According to a recent directive from the government of India, it is mandatory for existing customers to verify their mobile number and link with Aadhaar. The deadline for the same is March 31, 2018, and if you haven’t done it yet, the process has been simplified. Earlier, you were required to visit the retailer or a nearby store, but now, you can complete the re-verification process by simply dialing a toll-free number.
If you’re a Vodafone, Airtel, Idea or BSNL subscriber, you can dial 14546 from your mobile and follow the IVR. Reliance Jio customers don’t need to follow the procedure, as the connections were given by submitting Aadhaar number. For others, let’s take a look at how to go about it.
Linking mobile number with Aadhaar for the first time
If your mobile number hasn’t been linked to Aadhaar before, it needs to be done offline. This is because an OTP is sent to the registered mobile number for authentication. For this, you’ll need to visit your nearest Aadhaar center and fill the correction form. Along with the form, you will also need to provide the photocopy of your Aadhaar, PAN card, passport, or voter ID card.
At the time of submission, the Aadhaar enrollment center will also take your biometrics – the impression of your thumb. After successful verification of biometrics, the center will give you an acknowledgment slip, and within a maximum of 10 days, your mobile number will be linked with Aadhaar.
Linking mobile number with Aadhaar via IVR
If your mobile number is already linked with Aadhaar, you can update and re-verify it online by calling the toll free number. Here’s how to do it.
Call 14546 from your registered mobile number.
Select your preferred language and enter your Aadhaar number.
An OTP will be sent to your phone number. The IVR will ask your permission to share the name, address, photo and date of birth details with the telecom operator. If you accept, enter the OTP received on your phone. Once authenticated, your Aadhaar will be linked to your mobile number in about 48 hours and you will receive a confirmation message for the same.
Alternatively, you can also visit your telecom operator’s gallery with the required documents. The store executive will enter your mobile number linked with Aadhaar in their system, and an OTP will be sent to your phone. You need to give the OTP to the executive, and also your thumb impression on the fingerprint reader, after which the process will be complete. You will also receive a message about the same.