Aadhaar based E-KYC

Aadhaar based e-KYC is an electronic know-your customer services offered by the Unique Identification Authority of India. One can avail of this service on voluntarily basis to authenticate and establish their identity. It allows the resident to submit it as an address proof in any of the banking companies. Aadhaar based e-KYC shares the information electronically, negating the need for physical document submission.

Aadhaar Authentication and e-KYC Services

It is the process in which the Aadhaar number along with biometric and demographic information of an Aadhaar number holder is being submitted to the Central Identities Data repository for its verification and such repository verifies the correctness of the details shared. The objective of doing the authentication is to enable residents to provide their identity for the service provider to supply services and give access to the benefits.

Benefits of Aadhaar Authentication/e-KYC Services:

  • Safe and secure process to share confidential information with relevant KUA’s.
  • Online e-KYC is an instant authenticated verification, thereby speeding up the KYC process.
  • Being an online process, there is a reduction in costs associated with paper-based verification.
  • Since the information is shared through the UIDAI’s internal encrypted software, privacy and security of the data is assured.

What is Aadhaar Offline e-KYC?

Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC eliminates the need for the resident to share the photocopy of Aadhaar letter and offers the download facility of KYX XML to resident and provide the same to agencies wanted to have his/her KYC. 

The KYC details is in machine readable XML which is digitally signed by UIDAI allowing agency to verify its authenticity and detect any tampering. The agency can also authenticate the user through their own OTP/Face authentication mechanisms.

Detail  of the data covered in Aadhaar offline e-KYC Data

While downloading/obtaining offline e-KYC data, following fields are included in the XML.

  • Resident Name
  • Download Reference Number
  • Address
  • Photo
  • Gender
  • DoB/YoB
  • Mobile Number (in hashed form)
  • Email (in hashed form)

Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC data is encrypted using a “Share Phrase” provided by the Aadhaar number holder at the time of downloading which is required to be shared with agencies to read KYC data.

Advantages of Offline Aadhaar e-KYC

There are numerous benefits and advantages associated with the Aadhaar e-KYC process, some of which are listed below:

Accessibility

The KYC data can be shared by the Aadhaar card holder directly without making any  repeated requests to the UIDAI for access. Biometrics are not needed to verify the data being shared.

Reliability

Since the e-KYC information is accessed from the master UIDAI database, all information provided is as per government records and thus tamper-proof.

Security

The data that is shared with KUA’s is encrypted, preventing any misuse of the Aadhaar holder’s information.

Privacy

Only information relevant to the KUA and the holder’s KYC requirements are shared through this system, ensuring the holder’s privacy. Additionally, biometrics and access to personal sensitive information is restricted.

Aadhaar security

 When a KUA requests KYC data, the holder’s Aadhaar number is not shared. Instead, a reference ID is generated and is used to complete the process, ensuring protection of data.

Voluntary

This service is voluntary and an Aadhaar holder can choose whether he/she wants to share KYC details through the platform.

How Does Aadhaar Offline e-KYC Work?

The offline e-KYC process is a quick and convenient way for Aadhaar card holders to provide KYC details for authentication purposes. As a card holder, you can download an XML file of the KYC information and provide it to the relevant requesting agencies. The XML is verified by UIDAI and tamper-proof, further securing the data being shared.

Process to access Aadhaar Paperless e-KYC

  • Visit: https://uidai.gov.in/and download the Aadhaar Paperless Offline e-KYC form.
  • Fill in the form and submit the same.
  • The relevant information will be available for download as an XML file, digitally signed by the UIDAI.

How to Share Offline e-KYC Data

The downloaded offline e-KYC data can be shared with the relevant requesting agency by the card holder either in physical format or digitally. The ‘Share Phrase’ is to be provided to the agency/authority at this time since the data is encrypted. For high resolution copies, sharing the information through an XML or PDF file is preferable.