How to Apply for Caste Certificate in Tamil Nadu

Step by step online/offline application procedure, eligibility and required documents

Caste Certificate is an essential document of proof that the person belongs to a certain caste. It is issued by the respective state government to its residents belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories. It is a valid proof which certifies caste and thus helps in availing benefits and relaxations as prescribed. Caste Certificate is also known as Community Certificate.

Need of Caste Certificate:

Caste certificate is required while taking admissions, fee concessions, education loans, for availing the state implemented scholarship schemes, while appearing for competitive examinations, to apply for government jobs, for getting subsidies and other scheme benefits, etc

Important documents required while applying for a Caste Certificate:

Proof of Identity: Any 1 of the following documents

  • PAN Card
  • Election Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Identity Card issued by Govt. organisation
  • Applicant Photo, Signature

Proof of Address: Any 1 of the following documents

  • Election Card
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Electricity Bill
  • Ration Card
  • Telephone bill
  • Smart Card/Heath Card

Passport sized photo

Caste and Age Proof: Any 1 of the following documents

  • School leaving certificate
  • Certificate of Caste of Family member

The above-mentioned original documents are to be produced for verification and these are to be submitted in copies for further process.


  • The applicant should mandatory be a resident of Tamil Nadu state
  • Applicant should be residing in Tamil Nadu
  • He/she should belong to any reserved category i.e. SC/ST/OBC

How to Apply for Caste/ Community Certificate:

One can apply for Caste certificate in Tamil Nadu either Online or Offline:

For Applying Online:

  • The applicant is required to visit the official website @

  • Click on Citizen Login tab
  • Then select the New User? Sign Up here option

  • For registration, fill in the details for registration like, Full name, district, taluka.
  • Enter Aadhaar no., Mobile no., email ID, desired Login id
  • Create a password and Confirm the same by re-entering it
  • Enter captcha code
  • Click on Sign up

  • Mobile and email will be verified through OTP, after successful registration, an intimation for the same will be sent to the registered mobile no. and email id, go for log in from the home page

  • After logging in, Select Revenue department option
  • Click on Community certificate and Proceed for applying online for the same
  • On the next page, fill in the details like CAN no., address details (permanent and current), contact details, full name, age, etc
  • Upload the necessary documents in the prescribed format
  • After uploading the documents, make payment if required for the same
  • Acknowledgement receipt will be displayed, take a printout of the same for future reference. The receipt will have an application no.
  • After successful submission of the form, the applicant can check the application status from the same portal, just by entering the application no. received.

  • Application and supporting documents are thoroughly verified by the concerned authorities and then the certificate is issued.
  • Applicant can also download the certificate once the process is completed

  • Application and supporting documents are thoroughly verified by the concerned authorities and then the certificate is issued.
  • Applicant can also download the certificate once the process is completed

For Applying Offline:

  • Visit the nearest eSevai centre/ Tehsildar Office/ Revenue Office/District Collector’s office
  • Get the application form (Hard copy) and fill it with the required details and then submit with all the necessary documents.
  • Applicant can also take a printout of the application form from the site, manually fill it, sign the declaration and submit it in the office with all the necessary documents. Fee payment is to be made.
  • Application will be verified by the Circle officer/VAO/Revenue Inspector
  • After thorough verification of documents submitted, the caste/community certificate will be issued and sent to the registered address.
  • Offline Application form format is as given below

Processing Time: A period of 15 working days is required for processing a Caste /Community Certificate in Tamil Nadu

Validity: Caste certificate is valid for life time

Helpline No./Call Centre No.:

In case of any difficulty or Query or Clarification while applying online, the applicant can call on the official Toll-Free no. 1800-425-1333. Or email to . This service is available 24*7.


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