Now UIDAI Aadhaar Virtual ID (16 Digit VID) Mandatory for KYC for Security Concerns

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) notifies that from 1 July 2018 only 16 Digit Virtual ID can be used for Know Your Customer (KYC) process. Now people will not have to furnish their Aadhaar Card Details including 12 digit Aadhaar Number for authentication purposes. Instead they can simply use the Aadhaar Virtual ID which can easily be generated / retrieved on This move will resolve the Aadhaar Card Security Concerns like Data Breach.

UIDAI Virtual ID (VID) concept was introduced in the month of April 2018 and now this concept is operational. All the Authentication User Agencies (AUA) have now been migrated to VID & UID token. This usage of Aadhar VID will result in Database Privacy and Security of the customers as more than 100 crore people are enrolled with UIDAI & possess Aadhaar Card.

It is clear in notification that Aadhaar Virtual ID (16 Digit) has completely replaced Aadhaar Number (12 Digit) from 1 July 2018. Generate / Retrieve VID in 3 easy steps and utilize this number for KYC.

What is 16 Digit Virtual ID – Concept & Security Features

In the month of March, there was a security concern regarding the privacy of our personal details in Aadhaar Card. As various companies and banks ask for 12 digit Aadhaar Card Number for authentication necessary to provide services to its customers. People furnish their important personal details like biometrics, age, finger prints without knowing that if such data is leaked, this could become a major problem for their privacy.

So to ensure Data Privacy and Security, central government has introduced a new concept of Virtual ID in April 2018. This is a 16 digit temporary random number and can be referred to as “Aadhaar Clone”. Anyone can now provide this 16 digit VID number to complete verification process instead of 12 digit Aadhaar Number.

Aadhaar Virtual ID KYC Notification
Aadhaar Virtual ID KYC Notification

But various banks and companies did not possess the required system to accept such IDs. So, Reserve Bank of India has given 3 months time to all such banks and companies to make changes in their system and to make it compatible for accepting Aadhaar Virtual ID. This time duration is now ended and VID system will be applicable across the country from 1 July 2018. To know more about the Virtual ID Features and Working –
Aadhaar Card Virtual ID – VID Working & Features

How to Generate Aadhaar Virtual ID at

This 16 Digit VID number can be generated any number of times and is valid for a single authentication process (maximum 1 day lifetime). Each VID can be utilized once for authentication. If a candidate again generates a VID number than previous number will automatically get cancelled and the new one will replace that number.

16 digit VID is revocable and expires after a limited time period. VID Virtual ID will limit the storage and collection of personal and demographic data of all the Aadhaar Holders. People can easily generate this ID in 3 easy steps at the offical website To see complete procedure, click the link given below:-
How to Generate / Retrieve Aadhaar Virtual ID (VID)

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Aadhaar Virtual Number can be utilized to open a Bank account, to avail Government Subsidy, Tatkaal Passport, Purchase of New Insurance policy etc.


— To directly generate / retrieve VID (official website link) – Click Here (Direct Link)
— For more details, visit the official website –

Also Read – PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline Notification – Last Date to link PAN Card with Aadhar Card Etended till 31 March 2019 – View Details

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