are good to go.
Aadhaar card is available in a variety of different forms like in print, E-Aadhaar card, PVC Aadhaar card, and more. According to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), all forms of approved versions can serve as valid identity proof in offices, organizations, schools, colleges, and other institutes.
There are many forms of an Aadhaar card that are approved by UIDAI. Since most people first attain a paper copy of their Aadhaar card, they want to attain a smart Aadhaar card or an E Aadhaar card in the future. To apply for a smart Aadhaar card:
Click on the option ‘order Aadhaar card.’
Enter you 12-digit UID/ 28-digit virtual identification number/ 16-digit enrolment number.
Carefully enter the security code.
Request for an OTP
Fill it in the designated slot
You are good to go!
A smart or PVC Aadhaar card is designed with a variety of high-class security features like a hologram, micro text, embossed Aadhaar logo, secure QR code, print date, Issue date, guilloche pattern, and more. Altogether, they ensure that there is no breach of privacy or data loss.
The UIDAI has decided on a standard price to apply for a smart Aadhaar card. The fixed amount is Rs. 50/- which is inclusive of speed post and GST charges. Always try to apply from the official government website, so you don’t have to pay any additional charges.
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