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Domicile Certificate West Bengal: How To Apply Online, Download, Documents Required, Validity, Status Check

By Mayashree Acharya


Updated on: Apr 24th, 2023


9 min read

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An individual residing in West Bengal must obtain a West Bengal domicile certificate that acts as proof of permanent residence in the state. The state government issues this certificate to the citizens, which confirms that they have stayed in the particular state for a long time. A West Bengal resident must submit the domicile certificate West Bengal to obtain several state government benefits.

Domicile certificate eligibility in West Bengal

  • Any person staying in West Bengal for more than 15 years.
  • Individuals not residing in West Bengal but own permanent property in the state.
  • Women not belonging to the West Bengal state but are married to a person who is a permanent resident of the state.

How to apply for a domicile certificate in West Bengal?

There are two ways to apply for a domicile certificate in West Bengal: Online and offline.

How to get a domicile certificate online in West Bengal?

Step 1: Visit the West Bengal eDistrict website.

Step 2: Click the ‘New Registration’ button.

Step 3: Enter the personal details, login credentials, and OTP and register on the website.

Step 4: Log in to the West Bengal eDistrict website. 

Step 5: Click the ‘Local Residence (Domicile) Certificate’ from the list under the ‘Services’ heading.

Step 6: Click the ‘Apply’ button on the ‘Instructions and Requirements of Domicile Certificate’ page.

Step 7: Fill out the application form, attach the necessary documents and click the ‘Submit’ button.

Step 8: Save the application identification number generated after submitting the application form to track the application status.

How to get a domicile certificate offline in West Bengal?

Eligible applicants can get the domicile certificate application from the following offices:

  • Tahsildar’s office
  • Sub-Divisional Office (SDO)
  • District Magistrate
  • Revenue Department Office
  • District Office

They can also get the application from the nearest Citizen Kiosk or CSC (Tathya-Mitya Kendras).

After obtaining the application form, they must fill out the form, attach the necessary documents and submit it to the offices mentioned above. When the form is submitted, they will get the application identification number/acknowledgement number.

Documents required for domicile certificate in West Bengal

  • Identity proof, such as:
    • PAN card
    • Passport
    • Driving license
    • EPIC card
    • Ration card
  • Age proof, such as:
    • School certificate of 10th class
    • Birth certificate
  • Residence proof, such as:
    • Rent receipts or land deeds when staying in a rented house
    • Evidence of residential land or residential certificate issued by the SDO when staying on own property
  • Marriage certificate, if applicable.

How to check domicile certificate status online in West Bengal?

  • Login to the West Bengal eDistrict website.
  • Click the ‘View Status’ option and select the ‘Track Application’ option.
  • Enter the Application Identification Number (AIN) generated during the submission of the application form.
  • The status of the application will be displayed.

Applicants can also send an SMS to ‘166’ or ‘51969’ in the following format: SMS (wb edist 16 digit AIN) to view the application status.

How many days are required to get a domicile certificate in West Bengal?

It usually takes seven days after the application submission to issue the certificate.

How to download a domicile certificate online in West Bengal?

  • Login to the West Bengal eDistrict website.
  • Click the ‘Approved Application’ option on the homepage.
  • Choose the service name as ‘Local Residence (Domicile) Certificate’ and click the ‘Search’ button,
  • Enter the application number.
  • The certificate will open. Download it by clicking on the download icon. 

Domicile certificate validity in West Bengal

The validity of the West Bengal domicile certificate is lifelong.

Is a domicile certificate compulsory in West Bengal?

It is compulsory to obtain a domicile certificate in West Bengal in the following circumstances:

  • While taking admission to educational institutions under the state quota.
  • To get a government-sponsored scholarship.
  • While applying for government jobs under state quota.

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