The VID or Virtual ID is a random temporary 16-digit number that is mapped with the Aadhaar number. It is issued by the UIDAI which is the Unique Identification Authority of India. The main purpose of Virtual ID is that it can be used in place of an Aadhaar card number when the Aadhar card is temporarily unavailable or can be used for KYC (Know Your Customer) purposes.
Currently, there is not any expiry date for VID. It will be valid till the time new VID is generated by the Aadhaar card holder. The holder can ask for the retrieval of a previous Virtual ID in case his or her VID expires. In this case, the last active VID will be sent to the aadhar card holder.
UIDAI tracks the issue of Aadhaar data breaches via Virtual ID numbers. This is another purpose for VID numbers. Also, VID can also be used for Aadhar card download from UIDAI’s online portal.
The procedure for the generation of a Virtual ID or identity Card of Aadhar is a very simple process. Generation of Virtual ID number is important to use it against Aadhar. The Aadhaar virtual ID can be generated online in a very simple manner by visiting the official website of UIDAI. However, one should have his or her mobile number registered with UIDAI because, after generation, the VID will be sent to the person’s mobile number only. In case, the phone number isn’t registered with UIDAI which is the Unique Identification Authority of India, the person first has to link his or her mobile number with UIDAI.
The process of getting the VID or Virtual ID is as same as retrieving of Virtual ID. It’s a quite smooth and convenient process. The step-by-step process is given below:-
There are a plethora of benefits and advantages of VID; these are given below:-
Yes, VID can be used for biometric authentication in place of an Aadhaar card number.
No, other entity can generate a Virtual ID on behalf of the Aadhaar number holder.
UIDAI is the Unique Identity Authority of India which is a statutory governmental body that regulates all the processes related to the Aadhaar cards.