When one applies for an Aadhaar card, an enrollment centre records his/her demographic details, such as name, address and contact number. Additionally, it also captures one’s biometric details and records them on the Aadhaar card.
Biometric data in an Aadhaar card comprises the following:
- Fingerprints of all the 10 fingers of an individual
- His/her iris scan of both eyes
Therefore, an individual must provide this set of data at the time of enrolling for an Aadhaar card. Additionally, one also needs to provide his/her fingerprints or iris scan for verification in order to update or acquire any Aadhaar-related information.
So, what is a biometric update in an Aadhaar card?
An Aadhaar biometric update is required if your biometric details are already stored with UIDAI and have undergone changes. In rare cases, biometric information can change. For instance, individuals can catch a disease or meet with an unfortunate accident that results in biometric changes, which then calls for an update. Furthermore, biometric details are subject to change in the case of children as their fingerprints and facial features develop with age.
For instance, an update is necessary in the following cases:
- An infant with an Aadhaar card (Baal Aadhaar) attains 5 years of age.
- Children with an Aadhaar card attain 15 years of age.
- A cardholder suffered injuries or sickness that led to alterations in his/her biometrics, such as an eye transplant surgery.
Therefore, UIDAI recommends that all cardholders update their biometric details every 10 years. As a result, newer details ensure that UIDAI’s database always remains up-to-date.
Now that you are well versed with updating an Aadhaar card biometric, let’s talk about how you can go about this process.