Know everything about Virtual ID of Aadhar card

Last Updated On: March 28, 2022, 11:54 p.m.


Benefits of e -Aadhaar Card are highlighted hereunder-

1. Easy access- As the e-Aadhaar Card is available online, one can easily access the same at any place and at any time.

2. Completely secure- E-Aadhaar being digital in form is completely secure, there is no fear of misplacing or losing the same

3. Works as identity proof and address proof- Similar to a physical Aadhaar card, the e-Aadhaar card also works as proof of identity and proof of address.

4. Avail subsidies- The benefit of subsidies like LPG, etc. is available on the basis of the Aadhaar card


How to Download e-Aadhaar Card- Simple steps for downloading an e-Aadhaar card are briefed hereunder-

STEP 1 – Visit the site

STEP 2 – Navigate ‘My Aadhaar’ > ‘Download Aadhaar’ (under ‘Get Aadhaar’ section). Selection of the same will take you to a new page.

STEP 3 – Click ‘Download Aadhaar’

STEP 4 – Based on the availability of details, enter either of the following information

a. Aadhaar Number: 

Enter a 12-digit Aadhaar Number; and

Enter Security Code.


b. Enrollment ID:
Enter a 28-digit Enrollment ID; and

Enter Security Code.

c. Virtual ID:

Enter a 16-digit Virtual ID; and

Enter Security Code.


FAQ's on Virtual ID of Aadhaar card:

1. What is Virtual ID (VID)? 

VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. VID can be used in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or e-KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using an Aadhaar number. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.


2. Will re-generation of VID lead to the same VID or a different VID?

After the minimum validity period (currently set as 1 calendar day), on the Aadhaar number holder requests regeneration, a new VID will be generated and the previous VID will be deactivated. In case the resident opts for retrieval of VID, the last active VID will be sent to the Aadhaar number holder.


3. What is the expiry period of VID?

At this time there is no expiry period defined for VID. VID will be valid till the time a new VID is generated by the Aadhaar number holder.

4. What is the expiry period of VID?

At this time there is no expiry period defined for VID. VID will be valid till the time a new VID is generated by the Aadhaar number holder.


5. Can anyone else generate VID for me?

No other entity like AUA/KUA can generate VID on behalf of the Aadhaar number holder.


6. How does a resident obtain VID?

VID can be generated only by the Aadhaar number holder. They can also replace (generate a new VID) their VID from time to time after UIDAI set minimum validity period (currently set as 1 calender day, i.e. a new VID be generated after 00:00 hrs on the next day) . At any given time only one VID will be valid for an Aadhaar number. UIDAI will provide various options to Aadhaar number holders to generate their VID, retrieve their VID in case they forget, and replace their VID with a new number. These options will be made available via UIDAI’s resident portal, eAadhaar download, Aadhaar Enrolment centre, mAadhaar mobile application etc. Presently, VID generation facility is available on UIDAI’s resident portal. Whenever required, VID will be sent to residents via SMS on registered mobile number. VID can also be generated by sending an SMS to the Aadhaar helpline number 1947. Resident will have to type “GVIDLast 4 digits of Aadhaar Number” and send it to 1947 through the registered Mobile Number



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