6 Documents that must be linked with your Aadhaar card

Do you know what are the documents to be linked with Aadhaar? Here’s a full list

Aadhar Card Documents Important

The final judgement of the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar, however, it struck down several provisions from the Aadhaar Act. On September 26, 2018, the five bench think tank denied banks, mobile operator and private institutions from enforcing customers to share their Aadhaar details.

However, linking certain documents with your Aadhaar card has now been made compulsory by the government. If you do not know what are the documents to be linked with Aadhaar, fret not. This article will give you all the information you need.

These measures are being put into place to ensure that benefits from all government schemes reach the people. The process is relatively simple, and can be done both, online or offline.  

List of documents that can be linked with Aadhaar:

  1. Bank account details
  2. PAN Card
  3. Voter ID Card
  4. LPG Connection Card
  5. Ration Card
  6. Mobile number

Here’s how you can link these documents with your Aadhaar card and the benefits you get by doing this. 

1. Bank account: Banks cannot enforce customers to share their Aadhaar details, however from a serviceability point of view Aadhaar makes it extremely quick and convenient to open a bank account with an Aadhaar proof. Most banks today allow accounts to be opened digitally within minutes through an e-KYC process for which the Aadhaar serves as a one stop tool.

To link your bank account with your Aadhaar online, your net banking should be activated. 

  • Log into net banking and go the link ‘Update Aadhaar Card Details’ or ‘Aadhaar Card Seeding’
  • Enter all your Aadhaar details, verify the same and submit.
  • Once your details are confirmed at the bank, you will get a notification through email or on the registered phone number. 
  • For offline linking, you will need an Aadhaar and Bank linking form. 
  • You can download this or get it from your bank. 
  • Fill in the details, attach a photocopy of your Aadhar card and submit it to your bank. 

Benefit- By linking these two documents, you can receive benefits from government welfare schemes, such as pensions, welfare funds, scholarships etc., all of which are directly credited to your bank account.

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2. PAN: Linking your Aadhaar Card and PAN is not only mandatory, but also must be done before September 30, 2019, as directed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). 

Taxpayers will not be able to file their IT returns without the PAN linked to the Aadhaar. Failure to link the two will also render the PAN Card invalid.

  • To do so, go to http://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and click on ‘Link Aadhaar tab’. 
  • Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number or SMS UIDPAN and send to 567678 or 56161

Here’s all you need to know about linking these two documents.

Benefit- It will reduce corruption and fraud eliminating fake PAN card numbers. It can also identify tax evaders and reduce the possibility of black money circulation. 

3. Voter ID: Linking your Aadhaar with your voter ID is a simple, straightforward procedure. This can be done online, through your phone by sending an SMS or by contacting the call center. 

  • To complete the procedure online, you need to visit the official NVSP website 
  • You can also link these documents by sending the below SMS to 166 OR 51969: 
  • ECILINK < EPIC_Number > < Aadhaar_Number >
  • Or you can call dedicated call centres on 1950 on weekdays, where all you need to do is provide your Aadhaar details and Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number 
  • To link these documents offline, you will have to submit an application to your Booth Level Officer (BLO)

Benefit- Linking these documents will help eliminate multiple voter ID cards in one person’s name, thus cleaning up the voting system. 

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4. LPG: Linking of Aadhaar with LPG connection is required if you wish to receive benefits of LPG subsidies. To do this, your bank account and Aadhaar card must be linked. 

  • You must first download the subsidy form from http://petroleum.nic.in or the official websites of Bharat Gas, HP Gas or Indane (IOCL).
  • Fill it up with the necessary details and submit it to the closest LPG distributor, along with an application. 
  • You can also do it by simply calling the call centre at 18000-2333-555 and following the instructions. 
  • Alternatively, you can link your Aadhaar details through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) set up by various LPG providers. The operator guided process can be done at a time and place of your convenience.

Benefit- This enables you to avail subsidised LPG that the government offers.

 5. Ration card: Like most other documents, the ration and Aadhaar card can be linked online and offline. Again people who are looking to purchase food items at a subsidised rate will be required to link the two documents mandatorily.

  • This must be done from the Aadhaar seeding website.
  • Click on ‘Start Now’ and enter all the necessary details.
  • Once this is done, an OTP number will be sent to your phone. 
  • After entering this number, your application will be processed and you will receive a notification.
  • To link them offline, you need photocopies of your ration card and Aadhaar copies of your family members.
  • You also need a passport photograph of the head of the family. You will also need a photocopy of your bank passbook if your bank account is not linked to your Aadhaar.
  • Submit these to the ration office. You will be notified by SMS or email once the documents have reached the relevant department.

Benefit- It will stop the misuse of ration cards. 

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6. Mobile number: The Supreme Court has specified that mobile operators cannot mandatorily ask customers for sharing their Aadhaar details. Existing customers do not have to update their Aadhaar details with the registry and new customers are free to furnish documents they please, from a list of prescribed documents for completing the KYC (Know Your Customer) process, which is mandatory for obtaining new mobile phone connections. 

However, customers willing to furnish their Aadhaar details can easily do so with their respective service providers, by visiting visit the nearest store to link and verify their Aadhaar card with their phone number.

It is also important to note that your mobile number must be added to your Aadhaar card to enable OTP transactions. Below are the steps you can follow to update your Aadhaar with your mobile number online. 

  • Download and print the Aadhar Update/Correction Form from the website 
  • In the ‘Field for Update/ Correction’ mentioned at the top of the form, tick ‘Mobile’
  • Fill in the necessary details in the form as per your Aadhaar card 
  • Provide your mobile and Aadhaar card numbers in the respective fields
  • Sign or provide your thumb print on the document
  • The application then has to be mailed to the Aadhaar office

This process can also be completed by physically visiting an Aadhaar centre, where along with filling the form, your biometrics will be recorded and verified as well.

If you have already linked your number, and need to update a new number, it can be done online. However, ensure that the linked number is functional before updating the new number. To update the new number, visit the UIDAI website and click on Aadhaar update tab. Once you have entered the necessary details, an OTP will be sent to your existing mobile number. After entering the OTP, you will have to update your new number and submit it.  

Benefit- It helps establish your identity and avail government social security schemes. It can also aid financial matters like keeping bank accounts active and filing tax returns. 

The Centre is also considering making Aadhaar cards mandatory for securing vehicle registration and driving license. This will help in creating a national database and curb the problem of fake licenses.

Now that you know what are the documents to be linked with Aadhaar and the benefits of doing the same, get on it as soon as possible.

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