Face Recognition made Compulsory for Aadhaar Based Authentication – UIDAI


August 24, 2018

It has been reported that UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has rendered face recognition a compulsory requirement for Aadhaar-based authentication. The implementation of face recognition feature for Aadhaar-based authentication was notified by the UIDAI vide its circular in January this year.


UIDAI’s Circular can be accessed here.

In its Circular, the UIDAI stated that face photo can also be leveraged to verify identity of Aadhaar number holder. The various advantages of face authentication feature as enumerated by the UIDAI in the Circular are as under:

  1. Face Authentication will provide an additional choice to create inclusive authentication for residents having difficulty with their finger prints.
  2. As face photo is already available in UIDAI database there is no need to capture any new reference data.
  3. Camera is now pervasively available on laptops and mobiles making the face capture easily feasible.
  4. Face authentication with liveness detection can be used as an additional factor to increase security.