Aadhaar Virtual Id

Last modified:2019-10-18

Aadhaar Virtual ID is the 16 digit number which can be generated only by the Aadhar card holders. Aadhar Virtual ID is outlined along with the Aadhaar number for the privacy and security of the resident data. The procedure for the Aadhaar Virtual ID generation, its validity and benefits are elaborately explained in this article.

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What is Aadhar Virtual ID?

Aadhar Virtual ID or the VID is the random 16-digit number mapped with the unique 12-digit Aadhar number which can be used in place of Aadhar number for authentication.  Aadhar Virtual ID can be used for performing any e-KYC services.  But it is not possible to obtain Aadhar number  from the Aadhar Virtual ID.There are two methods of generating Aadhar Virtual ID which are listed below.

  • Through online mode 
  • Through mAadhar app

How to Generate Aadhar Virtual ID through Online Mode?

UIDAI has set up a feature to assist the resident of India to generate Aadhar Virtual ID through the online mode. Generating Aadhar Virtual ID is a very simple process. It is also a secured method of sharing your KYC details for any services. The below steps must be followed to generate the VID through online mode.

  • Visit the UIDAI official website.

  • Under the Aadhar Services, choose “Virtual ID Generator”.

  • In the VID generation page, the cardholder must enter  Aadhar number and security code.

  • Choose “Send OTP”.

  • OTP is sent to the cardholder’s registered mobile number.

  • Choose “Generate VID” to generate the Virtual Aadhar ID.

How to Generate Aadhar Virtual ID Using mAadhar App?

Aadhar Virtual ID can be generated if the card holder has a smartphone and aadhar number handy. Instantly generate Aadhar Virtual ID using this method. For this method also, you will require internet access. One must follow the following steps to obtain the VID.

  • Download mAadhar app from Google playstore.

  • To create mAadhar account, enter the Aadhar number.

  • An OTP will be received in the registered mobile number.

  • Enter it in the given space.

  • The card holder must create the password for the mAadhar account and exit the app.

  • Login to the Virtual Aadhar by entering the password.

  • In the Virtual ID space, enter 16 digits randomly.

  • The VID is generated and can be shared with the agencies for KYC verification.

How Long is Generated Aadhar Virtual ID Valid?

Aadhar Virtual ID has a minimum validity for 1 day from the generation of it. After which, another new VID is created. On creation of the new Virtual ID, the previous Aadhar Virtual ID expires. The resident can generate new virtual ID by following the same procedure as creating the VID. When the new Virtual Aadhar ID is created, the old VID gets deactivated. There is no proper expiry time for the VID. It expires on the creation of the new one.

How to Retrieve Aadhar Virtual ID?

The card holder need not worry if he/she forgets the Virtual Aadhar ID which is already generated. UIDAI assists the residents to retrieve the VID by introducing a online feature for retrieving the Aadhar Virtual ID in a very simple manner. The steps given below are to be followed for this purpose.

  • Visit the UIDAI official website. 

  • Under the Aadhar Services, choose “Virtual ID Generator”.

  • In the VID generation page, the cardholder must enter the Aadhar number and security code.

  • Choose “Send OTP”.

  • OTP is sent to the cardholder’s registered mobile number.

  • Choose “Retrieve VID” to generate the Virtual Aadhar ID.

What is Aadhar Virtual ID Regeneration/Replacement?

When the resident or the cardholder forgets the already generated Virtual Aadhar ID, he/she can replace it with a new Virtual ID. The cardholder must follow the same procedure to regenerate the Virtual Aadhar ID. The old ID become inactive and is replaced with the new Virtual Aadhar ID instantly. One can provide newly generated Aadhar VID for authentication or any KYC services. Now easily obtain services through this feature and keep your information secured. 

How to Use Aadhar Virtual ID for any Authentication?

This Aadhar Virtual ID which is generated by the cardholder can be used as an input for Aadhar authentication. The VID  is used in places of the Aadhar number.  The cardholder can create the Virtual ID any number of times. The agencies can use the Virtual Aadhar ID only when the Aadhar card holder provides consent for authentication. Every time the Virtual ID is created, all the old IDs get erased thus eliminating duplicates. The agencies can never misuse your information as they can use it only at that time and once new Virtual ID is created, no one can access to your information. Aadhar Virtual ID helps paperless authentication and providing of any services. Verification of information and the time taken for those process are considerably reduced.

Who Can Generate Aadhar Virtual ID and its Benefits?

Aadhar cardholder is the only person who has the right to generate the Aadhar Virtual ID. All entities and agencies are restricted from generating the virtual aadhar ID on behalf of the Aadhar cardholders. Aadhar Virtual ID, the randomly chosen number and which is unique like the Aadhar number has the following benefits.

  • Aadhar Virtual ID ensure safety and security of the resident data.
  • The VID being revocable, the duplication is not possible.
  • VID gives access only to required details and ensures that the other important information are kept safe and not misused.

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