Use mAdhar as ID proof on trains travelling


The Ministry of Railways permitted the use of m-Aadhaar as one of the prescribed proofs of identity for railway passengers in any reserved class.


The m-Aadhaar is a mobile app launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar card. It can, however, be downloaded only on the mobile number to which Aadhaar has been linked.

Travelers can now show their details upon being asked for verification, by unlocking the app via their password or through biometric authentication. However, one must have their mobile number registered with UIDAI to be able to use the app. The mAadhaar app is only available on the Android platform as of now, but an iOS version will be released soon.

The app comes with a biometric lock and unlock feature to secure the personal data. Once a user enables the lock system, the app remains locked till the person chooses to either unlock it (which is temporary) or disable the locking system. It also has a “TOTP (Time-Based One-Time Password) generation” process which can be used instead of SMS-based OTP (one-time password).

Users can update their Aadhaar profile data too and registered mobile number is a must for using the app. In case your mobile number is not registered, visit the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre or Mobile Update End Point. A QR code facility and password protected eKYC data are among the additional features provided in the app.

The mAadhaar app is currently available for Android users only.

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