Masked Aadhaar

Masked Aadhaar is a downloadable version of your e-Aadhaar where the first eight digits of your Aadhaar number are masked as "xxxx-xxxx." This means only the last four digits are visible, along with other details like your name, address, and photo. This helps protect your Aadhaar number from being misused while still allowing you to use it for verification purposes where required.

Where can I use my masked Aadhar card?
Masked Aadhaar is accepted wherever Aadhaar is required as a form of identification, such as for opening a bank account, applying for a loan, providing identity proof for vehicle or property purchases, and more. A complete Aadhaar number is necessary for government benefits and schemes.

Masked Aadhaar can be used for unlicensed establishments such as pubs, cinema halls, and hotels as they are not authorized to collect or store your Aadhaar details. In situations involving such establishments, it is advisable to use Masked Aadhaar for safety.

Steps to Download Masked Aadhaar

Here are the steps to download Masked Aadhaar online:

Step 1: Visit the official UIDAI website and Click on Login.

UIDAI Masked Aadhaar Card Download

Step 2: Enter the Aadhaar number, Captcha, and click on Login With OTP.

Masked Aadhaar Download Login with OTP

Step 3: Enter the OTP received on the Aadhaar registered mobile number and click on Login.

Step 4: Click on Download Aadhaar.

Step 5: Click on "Do you want a masked Aadhaar?"

Step 6: Click on Download.

Step 7: Open the downloaded file and enter the first four letters of your name in CAPITAL letters and year of birth in YYYY format.

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Difference Between Masked Aadhaar & Normal Aadhaar

Masked Aadhaar Card and Normal Aadhaar Card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI and differ in terms of how the Aadhaar number is displayed. The table below shows the difference between both:

Feature Masked Aadhaar Normal Aadhaar
Aadhaar number visibility Only the last 4 digits are visible The full Aadhaar number is visible
Mandatory to use Optional to use Mandatory in some situations
Ideal for Situations where full Aadhaar disclosure is not mandatory All Aadhaar-related purposes
Privacy risk Lower Higher

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Important Points to Note on Masked Aadhaar

Here are some important points to note about Masked Aadhaar:

  • Masked Aadhaar is not mandatory in all situations.
  • You can still choose to share your full Aadhaar number if required.
  • Masked Aadhaar is a valid proof of identity.
  • Download and store your masked Aadhaar on a secure device.
  • Avoid sharing your masked Aadhaar with anyone.
  • Be cautious of phishing attempts that may ask you to share your complete Aadhaar number.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To obtain a Masked Aadhaar card, you can visit the official UIDAI website and download the Masked Aadhaar by selecting the appropriate option.

Yes, a Masked Aadhaar card is a valid proof of identity and can be used for verification purposes just like a regular Aadhaar card.

Masked Aadhaar is accepted where Aadhaar is required for verification, such as for opening bank accounts, activating SIM cards, etc.

The benefit of a Masked Aadhaar card is enhanced privacy and security by concealing most of the Aadhaar number digits.

A Masked Aadhaar card displays only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number on the card.

No, you cannot order a specific type of Aadhaar card online; you can only download it in the available format.

No, individuals are allowed to have only one Aadhaar card. Having multiple Aadhaar cards is against the rules and could lead to penalties.

The main difference is that a Masked Aadhaar card displays only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number for added privacy.

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