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All about Domicile certificate

[] Domicile certificate document is issued by the appropriate state government/UT administration and permits citizens to lawfully settle in their respective states and use all of the government’s amenities.

An individual is said to have a domicile in the nation when they permanently reside there. Domicile is significant in will preparation, intestate success, and succession planning. 

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Domicile certificate: Meaning

A domicile certificate, also known as a residence certificate, is a legal record that can be used to verify that a person lives in a specific State/Union Territory. This document, issued by the appropriate state government/UT administration, permits citizens to lawfully settle in their respective states and use all of the government’s amenities. 

All citizens are eligible to request this certificate. It is vital to remember that a woman who marries a permanent resident of a specific state simultaneously becomes eligible to apply for a domicile certificate for that same state.

Domicile certificate: Purpose 

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Domicile can help you get resident-based quotas in places like schools, educational establishments, and/or government employment. Students can also utilise their residence to qualify for scholarships which are only offered to state residents. Furthermore, while asking for loans, the domicile certificate can be utilised as address proof.

Domicile certificate: Eligibility

Here are the requirements for obtaining a domicile certificate in any location in India:

  • The applicant’s parents must be permanent residents of that state.
  • Alternatively, the applicant must have lived in that state for at least 3 years.
  • The applicant must own property/a house/a piece of land inside that state or UT.
  • The individual must be on a voter registration list.
  • Female applicants are eligible to apply for a domicile certificate if they have been married to a person of that state.

Authorities providing Domicile certificate

The appointed authorities of the states and union territories normally grant a domicile certificate. The Revenue Department Officer, Tehsildar Officer, District Magistrate, SDO, SDM, or Circle Officer may be involved. Every state and UT has its own domicile certificate granting authority.

How to obtain a Domicile certificate: Step by step application procedure

Requests for a domicile/resident certification can be submitted both online and in person. However, most state licensing authorities have opted for an online manner of application. Each state has its own portal via which applications can be submitted online.

Online Domicile certificate process

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You must go to your state’s portal if you want to seek a Domicile certificate online. To obtain a domicile certificate, you must first register and complete an online application. For your convenience, here is a step-by-step guide to applying for a Delhi domicile certificate online.

  1. Go to the Delhi government’s website at
  2. Go to the home page and click “Apply Certificates Online.”
  3. Enter your username and password to gain access. If you haven’t already, create an account.
  4. Under the “Apply Online” menu, select “Apply for Services.”
  5. When you click Apply, an application form will appear.
  6. Fill out the application form with all of the required information. When finished, click “Submit.”
  7. When you successfully complete and submit the application form, you will be given an acknowledgement number. Take down the acknowledgement number for future use.

Documents required for Domicile certificate

There are some prerequisites for obtaining this certificate, which vary from state to state. Here are some examples of commonly requested documents:

  • Aadhaar card
  • Voter ID card
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Ration card
  • Any other government-issued document

For residence proof, the following documents are required.

  • Aadhaar card
  • Bank passbook
  • Voter ID card
  • Electricity bill
  • Passport
  • Telephone bill (postpaid or landline)
  • Ration card
  • Rent agreement
  • Driving licence
  • Any other government-recognised document

For other documents which might be required, you must have the following in place.

  • Self-declaration along with application form
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • An affidavit from a tehsil or court
  • Proof of date of birth
    • Passport
    • Voter ID card
    • School leaving certificate
    • Birth certificate

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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