How to Apply for a New Ration Card

  1. The following persons are eligible to get a new and separate family card:
  • The applicant and his/her family must be Indian citizens
  • The applicant and his/her family must be living and cooking separately
  • The applicant and his/her family must be residents in Tamil Nadu
  • The applicant or his family members must not possess any family card in any State in India
  • The applicant or any of his/her family members must not be a member in any other family card in Tamil Nadu
  • The applicant and members of the family must be close relatives.

2. Download the application form in English and Tamil.

 3. List of documents needs to be attached with new family card applications:

Application (in the new format above) should be filled up completely, signed or thumb-impression and submitted along with other documents listed below. Incomplete forms are liable for rejection. The following documents need to be attached:

  • Proof of applicant’s current residence in Tamil Nadu (copy of original document)
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC), OR Property tax payment receipt in case of own house (current year), OR Electricity Bill (last month), OR Telephone Bill (last month), OR Front Page of Bank Pass Book, OR Allotment orders in respect of persons residing at houses allotted by Slum Clearance Board, OR Passport, OR Currently valid tenancy agreement (in case of rented house)
  • Surrender Certificate along with relevant family card issued by the card issuing authority if any card is issued in the previous address, OR Name Deletion Certificate from the parent or guardian family card or Non-inclusion of name Certificate issued by the card issuing authority in the previous address, OR No card certificate issued by the card issuing authority, if there is no family card in the previous address.
  • Particulars regarding earlier application for family card, including registration number and details of rejection, if any?
  • Details of LPG connection, if any, with details of name of consumer in whose name it is registered, consumer number, LPG agency and Oil Company name.
  • Mobile Number or Email addresses may be filled up in the format to enable this department to send an automated message (to be activated by end 2008) to the applicant on the status of the application.
  • A self-addressed and stamped postal cover or postcard to enable the office to communicate the results to the applicant.

 Submitting the application

  • In Chennai city and its belt areas, filled in applications with documents must be filed with Assistant Commissioner of Civil Supplies of the zone in which the applicant lives. Applicants can contact the above offices over the telephone if there are doubts over the jurisdiction office of the area in which he/she is resident.
  • In districts other than Chennai, Taluk Supply Officers of the Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department or Assistant Rationing Officers (in Coimbatore city) concerned of the area in which the applicant lives is competent to receive applications for family cards.
  • Applicants are requested to obtain an acknowledgement slip at the counter in the Assistant Commissioner’s or Taluk Supply Office concerned.
  • Applicants may also chose to send the application by post. However, it would be wise to send it by Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due (RPAD) to ensure that there is proof of submission.
  • Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department will be launching a full online application service by September 2008.

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