This Article is From Nov 03, 2017

Aadhaar Linking With Mobile Number/SIM Simplified: 10 Things To Know

Mobile users now have three new options to link their mobile number with Aadhaar: OTP (One Time Password) based, app based and IVRS facility.

Aadhaar Linking With Mobile Number/SIM Simplified: 10 Things To Know

The DoT has introduced a new OTP- or One Time Password-based option to link Aadhaar with mobile SIM

With linking of Aadhaar with mobile number (SIM) made mandatory, the government has simplified the process to link the 12-digit Unique Identity Number or UID. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has introduced a new OTP- or One Time Password-based option to link Aadhaar with mobile connection. Mobile phone users will be able to link their SIM with Aadhaar card numbers from the comfort of their homes from December 1, 2017 onwards. Telecom users will soon get more options to complete the process of linking their Aadhaar card with the mobile connection. The telecom department has introduced three new methods to link the registered mobile number with Aadhaar.

10 things to know about Aadhaar Card-Mobile Number Linking:


Mobile users will soon have three new options to link their mobile number with Aadhaar: OTP (One Time Password) based, app based and 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 (DoT) said in a press release dated October 25.

As of now, people who link their Aadhaar card with phone number have to visit a retailer and provide their biometrics again. This will change with effect from December 1, 2017.

"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," DoT noted.

As per the latest guidelines, telecom companies "should provide an online mechanism for people to request such service and based on availability schedule the visit and complete the process", the DoT press release added.

"...Mobile penetration is increasing rapidly in the country and the subscribers need to be provided with the ease of linking of the Aadhaar number with the mobile number. It is the government's endeavour to improve convenience and reduce time and energy spent by consumers to accessing government information and services that is their right to access," said Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Communications.

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 norms using their Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number (ARMN)," industry body COAI's representative said.

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.
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