Aadhaar issued by the UIDAI has virtually replaced other important Ids such as passport, voter ID etc. for that matter. Also,for the ease , aadhaar is available as e-Aadhaar which has come handy amid the pandemic when we are avoiding any unnecessary contact.
So now is the e-aadhaar or soft copy of Aadhaar as good as physical Aadhaar: Know what UIDAI clarifies on it
This password protected e-Aadhaar is an electronic copy of Aadhaar that is digitally signed by the UIDAI. Now as per the Aadhaar website or portal, as per Aadhaar Act, e-Aadhaar is equally valid like a physical copy of Aadhaar.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Electronics and IT on the validity of e-Aadhaar as a proof of identity in a circular mentions, "An Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form subject to authentication and other conditions, as may be specified by regulations, may be accepted as proof of identity of the Aadhaar number holder for any purpose."
It is to be noted that the downloaded Aadhaar (e-Aadhaar) carries the name, address, gender, photo and date of birth details of the Aadhaar holder in similar form as in printed Aadhaar letter.
The downloaded or e- Aadhaar also includes the date of Aadhaar generation and date of Aadhaar download. The downloaded Aadhaar or the e-Aadhaar is a digitally signed document by UIDAI as per IT Act, 2000 that provides for legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures.