If a person intends to open a post office account or seeks to invest in different schemes, such as the Public Provident Fund (PPF), the National Savings Certificate (NSC) and the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), linking their Aadhaar with the above-listed accounts are compulsory. Aadhaar or Unique Identity Number (UID) is a 12-digit number issued by India's Unique Identification Authority based on the biometrics of a person and is now a necessity in any of the post office savings plans for depositing their capital. The government has clarified that individuals who do not yet have an Aadhaar card or number can quote their Aadhaar application's EID or enrollment identity number. It is possible to link Aadhaar to different savings schemes, such as post office deposits, the Public Provident Fund, the National Savings Certificate and Kisan Vikas Patra, both online and offline. To do the same, follow the steps covered below:
Through offline method
It is possible to link Aadhaar to different saving schemes via the Indian Post Bank Account. In this regard, the steps listed below must be followed:
- Visit your nearest Indian Post Office branch with your post office account passbook and Aadhaar Card.
- Take out the Aadhaar-linking application form from the representative of the post office and fill out the same completely.
- Now attach the copy of your Aadhaar with the application form and submit it.
- You will receive an acknowledgment upon submission of the application form to validate your application to link Aadhaar to your India Post Bank Account.
- Confirmation will be received via SMS on your registered mobile number after the approval of your application by the post office.
Through online mode
To link your Aadhaar with your post office account online, follow the steps listed below:
- Visit the net banking portal of your bank and log in to your net banking account using the required credentials i.e. User ID and Password.
- Now on the homepage click on the "Registration of Aadhaar Number in Internet Banking" option.
- Now enter your 12 digits Aadhaar number and click on 'Confirm'
- Now select your Indian post bank account with which you want to link your Aadhaar.
- To check whether or not your Aadhaar number linked request has been received, click on the "Inquiry" option on the website's homepage.
Post Office Saving Account, Kisan Vikas Patra, or Post Office Recurring Deposit, irrespective of what kind of Post Office scheme account is opened by you or are planning to invest in, to make your account active you need to link your Aadhaar number with your post office account. In both modes, offline and online, it is possible to link Aadhaar to post office accounts. It implies that you can visit the nearest post office with the required documents, or you can link your Aadhaar number to the Post Office deposit accounts from the convenience of your home.