Tamilnadu (TN) Ration Card Online | Forms | Status | Change | Civil Supplies at consumer.tn.gov.in


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Tamil Nadu Ration Card is a hot topic among all the localities. You might already be knowing, Ration card is used to avail food grains at discounted rates. Besides this, it can also be used as a ID proof against various other government documents. All in all a ration card is among most useful government paper that a citizen can have. In the below passage of content, you will get details on:

  • How to apply for Tamilnadu ration card online
  • Address change application
  • Renewal of ration card
  • Tamilnadu Ration Card Status (including Civil Supplies, forest department as well)
  • Verification of ration card in Tamilnadu
  • Smart ration card
  • Duplicate card
We will keep adding more details with time. The guides listed below are applicable for all districts/areas including Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Tiruppur, Kanyakumari etc. When it comes about type of ration cards in state, then TN behaves bit different, Here you will find all commodities card (green in color), sugar cards and no commodity cards (both white in color). All commodity card holders have preferred rice over sugar, sugar card members have preferred sugar over rice and no commodity members haven't preferred anything. These customers do not want to make use of PDS system.

Ration Card Tamilnadu (TN) Online

Follow below procedure to apply for PDS card in the state:
  • Download the TN ration card application form from official web portal: http://www.consumer.tn.gov.in/pdf/ration.pdf [English Language] http://www.consumer.tn.gov.in/pdf/ration_t.pdf [Tamil]
  • Fill in all the columns in application form, attach the relevant docs (mentioned in below section) and submit t back to authorities at office
  • Also submit a self addressed postal stamp card with proper stamping at time of registration. It will help you with getting the ration card delivered to your door step after the verification
  • Once you submit the application, you will get an acknowledgment slip along with the registration number. You can use this number for all the future references
  • Your details will be validated by a food inspector
  • If everything is found to be correct then you will be issued new/modified ration card within 60 days of the application submission
  • Although ration card is supposed to be collected by family's head only (as per details mentioned in application form). However in his/her absence, other family member suggested by family' head (in written form) can collect it
Tamilnadu Ration Card Application Form
Tamilnadu Ration Card Application Form

Documents required for Ration Card in TN

Here are the documents that you need to produce during every single application:
  • Address proof. It can be driving license, voter card, telephone bill, passport, Aadhar card etc
  • LPG connection details
  • Passport size photographs
  • Surrender certificate, in cases where applicant has filled application for any sort of modifications (address change, name addition.deletion etc)
  • Mobile number, email address
Except this you might be asked for some sort of adhoc docs like birth certificate etc so make sure to carry all important documents alongside.

Who can apply for Ration Card in Tamil Nadu

Not very stringent but yes, there are some norms to be followed for sure. Below are the simple norms/prerequisites:
  • Any person must be listed in only 1 ration card across the state
  • Names can't be duplicated
  • Members listed within the application form must be within blood relations (except marriage/migrations)
  • That particular family must be cooking separately
  • Single person can apply for ration card as well
Civil Supplies Tamilnadu
Civil Supplies Tamilnadu

How to check Tamilnadu Ration Card Status

Status check is an area where improvements need to be done. It was supposed to be included in critical e-services section, however we don't see any interactive platform to check live status yet. You can however go through the traditional methods of status check. Below is how you can do it:
  • Note down the reference/acknowledgment number that you receive after application submission
  • Ask for contact details of officer (or someone else in this office) and confirm on possible dates
  • If card is not delivered within the stipulated time then you can either visit the office directly or can call them with reference to the acknowledgment number 
We will update you with real time status tracking very soon (as soon as it is made public).

Ration Card Renewal in Tamilndau

In order to verify the details regularly, cards are renewed from time to time. In order to renew the card, you need to visit nearby ration card office with all latest documents. It is a simple process where your existing ration card will be stamped. You will need to pay fix amount of renewal fees as well.

Address, Name Change, Addition/Removal in Existing Tamilnadu Ration Cards

All this is easy and can be done using below steps:
  • Get ready your surrender certificate with appropriate reasons like address change, name deleted from old card, card made extinct from old address etc
  • Visit the office
  • Fill in the application for completely
  • Attach the surrender certificate along with other supporting documents like name change publication printed in some local newspaper etc
  • Submit the form
  • You will be issued new modified card very soon
Do contact 044- 28583222 – 209, 28592255, 28583139 for any issues/queries.

We are heading towards digital smart ration cards. As of now the journey seems to be bit longer than expected. Will keep you updated.


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