Aadhaar is a 12 digit number which is issued to the resident when they submit their application along with their demographic and biometric details. The 12 digits Aadhaar Number issued by UIDAI is a life long identity and even though you update your details in Aadhaar the 12 digits number will remain the same.
If for any reason if you want to deactivate or cancel your Aadhaar Card, then as of now UIDAI doesn’t have any policy or provision to deactivate or cancel or surrender Aadhaar.
If you are planning to deactivate or cancel Aadhaar Card because of mistakes or errors present in your Aadhaar Card than you can get all those mistakes rectified by updating your Aadhaar Card Online or by visiting the Aadhaar Seva Kendra.
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Update Aadhaar Details Online/ Enrollment Center
To correct any errors or mistakes present in your Aadhaar you can request Online updates, but via online mode, you can only make corrections of Address and rest all details including address can be updated by visiting the nearby Aadhaar Seva Kendra.
Below are the steps mentioned clearly which will help you to get your mistakes rectified in your Aadhaar.
How to Rectify Aadhaar Address Online
It is very disappointing to inform you that through UIDAI Website, you can now only update or correct your address. And for the correction of rest all details like name, date of birth, gender, mobile, email id, etc, you need to visit the Aadhaar Seva Kendra.
In the past, the UIDAI portal used to allow Aadhaar holders to update all the details online. But it is said that “All that happens actually happens for good”, so there might be some reason behind such decision of UIDAI
Submitting address update request online is very simple, but before that, you should confirm whether you are having a mobile number registered with your Aadhaar. If the mobile number is not registered with your Aadhaar then you cannot proceed to update your address online. The next thing which you will need to do is scan your address proof document and keep it on your device from which you are submitting the request for the address update, remember that the scanned file should be in PDF, JPEG or PNG format and the file size should not exceed 2 MB.
To rectify your address in Aadhaar, you will need to visit the official UIDAI webpage https://uidai.gov.in/
On the homepage, you will find an option update address online
Just click on that option and a new page will open, where there will be two options displayed that is Proceed to update address and request for an address validation letter
You will need to click on the proceed to update address link to proceed further
On the next page, you will need to provide your Aadhaar Number or VID by selecting the applicable option which you have available with you
Once entering those details, you will need to solve the captcha security code and click on the Send OTP or enter a TOTP button
If you have mAadhaar App Installed on your phone then you can use enter a TOTP feature and if not then click on the Send OTP and you will receive one-time-password code on your registered Aadhaar mobile number
Enter the received code in enter OTP/TOTP field and click on the login button
On the next page, two options will be displayed such as Update Aadhaar via Address proof and Update Address via Secret Code
Just click on the button update Aadhaar via Address proof and on the next page you will be asked to enter your new address details
Enter your correct address details as per your address proof document and click on the preview button
Whatever details which you had entered, will be displayed on the next preview page where you will need to verify or cross-check if you had entered the details correctly
If your details are appearing correctly then accept the declaration “I hereby confirm that I have read the instructions carefully and the information provided by me to the UIDAI is true and correct” by tick marking on it and click on the submit button
On the next page, you will be asked to upload the documents by selecting the type of the document which you are uploading from the list
Upload your address proof document from the list and click on the submit button
You have successfully submitted your Aadhaar address update request online, and your Aadhaar update acknowledgment receipt will be generated which you will need to download and keep it with you
Aadhaar update acknowledgment receipt will come handy to you when you want to track the status of your request
Your request will be approved by UIDAI team upon verification within 1 working day to 3 working weeks
You will also receive intimation via SMS
How to Rectify Aadhaar Details from Aadhaar Seva Kendra
To update or rectify any of your details in Aadhaar you will need to visit Aadhaar Seva Kendra. But before that, you should know that to update any of the details in your Aadhaar you will need to submit documents and without valid documents. your request won’t be accepted for the update.
If you want to update DOB then you will need to furnish Proof of Birth document, in case of address then address proof document, and in the case of the name, you will need identity proof document. For mobile and email-id update you won’t need to provide any documents.
Aadhaar Seva Kendra across the nation now accepts online appointments, so if you are not a fan of staying in queue then you can book an appointment so that you can get your job done without waiting.
Visit the Aadhaar Seva Kendra with your existing Aadhaar and the original documents, you won’t need to submit any photocopies of your documents, the originals will be verified by the verifier and returned back to you at the same time.
Request for Aadhaar Update form from the Aadhaar Seva Kendra
Fill up the details asked in the form by quoting your existing 12 digit UID number
Once done submit the form to the verifier for verification
The verifier will verify the form and also cross-check on your documents
Once verification is done your original documents will be returned to you and you will be asked to have a seat at the opposite of operator desk
The Operator will fill up the information in the Aadhaar Software
Once details are entered you will be requested to place your finger on the fingerprint scanner device
Your fingerprints will be used for the authentication with the existing data present in the database for verification
You will be handed over with Aadhaar Update receipt which you will need to keep safe with you until your update request gets approved
Your Update request will be verified by the UIDAI Team and upon verification, your details would be updated
This verification process will take 1 working day to 3 working weeks
Once your update is approved you will be notified via SMS
Suppose if you are worried about your biometric data present in Aadhaar Database will get misused than you can secure your biometric by locking it online, and whenever you want it for any verification process you can unlock it.
Lock or Unlock Your Aadhaar Biometric
To lock/unlock your Aadhaar Biometric Details Online just visit biometric lock page by going to official website https://uidai.gov.in/
On the homepage of the UIDAI, you will find an option Lock/Unlock Biometrics
Just click on the Lock/Unlock Biometrics link and a new page will get opened where you will need to tick mark on “I Understand that after biometric lock enable, I will not perform biometric authentication until I unlock Biometrics” and click on the Lock/ Unlock biometrics button to proceed further
In the next screen, you will have to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar Number or VID, solve the captcha by entering the same text in below enter security code box and click on the Send OTP or enter TOTP button
You will receive One-Time-Password on your registered mobile number
Enter the received OTP in the enter OTP box and click the submit button
On the next page, you will get the option to enable the locking feature, just enable the biometric lock to lock your biometric details. By enabling lock, you can lock your biometrics(fingerprint & Iris) against any biometric authentication attempt
In this way, you can protect your privacy and confidentiality if any time you want authenticate you can follow the same process and unlock your biometrics so that the authentications become successful.
Delete Aadhaar from mAadhaar App
If you have installed the mAadhaar App on your phone and have set it up with your Aadhaar. But now you want to delete the created profile then you can follow the below steps.
- To delete your Aadhaar profile, click on the menu which is displayed at the top of the app screen
- Tap on delete profile option
- And your profile from the app will be deleted