The deadline for linking mobile numbers with Aadhar is now extended. The order came in from the Supreme Court of India. The previous date was set on February 6th. However, that date is now until the end of March, that is, 31st March 2018. Those who are completely unaware of this should know that this a compulsory procedure for every citizen of India to do to continue using a phone number and its services. Irrespective of the fact that whether or not Aadhar card was used as a mean for verification at the time of getting a new connection, the customer needs to do the eKYC verification again before 31st March 2018.
These orders of re-verification came directly from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). As far as they are concerned, every citizen needs to complete this verification process. The Supreme Court complied, and there we have it. Now how to re-verify your existing mobile number through eKYC verification. Let’s take a look at the various steps.
Update 2 January 2018
Today UIDAI has issued directives for generating OTP or IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Service to facilitate the linking, also known as the re-verification based link. Now you can re-verify your mobile number from home whether you are on Vodafone, Aircel, Jio, Idea, Airtel or any other operator. You just have to call the toll-free number 14546. Follow the steps mentioned below.
Official Steps: How to Link Aadhar with Mobile?
- This process supports English, Hindi, and several regional languages
- Firstly, you have to call 14546 from your mobile
- Select the respective option (Indian national or an NRI)
- Press 1 to give consent to link Aadhaar with your number
- Now provide your Aadhaar number and then press 1 to confirm
- An OTP will be sent to your device
- Provide your phone number
- Accept consent for it to fetch your name, photo and date of birth
- Now the IVR will mention the last four digits of your number
- If it is correct, you can enter the OTP you received via SMS
- Now press 1 to complete the re-verification process
- If you want to link another phone number, then press 2 and then follow above steps.
Link Aadhar Card to Mobile Number
The first method is pretty simple and direct. The customer can directly go to a retail store of their telecom operator. Then hand over your Aadhar details to the executive there and directly link your existing mobile number to your Aadhar card. You need to carry your Aadhar card with you as the verification process will be completed only via a fingerprint scan.
Link Aadhar Using OTP
Another process is a hassle-free process and probably the faster between the two. This linking process is done via OTP sent to your mobile number. You have to send 12 digit Aadhar number through an SMS to UID recipient number. Now you will get an OTP sent to you from UIDAI to your Aadhar registered mobile number. You don’t need to go any retail store and just complete the re-verification process directly from home. However, the OTP will be sent only to the mobile number you used in time of applying for your Aadhar card. So during the time of applying for the Aadhar card and verification process, if you change your phone number, you won’t be able to re-verify using this OTP method.
IVRS Method: Dial 14546
You have to dial a toll-free number 14546. Response a computer generated call via a keypad. Provide your 12 digit Aadhar number. You will receive an OTP on Aadhar registered number which you have to enter manually for authentication.
How to Update the Mobile Number Linked to your Aadhar Account?
This process can be done online as an OTP verification is required. So in order to do this, you need to go to the nearest Aadhar verification centre. Then you need to submit the relevant documents to the concerned executive there. Basically, you will need to submit your mobile number bill with the address, name, etc., as a mean of documentation. Then your new mobile number will be linked to the Aadhar card. Once this is done, you will receive an SMS from UIDAI saying the process is complete.
Things to know for foreign citizens, NRI’s who are Not registered in UIDAI
DoT did provide a way for foreign nationals to verify their numbers through an online process. They need to go to the telecom’s official website and fill up an online form and also upload copies of their passport and visa on it. This process will begin on the 1st of January, 2018.
There is a special category for senior citizens(above 70), NRIs and physically handicapped people who do not have Aadhar. They can fill a form online with documents as proof of age, residence or handicap, whatever the category. However, customers who belong to these three categories need to submit various required details of a “trusted person”. They will also need to submit Aadhar details of this “trusted person”. This trusted person will verify the mobile number user’s identity who selected him/her as his/her trusted person. A single person can be a “trusted person” for a maximum of only five individuals. However, the deadline for this is also same. All of this needs to be completed within 31st of March, 2018.