It will take three years for those who have enrolled on the National Population Register (NPR) in Kerala to get their identity cards, which will be the most valued ID for a resident of India.

However, those who have been allotted an Aadhaar number after their biometric enrolment for the NPR can get their e-Aadhaar cards by downloading them from the website of the Unique Identification Authority of India (, A.N. Rajeev, Deputy Director of Census, Kerala, says.

The long delay is because of the several stages in the NPR process, including “de-duplication” with the Aadhaar system, Mr. Rajeev says.

Since the NPR is statutory, the process has to be statutorily validated and approved by the local bodies, whereas Aadhaar cards can be issued in quick time as the authority was created by an executive order.

Those who have enrolled on the NPR need not to enrol separately for Aadhaar, but those who have enrolled for Aadhaar have to appear for the NPR enrolment. While the NPR enrolment is compulsory for all “usual residents” of India of ages five and above, Aadhaar is optional.

Mr. Rajeev says the biometric enrolment has been completed for 60 per cent of the usual residents of Kerala. It was total in the districts of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad and Wayanad. The Centre had set December 31, 2012 as the deadline, but no State could meet it. The government had now reset the deadline to June for the coastal States. “We hope to finish the first round of enrolment in Kerala by June,” Mr. Rajeev says.