1. How to link Aadhaar Card with phone number; all you need to know about the verification of mobile number process

How to link Aadhaar Card with phone number; all you need to know about the verification of mobile number process

Aadhaar number is not only necessary for establishing your identity to avail schemes but also in financial matters like bank accounts and filing taxes. Even mobile phone service users will now have to verify using Aadhaar numbers.

By: | Published: June 30, 2017 12:08 PM
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Aadhaar card is now a crucial thing to have in India, especially with they way the government has made it mandatory in several of sectors and services. Having an Aadhaar number is not only necessary for establishing your identity to avail schemes but also in financial matters like bank accounts and filing taxes. Even mobile phone service users will now have to verify using Aadhaar numbers, as the telcos, in March, had been instructed to start the process. The Department of Telecom’s order said: “All licensees shall re-verify all existing mobile subscribers (prepaid and postpaid) through an Aadhaar-based e-KYC process.” There is now, one years’ time, until February 6, 2018, for the completion of this eKYC process. Even the Supreme Court had issued an order regarding this issue back in February. This essentially means that be it now or later, users will have to link their current valid mobile number to Aadhaar if they wish to keep availing network services. Here are a few things you should know about the whole process.

What is the Aadhaar based eKYC exactly? Whether you wish to keep your old mobile number or get a new one, you are needed to verify it using your Aadhaar Card number. eKYC is basically an online method of the usual “Know Your Customer” form. Let alone your banks, now even your network service provider should have your information, such as your name, DOB, address, age etc. (Cellular Operators’ Association of India) COAI had earlier pointed out the whole exercise will cost Rs 1,000 crore for infrastructure and training, which will have to be borne by the operators themselves. COAI Director General Rajan Mathews had said in a statement, “The issue of fake subscribers will go away. We will try our best to cover the entire base within the stipulated time frame of one year.”

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What needs to be done? In the case of Aadhaar based KYC, your name, location and other details need to be verified through the Aadhaar authentication online. You will have to provide your Aadhaar number and do the biometric verification in order to complete the KYC. After the eKYC process has been completed, before updating or overwriting the old subscriber detail in the database with the data received through the eKYC process, the licensee will seek confirmation from the subscriber about the re-verification of his/her mobile number after 24 hours through SMS.

What is the exact process? There are two possible cases when it comes to looking for linking your mobile number to Aadhaar. The first scenario would be if you are linking for the first time. In this case, the verification can only be done through an offline channel. You will have to visit your nearest Aadhaar centre to get the Aadhar Update/Correction Form or download it from the UIDAI website. Fill out the form and submit it at an Aadhaar centre. You will also be needed to submit your Aadhaar Card photocopy as well as of an identification proof like voter’s card or driver’s licence. After this, your biometrics (thumb impression) will have to be verified at the centre. This will be used to match it with the biometrics recorded while applying for the Aadhaar card.

In the second scenario, a user might want to update his/her Aadhaar data if they changed a mobile number. This process can be completed offline, however, one must make sure that the previous number is with you, a One-Time-Password (OTP) will be sent to that number. In order to verify your current number, go to the UIDAI website. Within the website, you will find an option called as ‘Aadhaar Update’ and under this, you will see a portal called ‘Aadhar Self-Service’. Here you will have to follow the instructions, and you then you can enter your new number. This number will be updated in the records, one you confirm it through the OTP.

You may like to watch the Mobile number-Aadhaar card link process here:


When do you need to get the eKYC done with your network provider? It is not urgent as of now, but once your start receiving alerts, you should complete the process immediately. There will be advertisements on newspapers and televisions when the eKYC needs to be done. This is because network providers will be compelled to do so, after the directive by the government.

If you want another number from the same telecom company, will your first eKYC be enough? Sadly, the answer is no. According to the notification issued by DoT, in order to issue additional mobile connections to a re-verified subscriber, the operator would have to follow a separate eKYC process. This means that if you have an Airtel or Idea connection, and you get it re-verified too, you will still have to do another eKYC in order to get the second number from them. This is a very long and hard process to complete each time. At least you can convert your number from pre-paid to post-paid without doing the eKYC again.

Who will be affected by this decision? With a population of more than a billion, in a developing country like India, there is a huge number of people who use mobiles. But a large portion of that population still does not have an Aadhaar card who will not be able to continue using phones. This means that each and every user will be affected by this.

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    Reader
    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help the person concerned. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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      Reader
      Nov 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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        Reader
        Nov 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm
        A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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          Reader
          Nov 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          1. Virinder Dewan
            Oct 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm
            In India Mobile users are of various categories, but most of them are using mobiles owned by their relations, e.g. I am using mobile no. owned by my son, who can not come from USA before the due date the problem is that in most of the Bank A/cs, Insurance, Shares in the office dealings, this number is recorded and that cannot be changed easily Since the Linking has been initiated for the security reasons, the relaxation can be extended to Blood relations with proper identification, incl.bio-metric requirement of the actual users to cater to security concerns I don't know abt-ors, but M/S AIRTEL- are quite unfriendly>the user's visit to the designated-outlet, even amounting to `indecent behavior of Center more-FUNNY is response of C.C center-stating-that the designated center -not linked wd the Software refused-recording- compl- -indecent Language Therefore, if the above legitimate relaxation is granted by `Authorities'- esp. to Sr. CTZNs, such incidents can be best avoided
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              ramagovind baiga
              Oct 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm
              vill.akauri po. hanumagarh disttic sidhi (m.p.)
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                Aarti
                Oct 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm
                The offline method id waste of time.I tried it.I sent the Aadhar update form with my id proof to the Hyderabad office.After follow up of 1 year and later filling the RTI for my case they replied me that they cannot update the phone number with this form/offline.I have to go to the Aadhar center to update/add the mobile number. So don't waste your time with the offline method,go to the center and the mobile number. --- Aarti
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                  dinesh
                  Sep 6, 2017 at 10:34 am
                  My Mobile No is already registered with Aadhaar card and linked to PAN Card then why again to be linked with Mobile​operator. thanks.
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                    kamlesh kumar vaydh
                    Sep 3, 2017 at 5:56 pm
                    how to link my aadhaar card number my mob.no.
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                      Kkd
                      Aug 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm
                      wtf...... those people who had posted their Aadhaar number in this comment, PLEASE remove ur comment. IF you don't do it, its going to be misused. I also request the ADMIN of this blog, kindly remove those comment who had posted their Aadhaar number in their comment.
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                        sachin gawai
                        Aug 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm
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                          prema
                          Aug 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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                            SURYA KANTA PANDA
                            Aug 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm
                            In my Daughter Aadhaar card inplace of mobile number Land line number registered. But now I want to add my Wife mobile number to be added to my daughter's Aadhaar No..
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                              Aug 14, 2017 at 11:51 am
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                                Sep 10, 2017 at 11:29 am
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                                Aug 14, 2017 at 11:48 am
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                                      Jul 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm
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                                        Jul 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm
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                                            Jul 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm
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