The Unique Identification Authority of India has made the document update facility for Aadhaar available free of charge until June 14, it said in an official statement on Wednesday.
Previously residents had to pay Rs. 25 to update their documents on the Aadhaar portal.
“The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has decided to allow residents to update documents in their Aadhaar online for free, a person-centric move that will benefit millions of residents… The free service will be available for the next three months, i.e. from March 15 to June 14, 2023,” read the official statement.
Under the Aadhaar Enrollment and Update Regulations 2016, holders of Aadhaar numbers may update their supporting documents in Aadhaar at least once every 10 years from the date of registration for Aadhaar by submitting Proof of Identity (POI) and Proof of Address Documents (POA) to ensure the ongoing accuracy of their information.
“It is important to note that this service is only free on the myAadhaar portal and will continue to charge a fee of Rs. 50 in physical Aadhaar centers as in the previous case,” the statement said.
However, normal fees apply when submitting a document to change demographics (name, date of birth, address, etc.).
Updated documents help improve the living comfort, provide better services by the government and increase the success rate of Aadhaar authentication.
“UIDAI has encouraged residents to upload Proof of Identity and Proof of Address (PoI/PoA) to re-validate their demographics, particularly where Aadhaar was issued 10 years ago and has never been updated. This will contribute to an improved quality of life, better service delivery and improved authentication success rate,” the statement said.
Nearly 1,200 government programs and programs operated by central and state government use Aadhaar-based identification for the delivery of services. Also, several other services including financial institutions such as banks, NBFCs, etc. use Aadhaar to seamlessly authenticate and onboard customers.