Aadhaar Card now required for death certificates too

The integration of Aadhaar Card has been unprecedented in almost everything related to identification. Now you’ll be needing it after death too. Starting October 1, Aadhaar number will be required for registration of a person’s death to prevent identity fraud. Announced by the Registrar General of India (RGI), this step will be quite an effective way to weed out any irregularities in identities.

Aadhaar number will be required for obtaining a death certificate to ensure accuracy in the records. This will come into effect from September 1, 2017. Where the applicant is not aware of the Adhara No. or enrollment ID No. of the deceased, he shall have to declare that to the best of their knowledge. It is an actual offence under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1967 to not declare the Adhara number when asked for. The offence may carry a jail term of up to one year and/or fine up to Rs 25,000. RGI has directed the concerned departments in the respective States/UTs responsible for registration of birth and death to comply with the latest norms. The above provisions shall come into effect immediately for residents of all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya. The date for these states will be announced sometime later.

What is Aadhaar card?
1. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India to individuals for the purpose of establishing the unique identity of every single person
2. Aadhaar number does need to be changed or renewed and will be valid for the full life of an individual
3. It serves as a proof of identity and address anywhere in India
4. It is for every Indian individual, including children and infants
5. It is a digital identity that can be verified using simple methods
6. It also enables secure delivery of payments and access to government services.

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