Can NRIs apply for an Aadhaar card? Step-by-step guide for registration


The Aadhaar issuing authority has listed the steps for non-resident Indians to obtain the identity card.

Aadhaar is one of the most important documents today. The government has made it mandatory to link our bank accounts and other services to avoid penalties. The document not only serves as proof of address, but is also required to receive benefits under state-sponsored plans. And the document is available for Indians as well as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). Yes, the Aadhaar Card Issuing Authority (UIDAI) has a Frequently Asked Questions section on their website where the whole process is mentioned. It also outlines the Aadhaar registration process for NRI children.

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The process of registering for an Aadhaar card for NRIs is similar to the process followed by those living in India. An NRI can schedule an appointment in both online and offline mode – through the UIDAI self-service portal and by visiting the authority approved registration centers to apply for an offline Aadhaar card.

Here is a step by step guide on how NRIs can apply for Aadhaar:

  • An NRI can visit the official UIDAI website – – to find the nearest registration centre. The person can also visit any Aadhaar Kendra.
  • It is important to carry a valid Indian passport while visiting the Aadhaar Kendra to complete the registration form details. It is mandatory for NRIs to give their email ids.
  • According to the UIDAI website, the NRI registration statement is slightly different. It should be read carefully before signing.
  • People visiting the center must ask the operator to register them as an NRI and give a passport as proof of identity
  • The passport can also be chosen as proof of address and date of birth. However, if other documents are available, they can be used for this purpose. The UIDAI website gave a list of these documents.
  • The Enrollment Center Manager will then take the biometric details (through fingerprint and iris scans). These details should be verified before the operator submits the form.
  • The acknowledgment slip/registration slip submitted by the official will include a 14-digit registration ID along with the date and timestamp. This can be used for app status.

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