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 PradeshMEESEVA App of Andhra Pradesh
2Arunachal Pradeshe-Services Portal of Arunachal Pradesh
2Assame-District Services Portal of Assam
3BiharRTPS Portal of Bihar
4Chhattisgarhe-district Portal of Chhattisgarh
5GoaOnline Portal of Goa
6GujaratDigital Gujarat Portal of Gujarat
7Haryanae-Disha Portal of Haryana
8Himachal Pradeshe-District Portal of Himachal Pradesh
9JharkhandJharSewa Portal of Jharkhand
10KarnatakaNadakacheri-AJSK Portal of Karnataka
11KeralaAkshaya Portal of Kerala
12Madhya Pradeshe-District Portal of Madhya Pradesh
13MaharashtraAaple Sarkar Portal of Maharashtra
14Manipure-District Portal of Manipur
15Meghalayae-District Portal of Meghalaya
16Mizorame-District Portal of Mizoram
17Nagalande-District Portal of Nagaland
18Odishae-District Portal of Odisha
19PunjabState Portal of Punjab
20Rajasthane-Mitra Portal of Rajasthan
21Sikkime-Services Portal of Sikkim
22Tamil Nadue-Sevai Center of Tamil Nadu
23TelanganaMeeSeva Portal of Telangana
24Tripurae-District Portal of Tripura
25Uttar Pradeshe-Saathi Web Portal or e-Saathi Mobile App
26Uttarakhande-District Portal of Uttarakhand.
27West Bengale-District Portal of West Bengal
28Andaman and Nicobar IslandsOfficial Portal of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
29ChandigarhSampark Portal of Chandigarh
30Dadra and Nagar HaveliOfficial Portal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration
31Daman and DiuOfficial Portal of Daman and Diu Administration.
32Delhie-District Portal of Delhi.
33Jammu and KashmirRevenue Department of Jammu and Kashmir.
34LadakhNot applicable
35LakshadweepNot applicable
36Puducherrye-District Portal of Puducherry.

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):

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.