What is VID?
The VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number.
Since this is a digital ID, Aadhaar holders can regenerate it multiple times, which makes it safer than providing your actual Aadhaar number. At present, the VID is valid for a minimum of one day, which means an Aadhaar holder would be able to re-generate a new VID a day after he has generated the first one.
Here’s a step-wise guide to generate Aadhaar Virtual ID on UIDAI’s resident portal:
1. Go to the VID generator on the UIDAI homepage, under Aadhaar services.
2. Enter your Aadhaar number, security code, i.e., the captcha, and click on ‘send OTP’. You will receive the OTP on your UIDAI registered mobile number.
3. Below the field to enter the OTP, you’ll have the option to generate a new VID or retrieve the one you have already generated. On submitting, you’ll receive the VID on your mobile number.