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Plastic or PVC Aadhaar Smart Card is not usable: UIDAI


Plastic or PVC Smart Card is not usable:

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said today in a statement that the Plastic or PVC smart cards are often not usable as the QR code commonly becomes dysfunctional during such unauthorised printing at some vendor/shop. Also, there could be a possibility of sharing details (personal sensitive demographic information) without informed consent with some devious elements.

reiterated that letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded versions of on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid and people should not yearn for the so-called smart card as it may make them fall to the ploys of some unscrupulous elements who are printing on a plastic/PVC sheet and charging anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.300 or more.

has asked people to keep away from such elements/shops/vendors. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, said, So-called Smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The card or the downloaded card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses."

If a person has a paper card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her card laminated or obtain a plastic card or so called smart card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart or plastic card", added Dr. Pandey.

In case a person loses his card, he can download his card free of cost from The print out of the downloaded card, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original letter sent by There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic/PVC card or get it laminated.

CEO, advised people to be watchful for the protection of their privacy and recommended not to share their number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card.

has cautioned unauthorized Agencies not to collect information from general public for printing of card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and Act, 2016.


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First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 00:20 IST