How to download masked Aadhaar PDF

Home buyer's education series | Oct 10, 2020 | 10 min read

As part of any financial services transaction, providing the Aadhar card and information therein is one of the most convenient ways of providing the Proof of Address (PoA) and Proof of Identity (PoI).

Time needed: 10 minutes.

The reader needs to know that over the last decade, the utilization and the correct method of sharing Aadhaar details has changed. This post is a step by step guide to helping you download the masked Aadhaar PDF file from the UIDAI website.

Necessary Checks:
Aadhaar linked phone

  1. Navigate to the UIDAI website

    Head on to this link for UIDAI. Be sure to get into a space where your telecom network is strong and you are able to receive SMSes.e-Aadhaar by Unique Identification Authority of India

  2. Enter your Aadhaar details

    Be sure to ensure that the masked Aadhaar option is ticked, then click on the Send OTP Button. masked aadhaar ticked

  3. Enter the OTP

    On your mobile you would have received an OTP. If not, then the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar number needs to be changed.

    You will also be expected to answer a short survey. The response does not really matter and you will get to download an encrypted PDF file.OTP on Aaadhaar Download

  4. Enter the PDF password to verify the document

    The password for this document would be a combination of the first four letter of your name (as in Aadhaar) in CAPITAL letters and Year of Birth in YYYY format.

    If for example, your name is Prasad Ajinkya and you were born in 1978, then the password of this file would be PRAS1980.

A variant to this OTP is also a unique face match approach that is sometimes presented. This is primarily useful for those citizens who have somehow misplaced their mobile numbers which are linked to Aadhaar.

The entire process is available as a video tutorial here.

Official UIDAI video on downloading masked Aadhaar

Once you have the PDF in place, keep this for posterity, this PDF document is the one which you need to use in all applications.


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