The RBI released its new KYC Master Directives. We've read the 60-page document and distilled it down to the 6 bullet points that matter to you.

  1. Aadhaar is now an OVD: The Aadhaar card or proof of possession of an Aadhaar number is now considered an Official Valid Document (OVD).
  2. Aadhaar Offline not replacing Aadhaar eKYC: The way the directives are worded, Aadhaar offline verification is not really a substitute for Aadhaar Authorization (eKYC is a type of authorization). Thus, there is no alternative to eKYC. So Aadhaar offline verification, though allowed, seems a bit pointless. It might turn out to be just another OVD.
  3. Aadhaar Authorization still on only for Banks: The new directives restricts Aadhaar Authorization only to Banks keeping NBFCs, Payment Enablers and other Fintechs out of its purview.
  4. eKYC has limited utility: eKYC with OTP is valid only for a year after which regular KYC is required. There are other limitations to its applicability that severely limits the utility of eKYC with OTP.
  5. PAN is mandatory: PAN (or Form 60) is now mandatory. In fact, bank accounts without PAN linked to them can be suspended. This is likely to affect a large number of people as only about 200m people have PAN cards in India.
  6. Aadhaar Masking is a must: Yes, masking of the Aadhaar number to protect the citizens' private data is a must when using Aadhaar cards for KYC. (The good news is that IDfy's Aadhaar Masking product is working superbly and is being rapidly adopted by the industry.)

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