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Default Aadhaar: Update your address via the "Address Validation Letter"

The central & state governments across the country are slowly tightening the bolts and nuts across public and private institutions to ensure some level of address validation with appropriate checks are in place. When one is moving from one location to another, updating the new address on IDs is becoming very important. Nowadays most banks, telecom, and various utility organizations are becoming very stringent in the address update process.

While the rent agreement becomes the default document to initiate the address change for all IDs and utilities, another route that is used by many is updating the Aadhaar card address. The Aadhaar route is quite flexible with over 31 options for submitting an (alias) address proof ranging from utility bills to government IDs.

For those (like me) who sometimes fall into the situation of not having a proper address document proof, there is a new option that UIDAI has enabled on the Aadhaar website which I recently utilized; updating the address via the Address Validation Letter. Under this option, one can update their address (where they are presently residing) in their Aadhaar with the consent and authentication of the address verifier (a family member, relative, friends, landlord) who is willing to let them use their address as proof.

While most of the process is online, the Address Validation Letter is a physical letter which is sent to the Verifier’s address. The letter will contain a secret code sent for validation after the Verifier consents to the use of his/her address by the requesting resident. After the request is submitted successfully the resident will get the Aadhaar Validation Letter within 30 days from the date of raising request.

The process is quite simple

Step 1 : Resident (you) initiates request at link
1. Resident logs in with self Aadhaar#
2. Enters Verifier Aadhaar#
3. Obtain Service Request Number

Step 2 : Verifier receives a link for consent on his mobile and gives consent

Step 3 : Resident receives confirmation of Verifier consent on his mobile
1. Logs in with SRN
2. Preview Address and submits request
3. Obtain Update Request Number

Step 4 : Resident obtains Secret Code to complete process
1. Resident receives the Address Validation Letter with the Secret Code via post
2. Logs into Update Address via Secret Code
3. Reviews the new address and submits the final request
4. System updates the Address over the next 48 to 72 hours

The below video provides a decent view of the above steps.

The overall "official" timeline is 30 days as per UIDAI. One can choose to reach out to the helpline for any support (they have access to your application details and support/guide on the process). Depending on what step you are, the SRN or the URN are your application reference number. One can also check the status online at link. However, if you ask them about expected closure timelines, the answer will be the default official timeline.

From a realistic timeline per se, the above process took me the following duration
Step 1: Day 1
Step 2: Day 1 (immediate)
Step 3: Day 1 (immediate)
Step 4: Day 5 (Via normal post - refer to the attached letter)
Step 5: Day 7 (address reflecting on site)
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