How to Download Masked Aadhaar

UIDAI recently introduced masked Aadhaar, to strengthen security against leakage or non-disclosure of UIDAI number. This new feature with Aadhaar masking allows the option to download eAadhaar, where only the last four digits of Aadhaar will be visible and not the full 12 digit number.

Masked receptacle

So users who are concerned about privacy can share their e-Aadhaar with confidence, as their masked e-Aadhaar will contain only the last four digits of their Aadhaar number. This feature proves to be very useful in cases where sharing of Aadhaar number is not mandatory.

Masked e-Aadhaar comes with a digital signature and is just as valid as regular Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar.

Comparison between masked vs regular Aadhaar

Regular Aadhaar Masked receptacle
Reveals the full 12-digit Aadhaar number Reveals only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number

What is masked receptacle?

Masked Aadhaar is an Aadhaar in a secure form where the first 8 digits of the 12 digits of the Aadhaar number are hidden and only the last four digits are mentioned.

Characteristics of masked receptacles

  1. Masked e-Aadhaar is the same as normal e-Aadhaar, and is valid like e-Aadhaar or normal Aadhaar letter.
  2. You can now share your e-Aadhaar without the fear of revealing your 12-digit Aadhaar number.
  3. Masked Aadhaar will hide the first eight digits of the Aadhaar number and all other information like demographic details, QR code and photograph will be visible.
  4. Residents can use the masked format of Aadhaar as a proof of identity document without revealing the Aadhaar number.

How to Download Masked Aadhaar Card

Residents who are interested in downloading their masked Aadhaar card, can download it by following the same regular process of downloading their e-Aadhaar.

The only difference here is that you have to select the Masked Aadhaar option while downloading. So to make the process easier, we have explained the complete steps involved in this download process

To download masked Aadhaar card, first you need to go to UIDAI official portal by accessing the link

Once you land on the UIDAI homepage, just click on the Download Aadhaar link

This will open a new page called myAadhaar

My Aadhaar Page

From the myAadhaar page, just click on the Download Aadhaar option

This will take you to the eAadhaar download page

Make sure you have your Aadhaar, or Enrollment ID, or Virtual ID and your details handy

Download Aadhaar

Select from I have Aadhaar or Enrollment ID or VID (whichever details you will have with you).

Enter your Aadhaar or Enrollment ID or VID in the field below

Solve the captcha image and click on Send OTP

Download Aadhaar OTP

Before entering the OTP field you will get an option “Would you like a masked receptacle?”Click on that option to enable masked Aadhaar download only

Enter the OTP and click on the Verify and Download button

The PDF file will start downloading

Once the document is successfully downloaded, open the file with PDF Reader Software

When prompted for a password, capitalize the first four letters of your name, followed by year of birth

Entering this password will enable you to open the document

After viewing, you will be able to find a difference between regular e-Aadhaar and masked Aadhaar that the UIDAI masked Aadhaar card will mention the last four digits of your Aadhaar number and the rest of the digits will be hidden.

Download masked Aadhaar using mAadhaar

To download Aadhaar in masked format using the mAadhaar app, install the mAadhaar app from the App Store.

Login to mAadhaar app using mobile number

Once logged in, tap on the Aadhaar Download option listed under All Services

On the next screen select your choice whether you want regular or masked Aadhaar

Just tap on Masked Aadhaar option to enable masked Aadhaar card download

mAadhaar Download Aadhaar

On the next screen, select I have Aadhaar number or Virtual ID (VID) number or Enrollment ID number as per the details you have

Enter Aadhaar Number or VID or Enrollment ID whichever option you choose

mAadhaar Download Aadhaar

Solve the captcha code and tap on Request OTP button

OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number

Download the OTP

Enter the OTP code and click on the submit button

Important information

Tap on Open button to download Aadhaar

Aadhaar password

After opening the file, it will ask to enter the password

Enter the password which will be the first 4 letters of your name in capital letters and year of birth in YYY format

You can use this document wherever you want to prove your identity without revealing your Aadhaar number.

Click on the below button to know the process of downloading regular Aadhaar with full 12 digit number.

Can I order masked Aadhaar PVC card?

Masked Aadhaar can only be downloaded, it cannot be ordered in PVC format.

Can I download masked aadhar card without password?

The masked version of Aadhaar needs to complete OTP verification to download the file. So without OTP password it cannot be downloaded.

How to apply for Masked Aadhaar?

No separate application process is required to apply for masked Aadhaar, instead it can be downloaded online like regular Aadhaar.

How to download masked aadhaar without mobile number?

You cannot download masked version of Aadhaar without registered mobile number.

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