Scheme Name  Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM)
Scheme Lauched Date 15th August 2020
Scheme Launched By Union Health Ministry of India
CEO of Ayushman RS Sharma
Health Id Card Fees Free of Cost
Abha App Link  on Google Play Store
Official Website
Documents Required for Health Id Card Aadhaar number/Mobile number/Driving Licence
Objectives  It aims to provide digital health IDs for all Indian Citizens

Digitalization revolutionised the way we do business and transact in India. The healthcare industry of India is also not far behind in utilizing technology. In an effort to digitalize the healthcare ecosystem of India, the government has launched the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) or Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) through which it started issuing digital health ID cards to bring all healthcare records under one repository.

The mission’s objective is to help insurance providers, hospitals, pharmacies and health ID cardholders access the medical records online in a secure and encrypted environment. Thus, digital health cards aim to bridge the gap between different collaborators of the healthcare system through digital highways. Through this article, you will learn how to apply for a digital health ID in online mode and its associated benefits.

What is a Health ID Card?

On September 27, 2021, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the national health ID card as per an initiative under ABDM. The health ID card (also known as Ayushman Bharat ID Card) comes as an online store of health records. It is used as a digital identification pass comprising health records of the cardholder. The main utilization of this health card is to experience hassle-free procedure while digitally accessing and sharing the cardholder’s health details. Thus, this national health ID card facilitates the portability of records of medical history, doctors, disease, appointments, medication in one tap from any geographical location. The card is made accessible for citizens of all age groups as an aim to develop the pillar required to support the digital health infrastructure of the country.

Eligibility for Applying to a Health ID Card

There are no specific criteria to apply for Ayushman Bharat ID card. Anyone who wishes to participate in the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) for maintaining medical history and personal health records under one stop can apply for the same. All you need to do is, visit the official website of National Digital Health Mission (also known as Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission) and generate your health ID card using a few basic details and aadhar card/ driving licence.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to apply for a National Health ID Card Online?

You can apply for Health ID card online via different ways as enlisted below:

  1. 1. Through Health ID Website
  2. 2. NDHM Health Record Mobile App
  3. 3. Participating Health Facilities (Private/ Public Hospitals, Community Health Centres and Wellness and Health Centres)

Health ID Card Registration Process

You can apply for your digital health ID card online by using an Aadhaar card, driving licence or mobile number. Health ID card online apply steps are very easy and are explained below:

Via Aadhaar Card: Here are the steps you need to follow for generating your Ayushman Bharat ID card using your 14-digit aadhaar number.

Step 1: Visit the official website of National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), and click on “Generate ID”.


Step 2: Tap “Generate via Aadhaar” and enter your unique 14-digital Aadhaar Card number on the new page that opens up and hit the “Submit” button.

Aadhar card

Step 3: A One Time Password (OTP) will be generated and sent to your registered mobile number. Enter the same to proceed further.

Step 4: Further, enter your personal details as per requirement in the relevant fields. Create a username along with an alpha-numeric password for future logins.

Step 5: Login to your account with the login credentials created in the previous step and type in your detailed residential address.

Step 6: Your digital health ID card is ready. You can download the same and keep it for future references.

Via Driving Licence (DL): You can follow the below-listed steps to generate your Ayushman Bharat ID card using your driving licence:

Step 1: Visit the official website of NDHM ( and hit the “Generate ID” button.

Step 2: Click on “Generate via Driving Licence”. A pop-up window opens up informing that once you submit the details, you will receive your unique enrollment number.

You need to take this enrollment number to a participating facility near you and get your digital health ID generated. However, if you need your health ID card immediately, you can generate the same using aadhaar card or mobile number.

Via Mobile Number: If you do not wish to access your Ayushman Bharat ID card using the above mentioned methods, you can use your mobile number to get the same:

Step 1: Much like the other two methods, visit the official website of NDHM ( as the first step and click on “Generate ID” button.

Step 2: Hover to the option wherein it is written “if you don’t have any IDs or don’t want to use IDs”. Hit the “Click Here” button.

