Aadhaar VID: A secure way to deal with your UIDAI

Aadhaar VID: A secure way to deal with your UIDAI

Gradually, almost all the documentation process has been exposed to online. As a result, there arises a concern about the privacy of personal details. In India, almost in all the documentation, the Aadhaar number (UIDAI) has required to validate the Identity of any user for a hassle-free verification. But a security concern arises ahead of us to save our personal details. So in today’s article, I will tell you about a method by which you can prevent your Aadhaar number to be exposed and your documentation will also complete. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

What is Aadhaar Virtual ID (VID)?

Aadhaar VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number which is mapped with your Aadhaar number. To strengthen privacy and security of Aadhaar number users, UIDAI provides a method in the name of  Virtual ID for an Aadhaar holder to use it in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number to avoid the need of sharing of the Aadhaar number at the time of authentication.

Aadhaar holders are currently required to share Aadhaar number to authenticate their identity to avail various services. With the introduction of Virtual ID, a fungible number mapped to Aadhaar number.

Users will have an option not to share their Aadhaar number to further improve privacy. Virtual IDs allow Aadhaar number holders to share VID instead of their Aadhaar number by various agencies.

Generation of VID

VID can be generated only by those users who have their Aadhaar number. They can also replace (revoke and generate a new one) their VID from time to time after UIDAI set minimum validity period.

UIDAI will provide various options to Aadhaar number holders to generate their VID, retrieve their VID in case they forget, and replace their VID with a new number. These options will be made available via UIDAI’s resident website portal, Aadhaar Enrolment Center, mAadhaar mobile Application, etc.

Authentication/eKYC transaction on a concerned individual can be completed with their VID. VID, by design, is temporary, cannot be used by agencies for de-duplication.

Once, you change your VID, it is unmapped from his/her Aadhaar number in the UIDAI database and it will be allocated to someone else.

How to create VID through the official website?

Step 1: Visit the official UIDAI’s website link by clicking here.

Step 2: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar Number and the security code and click on the “Send OTP” button.

Step 3: An OTP will be sent to your mobile number registered with your Aadhaar identity.

Step 4: Enter OTP and select the option to “Generate VID”.

Step 5: Click on the Submit button.

VID portal

Step 6: You will receive a popup text message like below screenshot.

After successful authentication

Step 7: You will receive your 16-digit VID on your registered mobile number as below.

Message received after successful VID generation.

Features of VID:

  • It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.
  • There will be only one active and valid VID for an Aadhaar number at any given time.
  • Aadhaar number holder can use VID in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed.
  • VID, by design being temporary, cannot be used by agencies for de-duplication.
  • VID is revocable and can be replaced by a new one by Aadhaar number holder after the minimum validity period set by UIDAI policy.
  • No entities like AUA/KUA can generate VID on behalf of Aadhaar number holder.

So that’s it for today guys. Did you enjoy reading this article? If so, then please share it. If you have any suggestions and queries related to the post, let me know in the comment section below. Please do like and share this post to your near and dear ones to explore the knowledge you must know.

Thank you.

Information courtesy: AadhaarAPI

Anil Kashyap

I want to explore new things every single moment of life. Life motto: Learn and teach as much as you can until your last breath.

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