How to retrieve lost or forgotten Aadhaar card EID or UID online

Lost or misplaced your Aadhaar card? Want to retrieve the enrollment ID of the Aadhaar card? This article explains how to retrieve the lost or forgotten enrollment ID or the Unique Identification Number of the Aadhaar card and get a duplicate one. The step by step procedure is provided with the information on how to get the card either online or offline from an enrollment centre.


The unique identity project whereby Indian citizens could get an Aadhaar card was launched by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the State of Maharashtra. The project was subsequently introduced in other States in India and through vigorous enrolment drives, many people got their Aadhaar card. The goal of the project was for a citizen to have one identity proof instead of multiple ones such as Voters ID, PAN card, etc. which needs to be shown to avail of certain services, such as opening a bank account or applying for a government scheme. You can even utilize your Aadhaar for e-filing verification of income tax.

Aadhaar thus became a Unique Identification Number (UID) to quickly & easily avail of various government benefits, such as those given through the rural health mission program and subsidies for LPG

So what happens if you lose your Aadhaar? Not to worry! The Unique Identification Authority of India has made provisions for those who have misplaced their Aadhaar enrolment slip, lost their Aadhaar or wish to download their e-Aadhaar. If you are one of these, you have the option to get the Aadhaar either via internet access or by visiting an Aadhaar enrolment centre in your region.

How to get e-Aadhaar online

Here's a step by step guidance:
  1. Visit, the official Aadhaar website. Click on the link 'Retrieve EID/UID'.

  2. Fill in the 12 Digit Aadhaar Number/28 digit Enrolment ID, your name, email ID or mobile contact number in the boxes provided. Note that the email ID or mobile contact number should be the same as the one provided at the time of enrolment for Aadhaar.

  3. Now enter the security code which will appear on your computer screen.
  4. Click on 'Get OTP'. OTP stands for 'one-time password'. You will be sent the OTP at your email ID or on your mobile contact number.
  5. Now at the UIDAI website, you need to enter that OTP in the relevant box. Then click on 'Verify OTP'.

  6. Once the OTP is verified, the Aadhaar number will be sent to your email ID or your mobile contact number.

  7. Once you get the Aadhaar number, you can download your e-Aadhaar.

  8. In case you have lost your Aadhaar letter but remember your enrolment ID (known as EID) or Aadhaar number, you can download the e-Aadhaar form through the same website.

How to get an e-Aadhaar at an Aadhaar Enrolment Centre

Go to the nearest Permanent Aadhaar Enrolment Centre and follow these steps:
  1. In case you have lost your Aadhaar but have retained your enrolment ID (known as EID), you can provide that ID at the Centre.

  2. In case you do not remember your EID, you can provide a few details at the enrolment centre, namely: (i) name, (ii) address, (iii) date of birth. You should also provide your finger-print.

  3. Once the above details are given, you will be provided with your e-Aadhaar.

Contact Information for Aadhaar

Head Office-
Unique Identification Authority of India
Government of India (GoI),
Bangla Sahib Road, Behind Kali Mandir,
Gole Market,
New Delhi – 110001

For any help, you can contact the Toll-free Aadhaar helpline number at-1947 or communicate via email to

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Author: Ekta Raikwar04 Apr 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

The need of Adhar Card is not hidden to anybody. It is necessary in all field of our life. If we want to open our bank account, we need our Adhar card. For gas subsidy Adhar is a necessary document. People cannot get gas subsidy if their bank accounts are not linked with Adhar. People often lose their Adhar Card because of their carelessness but they later need it urgently. They feel helpless because they do not know how to get it. But after reading your article people can get it through internet and from Adhar enrollment centres.

According to me this article has unique information concerning to get duplicate Adhar Number. But what to do If I want to make correction in my Adhar Card?

Last year my father has made his Adhar Card from a Adhar Card making centre. But at the time of filling information, the gender of my father has changed. Female is written in place of male. I want to change it.

If you have any kind of information concerning to it, please inform me so that my father may make correction in his Adhar Card.

Author: Vandana14 Apr 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

The gender correction can be made. Please read the response I have given in this Ask Expert thread:
Change in name on Aadhar card. As mentioned in my response there, one's name, gender, date of birth, address and mobile number can be changed online.

Author: Kailash Kumar16 Jul 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 0

I need to know procedure of address change in Aadhar card. Since the author has covered the subject matter i.e. the procedure of obtaining duplicate Aadhar card in very simple language, I believe that the author will be able to help me by providing informing/procedure about change of address in Aadhar card.

Author: Vandana18 Jul 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

Kailash Sir,
Please refer to the previous response above, where I have given the link to the Ask Expert thread where a query was made on how to change the name on the Aadhaar card.

Also, you can refer to this article: how to download Aadhaar card & make changes or additions .

Author: Kailash Kumar18 Jul 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 0

Thank you Vandana for the information and reference.

Author: K Mohan20 Jun 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Now a days getting the duplicate card or making corrections to the original Aadhaar card has been made easy. In Hyderabad there are e seva and Mee seva centers which the government has authorized to make corrections to the existing cards and also incorporate any new information in that. For example when the original card was issued the child would have been minor and now with so many years passed the child would have become major and that kind of information has to be updated and corrected. And also in some cases the names are mentioned vice versa, That means main name is in the back and house name is in the front.

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