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What is Masked Aadhaar Card and How to Download it?

What is Masked Aadhaar Card?

This refers to a version of the Aadhaar card where some digits of the Aadhaar number are hidden or masked for privacy reasons. This is often used when sharing the Aadhaar card as an identity proof, where the full Aadhaar number might not be required to be displayed. The masked Aadhaar typically displays only the last 4 digits of the Aadhaar number, and the rest of the digits are replaced with asterisks or other symbols.

What is Aadhaar Card with Photo Mask?

People might use a version of their Aadhaar card where the photograph is partially covered or masked for additional privacy. This is done to prevent misuse of the photograph for identity theft or other fraudulent purposes.

Masked Aadhaar Card

How to download masked Aadhaar?

A step-by-step guide to download a masked Aadhaar card from the official UIDAI website:

Open a web browser and go to the official Aadhaar website for online services:

2. Click on Login:

On the website's homepage, look for the "Login" option. It might be located at the top right corner of the page. Click on it to proceed.

3. Enter Aadhaar Number and Captcha:

Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number in the designated field. Also, type in the characters shown in the Captcha image for verification. The Captcha is a security measure to prevent automated actions.

4. Send OTP (One-Time Password):

After entering the Aadhaar number and Captcha, click on the "Send OTP" button. A one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to your Aadhaar.

5. Enter OTP and Login:

Check your mobile for the OTP and enter it into the provided field on the website. After entering the OTP, click on the "Login" button.

Masked Aadhaar Card

6. Click on Download Aadhaar:

Once you're logged in, you will be directed to your Aadhaar dashboard. Look for the "Download Aadhaar" option and click on it.

7. Select Masked Aadhaar:

You will see a prompt asking if you want a masked Aadhaar. Click on the option that says "Do you want a masked Aadhaar?" This will generate a masked version of your Aadhaar card.

8. Initiate Download:

After selecting the masked Aadhaar option, a download will be initiated. The masked Aadhaar card will be downloaded to your computer or device.

9. Open Downloaded File:

Locate the downloaded file on your device. Typically, it will be in PDF format.

10. Enter Name and Year of Birth:

Open the downloaded PDF file. It will prompt you to enter the first four letters of your name exactly as they appear on your Aadhaar card, all in CAPITAL letters. Additionally, enter your year of birth in YYYY format (e.g., 1990).

11. Complete the Process:

After entering the required information, follow any additional prompts or instructions provided by the PDF. This might involve clicking on a "Submit" button or something similar.

12. Save or Print:

Once the process is complete, you can choose to save the modified PDF with the entered information or print it for your records.

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