A domicile certificate, often referred to as a residence certificate is an official document that can be used to prove that a person is a resident of a particular State/Union Territory. Issued by the respective state government/UT administration, this piece of paper allows individuals to peacefully reside in their respective states thereby allowing them to use all the utilities provided by the government. Individuals from any caste, category or group can apply for this certificate.It is important to note that a woman who gets married to a person who is a permanent resident of a particular state automatically becomes eligible to submit an application for a domicile certificate for the same state. A domicile certificate also plays a crucial role in availing benefits of the scholarship schemes implemented by the state governments.
Where and how can you apply for a domicile certificate? What is the application fee charged for a domicile certificate? By when can a candidate obtain the domicile certificate from the concerned authorities? The answers to all these questions are covered in detail in this article.
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. Each state and UT has its concerned issuing authority for the domicile certificate. The table given below highlights the state-wise list of concerned providing authorities along with their processing time and application fee charged.
|S.No.||State||Providing Authority||Processing Time*||Application Fee#|
|1.||Andhra Pradesh||Mandal Revenue Officer||7 days||INR 10 to INR 35|
|2.||Arunachal Pradesh||Tehsildar Officer, Department of District Administration||Not specified||Not specified|
|3.||Assam||Concerned Office of the Circle Officer/Village Administrative Officer (VAO) and Revenue Officer||14 days||Not specified|
|4.||Bihar||Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector||15 working days||Not specified|
|5.||Chhattisgarh||Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar’s office/Revenue Department/District Collector’s Office||15 days||INR 30|
|6.||Goa||Deputy Collector/Sub-Divisional Officer||5 days||Not specified|
|7.||Gujarat||Tehsil/Revenue Office||15 working days||INR 20|
|8.||Haryana||SDM of the concerned Subdivision or Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district||7 working days||INR 30|
|9.||Himachal Pradesh||Concerned Revenue Officer or Tehsildar||15 working days||Not specified|
|10.||Jharkhand||Circle Officer or Tehsildar||15 working days||Not specified|
|11.||Karnataka||Deputy Tehsildar and Tehsildar||7 days||INR 25|
|12.||Kerala||Revenue Department Authorities or Tehsildar||5 to 15 days||Up to INR 28|
|13.||Madhya Pradesh||Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)||15 working days||Not specified|
|14.||Maharashtra||Tehsildar/ Sub-Divisional Officer/ Additional Collector||15 days||Not specified|
|15.||Manipur||Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)||15 working days||Not specified|
|16.||Meghalaya||Office of the Deputy Commissioner||15 working days||Not specified|
|17.||Mizoram||Office of the Deputy Commissioner||2 to 3 days||INR 30|
|18.||Nagaland||Office of the Commissioner Nagaland / District Administration / District Magistrate||10 to 15 days||Not specified|
|19.||Odisha||Tehsildar||15 days||Not specified|
|20.||Punjab||Tehsildar at Revenue Department Office||15 working days||Not specified|
|21.||Rajasthan||Respective Tehsil/Block/Revenue Office||15 days||INR 40|
|22.||Sikkim||Tehsildar at Revenue Department Office||15 working days||Not specified|
|23.||Tamil Nadu||Sub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar Office/Revenue Department/District Collector Office||Not specified||INR 60|
|24.||Telangana||Tehsildar||7 days (for 1st time) and 15 minutes thereafter||INR 10|
|25.||Tripura||Sub-Divisional Magistrate||15 days||Up to INR 5|
|26.||Uttar Pradesh||District Magistrate Office||15 days||INR 10|
|27.||Uttarakhand||Respective Tehsildar or Block Office||15 working days||Not specified|
|28.||West Bengal||District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Deputy Magistrate/ Deputy Collector/ SDO/ BDO||3 working days||No fee required|
|29.||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Concerned Tehsildar Officer||10 days||INR 2|
|30.||Chandigarh||Deputy Commissioner Office||15 working days||Not specified|
|31.||Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Mamlatdar office/Collector office||7 days||Not specified|
|32.||Daman and Diu||Mamlatdar office/Collector office||7 days||Not specified|
|33.||Delhi||Deputy Commissioner/ Sub-District Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate||14 days||Not specified|
|34.||Jammu and Kashmir||Circle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)||15 days||Not specified|
|35.||Ladakh||Revenue Department||Not specified||Not specified|
|36.||Lakshadweep||Deputy Collector/ SDO||Not specified||Not specified|
|37.||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.
