How to use Aadhaar Virtual ID or VID
Aadhaar holders will be able to use Virtual ID or VID in place of Aadhaar number for any service where they are required to use Aadhaar authentication, according to the UIDAI.
"Use of VID would be optional," the UIDAI said. The Aadhaar holder will also have the option to take up Aadhaar authentication through the existing method, by quoting the UID.
VID will be a temporary number that will be automatically revoked once the Aadhaar holder generates a new VID or after the validity of the current VID lapses (to be specified by UIDAI policy), according to the UIDAI.
The Aadhaar-issuing body will offer means to generate the VID via the resident portal, at an Aadhaar Kendra (Aadhaar centre) or via mobile app mAadhaar.
Only the Aadhaar holder would be able to generate a VID. "No one else including the authentication agency can generate this VID on behalf of Aadhaar holder," the UIDAI explained.
Important dates - Aadhaar Virtual ID or VID
Meanwhile, Aadhaar is to be linked with bank accounts, investments in small savings schemes and mutual funds, mobile SIMs, PAN cards and various government schemes by March 31, 2018. Aadhaar authentication is the process by which an Aadhaar holder's Aadhaar number along with the demographic information or biometric information is submitted to the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) for verification.