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Verify Aadhaar before accepting it as proof of identity: UIDAI

Verify Aadhaar before accepting it as proof of identity: UIDAI

Verify Aadhaar before accepting it as proof of identity: UIDAI
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By Anshul  Nov 24, 2022 5:07:04 PM IST (Published)

Any Aadhaar can be verified using the QR code available on all forms of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar) using mAadhaar App, or Aadhaar QR code Scanner. Read more here

The Ministry of Electronics & IT on Thursday said that entities should verify Aadhaar details before accepting it in any physical or electronic form. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) maintains that verification of Aadhaar number following the consent of the Aadhaar holder is the right step to establish genuineness of any form of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar) presented by an individual, it said.

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UIDAI has also requested states to issue directions requiring entities to verify Aadhaar before accepting as Know Your Customer (KYC) process.
The reason behind
This will prohibit unscrupulous elements and anti-social elements from indulging in any possible misuse. It will also promote usage hygiene and reassert UIDAI’s stand that any 12-digit number is not an Aadhaar, the ministry said.
Tampering of Aadhaar documents can be detected by offline verification, and tampering is a punishable offence and liable for penalties under Section 35 of the Aadhaar Act.
UIDAI has requested the state governments by emphasizing the need for verification before usage, and has urged the states to give necessary direction so that whenever Aadhaar is submitted as a proof of identity – authentication/verification of the resident is performed by the concerned entity using Aadhaar as an identity document.
UIDAI has also issued circulars addressing requesting entities, authorized to do authentication/verification, and other entities emphasizing the necessity of verification, and specifying the protocol to be followed, the ministry said.
How to verify Aadhaar?
Any Aadhaar can be verified using the QR code available on all forms of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar) using mAadhaar App, or Aadhaar QR code Scanner. The QR code scanner is freely available for both Android and iOS based mobile phones, as well as window-based applications.
Residents may voluntarily use the Aadhaar number to establish their identity by presenting their Aadhaar either paper or electronic form. UIDAI has already issued dos and don’ts for residents, and residents can use their Aadhaar confidently.
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