What is the Aadhaar card used for?


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Aadhaar cards are used as identification and proof of address in India. Getting the card is voluntary, and every Indian citizen can apply for one. It can be used as identification and verification when applying for certain government programs.

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Aadhaar cards were first given out as a national identification card, similar to a Social Security card in the United States, in 2009. The 12-digit number is assigned and monitored by the Unique Identification Authority of India. In addition to demographic and biometric information, citizens applying for the card must have two iris scans, 10 fingerprints and a photograph taken. Since the card is voluntary, it is not required to receive most government benefits except for certain food programs, propane connections and kerosene.

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