Aadhar Number Lost? Get UID/ EID on Mobile
The Aadhar card has steadily but surely become one of the most important documents for Indians because it’s not just a proof of identity and residency, it’s also a legal and obligatory requirement for people to open bank accounts, to avail telecom services, and to enjoy schemes and subsidies from the government.
There’s no doubt about the importance of the Aadhar card, so that’s why cardholders can have a panic attack if they ever lose their Unique ID number (UID) or Enrollment ID number (EID).
I’m here to tell you that there’s absolutely no need to panic or to lose your mind if you ever misplace this kind of information because the Unique Identification Authority of India provides online and offline assistance to retrieve your information.
That means you can go through a simple process and recover your lost information without having to deal with extreme bureaucracy or having to go in person.
Services provided by UIDAI to Retrieve Lost Aadhar Card Details
The UIDAI has a user-friendly platform that users can easily get the hang of, not to mention that it also provides a fast and simple process so that cardholders can retrieve their lost UID or EID number whenever they need to.
Before we go into detail and we look at each of the steps you have to go through to retrieve your lost Aadhar information, you need to know that one of the most important factors is to have your email and phone number already linked to the Aadhar card or the enrollment acknowledgement slip you lost.
This is beyond essential because the One Time Password you’ll need to retrieve your lost UID or EID number will be sent to your email address and to your phone number via text. If you don’t have any email accounts or phone numbers linked to your Aadhar card, it will be impossible to recover anything and you’ll need to go to an enrollment center to get this problem fixed and register your contact information.
How to Retrieve Lost Aadhar Details: (Step-by-Step)
Aadhar cardholders and applicants who have recently gone through the enrollment process can request their lost information on the UIDAI official website and it’s also possible to download a copy of the Aadhar card on the site.
In one of our previous articles we showed you how to do this, so make sure to check it out if you ever need to get a digital copy of your Aadhar card.
Now, here are the steps to recover your lost UID or EID number:
: The first thing you need to do is log into UIDAI’s official website where you’ll find all of the different Aadhar online services that are available to the public.
: Once you’re logged in, click on the option “Retrieve Lost UID/EID” that you’ll see on the page.
: Now you’ll have to fill in the form with all of your personal information, including full name, email address or phone number, etc. The phone number you enter must be the same phone number you already filed in the Aadhar enrollment process and in your Aadhar card.
: Once you input all of your personal details, you’ll have to choose which ID number you want to retrieve; Aadhar Number (UID) or Aadhar Enrollment Number (EID).
: When you do that, it’s time to request your One Time Password (OTP) which will be sent via text to the phone number you already provided.
: When you get your OTP, enter it on the page in order to validate it and verify the process.
: Once your details are verified, you will receive your Aadhar UID or EID on your email or via text on your phone, depending on which one of these details you chose to provide in STEP .
In case you can’t find your Aadhar card or enrollment slip after you’ve retrieved your UID or EID, you can download a digital copy of these documents for free and very quickly. Here’s what you have to do:
: You’ll be redirected to a new form where you’ll have to enter all of your personal details, including full name, ID number, and postal code of the area where you’re currently located.
: You’ll have to request an OTP again, and it’s the same process that we described in STEP .
: When you receive your OTP and verify the process, you’ll be able to download a digital copy of your Aadhar card.
The digital copy will be delivered in PDF format, so you’ll need a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. You also have to know that the digital copy will be password protected. Up until recently, the password was the UID or EID number combined with the PIN code, but UIDAI has made some changes to simplify the process.
Now the password to open the digital copy of your Aadhar card is a combination of the first four letters of your name and the year of your birth. So, it should look something like this “JHON
It will benefit you to know that when Aadhar first started, phone numbers were not required in the enrollment process, which is why cardholders who got their Aadhar card during the early years of the process don’t have a registered phone number. If this is your case, you will have to visit an enrollment center.
When you’re in the enrollment center you’ll have to request for a phone number registration so you can use the online Aadhar services from now on. Also, keep in mind that you have to make sure to update your email address and phone number on the Aadhar site if you ever change them. As long as you have a current email address and phone number registered, you’ll be able to benefit from Aadhar simple data retrieval processes.