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Is your Aadhaar still Active?

According to the Minister of State for Electronic and Information Technology, PP Chaudhary, until now nearly 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated by Unique Identification Authority of India. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI. These Aadhaar numbers were deactivated for a number of reasons stated in Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrollment and Update) Regulations, 2016. In his opinion, the regional offices of UIDAI possess the authority to deactivate the Aadhaar numbers. According to him, before the enactment of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, the deactivation (suspension) of Aadhaar number was done as per the Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guideline.

Quoting of Aadhaar number is mandatory for PAN application and filing income tax return. If you want to find out whether your Aadhaar number is active or has been deactivated, then you can check the status of your Aadhaar online. The UIDAI offers a service on its website. Using that service you can easily find out the status of your Aadhaar number. Here is how you can use the tool:

  • Go to the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number ‘ link on the UIDAI website.
  • You can also access the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ tool by visiting the UIDAI website. Once you are on the UIDAI website’s homepage, find the ‘Verify Aadhaar’ link on the right-hand side of the page.
  • Enter the 12-digit Aadhaar number in the relevant box to verify if your Aadhaar number is valid or not deactivated, a message on the UIDAI website reads.
  • In the second field, called ‘Enter Security Code’, fill in the code as displayed in the image and click ‘Verify’.
  • For active Aadhaar numbers, the next page will display a message confirming the status of the Aadhaar number entered. After completion of the Aadhaar verification process, the tool also displays basic information about the Aadhaar holder such as age band and the last three digits of the registered mobile number.
  • In the case of invalid Aadhaar numbers, the page says the number “doesn’t exist” at the end of the verification process.

What to do if your Aadhaar is inactive?

If your Aadhaar is inactive, you need to visit the nearest enrollment centre along with the supporting documents.

  • Click here to find the nearest enrollment centre.
  • You will be required to fill out the Aadhaar update form and your biometrics will be re-verified and updated. You need to pay a fee of Rs 25 at the enrollment centre for the update. Mentioning a valid mobile number would be mandatory during the process.
  • Since the process to activate the Aadhaar requires your biometrics to be re-verified and updated in the UIDAI database, you need to pay a personal visit to the enrollment centre and this can’t be done online or by post. The officials at the Aadhaar enrollment centre will match your new biometrics with the biometrics previously recorded with that Aadhaar number and only if the two sets match then the updation will be done.
Neha Joshi
Neha Joshi
Neha Joshi is a Chartered Accountant and an Assistant Manager at H&R Block. She is the Head of Content and is responsible for strategizing the entire content for website, PR and social media. She comes with a rich experience in publishing where she wrote books for various international professional qualifications. She was also a trainer for the subjects she wrote.


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