The government has now simplified the process for mobile phone customers to link their phone number (SIM) with their Aadhaar card number. Aadhaar – the 12 digit biometric number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India – is required to be linked with multiple essential facilities like with the phone number, bank accounts, social welfare schemes etc, the government said.
With this change, Aadhaar card holders can easily link their UID or Unique Identity Number with their mobile number or SIM from the comfort of their home.
This news would come as a relief for many who have so far been unable to verify their SIM with Aadhaar due to biometric issues. There have been a lot of complaints, especially from senior citizens who have been unable to link their unique identification numbers as scanners have not been able to register their fingerprints. The latest move could be in response to that as well as UIDAI’s efforts to speed up the linking process.
This will change with effect from December 1, 2017.
Aadhaar-SIM linking: How to link Aadhaar with mobile phone number via OTP
“By 1 Dec 2017, you can also choose to verify your mobile SIM with Aadhaar without giving your biometrics to Telecom Service Providers,” stated the official Twitter handle of the Unique Identification @UIDAI. People will be able to do it with the help of a one-time password (OTP) received on their mobile number registered with their Aadhaar card, from the comfort of their home.
By 1 Dec 2017, you can also choose to verify your mobile SIM with Aadhaar without giving your biometrics to Telecom Service Providers. pic.twitter.com/zcCKYbYgwP
— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) November 2, 2017
Besides the OTP-based option, mobile users can link their Aadhaar card number with their phone through two more options: via app and the Interactive voice response (IVRS) facility.
“These new methods will help subscribers to get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar without visiting the stores of the telcos (telecom companies),” the Department of Telecom said in a press release dated October 25.
“For the ease of senior citizens and the people with disability and chronic illness, DoT has also recommended for the re-verification at subscribers’ doorstep,” it noted.
The DoT has mandated that telecom service providers’ agent should not have access to the subscribers’ e-KYC data.
Only the name and address of the subscribers should be visible, the telecom department added.
Subscribers can verify or re-verify their mobile numbers from anywhere in the country irrespective of which service area their mobile connection belongs to, it further said.
The telecom operators have welcomed the latest clarifications by the DoT on Aadhaar card linking.
“…We are implementing all the necessary processes so as to be able to use the additional methods prescribed including OTP, App based and the IVRS facility. We expect it to get much faster and easier for individual mobile subscribers to comply with the e-KYC (Know Your Customer) norms using their Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number (ARMN),” industry body Cellular Operators Association of India representative said.
Those who have purchased mobile SIMs from telcos in recent months will likely have their Aadhaar linked already as most operators require your UID at the time of application. The deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile SIMs is February 6, 2018. You can also link your Aadhaar with your telecom service provider by going to the respective service centre.