EPFO Excludes Birthdate Proof from Valid Documents List, Retains Aadhaar for Identification Only

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) will no longer accept Aadhaar cards as valid documents for verifying birthdates. Following the directive from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), EPFO has decided to remove Aadhaar cards from the list of valid documents for proof of birthdate.

On December 22, 2023, UIDAI issued a notice stating that while Aadhaar cards can be used for identity verification, they cannot serve as proof of birthdates. UIDAI emphasized the need for documents specifically attesting to the date of birth and removed Aadhaar cards from the list of acceptable documents for this purpose.

Aadhaar Card Identification and Proof of Residence

UIDAI mentioned in its circular that Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique ID issued by the Indian government and is universally recognized as proof of identity and permanent residence. However, it does not serve as proof of birthdate, even though the birthdate is mentioned on the card. UIDAI advised against using Aadhaar as evidence for establishing the date of birth.

Valid Documents for Proof of Birthdate

To establish proof of birthdate, individuals are required to submit valid documents such as:

  1. Birth certificate issued by the birth and death registrar.
  2. Official mark sheet issued by recognized government boards or universities.
  3. School leaving certificate with name and birthdate.
  4. Aadhaar-based certificates on service records from central or state governments.
  5. PAN card issued by the income tax department.
  6. Domicile certificate issued by the government.
  7. Medical certificates issued by a civil surgeon.

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