How to buy a SIM card if you’re an Indian citizen
For Indian citizens, the process to get a new SIM card is simple enough, when you have an Aadhaar card.
- Take your Aadhaar card to the telecom operator’s store. You can download a copy of one’s Aadhaar card and print it or take a soft copy via mAadhaar app as well. A number of them might look for a photocopy or an emailed copy of the card. For the eKYC (online Know Your Consumer) process, you do not need a hard copy of the Aadhaar card however, many telecom operator stores may look for this, even if it’s unnecessary.
- The store personnel will key in your Aadhaar number and ask you to authenticate your identity via your fingerprints.
- Once this is performed, you’ll get a brand new SIM card and it’ll be activated either immediately or within 48 hours, with respect to the telecom operator.
If there isn’t an Aadhaar card, the process to purchase a new SIM card in India varies from operator to operator, and some may even refuse to provide you with a new connection. Here are the documents you’ll need if your operator allows you to acquire a new SIM without Aadhaar.
- Address proof, with photocopies (such as a rent agreement, electricity bill, bank passbook, etc)
- Government-issued photo identity proof, with photocopies (such as driving licence, passport, voter ID, etc)
- Two passports sized photographs
Once you submit these documents, your application will take the time to be processed and the SIM card is going to be activated once that’s done. Note that if you’re a resident of Jammu & Kashmir or the states in Northeast India, then prepaid connections might not be available, or you may need to wait longer to acquire a SIM card – even though you have an Aadhaar card.