The UIDAI today says about ‘Virtual ID’ for Aadhaar. That means one need not to carry Aadhaar card. It says the Virtual ID is a random 16-digit number. The ID can be generated as many time as possible. It is like one-time-password(OTP). The older ID gets automatically cancelled once a fresh one is generated. Users can go to the UIDAI website to generate their virtual ID which will be valid for a defined period of time, or till the user decides to change it.
The ID, along with the biometrics of the user, would give any authorised agency, like a mobile company, limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification. Agencies that undertake authentication would not be allowed to generate the Virtual ID on behalf of the user. UIDAI also introduced the concept of 'limited KYC', which will provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorised agency providing a particular service.
The Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting the 'Virtual ID' from March 1, 2018. The 'Virtual ID' will be made compulsory for all agencies undertaking authentication from June 1, 2018. Agencies failing to meet the above deadline will be faced with financial disincentives.