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.
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 on 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.
|S.No.||State||Where to apply?|
|1.||Andhra Pradesh||Apply through the MEESEVA app of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.|
|2.||Arunachal Pradesh||Apply through Arunachal eServices portal of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.|
|3.||Assam||Apply through e-District services of Assam state portal.|
|4.||Bihar||Apply through RTPS portal of Bihar Government.|
|5.||Chhattisgarh||Apply through the e-district portal of Chhattisgarh state.|
|6.||Goa||Apply through Goa Online portal.|
|7.||Gujarat||Apply through the Digital Gujarat portal.|
|8.||Haryana||Apply through the e-Disha portal of Haryana.|
|9.||Himachal Pradesh||Apply online through Himachal Online Seva (e-District) portal.|
|10.||Jharkhand||Apply online through Jharkhand e-District (JharSewa) portal.|
|11.||Karnataka||Apply online through the official website of Nadakacheri AJSK.|
|12.||Kerala||Apply online through Akshaya portal of the Government of Kerala.|
|13.||Madhya Pradesh||Apply online through MP e-District portal.|
|14.||Maharashtra||Apply online through Aaple Sarkar portal of the Government of Maharashtra.|
|15.||Manipur||Apply through the e-District portal of Manipur.|
|16.||Meghalaya||Apply through the e-District portal of Meghalaya.|
|17.||Mizoram||Apply through the e-District portal of Mizoram.|
|18.||Nagaland||Apply through the e-District portal of Nagaland.|
|19.||Odisha||Apply through the e-District portal of Odisha.|
|20.||Punjab||Apply through the state portal of Punjab.|
|21.||Rajasthan||Apply through e-Mitra portal of the Government of Rajasthan.|
|22.||Sikkim||Apply through the e-Services portal of Sikkim.|
|23.||Tamil Nadu||Apply through the Tamil Nadu e-Sevai center.|
|24.||Telangana||Apply through the MeeSeva portal of the Government of Telangana.|
|25.||Tripura||Apply through e-District portal of Tripura.|
|26.||Uttar Pradesh||Apply through e-Saathi web portal or mobile app.|
|27.||Uttarakhand||Apply through the e-District portal of Uttarakhand.|
|28.||West Bengal||Apply through West Bengal e-District portal.|
|29.||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Apply through official portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.|
|30.||Chandigarh||Apply through Sampark portal of Chandigarh.|
|31.||Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Apply through the official portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration.|
|32.||Daman and Diu||Apply through the official portal of Daman and Diu Administration.|
|33.||Delhi||Apply through e-District portal of Delhi.|
|34.||Jammu and Kashmir||Apply through the revenue department of Jammu and Kashmir.|
|37.||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.
Despite the availability of 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 –
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 –
1. Identity Proof such as
2. Residence Proof (to prove the applicant’s continuous stay for 3 years) such as
3. Passport-sized photograph of the applicant
4. Self-declaration form along with the application form
5. Proof of date of birth
6. An affidavit from tehsil or court
Below is a compilation of some frequently asked questions on ‘How to get a domicile certificate?’ along with their answers.
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.
In order to get a domicile certificate online, the candidates have to visit their respective state’s portals and follow the procedure as specified.
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.
A domicile certificate can be useful for following purposes –
No, an Aadhaar Card cannot be used as a domicile certificate as it is basically an identity proof and not a residence proof.
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.
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 INR 2 to INR 60.
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