Domicile Certificate – How to get a Domicile Certificate?

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. 

Domicile Certificate – Providing Authorities

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. 

State-Wise List of Providing Authorities for Domicile Certificate

S.No.StateProviding AuthorityProcessing Time*Application Fee#
1.Andhra PradeshMandal Revenue Officer7 daysINR 10 to INR 35
2.Arunachal PradeshTehsildar Officer, Department of District AdministrationNot specifiedNot specified
3.AssamConcerned Office of the Circle Officer/Village Administrative Officer (VAO) and Revenue Officer14 daysNot specified
4.BiharCircle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector15 working daysNot specified
5.ChhattisgarhSub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar’s office/Revenue Department/District Collector’s Office15 daysINR 30
6.GoaDeputy Collector/Sub-Divisional Officer5 daysNot specified
7.GujaratTehsil/Revenue Office15 working daysINR 20
8.HaryanaSDM of the concerned Subdivision or Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district7 working daysINR 30
9.Himachal PradeshConcerned Revenue Officer or Tehsildar15 working daysNot specified
10.JharkhandCircle Officer or Tehsildar15 working daysNot specified
11.KarnatakaDeputy Tehsildar and Tehsildar7 daysINR 25
12.KeralaRevenue Department Authorities or Tehsildar5 to 15 daysUp to INR 28
13.Madhya PradeshCircle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)15 working daysNot specified
14.MaharashtraTehsildar/ Sub-Divisional Officer/ Additional Collector15 daysNot specified
15.ManipurCircle Officer/ Village Administrative Office (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)15 working daysNot specified
16.MeghalayaOffice of the Deputy Commissioner15 working daysNot specified
17.MizoramOffice of the Deputy Commissioner2 to 3 daysINR 30
18.NagalandOffice of the Commissioner Nagaland / District Administration / District Magistrate10 to 15 daysNot specified
19.OdishaTehsildar 15 days Not specified
20.PunjabTehsildar at Revenue Department Office15 working daysNot specified
21.RajasthanRespective Tehsil/Block/Revenue Office15 daysINR 40
22.SikkimTehsildar at Revenue Department Office15 working daysNot specified
23.Tamil NaduSub-Divisional Magistrate/Tehsildar Office/Revenue Department/District Collector OfficeNot specifiedINR 60
24.TelanganaTehsildar7 days (for 1st time) and 15 minutes thereafterINR 10
25.TripuraSub-Divisional Magistrate15 daysUp to INR 5
26.Uttar PradeshDistrict Magistrate Office15 daysINR 10
27.UttarakhandRespective Tehsildar or Block Office15 working daysNot specified
28.West BengalDistrict Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Deputy Magistrate/ Deputy Collector/ SDO/ BDO3 working daysNo fee required
29.Andaman and Nicobar IslandsConcerned Tehsildar Officer10 daysINR 2
30.ChandigarhDeputy Commissioner Office15 working daysNot specified
31.Dadra and Nagar HaveliMamlatdar office/Collector office7 daysNot specified 
32.Daman and DiuMamlatdar office/Collector office7 daysNot specified
33.DelhiDeputy Commissioner/ Sub-District Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate14 daysNot specified
34.Jammu and KashmirCircle Officer/ Village Administrative Officer (VAO)/ Revenue Inspector (RI)15 daysNot specified
35.LadakhRevenue DepartmentNot specifiedNot specified
36.LakshadweepDeputy Collector/ SDONot specifiedNot specified
37.PuducherryRegistrar/Sub-Registrar/Assistant Sub-Registrar officeNot specifiedNot 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.

How to get a Domicile Certificate? – Stepwise Application Process

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 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.  

State-Wise Online Application Detail for Income Certificate

S.No.StateWhere to apply?
1.Andhra PradeshApply through the MEESEVA app of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
2.Arunachal PradeshApply through Arunachal eServices portal of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
3.AssamApply through e-District services of Assam state portal
4.BiharApply through RTPS portal of Bihar Government. 
5.ChhattisgarhApply through the e-district portal of Chhattisgarh state.
6.GoaApply through Goa Online portal.
7.GujaratApply through the Digital Gujarat portal.
8.HaryanaApply through the e-Disha portal of Haryana.
9.Himachal PradeshApply online through Himachal Online Seva (e-District) portal.
10.JharkhandApply online through Jharkhand e-District (JharSewa) portal.
11.KarnatakaApply online through the official website of Nadakacheri AJSK. 
12.KeralaApply online through Akshaya portal of the Government of Kerala.
13.Madhya PradeshApply online through MP e-District portal
14.MaharashtraApply online through Aaple Sarkar portal of the Government of Maharashtra. 
15.ManipurApply through the e-District portal of Manipur.
16.MeghalayaApply through the e-District portal of Meghalaya.
17.MizoramApply through the e-District portal of Mizoram.
18.NagalandApply through the e-District portal of Nagaland.
19.OdishaApply through the e-District portal of Odisha.
20.PunjabApply through the state portal of Punjab.
21.RajasthanApply through e-Mitra portal of the Government of Rajasthan.
22.SikkimApply through the e-Services portal of Sikkim.
23.Tamil NaduApply through the Tamil Nadu e-Sevai center.
24.TelanganaApply through the MeeSeva portal of the Government of Telangana.
25.TripuraApply through e-District portal of Tripura. 
26.Uttar PradeshApply through e-Saathi web portal or mobile app.
27.UttarakhandApply through the e-District portal of Uttarakhand.
28.West BengalApply through West Bengal e-District portal.
29.Andaman and Nicobar IslandsApply through official portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
30.ChandigarhApply through Sampark portal of Chandigarh.
31.Dadra and Nagar HaveliApply through the official portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration. 
32.Daman and DiuApply through the official portal of Daman and Diu Administration.
33.DelhiApply through e-District portal of Delhi.
34.Jammu and KashmirApply through the revenue department of Jammu and Kashmir.
35.LadakhNot applicable
36.LakshadweepNot applicable
37.PuducherryApply 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 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

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 –

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

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

6. An affidavit from tehsil or court

Domicile Certificate – FAQs

Below is a compilation of some frequently asked questions on ‘How to get a domicile certificate?’ along with their answers. 

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 following purposes –

  • Availing benefits of state implemented scholarship schemes
  • Obtain reservation benefits in government jobs or educational institutes under 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 basically an identity proof and not a 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 INR 2 to INR 60. 

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