How to Transfer Your Ration Card

A ration card is a document that enables inhabitants of a state to acquire essential goods such as rice, sugar, oil, and so on at significantly subsidised prices through the Targeted Public Distribution System. In all private and public sector official processes, the ration card can be used as proof of identification and residency. Ration cards are issued by the Department of Food, Supplies, and Consumer Welfare in each state. The government advises that qualified residents of the state must get a ration card as it offers several benefits. 

If you have shifted to a new state and want to transfer your ration card to the current address, you can do it easily and hassle-free. 

In this blog, we will discuss the procedures to transfer the ration card from one address to another. 

How to Transfer Your Ration Card

You are required to do it offline because there is no facility available to transfer ration cards online

Below are the steps to follow.

    • Visit the Department of Food and Civil Services office.
    • Ask for a ‘Transfer Application Form’ from the officials.
    • Fill in the details, including your personal information, current address, ration card number, and so on, carefully in the form.
    • Submit the form along with the supporting documents.
    • Pay the processing fee.
    • Note down the acknowledgement number for further use.
    • The whole procedure may take up to 4 weeks.

Documents Required to Transfer Your Ration Card

Any missing document can lead to the rejection of your form. You must be aware of the documents that you will be asked to submit along with your application form in order to avoid any difficulty. 

Here is the list of names.

    • Identity proof 
    • Address proof 
    • Driving license
    • Voter Id card
    • Passport
    • Utility bills
    • Current LPG receipt on the name of the applicant
    • If you live in your own home, a recent tax receipt is required
    • If you live in a leased residence, provide the recent rent payment receipt that must show the owner’s name and complete postal address
    • Ration card of previous address
    • Passport size photographs
    • Surrender certificate

Concluding Comments

Rations cards are designed for the people who belong to the economically weaker section. There are three types of cards: AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana), APL (Above Poverty Line, and BPL (Below Poverty Line). Each card has its own set of advantages and offers a distinct amount of food grains. Every state has established eligibility requirements that determine which individuals or families are eligible for which ration card. Having this card will cut down your food supplies expenses and lessen your financial burden. 

FAQs

1. Can I transfer my ration card online?

No, you are required to visit the Food and Supplies Department office and apply for the same by filling up a transfer application form.

2. What are the documents required to transfer my ration card?

Here is the list of documents.

    • Identity proof 
    • Address proof 
    • Passport
    • Voter Id card
    • Driving license
    • Utility bills
    • Surrender certificate
    • Current LPG receipt on the name of the applicant
    • A tax receipt (If you are living in your own house)
    • Rent slip (If living in a rented house)
    • Ration card of previous address
    • Passport size photographs

3. How much time will it take to transfer my ration card?

The entire procedure might take up to four weeks to complete.

4. Is there any fee applicable?

Yes, each state has its own application costs that you must pay while submitting the application.

5. Can I have two ration cards?

No, you are not allowed to have two ration cards at the same time.

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