The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said the Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper is perfectly valid for all uses. If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so called Smart Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart Aadhaar card. It cautioned people not to fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities who are charging anywhere between Rs 50 to Rs 200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card.
It advised people not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorised agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card. Director General and Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said in case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/. In case a person still wants to get his Aadhaar card laminated or printed on plastic card, he may do so only at authorised Common Service Centers or Aadhaar Permanent Enrolment Centers by paying no more than the prescribed rate, which is not more than Rs 30.