Aadhaar has been projected as the most important and the most reliable proof of identity and address for Indian residents. It not only contains the demographic details but also contains the biometric data of the card holder which makes it very hard to forge. The Aadhaar issuing authority, UIDAI, has made provisions to include all residents living in India under this scheme, irrespective of their age. Aadhar card for children is issued as well by UIDAI. Even new-borns are eligible for Aadhar card. Many hospitals have started to get babies enrolled for Aadhaar and they provide the Aadhaar acknowledgement slips along with birth certificates these days.
Aadhar Card for Children below 5 years of Age
Before parents go for enrolling their children for Aadhaar, they should read some of the salient features of Aadhar card for children below 5 years of age:
- Aadhaar card can be generated for all children below 5 years including new-borns.
- No biometrics of the child is taken in this case.
- Only the child’s photograph is taken for Aadhaar
- It is compulsory to provide Aadhaar of any one of the parents.
- In case both parents don’t have Aadhaar, they have to get enrolled for Aadhaar first.
- Once the child is five years old, he has to provide the biometric data of all 10 fingers and iris scan.
- The photograph is also taken during the process.
- The same process has to be repeated when the child attains the age of 15 years.
Aadhaar for Children between 5 and 15 Years of Age
Aadhar card for children between 5 years and 15 years is issued in a similar manner as that of adults. UIDAI has not differentiated between Aadhaar for children and adults. However, there are some salient features of Aadhaar for children between 5 to 15 years of age:
- The process of enrolment is similar to that of adults
- The only difference is the type of documents needed to be submitted
- The child has to get the biometric data (all 10 fingerprints, iris scan and photograph) updated when he turns 15 years of age
- The birth certificate has to be provided in all cases
- The biometric data can be updated again in the later stages of life in case biometrics do not match in future
The process of enrolling children for Aadhaar is a bit different than adults. The type of documents required for enrolling children for Aadhaar is also different for children.
How to Apply for Aadhaar for Children below 5 years of Age
Here’s how to apply children below 5 years for Aadhaar:
- Visit a nearby Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. You can locate a nearby Enrolment Centre as well.
- Fill the Aadhaar Enrolment Form mentioning your Aadhaar number as well
- Note that any one of the parents have to provide Aadhaar details for enrolling children below 5 years
- Your child’s photograph is taken
- The address and other demographic details are filled from the parent’s Aadhaar.
- It is mandatory to provide birth certificate for children
- Fingerprints and iris scan is not taken for children below 5 years
- The Aadhaar executive hands over the acknowledgement slip that contains the enrolment number
- The enrolment number can be used to check the status of Aadhaar generation
- You will get your child’s Aadhaar within 90 days
How to Apply for Aadhaar for Children above 5 years of Age
You have to follow these steps for enrolling your child between 5 to 15 years of age for Aadhaar:
- Visit a nearby Aadhaar Enrolment Centre to apply for Aadhaar for your child
- Fill the Aadhaar Enrolment Form
- Mention your Aadhaar number and details in case you do not have a valid address proof of your child.
- Submit the form along with relevant documents to the executive
- The executive takes your child’s biometrics (10 fingerprints, iris scan and photograph)
- Once the process is completed, an acknowledgement slip is generated
- The acknowledgement slip contains the enrolment ID that contains the enrolment number and time and date of the enrolment
- The enrolment ID can be used to check the status of Aadhaar
- The Aadhaar card is sent to the applicant’s address within 90 days of enrolment
- When the child turns 15, he has to get his biometric data updated in UIDAI’s database
Applicants have to submit different documents for Aadhaar enrolment of children below 5 years and for children between 5 to 15 years of age. Mentioned below are the lists for both categories:
Documents to be submitted for Aadhaar for children below 5 years of age:
- Child’s original birth certificate
- Aadhaar card of any one of the parents
- Original copies of both documents have to be provided as well for verification
Documents to be submitted for Aadhaar for children between 5 and 15 years of age:
- Birth certificate of the child and any one of the following as Identity Proof
- School identity card
- Bonafide certificate on the letterhead of the institution
- A parent’s Aadhaar card
- Identity certificate issued by the Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead containing the photograph of the child
Any one of the following has to be submitted as the Proof of Address:
- A parent’s Aadhaar card
- Address certificate issued by MP or MLA/Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead containing the child’s photograph
- Address certificate issued by Village Panchayat Head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
- No fee is charged from the applicant for enrolling the child for Aadhaar.
- The cost of Aadhaar enrolment is borne by the government.
- When the child goes for biometric update after attaining 5 or 15 years of age, no fee is charged from the child
- However, whenever any demographic data has to be updated during this period, the applicant has to pay a fee of ₹30/-
- In case the applicant wants to update his biometric details in Aadhaar in future, he has to pay a fee of ₹30/-
Parents of children can register their mobile number with their kid’s Aadhaar card and use the mAadhaar app to carry the Aadhaar card of their child in their smartphone. The mAadhaar app is designed to add up to 3 Aadhaar cards. A person can manage his as well as his child’s Aadhaar card in the mAadhaar app. The Aadhaar card of the child can be accessed anytime and anywhere and used as the proof of identity or address. This facility can be accessed by parents of children aged below 5 years as well as those ageing between 5 to 15 years.