Step 3: Enter your mobile number and generate the OTP. Enter the OTP in the required field to proceed further.

Step 4: Fill in the form by addressing your personal information in the relevant fields and choose a username and password for future logins.

Step 5: Log into your account using your unique login credentials and fill in your residential address.

Step 6. Your digital health ID Card will be generated. Download and save the same for future references.

Health ID Card Registration Fee

There is no registration fee charged for creating a health ID card. All the citizens of India of any age group can voluntarily opt for generating a health ID through NDHM portal for free of cost. With the help of this card, the government of India wishes to create a repository of all health-related information of Indian citizens. This is the reason the card has been made accessible to all for free of cost.

What are the Documents Required for a Health ID Card?

For creating a digital health ID card, there is no need for the submission of physical documents. You can generate your health ID card by providing any of the three documents as listed below:

  • 1. Aadhaar Card
  • 2. Mobile Number
  • 3. Driving Licence

Currently, NDHM supports generation of digital health card ID via the above-mentioned three documents only. The authority is expected to roll out features that will support creation of digital health cards with other ID documents, including voter ID, pan card, etc. in assisted mode online as well as health facilities.

Once your login credentials for health ID card are registered, you are redirected to the application form to enter personal details as listed below:

  • 1. Name of the applicant
  • 2. Gender
  • 3. Date of birth
  • 4. Default or self-created Health ID number/ PHR address
  • 5. Password
  • 6. Residential address
  • 7. State/ Union Territory
  • 8. Personal email ID

Benefits of Heath Id Card

Benefits of Health ID Card

  • 1. Access to Digital Health Records: The major benefit of health ID cards is having access to your own health records that have the tracks from hospitalization to treatment and discharge. Since this is a paperless experience, it becomes easy and hassle-free to maintain.
  • 2. Personal Health Records (PHR): Another health ID card benefit is that these cards provide the option to link your PHR so that you can generate long term health history.
  • 3. Approachable Digi-Doctors: If you possess a digital health ID card, you can have easy access to verified doctors for digital (video) consultation in a secure environment.
  • 4. Robust Security and Confidential: The platform for accessing health records through digital health ID cards is developed with strong encryption and security mechanisms. You will have to provide consent through OTPs or passwords every time you wish to access PHR or make any other transactions.
  • 5. Easy sign-up process: Creating a health ID card is an extremely simple process. You just have to provide a few of the basic details along with your aadhaar card and mobile number to create the card.
  • 6. All inclusive: The digital health ID card can be accessed from all the platforms, including desktop, smartphone, feature phone, etc. Health ID insurance can also be done by all the age groups. Thus, service a common goal of transparency and accessibility to the records.
  • 7. Consent-based access: As mentioned above, only after you provide your informed consent, your medical history is shared with relevant participants. You also have the option to manage and revoke your consent.
  • 8. Voluntary opt-in & opt-out: There is no compulsion that you have to possess or apply for a digital health ID card. You can participate at your own will and can opt out for the same and erase all the records anytime, anywhere.
  • 9. Quick query resolution: All the registered digital health ID card holders can contact the Ayushman Bharat Health Mission or National Health Authority in case of queries related to digital health cards, portals, features, etc.

What is Health Digital ID?

The health digital ID is a unique and randomly generated 14-digit number (also known as ABHA number, where ABHA stands for Ayushman Bharat Health Account) that is used to identify individuals, verify them, and access their health records (only with consent) across different healthcare systems and stakeholders.

How to Download a Digital Health ID Card Online?

Once you have successfully registered yourself for the digital ID (ABHA number), you can download the corresponding health card by following the below given simple two steps:

Step 1: Log in to your account through the mobile app or official website using your health ID and date of birth. Hit the “Submit” button.

Step 2: Select your ID and tap on “Download Health ID” to download your card.

Does a Health ID Card Covers All Types of Diseases?

