Apply for Ration Card


  What is a Ration card and Why is it needed ?


A Ration Card is a document issued under an order or authority of the State Government, as per the Public Distribution System, for the purchase of essential commodities from fair price shops. State Governments issue distinctive Ration Cards to Above Poverty Line, Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya families and conduct periodical review and checking of Ration Cards.


A Ration Card is a very useful document for Indian citizens. It helps save money by aiding in the procurement of essential commodities at a subsidised rate. It has also become an important tool of identification now-a-days. You may need to produce a copy of your Ration Card as proof of identification when applying for other documents like Domicile Certificate, for inclusion of your name in the Electoral Rolls, etc.


In addition to permanent Ration Cards, States also issue temporary Ration Cards, which are valid for a specified number of months, and are issued for relief purposes.


  Concerned Authority


The application for the issue of a new family card has to made in the prescribed application form from the card-issuing authority, namely the Assistant Commissioner of Civil Supplies in Chennai City area and from the Taluk Supply Officers in all other districts. It has to be submitted along with a passport-sized photograph of the head of the family.


  Time Taken


The time prescribed for the issue of a new family card is 12 months after due Door Verification process.


  Department Concerned
  Application Format


Ration Card Application Format (Tamil)

Ration Card Application Format (English)