Not using your Aadhaar card


Not using your Aadhaar card? It might get deactivated

With so many government welfare schemes linked with Aadhaar, it is one of the most important documents you will ever hold.

Also, a vital proof of identity, it can come handy anywhere and anytime.

However, if you don’t use it at all, it may get deactivated.

Here’s how you can check your Aadhaar card’s validity status, and more.

Case for minors

In case of Aadhaar for children, the condition is that their information such as biometrics must be upgraded once when they attain the age of 5, and again at the age of 15. Failure to do so might also lead to deactivation of Aadhaar.

How to check whether your Aadhaar is active or not

In order to check whether your Aadhaar card is active or not, log on to the official UIDAI website.

Click on ‘Verify Aadhaar number’ link under the ‘Aadhaar services’ menu.

On the next page, you’ll be required to enter your Aadhaar number, and the system-generated security code.

Enter these details, and click on ‘Verify’ button.

Your Aadhaar status will be flashed on the screen.

If your Aadhaar has been deactivated, here’s what to do

If your Aadhaar has been deactivated, you can get it reactivated by visiting the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre. You’ll be needed to fill out an Aadhaar update form, re-verify your biometrics, and pay the required fee.


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