Stages of Aadhaar UID enrolment process

Once you get the enrolment form, you need to fill in the form completely with all correct information. Next, visit the enrolment center in your area. If you have been specifically assigned a date and time for the enrolment process, you need to visit at that time only. If you do miss out the date & time, you can request for a new date & time. It is best for all the members of a family to visit the enrolment center to save time! After about 60 to 90 days, the Aadhaar UID will be sent to your home by post.

These are the steps at the enrolment center:
1. You have to provide the verification document.

2. The data submitted by you will be entered by the enroller.
Data entry

3. An image of your face is captured.
Face image captured
4. The image of your iris is captured.
Eye iris scan

5. The images of your fingerprints is captured – first one hand and then the other. All ten fingers must be captured.
Fingerprints capture

6. The images of your thumb prints are then captured – you have to place both thumbs simultaneously on the machine.
Thumbprints capture

7. The enroller then has to sign off on the machine with his own finger print.
Enroler signing off

Important Notes:
1. Biometric scanning process for Aadhaar UID: This involves capturing images of your fingerprints, thumprints and iris. It is compulsory for the enrolment process.

(a) Aadhaar UID for children: Children, too, should be included in the enrolment process to get Aadhaar UIDs. If your child is below 5 years of age, biometric scanning will not be done. Instead, the child's UID will be processed on the basis of (a) demographic information; and (b) facial photograph linked with the UID of the child's parents. However, when the child reaches the age of 5 years, he/she will then have to be re-enrolled with biometrics of ten fingers, iris and facial photograph. The child's biometrics will then be updated once he/she reaches the age of 15 years of age. Intimation to this effect will be mentioned in the original Aadhaar letter.

(b) Aadhaar UID for differently abled people: If you are have missing fingers/hands, only your photo will be used for identity determination + there will be markers to determine uniqueness of the face.

2. Aadhaar UID enrolment for those without identity and address proof documents: Poor residents may not have the proper identification documents required as proof for the enrolment process. In such a case, they can take along and "Introducer" to establish his/her identity. The introducer must be pre-approved by the Registrar.

3. Make very sure that you complete the entire biometric process correctly. Do not simply get your fingers scanned - your thumbs & iris have also to be scanned.

4. Do not leave without taking the acknowledgement receipt. This is proof that you have completed the enrolment process and is also important to track the status of your Aadhaar UID card.

Is it necessary to apply for Aadhaar UID?: As of now, the Govt. has not made it mandatory that all citizens must apply for Aadhaar UID. You can choose whether or not you wish to apply for Aadhaar.
However, in my opinion, it is best to apply for the Aadhaar UID.
(a) A few years hence, producing the Aadhaar UID can be made mandatory proof when applying for something. Perhaps a Voter ID or driving licence may no longer become sufficient proof! After all the Aadhaar UID uses biometric scanning to ensure the authentic identity of a person, whereas a Voters ID, driving licence, even a passport can be forged.
(b) A particular organisation may decide to give special discounts & benefits for those with Aadhaar UID.
(c) If the enrolment process has begun in your area, best to get it done now. Who knows? After a year it will be more difficult, if enrolment centers are in out-of-the-way locations!

Enrol for the Aadhaar UID right away - it is for your own benefit!

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