According to the government’s mandate, you have to link your Aadhaar number with various key documents and services to continue using them. The deadlines for doing so are fast approaching, therefore, if you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to get a move on. Read on to find out how to go about the linking process.
PAN You should visit the Income Tax website, enter your PAN and Aadhaar details, and complete the authentication process.
Bank account You can link your bank account with your Aadhaar at a bank branch, or using Internet or mobile banking facilities. To do it through Internet banking, log in to your online banking account and click on the ‘Update Aadhaar’ link. Enter your Aadhaar details and submit it. Use the OTP sent to your registered number to complete the process.
Mutual fund folio CAMS and Karvy Computershare offer an online facility for linking your Aadhaar to your mutual fund account. Go to the CAMS or Karvy website and click on the ‘Link Your Aadhaar’ tab. Follow the steps to fill in the form and submit it, then enter the OTP generated and sent to your registered mobile number to complete the linking process.
Deadlines to watch out for
You could lose access to these services if you miss them.
Insurance policies You can link Aadhaar to your insurance policies by logging on to the website or visiting the customer service department of your insurance provider. In most cases, you are only required to provide your policy number and date of birth for the verification. Once verified, you will be asked to update your Aadhaar number. At present, only LIC, SBI Life Insurance, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and Max Life Insurance offer online Aadhaar linking services.
Post office schemes Aadhaar linking is mandatory for opening or holding a Post Office account or investing in small savings schemes like NSC and PPF. To do this, log on to the India Post website, download the Aadhaar linkage form, fill it up and submit it to the post office where you hold an account.
Mobile number Visit a store or service centre of your mobile service provider or call their customer service to request Aadhaar linking.
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