If you thought that Aadhaar is meant only for the adult people, then think again. For, even a new-born child can be enrolled for Aadhaar, according to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the authority which is responsible for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication. UIDAI has, in fact, recently introduced ‘Baal Aadhaar,’ a blue-coloured Aadhaar card, for children below the age of 5 years.
Aadhaar card for children needs two mandatory biometric updates. First, when the child reaches the age of 5, and, secondly, when the child reaches the age of 15 years. Here’s how to get your child enrolled for Aadhaar.
From availing mid-day meal in school to filing income tax returns people need to produce Aadhaar card number. And there’s no harm in enrolling children for the same. It could just make their life easier in the coming years. There would be instances when your child would be required to furnish a proof of identity, and Aadhaar could be of great help.
From attending educational programmes overseas to various government scholarships, Aadhaar may help make such proceedings hassle-free for you. A resident of Noida says he had to get his 2.5 year old child’s Aadhaar made as the school he wanted to admit his child to asked for the ID proof. It could also be helpful in the future if you’re looking to open a bank account in the name of your kids or start investing in mutual funds in their name while they are minor.
Currently, guardian’s Aadhaar is mandatory for opening bank accounts in the name of minors. Child’s ID proof and birth certificate is required. Child’s Aadhaar is not mandatory but acceptable in case the Child’s ID proof/birth certificate is not available, as per SBI customer helpline. However, you would need to confirm this with the branch if opening an account.
One unique thing about Baal Aadhaar is that for a child below the age of 5 years, no biometric details are needed for getting this card. However, Aadhaar card needs two mandatory biometric updates. First, when the child reaches the age of 5, and, secondly, when the child reaches the age of 15 years. For this you need to take your child to an Aadhaar centre. However, it must be noted that the mandatory biometric updates for children are free and you are not required to pay any fee for it.
For getting your child enrolled for Aadhaar, only two documents are required: The child’s birth certificate and the Aadhaar card of any one of the parents. Besides, your child’s school ID can also be used for her/his Aadhaar enrolment. However, you need to visit the Aadhaar centre along with your child for biometric authentication.
How to get your child enrolled for Aadhaar
For Aadhaar enrolment of children between 5 and 18 years of age, the following process needs to be followed:
# You need to take your child to the nearest Aadhaar centre
# You then have to fill the required application form
# After filling the form, you are required to provide the necessary documents
# After the documents are submitted, the child’s photograph is taken
# You should then collect the acknowledgment slip from the centre
# After doing this, you are required to check the entered data and confirm
# Then your child’s biometrics will be taken
# The Aadhaar generation status will finally be sent to the mobile number given during the enrolment process.
Thus, getting your child enrolled for Aadhaar is a very simple process and will also help him/her a lot going ahead. So, why not to get this done now?
(Inputs from various Agencies)