What is Masked Aadhar Card | How To Download Online

What is Masked Aadhar Card | How To Download Masked Aadhar Online | Benefits Of Masked Aadhar & Its Password

UIDAI has introduced a new Masked Aadhar concept for better privacy. Earlier, the resident has to share his 12-digit Aadhar number as document proof. But, now with the introduction of the new masked Aadhaar, any resident can submit his masked Aadhar instead of the regular one.

In this article, We will talk about the masked Aadhar card and know everything about it. Starting from the definition of masked Aadhaar to the process of downloading it one, we will be cover every aspect of it. Let’s start.

What is Masked Aadhar?

A masked aadhar is same as the regular e-Aadhar that you download from the UIDAI’s official site. The only difference is that in the masked aadhar, the first 8-digit of your Aadhar Number is hidden with a cross mark on it and the last 4-digits are visible.

This version of aadhar card in which the first 8-digits of UID is crossed is known as masked Aadhar. You can download it online and it is accepted everywhere.

How To Download Masked Aadhar Online

Step 1: First, visit the official website of UIDAI: https://www.uidai.gov.in/

Step 2: Go to the “Get Aadhaar” section and click on the “Download Aadhar” option.


Step 3: Enter your 12-digit Aadhar Card Number/ 14-digit Enrollment Number / 16-digit VID Number.

Step 4: Select the option, ” I want a masked Aadhaar?”

Step 5: Enter the captcha code given in the image.

Step 6: Click on the “Send OTP” option.


Step 7: You will be taken to another web page and an OTP will be sent to your Aadhar card linked mobile number.

Step 8: Enter the OTP received and complete the quick survey. You can also enter TOTP which can be generated using the mAadhar app.

Step 9: Finally, click on the “Verify & Download” option to start downloading your masked Aadhar card.

Note that the masked Aadhar is password protected and its password is first 4 letter of your name and the last 4 digits is your birth year. And the aadhar card registered mobile number is mandatory to download masked aadhar online via UIDAI site.

Download Masked Aadhar On Mobile Via mAadhar App

Step 1: Download the mAadhaar app from the Google Play store.

Step 2: After the downloading completes, install the mAadhar app on your smartphone.

Step 3: Launch the mAadhar app and sign into it by entering your mobile number.

Step 4: In the Services section, click on the “Download Aadhaar” option.


Step 5: Select the “Masked Aadhar” option.


Step 6: Now, select the suitable downloading method – Aadhar Number, Virtual ID No. or Enrollment Number.


Step 7: Enter your 12-digit Aadhar Number.


Step 8: Type the security captcha code and click on the “Request OTP” option.

Step 9: An OTP is sent to your Aadhar card mobile number. Kindly, check it and enter the correct OTP.

Step 10: Click on the “Verify” option.

Step 11: Finally, click on the “Open” option to see your masked Aadhar card.

Done, your masked Aadhar is now saved in the PDF format. You will be asked to enter the password for opening it. That’s it, these are the two genuine methods through which you can get your masked Aadhar. And for those who are looking for unmasked Aadhar, you can download the regular e-Aadhar for this.

Talking about the masked Aadhar acceptability or validity, it is digitally signed by UIDAI in the same way as the regular e-Aadhar is done. So, the masked Aadhar is a valid document which is accepted wherever the normal adhar card is accepted. However, there may be some cases where the masked aadhar will not be valid like some banking purposes, passport etc.

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What is the masked Aadhar password?

The password of the masked Aadhar is of 8 letters consisting of the first 4 capital letter of your name printed on the Aadhar card and the last 4 character is your birth year. For example, if your name is Tony Stark and DOB is 1 January 1998 then the password is TONY1998.

How can I download masked Aadhaar without mobile number?

Aadhar card registered mobile is compulsory for downloading your masked Aadhar online because OTP verification is needed for this. So, you cannot download masked aadhar without registered mobile number.

What are the benefits of using masked Aadhar?

You can use the masked Aadhar instead of the regular Aadhar card and protect your Aadhar number from getting leaked or misused.

What is the difference between masked Aadhar & regular Aadhar?

There is one difference between the masked Aadhar and the regular e Aadhar is that in the masked Aadhar card, the first 8-digit UID number printed on it is hidden with a cross mark on it and the rest 4 digits are visible.

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