Do not share Aadhaar photocopy with any organization to prevent misuse


The Centre clarified the press release issued by the ministry of electronics and information technology which had advised people to not share the photocopy of their Aadhaar cards with any organisation.

The order primarily states that sharing or distributing photocopy of you Aadhaar card could be misused by anyone. As per the statement from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in a press release, “Do not share photocopy of your Aadhaar with any organisations because it can be misused.”

“Only those organizations that have obtained a User License from the UIDAI can use Aadhaar for establishing the identity of a person. Unlicensed private entities like hotels or film halls are not permitted to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar card. It is an offence under the Aadhaar Act 2016. If a private entity demands to see Aadhaar card please verify that they have a valid User License from the UIDAI,” the notice further said.

“Please avoid using a public computer at an internet cafe/kiosk to download e-Aadhaar. However, if you do so, please ensure that you delete all the downloaded copies of e-Aadhaar permanently from the computer,” it said.

What is a masked Aadhaar card? How to download one

A masked Aadhaar card will not reveal the 12-digit Aadhaar number. Instead, it will only show the last 4 digits. A masked copy of Aadhaar can be downloaded from the UIDAI website.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Aadhaar card number
  3. Select the option ‘Do you want a masked Aadhaar’
  4. Select download and get a copy of the Aadhaar card with only the last four digits of the Aadhaar number.


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