Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has become a very important document for citizens of India. It is an identity card issued on the basis of your biometric and demographic data. You can use your Aadhaar card as proof of identity and address proof in any part of the country.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar card to people, has now launched certain Aadhaar related services which you can access via SMS. This service is useful for people who do not have internet facility to access UIDAI's website or m-Aadhaar app. To avail Aadhaar related services through SMS your mobile number must be registered with the UIDAI.
You will be allowed to lock your Aadhaar number to prevent it from misuse. To lock your Aadhaar, it is mandatory to have virtual ID.
Locking Aadhaar number via SMS is really easy. All you have to do is send two SMSes. This is how you can lock your Aadhaar number via SMS
GETOTPLast four digits of your Aadhaar number. For instance, if your Aadhaar number is 1251 1458 1258, the SMS sent should be GETOTP 1258.
After you send the SMS, UIDAI will send you the SMS containing the 6 digit OTP.
After you receive the OTP, you must send a second SMS. You must follow the below SMS format.
LOCKUIDLast four digits of Aadhaar number 6 digit OTP number
Your Aadhaar number will be locked as soon as you send the SMS and you will receive a confirmation message. After your Aadhaar is locked, you will not be able to authenticate using your fingerprints or iris. You can authenticate only through virtual ID.
Just like locking Aadhaar number, you must have your virtual ID for unlocking your Aadhaar number as well. To unlock your Aadhaar number you must send two SMSes.
Here is how you can unlock your Aadhaar number using SMSes
GETOTPLast six digits of your Virtual ID number.
Once you send the SMS, UIDAI will send you the SMS containing 6 digit OTP.
After you receive the OTP, you must send the second SMS to unlock your Aadhaar number. You must follow the below SMS format:
UNLOCKUIDLast six digits of Virtual ID 6 digit OTP number.
You will receive a confirmation message from UIDAI after you send the SMS. After your Aadhaar number is unlocked, you will be able to use it for authentication.
You can generate a virtual ID by sending an SMS to 1947 from your registered mobile number. You must follow the SMS format below:
GVIDLast four digits of your Aadhaar number
If you have lost your virtual ID, you can retrieve it by sending an SMS to 1947 from your registered mobile number. You must follow the below SMS format:
RVID Last four digits of your Aadhaar number
See Also: How To Link PAN With Aadhaar?
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