All you need to know about “Masked Aadhaar”

Written by janvi

cybersecurity blogger and hacking enthusiastic

November 18, 2018

The recent Supreme Court verdict of India on UIDAI’s Aadhaar has ensured stronger data protection safeguards which will accelerate India’s digital journey.

In the landmark verdict, it restricted the use of Aadhaar authentication by private entities and allowed its mandatory use for the filing of Income Tax (IT) returns, allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN) and welfare schemes for citizens of India. Since the verdict, the Unique Identification Authority of India has come up with the latest feature to make Aadhaar even More Secured and introduced ‘Masked Aadhaar’

Masked Aadhaar allows the cardholder to partially cover the 12-digit unique identity in the downloaded Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar. It masks the digits of the Aadhaar number in a way that only the last 4 digits are shown and the rest of them will be covered with star marks. But the ‘Masked Aadhaar’ will still show the QR code, demographic information, and your photograph.

masked Aadhaar where only last four digits are seen

Towards the first step, the Unique Identification Authority of India wrote to the banks to clarify that Aadhaar eKYC can only be used to authenticate beneficiaries of government subsidies and welfare schemes. And for other customers physical or electronic offline Masked Aadhaar can be used for verification.

And the Unique Identification Authority of India also clarified that service providers can use offline verification tools like masked Aadhaar that will leverage the unique ID without authentication or any access to biometrics.

Download the Masked Aadhaar to ensure the safety of your Aadhaar data by following these steps:

Step 1: Go to the UIDAI website that is or directly visit this link

Step 2: Once you are on the UIDAI portal,, you can proceed by selecting the “Download Aadhaar” link.

click on download Aadhaar

Step 3: now on the “Download E-Aadhaar” page, you should enter details such as Aadhaar number, your name and the pin code in the given places.

Step 4: Now you need to select between the regular Aadhaar and the masked Aadhaar options as shown in the below image

To download masked Aadhar you need to select and fill the details pic courtesy UIDAI

  • Choosing the first option as shown in picture leads to a digital copy of your Aadhaar containing the whole 12-digit Aadhaar number, also known as Unique Identification Number or UID.
  • Choosing the second option as shown in picture i.e. masked Aadhaar option leads to a copy of Aadhaar in which the first eight digits of the personal identification number are star revealed and only last 4 digits are shown.

Step 5: After selecting masked Aadhar, you need to click on the “Send OTP” button to proceed

A verification code i.e. One-time password is then sent by the Aadhaar system to your registered mobile number. This mobile number is the mobile fed into the Aadhaar system against your profile. After entering this OTP – the passcode will be received to your Aadhaar-registered mobile number and then you can download Aadhaar in the desired format by clicking on the “Download Aadhaar” button.


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