The Ayushman Bharat ID card includes details of all illnesses you may have had in your past, the diagnostic tests you have taken, medications prescribed by the doctor, etc. Everytime you visit a pharmacy or a physician, all the details, including prescriptions and diagnostic test reports will be logged into the national ID card irrespective of the type of disease or illness. The card works in all kinds of hospitals, including private and government.

How to Deactivate a Health ID Card?

The National ID card is voluntary, you can opt in and opt out as per your requirement and can even reactivate the same after opting out. The steps to deactivate the card or delete the ABDM account by following the below given instructions:

Step 1: Log in to your account with ABHA number (Health ID)/ PHR and date of birth.

Step 2: Generate an OTP with your aadhaar card or mobile number or login using your password which was used while creating your account.

Step 3: Click on “My Account” followed by selecting “Deactivate/ Delete Health ID”. Hit the “Continue” button to complete the process

You should note that while deactivation of health ID is temporary where your account will not be closed, you can also choose to permanently delete the health ID.

How to Create  Personal Health Records (PHR) Address in Health Id ?

To begin, go to the official website and create an account. Then, proceed to create Phr (Personal Health Records) addresses using your registered mobile number, which is directly linked to your Aadhar Card. You can create two phr addresses from a single mobile number.

Latest Update on Health Id Card

Govt schemes for new born baby : Now newborn children will also have Ayushman Health ID card. In such a situation, Ayushman Health Account Number will be created as soon as small children are born. After its creation, the parents will be able to easily track the health history of the newborn children. There will be many benefits of becoming a health ID of newborn children. With the help of the health ID of the child, parents will be able to get him admitted to a hospital easily.

The National Health Mechanism is preparing a complete roadmap for the plan to generate Health ID of newborns. When this mechanism will be ready. After that parents will be able to easily get the health ID card of their newborn children. They will not face any kind of problem in getting it done. Not only this, after making a health ID card, children will also get many other special facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ’s)

How do I create a Health ID?

In order to create a digital health ID, you need to visit the official website of NDHM and generate a health ID by filling a small form and using any of three documents, including aadhaar card/ driving licence/ mobile number.

Are Health ID cards and Ayushman Bharat Golden Card the same?

Health ID cards and Ayushman Bharat Golden cards are different. The health ID cards store information related to your illness, treatment, hospitalization, medical reports and medications. However, if you possess the Ayushman Bharat Golden card you are eligible for several medical benefits at any of the empanelled public and private hospitals.

Is it possible for a central government employee and his dependents to avail of medical facilities with ID card only and without CGHS card?

No, health ID cards only serve as a repository to store information related to your illness, treatment, hospitalization, medical reports and medications. If you are a central government employee, you need to possess a CGHS card to avail of the applicable medical benefits.

Is there any age restriction for making a health ID card?

No, there is no age restriction for applying for a health ID card. All the citizens of India irrespective of their age group can apply for Ayushman Bharat Health ID card by filling a simple form and any of the three documents, including aadhaar card/ driving licence/ mobile number.

I am a farmer and I have a health ID card 5,00,000 so if I die Is there any help for my family?

If you are a farmer and possess an Ayushman Bharat Arogya Card (different from Ayushman Bharat Health ID Card) worth Rs. 5,00,000, you and the dependents (family members) listed under the card can avail of all the associated medical benefits even after your death.

Can a government servant apply for a health ID card in Ayushman Yojana?

No, a government servant cannot apply for a health ID card in Ayushman Yojana because a government employee already possesses a CGHS or ECHS card for all kinds of associated health benefits. However, a government employee can apply for a Health ID card to digitally access all the health records under one stop.

How to make corrections in my health ID card?

To make corrections in your health ID card, you need to visit the official website of NDHM and click on the “Account” option and then hover to the “Edit” option to make corrections for the required details.

Is it possible to edit a health ID card?

Yes, it is possible to edit a health ID card. All you have to do is visit the official website of NDHM and click on the “Account” option and then hover to the “Edit” option to edit the required details.

How do I download my digital health card?

You can visit the official website ( of NDHM and download your digital health card by logging into your account using your health id number and date of birth.

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