Aadhar Services on SMS | Lock/ Unlock Aadhaar Card

Aadhar Services on SMS: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a service called “Aadhaar Services on SMS” which enables Aadhaar holders, who do not have access to the internet/ resident portal/ m-Aadhaar etc. to use various Aadhaar services like Virtual ID generation/ retrieval, Aadhaar lock/ unlock, Biometric lock/unlock, etc. through SMS.

Resident can avail these Aadhaar Services by sending an SMS from Registered Mobile to 1947 in the format mentioned below:

To Retrieve – Virtual ID

RVID<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
SMS – RVID 9123 and send it to 1947

To Get OTP

If using Aadhaar Number: GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-NUMBER-last-4-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 9123 and send it to 1947

If using Virtual ID: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual ID-NUMBER-last-6-digits

For example if Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 340123 and send it to 1947

To Lock Aadhaar

2 SMS are required to be sent for this facility.

SMS 1 : GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar NUMBER-last-4-digits

SMS 2 : LOCKUID<SPACE>Aadhaar NUMBER-last 4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 9123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – LOCKUID 9123 012345 send it to 1947

Note:

(1) For locking Aadhaar Number, Virtual ID is required to be pre-generated else it you would not be allowed to Lock

2) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Numbers are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:
LOCKUID<SPACE>Aadhaar NUMBER-last 8-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

To Unlock Aadhaar

2 SMS are required to be sent for this facility.

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits

SMS 2: UNLOCKUID<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 9123and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – UNLOCKUID 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note:

(1) This service can be availed by passing Virtual ID ONLY

(2) In case of multiple Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 6 digits of the Virtual IDs are some for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be send as:
UNLOCKUID<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-10-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

To Enable Biometric Lock

2 SMS are required to be sent for this facility.

In case if Aadhaar Number is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits

SMS 2: ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 9123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – ENABLEBIOLOCK 9123 012345 and send it to 1947

In case if Virtual ID is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits

SMS 2: ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>VIrtual-ID-last-6-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 340123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – ENABLEBIOLOCK 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note:

(1) If Aadhaar is locked, then this service shall not be allowed to be availed

(2) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Numbers are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as

ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-8-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

(3) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:

ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-10-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

To Disable Biometric Lock

2 SMS are required to be sent for this facility.

In case if Aadhaar Number is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits

SMS 2: DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 9123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – DISABLEBIOLOCK 9123 012345 and send it to 1947

In case if Virtual ID is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits

SMS 2: DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>VIrtual-ID-last-6-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 340123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – DISABLEBIOLOCK 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note:

(1) If Aadhaar is locked, then this service shall not be allowed to be availed

(2) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Number are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:

DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-8-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

(3) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:

DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-10-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

To Temporarily Unlock Biometrics

2 SMS are required to be sent for this facility.

In case if Aadhaar Number is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits

SMS 2: UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-4-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then

SMS – GETOTP 9123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – UNLOCKBIO 9123 012345 and send it to 1947

In case if Virtual ID is used –

SMS 1: GETOTP<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-6-digits

SMS 2: UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>VIrtual-ID-last-6-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

For example if Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
SMS – GETOTP 340123 and send it to 1947

If suppose you receive the OTP as “012345” then
SMS – UNLOCKBIO 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note:

(1) If Aadhaar is locked, then this service shall not be allowed to be availed

(2) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Number are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:

UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Aadhaar-Number-last-8-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

(3) In case of multiple dependent Aadhaar Numbers linked to same mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for at least 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as:

UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Virtual-ID-last-10-digits<SPACE>OTP-6-digits>

What is the meaning of Aadhar Lock/ Unlock?

If Aadhar is locked, then it can not be used for authentication purposes. If your Aadhar is locked, then you need to create the Virtual ID (VID) to perform the authentication using Aadhar.

What is Virtual ID in Aadhar?

VID or Virtual ID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with your Aadhaar number. Virtual ID can be used in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or e-KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using Virtual ID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from Virtual ID

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