The truth about updating the address on your Aadhaar, online or offline

If you think updating the address on your Aadhaar card is going to be as easy as advertised on the UIDAI "self-service" website, you're in for some serious dissapointment.

Here's what they say -

Under the valid list of documents required, you'll see these two items:
  1. Bank Statement/ Passbook
  2. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement 

Here's my experience:

When I moved into my new flat, I tried to update my address with the lease agreements. One week later, I got this email:
Your Request XXXX has been rejected due to: Invalid Documents .Please resubmit correct request or visit the nearest Aadhaar Kendra for updates.
That's it. No other information as to what makes these documents invalid. I scanned and uploaded every page of the lease. Spent time reducing the size of the PDF to below 2MB.

So I googled it and found a thread on quora saying that I need to self-attest the document. Of course, the UIDAI website also specifies that we need to upload original scanned copies, not photocopies. So am I supposed to attest the original document? Apparently I'm not the only one in this mindfuckery of a dilemma, as shown in this other thread on quora.

Anyway, tried with an attested scanned copy of the lease - and I got the same rejection email. Lovely.

Going offline

So I traveled back in time to the dark ages and decided to go do this at a local Aadhaar centre. The closest one was a bank. I took my lease and bank statement for good measure.

They accepted neither. Apparently the Lease has to be signed by a registrar. Not notified, not self-attested, but signed by a freaking registrar. The bank statement needs to have the seal of the bank on the statement, and then self-attested.

So here I am, back at the office, writing this post over lunch. More updates to follow. 



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