Government announced deactivation of 81 lakh Aadhaar cards; Steps to check your Aadhaar Card Status

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The central government recently announced that it has deactivated over 81 lakh Aadhaar cards. The minister of state for electronics and IT, PP Chaudhary revealed this in Rajya Sabha recently. Chaudhary told Rajya Sabha, “Till date, approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI.”

These Aadhaar cards have been suspended due to a number of reasons. These are said to be stated in the Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guideline.

As per the provisions of Section 27 and 28, a person’s Aadhaar card number can be deactivated by the regional UIDAI authority, if there are multiple holders under the same details or if there are any unauthorized biometric data or documents. Children who were also registered before the age of five should update their documents and biometrics once they turn 5 and once again at the age of 15. Every individual gets a time slot of two years to update his/her Aadhaar card details, failing to do so will lead to cancellation or deactivation of the card.

Wondering if your Aadhaar card is still active? Here are simple steps to check the same:

1) Open the main website of UIDAI and click on the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ tab which is under the Purple ‘Aadhaar Services’ section.

2) Once you click on the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ tab, it will redirect you to another page where you will be asked to put your Aadhaar card number and security code. Click ‘Verify’.

3) If your Aadhaar card number is active, then the last page will show ‘Active’ with your personal details alongside.

However, if your Aadhaar card is inactive, you will have to update your details at the nearest enrollment centre. You will need to submit all the required documents again for this. Once you’ve filled out the Aadhaar update form, your biometrics will also be re-verified. There’s a fee of Rs 25 which will have to be paid. The biometrics will only be updated if the old biometrics details match your new ones. In this case, your old biometric details will be nullified.
The documents required for updating Aadhaar card are basically divided into four categories; government authorised ID proof, birth certificate, residential proof and proof of relationship.

For ID proof you can submit any one of the following:

Passport, ration card or PDS Photo Card, PAN Card, driving license, voter ID, NREGS Job Card, government photo ID cards or PSU Issued service photo Identity Card, arms license, photo ID issued by a recognized educational institution, photo credit card, photo bank ATM card, kissan photo passbook, pensioner photo card,freedom fighter photo card, Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)/ Central Government Health Service (CGHS) photo card, certificate of identity that has photo issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on a letterhead, address card that has name and photo issued by the department of posts.

For birth certificate you can submit any one of the following:

-SSLC certificate or book, birth certificate, passport, PAN card, certificate of date of birth that is issued by group A gazetted officer on a letterhead, government photo ID cards or PSU issued service photo identity card that contains the date of birth, mark sheet that has been issued by any government university or board, CGHS photo card or ECHS photo card, state or central pension payment order.

For residential proof you can submit any one of the following:

Bank Statement or Passbook, ration card, passport, post office statement or passbook, voter ID, government photo ID cards or PSU issued service photo identity card, driving license, water bill (It should not be more than 3 months old), electricity bill (It should not be more than 3 months old), property tax receipt (It should not be more than 1 year old), and landline telephone bill (It should not be more than 3 months old), credit card statement (It should not be more than 3 months old), signed letter that has photo from the bank on a letterhead, insurance policy, signed letter that has photo and is issued by a recognized educational institution on a letterhead, signed Letter that has photo and is issued by a registered Company on a letterhead, arms license, NREGS job card, pensioner card, kissan passbook, freedom fighter card, income tax assessment order, ECHS/ CGHS card, certificate of address that issued by the head of village panchayat or an equivalent authority (for rural areas), certificate of address that has photo and is issued by a MLA or MP or tehsildar or gazetted officer on a letterhead, vehicle registration certificate, registered lease/ sale/ rent agreement, caste and domicile certificate that has photo and is issued by the state government, address card that has photo and is issued by the department of posts, gas connection bill (It should not be more than 3 months old), disability ID card or handicapped medical certificate that is issued by the respective State or Union Territory government or administrators, passport of parents (in case of minors), passport of spouse, marriage certificate that has the address and is issued by the government, allotment Letter of accommodation that is issued by the state or central government and is not older than 3 years.

And finally for Proof of relationship, you can submit any one of the following:
Passport, MNREGA job card, PDS card, pension card, CGHS/ECHS/state government/ESIC medical card, army canteen card, marriage certificate issued by the government, birth certificate issued by the registrar of birth, municipal corporation and other notified local government bodies such as tehsil, taluk, etc, any other state or central government issued family entitlement document.

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