The Aadhaar card is one of the mandatory KYC documents required for receiving government subsidies and benefits. It is also required in order to open a bank account. However, Aadhaar cardholders are also falling prey to online fraud while completing KYC, etc. Therefore, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced ‘Masked Aadhaar’ as a safety measure for Aadhaar cardholders.
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What is a masked Aadhaar Card?
Using this masked Aadhaar card ID issued by UIDAI, only the last 4 digits of an individual’s Aadhaar card are visible. In the masked Aadhaar card ID, the first 8 base numbers of the Aadhaar card are written as ‘XXXX-XXXX’. Therefore, a person’s Aadhaar card number becomes invisible to strangers, which prevents Aadhaar cards from being misused.
A step-by-step guide on how to download a masked Aadhaar card:
Aadhaar cardholders can download their masked Aadhaar card online in six simple steps to ensure their data is safe from misuse. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Login to the official UIDAI website and click on the ‘Download Aadhaar’ option;
Step 2: Select Aadhaar / VID / Enrollment ID option and tick at masked Aadhaar option;
Step 3: Enter the details sought there and click on the ‘Request OTP’ option;
Step 4: An OTP will be sent on your Aadhaar-registered mobile number;
Step 5: Enter the OTP and click on ‘Download Aadhaar’; and
Step 6: Now, your masked Aadhaar card will become available for download.
How to access your masked Aadhaar Card?
Password protection will be available for the masked Aadhaar, and it will be available in PDF format. After downloading, you will receive a masked Aadhaar card password on your email.