Want to prevent fraud? You must know what is Masked Aadhaar, how to download it

Masked Aadhaar has been invented to keep Aadhaar Card safe. In this, the first 8 digits of your Aadhaar number will not be visible and the last four digits will be visible.

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Masked Aadhaar Download: In India, Aadhaar is a mandatory document for accessing government subsidies and various government welfare schemes.  Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues Aadhaar cards and Aadhaar numbers. However, some people are falling prey to online fraud in the name of online KYC.

So, to make Aadhaar more secure, UIDAI gives you the option to ‘Mask Aadhaar ID’. Masked Aadhaar can be shared without disclosing important personal information of the user including the 12 digit number.

Let us tell you how you can avoid counterfeiting by using a mask base, also, how to download it.

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What is Masked Aadhaar?

Masked Aadhaar has been invented to keep Aadhaar Card safe. In this, the first 8 digits of your Aadhaar number will not be visible and the last four digits will be visible. In Masked Aadhaar, the Aadhaar number is written like this – XXXX-XXXX-1111. With this, the card cannot be misused even if it is lost or stolen.


Where to use Masked Aadhaar?

Mask Aadhaar card can be used for e-KYC update and verification. Masked Aadhaar Card only displays the last four digits of your Aadhaar. Users can share their Masked Aadhaar for eKYC at places where it is not necessary to share all Aadhaar numbers.


Password protected?

Masked Aadhaar is password protected. So, you can open the file by entering first four letters of your name in capital letters and your year of birth in YYYY format.


How to download Masked Aadhaar?

Step 1: Log on to the official UIDAI website and click on ‘Download Aadhaar’ option;

Step 2: Select the Aadhaar / VID / Enrollment ID option and tick the Masked Aadhaar option

Step 3: Enter the requested information there and click on ‘Request OTP’ option

Step 4: An OTP will be sent to your Aadhaar-registered mobile number

Step 5: Enter the received OTP to ‘Download Aadhaar

Step 6: Now, your Masked Aadhaar Card will be available for download.

first published:June 3, 2022, 3:50 p.m.

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