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How to Lock Your Aadhaar Card to Prevent Misuse

How to Lock Your Aadhaar Card to Prevent Misuse


Your Aadhaar card is a valuable document that contains your personal information. If it falls into the wrong hands, it can be used to commit identity theft or other fraudulent activities. To protect your Aadhaar card from misuse, you can lock it using a Virtual ID (VID).

What is a Virtual ID?

A Virtual ID (VID) is a 16-digit number that is associated with your Aadhaar number. It can be used to authenticate your identity without revealing your Aadhaar number. You can generate a VID using the UIDAI website or mAadhaar app.

How to Lock Your Aadhaar Card

To lock your Aadhaar card, you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to the UIDAI website or open the mAadhaar app.
  2. Click on the “My Aadhaar” tab.
  3. Select the “Aadhaar Lock & Unlock” service.
  4. Enter your UID number, full name, and PIN code.
  5. Click on “Send OTP”.
  6. Enter the OTP that you receive and click on “Submit”.
  7. Select the “UID Lock” radio button and click on “Submit”.
  8. Enter your VID and click on “Submit”.

Your Aadhaar card will now be locked. This means that no one will be able to use your Aadhaar number to authenticate your identity.

How to Unlock Your Aadhaar Card

To unlock your Aadhaar card, you can follow the same steps as above, but select the “UID Unlock” radio button in step 7. You will also need to enter your VID to unlock your Aadhaar card.

Benefits of Locking Your Aadhaar Card

Locking your Aadhaar card has the following benefits:

  • It protects your Aadhaar card from misuse.
  • It gives you more control over your personal information.
  • It can help you to prevent identity theft and other fraudulent activities.


Locking your Aadhaar card is a simple and effective way to protect your personal information from misuse. We recommend that everyone lock their Aadhaar card, especially if they are concerned about the security of their data.