Aadhaar Virtual ID is an user-generated temporary 16-digit random number that can be used for authentication along with fingerprint instead of actual Aadhaar number. This temporary 16-digit number will be valid for a certain period of time. In this post, we will see simple steps to generate your Aadhaar Virtual ID.
The main aim of Aadhaar Virtual ID is to protect the privacy of the Aadhaar holder like his/her personal data including the demographic and biometric information mentioned on the actual Aadhaar card.
From June 1, 2018, all the agencies that require Aadhaar authentication should accept Aadhaar Virtual ID like mobile operators, bank, financial institutions etc.
The Aadhaar Virtual ID together with your biometrics would only give limited details to these agencies like your name, address and photograph, which are enough for these verification.
5 Simple Steps to Generate Aadhaar Virtual ID
Creating your Aadhaar Virtual ID is very simple, any Aadhaar holders can create this.
Step 1: Download mAadhaar App from Google play store, UIDAI website or visit the enrolment center to create your virtual ID.
Step 2: On mAadhaar App, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number or scan your Aadhaar card to create mAadhaar account.
Step 3: An OTP will be sent to your Aadhaar registered mobile number. Ensure that the mobile number is same as that available with UIDAI as your registered mobile number. mAadhaar app will automatically read the OTP once it is received and there is no provision to manually enter the OTP in mAadhaar app.
Step 4: Next, you need to create a password for your Aadhaar app.
Step 5: Once, your app is ready. Go to the virtual ID section and type 16 digits randomly. You can generate as many Virtual IDs as you want, the older IDs will get automatically canceled once a fresh ID is generated.
Where you can use the Aadhaar Virtual ID
You can use your Aadhaar Virtual ID for the below important services in India.
- Opening your bank account
- Availing various government subsidies like Kisan Nidhi Samman scheme
- Buying your insurance policies
- Applying for tatkal passports and many more.
At a time, one can generate only one virtual ID against an Aadhaar number. But, you can generate as many times as you want.
When you provide your virtual IDs instead of Aadhaar, Aadhaar details are not accessed by the agencies.
This is a great option to avoid Aadhaar data leakage and keep your personal information safe.