The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India provides a range of services for Aadhaar holders and applicants online. The UIDAI – which issues the 12-digit personal identification number also known as Unique Identity Number (UID) under the Aadhaar programme – offers these services through its “self-service” portal, uidai.gov.in. While Aadhaar applicants can check the status of their enrolment application using the UIDAI portal, those already registered under the biometrics-based personal identification programme can verify their UID, among many other features. (Also read: RBI says demonetisation, Aadhaar spurred digital payments growth)
Here’s how you can access some of these online facilities provided by the UIDAI through its self-service portal (uidai.gov.in):
How to enable/disable Aadhaar card biometrics lock
To enable the biometrics lock system, the user can start by selecting the “Lock/Unlock Biometrics” option from the homepage of the UIDAI portal. On the next page, he/she can proceed by entering details such as Aadhaar number or virtual ID (VID) in the indicated fields and clicking on “Send OTP”.
Once the biometrics associated with an Aadhaar are locked, the UIDAI portal displays the message: “You will not be able to authenticate by using your fingerprint or iris. You can unlock biometrics temporarily for any authentication requirements. You can also disable the Locked Biometrics.”
(Also read: How to change the address given on your Aadhaar)
In order to deactivate the biometrics lock system on a temporary basis (the lock gets enabled automatically after 10 minutes), the user is required to log in to the UIDAI portal in the same way as explained above and click on “Unlock”.
Once the biometrics details are unlocked, the UIDAI portal displays the message: “Your Biometrics is unlocked now… You can authenticate by using your fingerprint or iris. You can also disable the Biometric Lock.”
In order to disable the Aadhaar biometrics lock system (permanent deactivation), the user is required to log in to the UIDAI portal and first click on “Unlock”. In the next step, the user is required to log in, fill in the required details and click on “Disable” to proceed. This can be done before the biometrics are automatically locked in the stipulated time.
Once the biometrics lock is disabled, the UIDAI portal displays the message: “Your Biometric Lock is disabled. You can enable your Biometric Lock any time. But before that you will be required to login using your Aadhaar.” In this case, the Aadhaar biometrics lock is not engaged automatically.
How to update address fed into Aadhaar system
One of these facilities enables the user to apply for a change in the address fed into the Aadhaar database. The user can update the address online by submitting valid documents or an address validation letter (for those without documents), according to the UIDAI protal.
(Also read: How to order Aadhaar card reprint online)
Here’s how to access this Aadhaar card online service using the UIDAI self-service portal:
The Aadhaar holder can access the service by selecting the “update your address online” option on the UIDAI portal. On the next page, the user is required to log in to the portal through an OTP- or one-time passcode-based verification process…..Read More>>>