Domicile Certificate – How to get a Domicile Certificate?

A domicile certificate, often referred to as a residence certificate. It is an official document that can be used to prove that a person is a resident of a particular State/Union Territory. The certificate is issued by the respective state government/UT administration and allows individuals to use all the utilities provided by the government.  

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Every Indian citizen from any caste, category or group can apply for this certificate. This article consists all the details regarding documents required, domicile providing authorities, fee charges, processing time and application procedure

Domicile Certificate – Providing Authorities, Processing time & Application Fee

A domicile certificate is generally issued by the designated authorities of the State and Union Territories. It can be the Revenue Department Officer, Tehsildar Officer, District Magistrate, SDO, SDM or Circle Officer. The table given below highlights the state-wise list of concerned providing authorities along with their processing time and application fee charged. 

State-Wise List of Providing Authorities for Domicile Certificate

State Providing Authority Processing Time* Application Fee
Andhra Pradesh Mandal Revenue Officer 7 days ₹10 to ₹35
Arunachal Pradesh Tehsildar Officer, Department of District Administration Not specified Not specified
Assam Concerned Office of the Circle Officer/Village Administrative Officer (VAO) and Revenue Officer 14 days Not specified
Bihar Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector 15 working days Not specified
Chhattisgarh Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar’s office/Revenue Department/District Collector’s Office 15 days ₹30
Goa Deputy Collector/Sub-Divisional Officer 5 days Not specified
Gujarat Tehsil/Revenue Office 15 working days ₹20
Haryana SDM of the concerned Subdivision or Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district 7 working days ₹30
Himachal Pradesh Concerned Revenue Officer or Tehsildar 15 working days Not specified
Jharkhand Circle Officer or Tehsildar 15 working days Not specified
Karnataka Deputy Tehsildar and Tehsildar 7 days ₹25
Kerala Revenue Department Authorities or Tehsildar 5 to 15 days Up to ₹28
Madhya Pradesh Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI) 15 working days Not specified
Maharashtra Tehsildar/ Sub-Divisional Officer/ Additional Collector 15 days Not specified
Manipur Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI) 15 working days Not specified
Meghalaya Office of the Deputy Commissioner 15 working days Not specified
Mizoram Office of the Deputy Commissioner 2 to 3 days ₹30
Nagaland Office of the Commissioner Nagaland / District Administration / District Magistrate 10 to 15 days Not specified
Odisha Tehsildar  15 days  Not specified
Punjab Tehsildar at Revenue Department Office 15 working days Not specified
Rajasthan Respective Tehsil/Block/Revenue Office 15 days ₹40
Sikkim Tehsildar at Revenue Department Office 15 working days Not specified
Tamil Nadu Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar Office/Revenue Department/District Collector Office Not specified ₹60
Telangana Tehsildar 7 days (for 1st time) and 15 minutes thereafter ₹10
Tripura Sub-Divisional Magistrate 15 days Up to ₹5
Uttar Pradesh District Magistrate Office 15 days ₹10
Uttarakhand Respective Tehsildar or Block Office 15 working days Not specified
West Bengal District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Deputy Magistrate/ Deputy Collector/ SDO/ BDO 3 working days No fee required
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Concerned Tehsildar Officer 10 days ₹2
Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Office 15 working days Not specified
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Mamlatdar office/Collector office 7 days Not specified 
Daman and Diu Mamlatdar office/Collector office 7 days Not specified
Delhi Deputy Commissioner/ Sub-District Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate 14 days Not specified
Jammu and Kashmir Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI) 15 days Not specified
Ladakh Revenue Department Not specified Not specified
Lakshadweep Deputy Collector/ SDO Not specified Not specified
Puducherry Registrar/Sub-Registrar/Assistant Sub-Registrar office Not specified Not specified 

*The processing time mentioned above is tentative. It may change depending on the providing authority. 

#The application fee is subject to change as per the decision of the providing authority.

Domicile Certificate – Key Documents Required

While applying for a domicile certificate, the candidates need to support their application with certain documents related to their identity, address and age. The list of documents required by each state administration may vary. However, the commonly asked documents for getting a domicile certificate include –

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1. Identity Proof such as:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Ration Card
  • Any other government-recognized document

2. Residence Proof (to prove the applicant’s continuous stay for 3 years) such as:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Bank Passbook
  • Voter ID Card
  • Electricity Bill
  • Passport
  • Telephone bill (postpaid or landline)
  • Ration Card
  • Rent Agreement
  • Driving License
  • Any other government-recognized document

3. Passport-sized photograph of the applicant

4. Self-declaration form along with the application form

5. Proof of date of birth

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  • Passport
  • Voter ID card
  • School leaving certificate
  • Birth certificate

6. An affidavit from tehsil or court 

How to Get A Domicile Certificate? 

