The Unique Identification Authority of India has warned the public not to share photocopy of one`s Aadhaar with any organizations because it can be misutilized by them. Alternatively, Aadhaar which displays only the last 4 digits of your Aadhaar number can be used for the purpose. It can be downloaded from UIDAI official website https://myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in. Select the option “Do you want a masked Aadhaar” and proceed to download.  The existence of any Aadhaar number can be verified at same site mentioned above. To check offline, you can use the QR code scanner in the mobile application to scan the QR code on your eAadhaar or Aadhaar letter or Aadhaar PVC card.

 UIDAI also urged the general public to avoid downloading eAadhaar using public computers at  internet cafes. However, if you do, you need to be careful that all copies of the downloaded  eAadhaar are permanently deleted from your computer.  Only organizations that have received a user license from UIDAI can use Aadhaar to verify an individual’s identity. Unlicensed private organizations such as hotels and cinemas are not allowed to collect or hold copies of Aadhaar cards. This is a criminal offence under the 2016 Aadhaar Act. If a private entity requests you to view your Aadhaar card, or if you request a copy of your Aadhaar card, make sure they have a valid user license from UIDAI.

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