Your mobile number will get deactivated if you don’t link it with Aadhaar. The due date to do so is fast approaching. Learn why exactly is this mandatory, and how to do it. This article will also try to cover some of the frequent queries regarding the same.
Why should you link with Aadhaar?
This is to comply with the honourable Super Court order issued on 6th February 2017. “Hon’ble Supreme Court stated “an effective process has been evolved to ensure identity verification, as well as, the addresses of all mobile phone subscribers or new subscribers. In the near future, and more particularly, within one year from today, a similar verification will be completed, in the case of existing subscribers.” By linking it is possible to weed out the fake or unauthorized and limit the number of mobile connections issued to a customer in India.
When is the due date to link with Aadhaar?
The due date or last date to link is 6th February 2018, i.e. exactly one year since Supreme Court order. However, Govt. may extend the deadline due to several facts like customer’s availability, physical status etc. But keep in mind that your provider needs to resubmit the new CAF(Customer Acquisition Form) with Aadhaar details for continuing the service.
How to Link With Aadhaar?
To link your existing mobile number with Aadhaar you need to perform an e-Verify authentication process. This authentication procedure needs you to share your Aadhaar number, Name, Fingerprint/IRIS with the provider for submitting to CIDR(Central Identities Data Repository). As of now, only the retailer can get it done for you, so visit your nearest retailer store or outlet of your provider. Read to find out the linking procedure for Vodafone-Idea, Airtel, Reliance Jio, BSNL Mobile, Aircel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Telenor India, Tata DoCoMo, MTS India, and MTNL.
- Visit the nearest outlet or store (check the respective website or call CC).
- Provide the mobile number you need to link. In the case of Datacard, provide the secondary registered mobile number.
- The agent with his account and retailer app( IDEA eCaf, Airtel Mitra etc) will generate and send an OTP to your number. Provide this OTP to verify the mobile number.
- Now you need to provide your Aadhaar number and do the biometric fingerprint scan.
- They can then verify the details and submit the request which generates a reference number.
- Within 24 hours, you’ll be notified with an SMS and you need to reply Y to complete the e-KYC process.
- Once verification is done, all your existing details will be updated as given in the Aadhaar. Please note that this service is entirely free and your details will not be stored or shared.
FAQs Regarding Re-verification
- Do I need an Aadhaar for this process?
Yes, If you don’t, get it first.
- Do my Aadhaar need to be linked with the mobile number for this process?
No, Currently the e-KYC authentication is with biometrics(fingerprint/IRIS) and not with Aadhaar OTP.
- Do I need to change the SIM (ie to micro, nano)?
No, you don’t need to change the SIM.
- Can I do this verification from apps like MyAirtel, My Idea etc?
No, currently the verification is possible only via the dealer apps like IDEA eCaf, Airtel Mitra etc.
- How many mobile numbers/SIM cards can a person have?
Presently the maximum cap is 9.
- Do I need to verify or link all these mobile numbers?
Yes. If you’ve multiple numbers under the same provider, you’ve to provide multiple OTP and single biometric scan. If you’ve multiple numbers under different providers, visit respective outlets for the entire linking process.
- Do I need to verify my (Jio) number again?
Yes & No. Yes, if you got the SIM only by submitting the physical documents (Aadhaar copy). No, if you got it with biometric verification and activation.
- Do I need to verify my ported SIM, which was verified earlier?
Yes, contact CC for more clarity.
- How to verify while roaming or outstation?
For roaming, visit the respective home circle. For outstation customers, no instructions issued as of now.
- Do I need to verify my corporate SIM?
No, currently no regulation is issued by Govt of India.
- Do I need to pay any charges?
No, If any agent asks for it, report it to CC.
- Do my tariff, balance change post verification?
So the telcos have decided to act according to the order, and you need to co-operate with them for experiencing continued service. Once again remember that the provider may disconnect or deactivate your mobile number before, on, or after the due date. Hope this article helped you to some extent. Act fast and save some trouble, Peace!