A domicile certificate often referred to as a residence certificate is a document that certifies an individual’s residency in a particular area. It is issued by the state governments and Union Territories (UT). You can use it for availing various government services, like jobs, scholarship schemes and admissions.

Anyone can get a domicile certificate if they meet the eligibility criteria, while a woman 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.

Sample of a Domicile Certificate

How to apply for Domicile Certificate?

You can submit a domicile/resident certificate application both online and offline. The process has become easier, as most states have turned to an online application process. Hence, each state has its own online web portal from where you can submit your applications. Yet, in a few states, offline apps are still favoured by designated authorities.

Process for a Domicile Certificate Online:

Since every state and UT issues its own domicile certificate, you have to visit the particular state or UT’s portal and fill the application form. To apply for a domicile certificate online, you need to be a permanent residence of that area. That’s the most important eligibility criteria. Once you fulfil those criteria, all you have to do is fill the application form provided on the portal.

Here’s the list of online portals of various states and UTs where you can apply for a Domicile Certificate:

Sr. No.StateOnline Portal
1Andhra Pradesh Domicile Certificate Andhra Pradesh – MEESEVA App
2Arunachal Pradesh Domicile Certificate Arunachal Pradesh e-Services Portal
2Assam Domicile Certificate Assam – e-District Services Portal
3BiharDomicile Certificate Bihar – RTPS Portal
4Chhattisgarh Domicile Certificate Chhattisgarh – e-district Portal
5Goa Domicile Certificate Goa – Online Portal
6Gujarat Domicile Certificate Gujarat – Digital Gujarat Portal
7Haryana Domicile Certificate Haryana – e-Disha Portal
8Himachal Pradesh Domicile Certificate Himachal Pradesh – e-District Portal
9Jharkhand Domicile Certificate Jharkhand – JharSewa Portal
10Karnataka Domicile Certificate Karnataka – Nadakacheri-AJSK Portal
11Kerala Domicile Certificate Kerala – Akshaya Portal
12Madhya Pradesh Domicile Certificate MP – e-District Portal
13Maharashtra Domicile Certificate Maharashtra – Aaple Sarkar Portal
14Manipur Domicile Certificate Manipur – e-District Portal
15Meghalaya Domicile Certificate Meghalaya – e-District Portal
16Mizoram Domicile Certificate Mizoram – e-District Portal
17Nagaland Domicile Certificate Nagaland – e-District Portal
18Odisha Domicile Certificate Odisha – e-District Portal
19Punjab Domicile Certificate Punjab – State Portal
20Rajasthan Domicile Certificate Rajasthan – e-Mitra Portal
21Sikkim Domicile Certificate Sikkim – e-Services Portal
22Tamil Nadu Domicile Certificate Tamil Nadu – e-Sevai Center
23Telangana Domicile Certificate Telangana – MeeSeva Portal
24Tripura Domicile Certificate Tripura – e-District Portal
25Uttar Pradesh Domicile Certificate UP/ Domicile Certificate UttarPradesh – Web Portal or Mobile App
26Uttarakhand Domicile Certificate Uttarakhand – e-District Portal
27West Bengal Domicile Certificate West Bengal – e-District Portal
28Andaman and Nicobar Islands Domicile Certificate Andaman & Nicobar – Official Portal
29ChandigarhDomicile Certificate Chandigarh – Sampark Portal
30Dadra and Nagar Haveli Domicile Certificate Dadra and Nagar Haveli – Official Portal
31Daman and DiuDomicile Certificate Daman and Diu – Official Portal
32Delhi Domicile Certificate Delhi – e-District Portal
33Jammu and Kashmir Domicile Certificate Jammu and Kashmir – Revenue Department
34LadakhNot applicable
35LakshadweepNot applicable
36Puducherry Domicile Certificate Puducherry- e-District Portal

Process for a Domicile Certificate Offline:

Individuals who do not wish to apply through an online portal can choose the offline mode. All they have to do is file an application at either the Tehsildar Office, SDM Office, Mamlatdar Office, Registrar/ Sub-Registrar Office, Revenue Office, District Magistrate Office, Collector/ Deputy Collector Office, or the Citizen Service Corners (CSC).

Documents Required for Domicile Certificate:

To support your application for a domicile certificate, you need to provide documents for address, identity and age. Every state administration may have its own list of documents that you must submit. But, the following are the most frequently requested documents to get a domicile certificate:

  1. Proof of Identity(POI)
  2. Proof of Address(POA)
  3. Proof of Date of Birth(DOB)
  4. 2 Passport-size Photo
  5. An affidavit from Tehsil or Court
  6. Self-Declaration Form
  7. Properly filled-in Application Form

Documents Required for Proof of Identity (POI):

Documents Required for Proof of Address (POA):

  • Passport
  • Voter ID
  • Ration Card
  • Driving License
  • House Registration Document
  • Aadhaar Card (UID)
  • Lease Agreement
  • Telephone/Electricity/Water Bill
  • Self Declaration attested by Gazette Officer (Your Address, declared by a Gazetted Officer)
  • Flat Allotment/Possession Letter
  • LIC Policy
  • Bank/Credit Card Statement
  • Other recognized document issued by the government

Documents Required to Prove Date of Birth (DOB):

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. What are the criteria for getting a Domicile Certificate?

Ans: To get a domicile certificate anywhere in India, a person must be resident in that state for at least three years before the application date. Furthermore, if the applicant is under the age of 18, the applicant’s father must have a valid domicile certificate, or the application will be rejected.

2. Is it possible to use the Aadhar card as proof of residence?

Ans: No, you cannot use an Aadhaar card as proof of residence. It acts as evidence of identification, not of residency.

3. What is the validity of a domicile certificate?

Ans: Once received, the domicile certificate is valid for life. But if you change address or move to another state it won’t be valid anymore. Even so, some state authorities have limited its validity. In such states, the domicile certificate’s least validity is six months.

4. What are the advantages of receiving a domicile certificate?

Ans: A domicile certificate may provide the holder with a variety of benefits. These benefits include education, a job as well as government scholarships under state quotas. It also applies to certain work positions where local residents are favoured.

5. What is the application fee for a domicile certificate?

Ans: The application fee for getting a domicile certificate varies from state to state. Although some states do not charge applicants any fees, others might charge anywhere between ₹2 to ₹60.