Aadhaar eKYC mandatory for mobile connections: Here’s how it applies to you

Aadhaar card will soon be mandatory for continuing with your mobile connection: Here's what to note

By: Tech Desk | Updated: March 27, 2017 11:19 am
Aadhaar, Aadhaar eKYC Mobiles, Aadhaar for mobile phone, Aadhaar for Mobile connection, Aadhaar EKYC DoT, DoT On Aadhaar, Aadhaar card DoT, Aadhaar card for mobile connections Aadhaar eKYC for mobile phone connections: This will soon be mandatory for all telecom providers and their subscribers. (Source: Reuters)

If you don’t have an Aadhaar card number, you’ll probably have to get one soon, since the government is making this mandatory across a range of services, and it looks like getting a mobile connection is next on the list. Last Friday, Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued an order asking telecom operators to start the process of re-verifying their subscribers with Aadhaar-based eKYC.

DoT’s order reads, “All licensees shall re-verify all existing mobile subscribers (prepaid and postpaid) through Aadhaar-based e-KYC process.”  For telecom providers, the DoT is giving a one year time period to carry out this eKYC process; the order puts the final date at February 6, 2018. The DoT directive comes after the Supreme Court issued an order with this respect in February this year.

So what is Aadhaar-based eKYC and what does it require? For starters, the Aadhaar card becomes mandatory if you to hold onto your old mobile number or even get a new one. Aadhaar eKYC is a paperless form of Know Your Customer (KYC); the KYC guidelines ensure that the service provider, and this is not just restricted to mobile service providers, but includes banks, etc, need to have details of their customers like address, age, full name, etc.

With Aadhaar-based KYC  identity, address and other details are verified via the Aadhaar authentication online. A user will have to give his Aadhaar number, do the biometric verification, and the KYC is done.

So how will you know when to get eKYC done with your mobile operator? No need to rush just yet, but this will come soon. Customers will start receiving SMS alerts, or see television and print ads from their telecom provider regarding the same as DoT has directed them to do the same.

Cellular operators’ association of India (COAI) had said that its members, which includes the majority of telecom providers in the country, will meet later this week to discuss the process. However COAI has pointed out the entire exercise will cost Rs 1,000 crore for infrastructure and training, which will have to be borne by the operators.

“The issue of fake subscribers will go away. We will try our best to cover the entire base within the stipulated time frame of one year but in case we cannot, we may ask DoT for an extension,” COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said in a statement to PTI.

Will one eKYC be good enough to get another connection with the same operator? No, if you go by the DoT notification. According to a PTI report, “For issuing additional mobile connections to re-verified subscriber, the operator would have to follow a separate eKYC process.” So if you have a Vodafone or Airtel connection, and you get it re-verified, getting a second number will require another eKYC, which is tedious.

However, if you are converting prepaid to postpaid or vice versa, then you won’t be requiring another eKYC.

One of the reasons for Aadhaar-based eKYC is that it will help deal with the issue of fake mobile subscribers in the country. But the catch is that it also means that anyone who doesn’t have an Aadhaar card won’t be able to continue with the mobile connection, which sounds extreme. India has over 1 billion plus mobile connections, and this Aadhaar eKYC will impact every single user.

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  1. D
    Jul 12, 2017 at 12:34 am
    For any queries call 917838424985 Telecom expert dhruv
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      mayank pandey
      Jul 12, 2017 at 12:28 am
      Hi my mobile number is 7838424985....... I found it 2 years back on road.... Then after I started using it.... How can I know on whose name it is
      1. A
        Jul 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm
        I have my mobile no. registered in aadhar card would i also have to reverify it?
        1. T
          Jul 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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            Dhruv Sharma
            Jul 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm
            what about foriegn tourists who need an indian number when they come down here for a long visit?
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              Raymond Selwyn
              Jun 19, 2017 at 11:36 am
              Dear Team, I am out of India, just got the news that the airtel no. has to be linked with aadhar card...so my concern is: I have four airtel nos 3 sims are in India with my parents and one I am carrying along with me (out of India). all nos are registered in my name. I had written to Airtel customer care but they are asking me to visit the retailer gallery and ignoring the fact that I cannot visit India till July 2018. How to tackle this problem or is there any other alternative? I want all the nos active...since I have been using this nos for a very long time. Please assist. Thanking you in anti tion.
              1. K
                Jun 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm
                You can ask to submit aadhaar card of anyone of your family member. So that particular mobile number will belongs to that person whose aadhaar card is submited. In your case you can ask your parents to submit their aadhaar card.
                1. D
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 12:33 am
                  Kindly call 917838424985 for advisory purpose.
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                    B. Sarkar
                    Jul 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm
                    There is another way ... If airtel do not register your parents Aadhaar card, Simply Port out to any operator and submit aadhaar card to avoid any future hassle of linking aadhaar. Linking Aadhaar with Mobile connection will help eliminate fraud active connection may be taken with somebodies id without there consent.
                  2. A
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm
                    Linking of Aadhar to mobile, pan card and the like are a good decision by GOI. There cannot be any non existance customers in the future. Only persons having verified bio metric details can enjoy the services in the country. As in the case of PAN, linking of Aadhar should be done online by the subscribers themselves.
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                      Bharat yadav
                      May 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm
                      dir sir i beg to sy sir my airtel no is not link for aadhaar no
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