Aadhaar Authentication means the process by which the Aadhaar number along with the demographic information or biometric information of a Aadhaar number holder is submitted to the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) for its verification and such repository verifies the correctness, or the lack thereof, on the basis of the information available with it.
The Aadhaar number or the authentication thereof shall not, by itself, confer any right of, or be proof of, citizenship or domicile in respect of an Aadhaar number holder. Several requesting entities (or service providers) require individuals to submit their identity proofs that serve as an enabler for providing consumer services, subsidies or benefits. While collecting such identity proofs, these service providers face challenges in verifying/validating the correctness of identity information documents or proofs submitted by individuals. The purpose of Aadhaar Authentication is to provide a digital, online identity platform so that the identity of Aadhaar number holders can be validated instantly anytime, anywhere. UIDAI offers Aadhaar-based authentication as a service that can be availed by requesting entities (government / public and private entities/agencies). This service from UIDAI can be utilized by the requesting entities to authenticate the identity of their customers / employees / other associates (based on the match of their personal identity information) before providing them access to their consumer services / subsidies/ benefits / business functions / premises.Modes Of Authentication-