Masked Aadhar Card
Masked Aadhar Card

Masked Aadhar Card: A greater way to prevent data theft

The introduction of Masked Aadhar Card by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a great feature of Aadhar that is very helpful to prevent personal data theft.

You know that Aadhar card issued by the UIDAI is an important document for Indian people.  It is used for KYC, photo identity proof and availing so many government benefits.

However, carrying the Aadhar card is risky as it contains the 12 digit Aadhar card number which is most sensitive. 

If the card is misplaced or stolen, you are afraid that somebody can misuse it without our information.

The most threat is that by any loophole in the system, miscreants can steal our hard-earned money from the bank account. 

The reason is that it is mandatory to link bank accounts with Aadhar. 

But there is no need to be afraid as the UIDAI has come up with a new feature which is called ‘Masked Aadhar’.  


What is Masked Aadhar


A Masked Aadhar card contains all the demographic information like name, date of birth, address, photograph and QR code. 

The difference is that only the last four digits of Aadhar number are visible whereas there is a cross mark on the remaining digits.



This masked Aadhar card can be used as photo-identity proof at all places where there is no need for showing our Aadhar card number. 


Where to use the Masked Aadhar


In this way, you can use the Masked Aadhar card for personal identification while travelling by luxury bus, train or aeroplane or staying at the hotel.  No agency has the authority to refuse the usage of it.

However, if someone refuses the acceptability of Masked Aadhar, you can register the complaint against that agency with UIDAI.

Only for getting the LPG subsidy, pension, Ayushman Bharat or availing other government schemes, you will have to carry regular Aadhar card.


How to download Masked Aadhar Card


With three methods, you can easily download the masked Aadhar card by visiting the official website of UIDAI.  The first two methods can be used by only Indian residents.

So why carry regular Aadhar card if you have the option of Masked Aadhar! 

It is a great way to strengthen the security of our identity and to avoid getting data theft.

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