Aadhaar Card: What happens to someone's Aadhaar number after his death?

Aadhaar Card: What happens to someone’s Aadhaar number after his death?

Aadhaar Card: Hello and welcome to Yono Informer! We’re thrilled to have you here as we dive into a topic of great importance to every Indian citizen. As a vital element of India’s digital identity system, the Aadhaar Card has transformed the way we access services and validate our identity.

In this blog post, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what happens to someone’s Aadhaar number after his death. Whether you’re new to the concept or looking to refresh your knowledge, we’ve got you covered.

Aadhaar Card is a very important document at present. It is required for any government or non-government work. If a person dies then what should we do with his Aadhaar card so that no one misuses it. Can we surrender or close Aadhaar card? Let us know in this article.

Can Aadhaar card be surrendered or closed?

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Aadhaar card is issued by UIDAI. You can also make Aadhar card for minors and new-born children. When a person dies, no rules have been made yet regarding how to surrender or close his Aadhaar card. This means that you cannot surrender or cancel your Aadhaar card. However, UIDAI has provided the facility of Aadhar lock to keep the Aadhar card secure.

After locking the Aadhar card, it cannot be used. To use Aadhaar card, it has to be unlocked first. If someone in your family dies, then you can lock his Aadhar card or keep the Aadhar card safely so that no one can misuse it.

What happens to someone’s Aadhaar number after his death?

If we have to go to the bank or buy a train ticket, the first thing we pay attention to is whether we have Aadhaar Card or not. Aadhar card is an important document along with our identity. Without this, neither government nor non-government work can be carried out at present.

The 12 digit unique number written on the Aadhaar card contains all the important information like name, address, fingerprint etc. In such a situation, you should be very cautious about your Aadhar card so that no one can misuse it.

How to lock Aadhar card?

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First of all, you have to go to the official website of UIDAI (uidai.gov.in) and click on the option of my Aadhaar. So, I am giving below some process for lock your Aadhar Card.

  • Now click on the service and select the option of ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’.
  • After this a new page will open on the screen. Here you have to fill Aadhaar number () and captcha and select Send OTP. 
  • Now fill the OTP received on the registered mobile number, after which select the Lock option from Lock/Unlock the biometric data.

After this your Aadhar card will be locked. Similarly, to unlock the Aadhar card, you will have to follow the same steps and select the unlock option.


Locking your Aadhaar card is a proactive portion to improve the security of your personal information. This feature prevents unauthorized access to your Aadhaar details, thereby protection your identity from potential misuse. By locking your Aadhaar number, you ensure that it cannot be used for verification purposes without your consent, adding an extra layer of protection against fraud. It’s a simple yet effective step that underscores the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of your sensitive data.


Is death certificate linked with Aadhar card?

According to a Times of India report quoting sources, a communication will be shared with the family members of the deceased after the death certificate is issued.

How to find Aadhaar card number of dead person?

At present, there is no mechanism to receive the Aadhaar number of deceased persons from the Registrars appointed by State Governments under the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 for the registration of births and deaths, to deactivate Aadhaar.

How can I block my Aadhar card after death?

There is currently no mechanism in place to deactivate Aadhaar even in the event of a person’s death.

Can I block my Aadhaar card?

If resident wants to unlock UID he/she can do so by using latest VID, through UIDAI website or mAadhaar app.

Can Aadhaar card be Cancelled?

It is a unique number allotted to a person and can’t be cancelled or surrounded either, though rectification / modification / correction can be done at any point of time. Aadhaar can be corrected but not cancelled unless the person concerned dies. It is an identity card with biometric verification.

About the author

A Ranjan is from Kolkata in West Bengal. He is double post graduate in Computer Science & Management (Marketing & Operation), who is fond of Science & Technology, Stock Investing, Travelling and Writing. He made the art of writing his profession and started working from home. He mostly writes about Stock Investment, Motivational Story, Technology, Travelling Field & Famous people. This is the first employee to join the Yono Informer Team.

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