Aadhaar Card Letter which you download from Online UIDAI Portal contains a digital signature, so due to the presence of e-sign on your Aadhaar, it doesn’t require a physical signature.
But sometimes on opening your Aadhaar Card PDF on your device, you may find that the digital signature which is there on your Aadhaar PDF is having a yellow-colored question mark and above that, you will also find a text stating validity unknown. So if you facing such issues in your Aadhaar then let me tell you that such Aadhaar with error validity unknown in print form would not be accepted by any authority. So before printing your Aadhaar PDF, you should make sure that the e-signature on your e-Aadhaar is appearing as signature valid.
So if your Aadhaar PDF is showing Validity Unknown with yellow-colored question mark icon then in this post we will be showing how to validate the signature in Aadhar Card.
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Step by Step Tutorial on How to Validate Signature in Aadhaar Card PDF
To validate digitally signed Certificates/Permissions make sure you have Adobe PDF Reader Software Installed on your device, if not then you can download it for free from Adobe Website. This software will act as a PDF reader as well as Aadhar Card Signature verification software.
Once you have Adobe Reader software on your device, just open the downloaded e-Aadhaar PDF File with the Adobe PDF Reader Software.
To validate the e-sign in your Aadhaar, just click on the e-signature.
This will open a new prompt called Signature Validation Status, just click on Signature Properties Option.
From signature properties window just click on Show Signer’s Certificate.
Verify that there is a certification path named ‘UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA’. This identifies the UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA as the owner of the digital certificate that has been used when signing the document.
Click on Trust Tab > Add to Trusted Certificates.
Acrobat Security window will display a message “If you change the trust settings, you will need to revalidate any signatures to see the change. By directly trusting the signer’s identity you are overriding all inherited trust settings. Are you sure you want to do this?”. So to proceed just click on the OK button.
Select all the checkboxes in the Import Contact Setting Window and click on the OK button.
Again on Certificate viewer window screen hit OK and click on Validate Signature.
Once the certificate validation is executed, you will get the following approval
Note: – Once ‘UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA’ has been as a Trusted Identity, any subsequent documents with digital signatures from UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA will be validated automatically when opened.
The above method was to verify the signature in Aadhar Card from desktop or computer, but what about those people who download their Aadhaar directly on their smartphones or mobile. So below is the solution to validate signature in Aadhar in mobile.
How to Validate Signature in Aadhar in Mobile
Like how you verify or validate the Aadhaar digital signature on desktop or laptop, you cannot validate Aadhar signature in mobile. None of the PDF apps for mobile whether it may be Android or iOS provides a facility to verify the signature including Adobe Acrobat Reader of mobile.
But there is a PDF app for mobile called Foxit PDF which has the option to verify the signature of PDF on mobile, but again this feature provided by the app developer is a premium feature for which you will need to pay. But we cannot bet whether it will successfully verify the signature or not, and I don’t think anyone would like to pay for this premium feature especially to get their Aadhaar signature verified on mobile. Instead, you can use the alternative method on how to validate signature in aadhar in mobile.
So here we have an alternative method to validate Aadhar card signature in mobile. But for this method, you will need access to a PC or Laptop.
First of all, you will need to copy or download your Aadhaar PDF file onto your PC or Laptop and then open the file and validate the signature of the Aadhaar PDF by following the same above method which we explained.
Once you are done with validating the digital signature on Aadhaar PDF, you can take a printout of the PDF and then scan it and copy the file onto your mobile so that you will get an Aadhaar PDF with verified signature on it on your mobile.
The second method is very simple and recommended, once you verify the signature of Aadhaar just do the following things:
- Keep the Aadhaar PDF File Open
- Press Print Screen on your keyboard
- Open Paint application or photoshop
- Create a new document on photoshop and paste it by pressing Ctrl+V or go to edit > paste
- if you are doing it from paint then direct Press Ctrl+V or click on paste
- Then you can crop the image and then save it as JPEG or any image format
- Copy the image file onto your mobile storage and you are done having an Aadhaar on your mobile with a validated signature.
FAQ’s on Aadhaar Digital Signature Validation
Do i need internet connection to validate signature in Aadhar?
No, there is no need of internet connection to validate or verify signature in Aadhar.
Do i need to validate signature of Aadhaar downloaded from mAadhaar?
Yes, downloaded Aadhaar PDF from mAadhaar requires validation of signature if it appears validity unknown. But the digital online Aadhaar version present in mAadhaar doesn’t requires any validation of signature.
How to download digitally signed Aadhar Card?
Aadhaar downloaded from UIDAI Website or mAadhaar app are digitally signed, but when you access the file on your device you should add the signature to trusted certificates to get the signature valid mark on your Aadhaar PDF.
Will i need to pay for Aadhar Card signature verification software download?
No, the software Adobe PDF Reader is available for free to download.