The applications for a domicile/resident certificate can be made both online and offline. However, with continuously evolving technology, the process has become simpler as most of the state issuing authorities have switched to the online mode of application. Each state has its respective portal through which the applications can be made online. However, there are still a  few states where offline applications are still preferred by the designated authorities. 

Online Application 

If you are willing to apply for a domicile certificate, you need to refer to the respective state’s portal. It essentially requires you to be a permanent resident of that particular state. The table below provides an insight into the state-wise portal through which you can apply for a domicile certificate online. To proceed with the application, the candidates need to create a login ID on the portal and complete the specified application requirements.  

State-Wise Online Application Detail for Income Certificate

State Where to apply?
Andhra Pradesh Apply through the MEESEVA app of the Government of Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh Apply through Arunachal eServices portal of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh
Assam Apply through e-District services of Assam state portal 
Bihar Apply through RTPS portal of Bihar Government 
Chhattisgarh Apply through the e-district portal of Chhattisgarh state 
Goa Apply through Goa Online portal
Gujarat Apply through the Digital Gujarat portal
Haryana Apply through the e-Disha portal of Haryana
Himachal Pradesh Apply online through Himachal Online Seva (e-District) portal
Jharkhand Apply online through Jharkhand e-District (JharSewa) portal
Karnataka Apply online through the official website of Nadakacheri AJSK. 
Kerala Apply online through Akshaya portal of the Government of Kerala.
Madhya Pradesh Apply online through MP e-District portal
Maharashtra Apply online through Aaple Sarkar portal of the Government of Maharashtra
Manipur Apply through the e-District portal of Manipur
Meghalaya Apply through the e-District portal of Meghalaya
Mizoram Apply through the e-District portal of Mizoram
Nagaland Apply through the e-District portal of Nagaland
Odisha Apply through the e-District portal of Odisha
Punjab Apply through the state portal of Punjab
Rajasthan Apply through e-Mitra portal of the Government of Rajasthan
Sikkim Apply through the e-Services portal of Sikkim
Tamil Nadu Apply through the Tamil Nadu e-Sevai center
Telangana Apply through the MeeSeva portal of the Government of Telangana
Tripura Apply through e-District portal of Tripura
Uttar Pradesh Apply through e-Saathi web portal or mobile app
Uttarakhand Apply through the e-District portal of Uttarakhand
West Bengal Apply through West Bengal e-District portal
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Apply through official portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration
Chandigarh Apply through Sampark portal of Chandigarh
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Apply through the official portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration
Daman and Diu Apply through the official portal of Daman and Diu Administration
Delhi Apply through e-District portal of Delhi
Jammu and Kashmir Apply through the official portal of Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh Not applicable
Lakshadweep Not applicable
Puducherry Apply through e-District portal of Puducherry

While applying online, there is a provision to download the e-certificate as well. The applicants can check the status of the application from the portal and download the e-certificate as it gets verified.

Offline Application

Despite the availability of the online application, the candidates can prefer to apply for a domicile/resident certificate offline through the concerned state administration. The individuals who wish to obtain a domicile certificate offline can apply through one of the following concerned authorities –

  • Tehsildar Office
  • Revenue Office
  • Collector/ Deputy Collector Office
  • SDM Office
  • District Magistrate Office
  • Mamlatdar Office
  • Citizen Service Corners (CSC)
  • Registrar/ Sub-Registrar Office

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Domicile Certificate – FAQs

Q. Who can apply for a domicile certificate? 

An individual who is living or whose parents are permanent residents of a particular state for more than 3 years can apply for a domicile certificate. This duration of residence may vary from state to state. 

Q. How can a candidate get a domicile certificate online? 

In order to get a domicile certificate online, the candidates have to visit their respective state’s portals and follow the procedure as specified. 

Q. Who can issue a domicile certificate? 

A domicile certificate can be issued by the respective state/UT authorities such as Tehsildar, Revenue Office, SDM, Collector Office, Deputy Collector Office, District Magistrate Office, etc. 

Q. Where can a domicile certificate be used? 

A domicile certificate can be useful for the following purposes –

  • Availing benefits of state-implemented scholarship schemes
  • Obtain reservation benefits in government jobs or educational institutes under the resident quota
  • Availing loans 

Q. Can Aadhaar Card be used in place of a domicile certificate? 

No, an Aadhaar Card cannot be used as a domicile certificate as it is identity proof and not residence proof. 

Q. What is the validity of a domicile certificate? 

Generally, a domicile or resident certificate has life-long validity. However, some state authorities have restricted its validity depending on the purpose for which it has been asked for. The minimum validity of a domicile certificate can be 6 months.  

Q. What is the application fee charged for a domicile certificate? 

The application fees charged for a domicile certificate also varies from state to state. While some states do not charge any fee from the candidates, the other states may charge from ₹2 to ₹60. 

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