How to download masked Aadhaar card

People who are concerned about revealing their Aadhaar number or who wish to hide Aadhaar number details do so by opting for a masked Aadhaar. According to UIDAI, you can mask your Aadhaar number on your downloaded e-Aadhaar using the Mask Aadhaar option.

What is masked Aadhaar?

Masked Aadhaar numbers are created by replacing the first eight digits of the Aadhaar number with characters such as “xxxx-xxxx”, leaving only the last four digits exposed.

Under Masked Aadhaar, only the last four digits of the 12-digit Aadhaar number are visible on the document, protecting the identity of the subscriber by masking the first eight digits. This ensures that the card cannot be misused even if it is lost or misplaced.

How to download Masked Aadhaar

You can download Masked Aadhaar in three ways: Aadhaar number, Enrollment ID, and Virtual ID. When downloading eAadhaar, you can choose between normal Aadhaar and masked Aadhaar.

Step 1: Visit the official website of the UIDAI.

Step 2: Select ‘My Aadhaar’ from the drop down menu.

Step 3: Select the option ‘Download Aadhaar card’.

Step 4: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number or other unique identifier (UID)

Step 5: Now, choose the option ‘Masked Addhaar’.

Step 6: Verify that the captcha code is correct.

Step 7: Select ‘Send OTP’ from the drop down menu. (Alternatively, you can choose ‘Enter TOTP’).

Step 8: Enter the OTP and download your Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar card, which is masked.

Aadhaar’s letter PDF password will be 8 characters long.

Combination of the first four letters of your name (as in Aadhaar) in capital letters and year of birth in YYYY format.

Example: Your name is ANISH AND KUMAR Your year of birth is 1989.

So your e-Aadhaar password is ANIS1989

If the name is Kush and the year of birth is 1990, the password will be KUSH1990

If the name is Ravi and the year of birth is 1998, the password will be RAVI1998

When can Masked Aadhaar be used?

Masked Aadhaar can be used for eKYC in situations where it is not necessary to provide the Aadhaar number. It only shows the last four digits of your Aadhaar.

According to a circular issued by UIDAI on October 23, 2018, based on the opinion of the Attorney General of India, physical copies of the Aadhaar card, as well as e-Aadhaar, masked Aadhaar and offline electronic xml provided by UIDAI (if voluntarily offered by customer) can be accepted as Officially Valid Documents for KYC purposes.

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