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What if I lost my Aadhar Card, do I get a new one?

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Mihir Das

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Aadhaar can be defined as a unique identification 12-digit number that can only be issued by the government of India to every individual resident of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India, also known as UDAI, operates under the Planning Commission of India, is considered responsible for the management of Aadhaar numbers as well as Aadhaar identification cards. There is no age bar for getting the Aadhaar number. For all transactions that we do in our, everyday life needs the existence of Aadhaar number, and so this card is essential for all. But what will happen if accidentally you lost your Aadhaar Card? 

There is nothing to panic in case you have either lost or misplaced the AADHAAR card. If you know your AADHAAR number or safely kept the AADHAAR card acknowledgment slip, which was issued at the time of registration, then very easily, you can download a copy of the original AADHAAR card (duplicate) online. The validity of the duplicate AADHAAR card will be the same as that of the original one, which got misplaced by you. To download your duplicate copy of the AADHAAR card online, visit the portal of e-AADHAAR for the same. You need to pay a fee of Rs. 50 for the issuance of Aadhaar Card duplicate copy online.

Things turn to be a bit different when you completely forgot the number of your Aadhaar Card. Here you need to visit the link Select appropriate option followed by your name, mobile number, and email address. Enter the security code that is displayed on the screen and then requests for OTP. After receiving OTP, enter it and verify. The AADHAR card number will be sent via message on your mobile. Now follow the same process as mentioned above for printing the duplicate copy of the AADHAR card.

Your Aadhaar card is one of the most important documents which you must keep safe. It is better to avoid any situation where you can lose the Aadhar Card. Misuse of the same can be done easily by fraud people where unknowingly, you may get into a wrong trap. Aadhar Card remains linked with our bank accounts, Pan, property documents, and all other legal documents and is a sensitive document that must be handled and kept with care.

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