What is masked Aadhaar card, why do you need it and how to download it

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What is masked Aadhaar card, why do you need it and how to download it
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  • Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents in our lives.
  • Sharing of Aadhaar with others is risky as it could result in misuse – even the government admitted to it before hastily retracting its statement.
  • A masked Aadhaar can be used to prevent misuse of your personal information.
  • Here’s how to download a masked Aadhaar.
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Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents in India and it is something that we often use, whether it is opening a bank account, getting a SIM card, applying for a credit card or while applying for a driving license.

An increase in usage of Aadhaar has also made it prone to misuse. To prevent this, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had introduced masked Aadhaar.

What is a masked Aadhaar?


If you wish to share your Aadhaar with someone but wish to prevent misuse of your information, you can share a masked Aadhaar with them.

A masked Aadhaar adds a layer of security by concealing the first eight digits and showing only the four digits.

For example, a masked Aadhaar will show your Aadhaar number as “xxxx-xxxx-1234”.

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The other details in your Aadhaar, such as your name, address, date of birth will remain the same, allowing you to use it as an address proof in banks and other such institutions.

How to download masked Aadhaar?



  • To download your masked Aadhaar, you need to go to UIDAI’s myAadhaar website.
  • Scroll down and click on the “Download Aadhaar” option on the left side.
  • Now, enter your Aadhaar number, Enrolment ID or Virtual ID.
  • Enter the captcha and click on “Send OTP”.
You will now get a checkbox that asks – “Do you want a masked Aadhaar?”

What is masked Aadhaar card, why do you need it and how to download it
Masked AadhaarUIDAI / Business Insider India

  • Select the checkbox and enter the OTP that you have received on your registered number.
  • Now, click on “Verify and Download”.
Your masked Aadhaar is ready to use.
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