Now, many of you might feel skeptical about the term “duplicate Aadhaar card”, and you might be wondering if this new document holds the same value as the one you lost.
Your concern is genuine, but this should not be a cause of worry.
The UIDAI clarified in one of its issues dated 28th April 2017 that an e Aadhaar card is just as valid an identity proof as a printed or downloaded Aadhaar card.
The statutory body further explained that individuals did not need to laminate a paper printout to prove its validity. Even a black and white printout would work just as well.
This was in response to the query by several individuals after they encountered authorities rejecting downloaded versions of this identity document.
Although there could be various other reasons to get this document deactivated, using a duplicate version isn’t one of them. However, you can still confirm your Aadhaar card validity in the following steps, just to make sure.
- Step 1: Go to the UIDAI portal.
- Step 2: Choose the “Verify an Aadhaar number” option under “Aadhaar services”.
- Step 3: On the next page, enter your 12-digit UID number and the given Captcha code.
- Step 4: Click on “Proceed to Verify” to check your document’s validity.
After completing this procedure, you will see a green tick on the next screen if your Aadhaar is still valid and has not been deactivated.