New Delhi: The Supreme court had recently extended indefinitely the March 31 deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar.
But you should not confuse two things:
A. Registering your Aadhaar number with mobile telecom operators
B. Registering your mobile number with Aadhaar
The first one involves a process wherein you link your Aadhaar data with your mobile telecom operator while the second one involves a process wherein you link your mobile number with Aadhaar.
Registering your number with Aadhaar gives you a lot of room to do online tasks like e-verifying your ITR, changing your personal details on UIDAI portal etc. On every step you will be asked to generate a one-time password (OTP). This OTP will be received only on your registered mobile phone. Hence registering your mobile with Aadhaar is an important thing to do.
If you are registering your mobile number with Aadhaar for the first time, you can not do so online. For the purpose you will have to visit the nearest enrollment centre to update your mobile number. However, no additional documents are required to do this.
Once the updates have been processed, you will receive an SMS saying that your update has been processed successfully. You can check the update status from https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/check-status by providing your update details.
However, customers can verify their registered mobile number online by logging on to UIDAI website. But, you must note that this feature can be used to verify email address and mobile number that has been declared during enrolment or latest successful processed update request, which ever is later.
If your mobile number is registered in Aadhaar, you can update your mobile and email through online SSUP portal otherwise you need to visit the nearest enrollement centre to update your mobile and email.
Additionally, a UIDAI FAQs says that in case you have lost your mobile number that you had declared at the time of enrolment or do not possess it anymore, you will have to visit the nearest Update Centre to personally update the information.