How to apply for Aadhaar card without documents

Aadhaar card is an important document. To apply for Aadhaar card, you must have valid ID proof and address proof. However, you can still apply for Aadhaar card if you do not have the required documents. Here are two ways to apply for Aadhaar card.

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Here's how you can apply for an Aadhaar card if you do not have the required supporting documents.
Aadhaar has become an important financial document. To apply for PAN, filing income tax return (ITR) or to receive a subsidy or grant from the government, it is mandatory to give your Aadhaar number.

You can apply for an Aadhaar card if you have a valid proof of identity (PoI) such as PAN card, passport, voter ID card etc., valid proof of address (PoA) such as passport, bank statement/passbook, voter ID, driving licence etc. and date of birth proof. However, what happens if you do not have the required documents? Can you still apply for an Aadhaar card?

Also Read: Documents required applying for Aadhaar card


According to the UIDAI's Aadhaar enrolment form, there are two more ways to apply for Aadhaar card if an individual does not have their own POI/POA supporting documents - (1) Through an Introducer and (2) Through Head of Family (HoF).

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(Screenshot of Aadhaar enrolment form as available on the UIDAI website)

Here's how you can apply for an Aadhaar card if you do not have the required supporting documents.

  • Through the Head of Family (HoF)
If an individual in a family does not have valid PoI and valid address proof, then he/she still can apply for Aadhaar card, provided if the individual's name exists in the family entitlement document such as ration card. In such cases the Head of Family in the entitlement document needs to be enrolled first with valid PoI and PoA documents.

The head of the family can then introduce other members in the family while they are enrolling, as per the UIDAI website.

The HoF must also carry his/her original proof of identity and proof of address. The HoF must also accompany the individual who wants to apply for Aadhaar card at the enrolment centre.

An individual applying for Aadhaar card via the HoF should have proof of relationship with the HoF as well. The proof of relationship document must contain the name of the applicant and HoF. According to UIDAI, following are the documents that are valid as proof of relationship:
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1. PDS card
2. MNREGA Job Card
3. CGHS/State Government/ECHS/ESIC Medical card
4. Pension Card
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5. Army Canteen Card
6. Passport
7. Birth Certificate issued by Registrar of Birth, Municipal Corporation and other notified local government bodies like Taluk, Tehsil etc.
8. Any other Central/State government issued family entitlement document
9. Marriage Certificate issued by the government
10. Address card having name and photo issued by Department of Posts
11. Bhamashah card
12. Discharge card/ slip issued by Government hospitals for birth of a child
13. Certificate of identity having photo issued by MP or MLA or MLC or Municipal Councillor or Gazetted Officer on letterhead
14. Certificate of identity having photo and relationship with HoF issued by village panchayat head or mukhiya (for rural areas)

  • Through Introducer
Another method to apply for Aadhaar card if an individual who does not have his own PoI and PoA documents is via an Introducer. According to UIDAI website, an introducer is a person who is authorised/notified by the Registrar to introduce residents who do not possess any PoA/PoI documents.

The introducer should already have an Aadhaar number and needs to be present in person at the Aadhaar centre for introducer-based enrolments.

Do keep in mind that both, the introducer or HoF, will be required to confirm the identity and address of the individual for whom they are vouching for and sign the individual's enrolment form as required, in the designated space.

As per the circular issued by the UIDAI this week, the introducer would have to issue the details in a standard certifcate, namely 'Certificate for Aadhaar Enrolment/Update' to the individual. The certificate issued will have a validity of three months from the date of issue. The circular can be accessed here.
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