Aadhar SMS Service: Aadhar Lock/Unlock Service, Biometric Lock/Unlock, Aadhar OTP SMS Service, Generate VID by SMS

By | December 18, 2022

Aadhar SMS Service:  Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a service called “Aadhaar Services on SMS” which enables Aadhaar Number holders, who do not have access to internet/resident portal/m-Aadhaar etc. to use various Aadhaar services like Virtual ID generation/retrieval, Aadhaar lock/unlock etc. through SMS.

Aadhar SMS Service

Aadhar SMS Service: Residents can avail Aadhar Service by sending SMS from Registered Mobile to 1947. A Resident can get benefits by Aadhar SMS Services by sending an SMS in the given format to 1947 from their registered mobile number. These services are VID Generation/Retrieval, Lock/Unlock Aadhaar Number etc. 

Retrieve VID by Aadhaar SMS Service

To retrieve Virtual ID/VID by SMS you have to send SMS in the following Format:

RVID<SPACE>Last 4 digits of Aadhar Number

  • Let’s understand with an example, if the Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9123 then
  • ✉️ SMS – RVID 9123 and send it to 1947

Generate VID for the First Time

Citizen can generate VID by sending an SMS to Aadhaar helpline number 1947 in the following format: 

“GVIDLast 4 digits of Aadhaar Number” and send it to 1947 through the registered Mobile Number.

To Get OTP for Aadhar Authentication via SMS

Citizens can get OTP by 2 methods, first is by using an Aadhar Number and Second is by using VID. 

  • By using Aadhaar Number: GETOTP<SPACE>Last-4-Digit-of-Aadhaar-Number
    • For example if the Aadhaar number is 3218-5678-9000 then
    • ✉️ SMS – GETOTP 9000 and send it to 1947.
  • By using Virtual ID: GETOTP<SPACE>Last-6-Digit-of-of-Virtual ID-NUMBER
    • Let’s take an example if Virtual ID is 3218-1234-1234-9123 then
    • ✉️ SMS – GETOTP 340123 and send it to 1947

Aadhaar Card SMS Service Lock/ Unlock UID

Aadhaar Card Lock by SMS Service 

To Lock Aadhar Card/UID you will have to send two SMS as followings:

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar NUMBER
    • Let’s assume your Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9012 then
    • Example: SMS – GETOTP 9012 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: LOCKUID<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar NUMBER<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • And you received the OTP as “687888” then
    • Example: SMS – LOCKUID 9123 687888 send it to 1947

Note:- For Unlocking/Unlocking UID resident should have the latest VID number and If you don’t have VID then generate VID by following our above Process of “Generate VID for the First Time” or “Retrieve VID by Aadhar SMS Service”.

Aadhaar Card Unlock by SMS Service 

To Unlock Aadhar Card/UID you will have to send two SMS as followings:

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>6 Digits of Latest Virtual-ID
    • Example: If your Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9012 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 349012 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS 2: UNLOCKUID<SPACE>6 or 10 Digits of Virtual-ID<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • Example: If you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – UNLOCKUID 349012 012345 and send it to 1947

Note: 

✅ You can Unlock UID by using VID Only, so before locking Aadhaar/UID generate a VID and keep it safe or note it down. 

✅ You will have to use 10 Digits of Virtual ID in case more than 1 Aadhaar Card is linked with a single mobile number or the last 6 digits are the same for 2 dependents. 

Enable/Disable Biometric Lock

To Enable Biometric Lock 

You can enable Aadhar Biometric Lock by using Aadhaar number or virtual ID. In both methods you will have to send 2 SMS. 

Enable Biometric Lock by Using Aadhaar Number: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number
    • Example: If your Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9012 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 9012 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – ENABLEBIOLOCK 9012 012345 and send it to 1947

Enable Biometric Lock by Using Virtual ID: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID
    • Example: If your Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 349123 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – ENABLEBIOLOCK 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note: 

✅ A Resident can’t avail this service in case his/her Aadhaar is locked. 

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Numbers are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 8 Digits of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

ENABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 10 Digits of Virtual ID<SPACE>6 digits OTP

To Disable Biometric Lock 

You can Disablee Aadhar Biometric Lock by using Aadhaar number or virtual ID. In both methods you will have to send 2 SMS. 

Disable Biometric Lock by Using Aadhaar Number: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number
    • Example: If your Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9012 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 9012 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – DISABLEBIOLOCK 9012 012345 and send it to 1947

Disable Biometric Lock by Using Virtual ID: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID
    • Example: If your Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 349123 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – DISABLEBIOLOCK 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note: 

✅ A Resident can’t avail this service in case his/her Aadhaar is locked. 

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Numbers are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 8 Digits of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

DISABLEBIOLOCK<SPACE>Last 10 Digits of Virtual ID<SPACE>6 digits OTP

SMS to Temporarily Unlock Biometrics

A resident can temporarily unlock Aadhaar Biometrics by using 2 methods. In each method he/she will have to send two SMS. Methods are given below with examples: 

Temporary Unlock Biometric by Using Aadhaar Number: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number
    • Example: If your Aadhaar number is 1234-5678-9012 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 9012 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Last 4 Digit of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – UNLOCKBIO 9012 012345 and send it to 1947

Temporary Unlock Biometric by Using Virtual ID: 

  • ✉️ 1st SMS: GETOTP<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID
    • Example: If your Virtual ID is 1234-1234-1234-9123 then
    • SMS – GETOTP 349123 and send it to 1947
  • ✉️ 2nd SMS: UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Last 6 Digit of Virtual ID<SPACE>OTP-6-digits
    • For example you received the OTP as “012345” then
    • SMS – UNLOCKBIO 349123 012345 and send it to 1947

Note: 

✅ A Resident can’t avail this service in case his/her Aadhaar is locked. 

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 4 digits of the Aadhaar Numbers are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Last 8 Digits of Aadhaar Number<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

✅ If multiple Aadhaar Numbers are linked to single mobile number, and when last 6 digits of Virtual ID are same for 2 or more than 2 dependents, then second SMS to be sent as following:

UNLOCKBIO<SPACE>Last 10 Digits of Virtual ID<SPACE>6 digits OTP

Important Link

Official WebsiteClick here
Other Aadhar Services InformationClick here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Aadhar SMS Service

  1. What is UID lock & unlock?

    Ans. UID Lock & Unlock is a security and privacy feature of Aadhaar by which an Aadhar Holder can stop wrongful use of his/her Aadhar data. In case you lock your Aadhar it can’t be used for authentication purpose. 

  2. How can I unlock my Aadhar card by SMS?

    Ans. To unlock Aadhar Card by SMS you will have to send two SMS in the following Format: 
    1. First SMS will be GETOTP<SPACE>6 Digits of Latest Virtual-ID
    2. After you receive OTP send second SMS as UNLOCKUID<SPACE>6 or 10 Digits of Virtual-ID<SPACE>OTP-6-digits

  3. What is Aadhaar VID number?

    Ans. VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. VID can be used in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or e-KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.

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