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The UIDAI stands for Unique Identification Authority of India.

It was established by the government of India in January 2009 with an aim to provide a unique identity to the individuals and a platform to digitally authenticate the identity from anywhere across the globe at any given point of time. The agency collects both the biometric and demographic data of Indian residents such as iris scan, photograph, fingerprints. The data will be stored in a centralized place. Aadhaar consists of 12 digit number which is unique in nature. This is the world’s largest project for National Identification Number.

The data centre of the UID is located in Model Township in Manesar, Haryana.

The function of the UIDAI

The UIDAI is supposed to take care of all the policies and plans to implement its unique identification schemes. A few of them are mentioned below:

  • Operating and owning the database of UIDAI.
  • It allows the users to check their aadhar card status using UIDAI’s platform.
  • It takes up the responsibility of maintaining and updating it on a constant basis depending on the applications which are received via both online and offline.
  • To own and operate the database of UID.
  • To implement the UID schemes.
  • To generate and assign UID to the people.
  • Manage and operate all the UID’s life cycle stages.
  • Frame the policies and operation of the UID mechanism.
  • To define the mechanism and interlinking the same with the database of partners.

UIDAI’s Mission

The UIDAI was set up with a mission to:

  • To provide a platform to encourage private agencies and public ones to develop applications linked with aadhaar.
  • To deliver aadhaar to every Indian resident and to have a stringent quality matrix and turnover time.
  • To serve residents efficiently, effectively and equitably by collaborating with the service provider in leveraging the aadhaar.
  • To build a long-term organization which will sustain and carry forward the values and vision of UIDAI.
  • To ensure scalability, resilience and availability of technological infrastructure.
  • To make it as attractive as possible so that the best global expertise of different fields collaborates to give the most valuable insight to UIDAI organization.
  • To collaborate with all the partners and give in a convincing infrastructure to residents of India to authenticate and update their digital identity.

Core Values of UIDAI

The following are the core values of UIDAI


  • Committed to building the nation inclusively.
  • To establish and value a collaborative approach.
  • To make a constant effort for learning and to focus on improving the quality.
  • Value integrity.
  • To strive and serve the residents and other service providers efficiently.
  • To make the organization open and transparent.
  • To consistently drive towards innovation and provide a similar platform to the partners.
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