How to get Smart Ration Card in Tamil Nadu ?

Smart Ration Card was issued in Tamil Nadu to replace the normal ration card. Smart cards are the digital version of ration booklets designed like an ATM card. 

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In Tamil Nadu families are given the option of choosing the type of family cards based on their needs and preferences and there is no income based ration cards. The types of family cards and commodities entitled are tabulated as follows.

Sl.No. TYPE OF CARD COMMODITIES ENTITLED
1 Green Cards (Rice Option Cards)(Including AAY Cards) All commodities
2 White Cards (Sugar Option Cards) All Commodities except rice
3 Khaki Cards (Police & Prison personnel Cards) All Commodities
4 Blue Cards (Forest Officials cards) All Commodities
5 No commodity card (White Colour) No Commodity

Documents Required

You would need a photocopy of the old PDS book, one photograph of the head of the family and proof of residence.

Following are the accepted proofs of residence; one who wishes to apply for the PDS card can select any one from the listed documents below:

  • Aadhaar Card

  • Passport

  • Property Tax, in case of own house

  • Rental Agreement, for tenants

  • Slum Clearance Board allotment order

  • Telephone Bill

  • Front page of bank passbook

  • Telephone bill

  • Gas consumer bill

  • Electricity Bill

  • Voter identity card

Apply Online

You have to access Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System website to apply for Smart Ration Card. The following are some of the benefits of using this website.

  • View your Ration Card Details

  • View your Family Members Details

  • View your Address

  • View your Family Members Aadhaar Numbers

  • View your Grievances, Raise new Grievance

  • View your Feedbacks, Provide new Feedback

  • Apply for Changes in your Ration Cards Online

  • View your Entitlement and Transaction Details

Follow the below steps to apply online for smart ration card in Tamil Nadu.

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  • Enter the details about your Family Head and address

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  • Enter the details of family member and Card type.

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  • Upload your Photograph. The format can be in png, gif, jpeg, jpg files under 10 KB size.

  • Upload Residence Proof.

  • Click on Submit

  • Once submitted, you will receive the reference number. You can track the status of application using this reference number

Apply through Esevai Centre

You can also apply for Smart Ration Card through nearest Esevai Centre. Follow the below steps to do it.

  • Visit nearest Esevai Centre. 

  • Submit the required documents.

  • Pay the required fee. (Service Charge of INR 60 for Applying for New Card, Service Charge of INR 60 for Printing of New Card)

Track Status of Application

Follow the below steps to track status of smart ration card in Tamil Nadu.

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  • Enter Reference Number to track the status of your Smart Ration Card.

  • Click on "Submit" to track the status of your Smart Ration Card.

Time Required

It takes 65 days to reach your nearest PDS shop from the day of application, which will be intimated to the registered mobile number through SMS. You can then collect it from your nearest ESevai centres.

However, if you have applied for changes/corrections, you can collect the card from ESevai centre once the official from your Taluk office approves it.

Corrections in Smart Card

You can make following corrections in Tamil Nadu PDS Smart Card.

  • Add/Update Family Head Details

  • Add/Delete/Update Family Member Details

  • Change Address

Follow the below steps to make changes in Tamil Nadu Smart Card.

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  • Enter your 10 digit mobile number which was registered with your Ration Card.You are already a registered user, if your Mobile Number is already registered with PDS System through any of the below methods:

    • Shopkeeper Registered your card through his Point of Sale device

    • You registered through our Public Mobile Application

    • You registered through this Public Portal application

  • You will be directed to Captcha field.Click on "Submit". After validating the Captcha, You will receive One Time Password immediately. Submit OTP and login to website.

  • Click on the "Smart Card Details Edit" on the left side to make the required corrections.

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  • Click on "Edit" to make the required changes.

  • Upload the scanned documents copy, if required.

  • Click on "Submit for Approval" once all the changes are done.

Track Status of Correction Request

Follow the below steps to track status of corrections in smart ration card in Tamil Nadu.

Smart Card Corrections Online Status

  • Enter Reference Number.

  • Click on "Submit" to track the status of your Smart Ration Card.

Lost Smart Card

Citizens who have lost their smart cards may get it replaced at a cost of Rs 30 at the nearest Esevai centre. The card holder is required to provide the registered mobile number, to which an OTP will be sent. Using the password, the new smart card will be generated.

Link Smart Card with Aadhaar

The user is required to take a photograph of the head of the family, a photocopy of the smart card and the Aadhaar cards of all the family members to the ration office and submit in the Esevai centre. The submission of the documents will be acknowledged via SMS or e-mail. Once the linking process is successfully completed, the user will be notified through an SMS again.

Register Complaint

You can also register your complaints in Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System website

  • Enter the name, mobile number, Email and details about your complaint.

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  • Click on Submit to submit your complaint.

  • Once complaint is registered, you will get a "Complaint Number" through which you can track the status of your complaints.

Follow the below steps to track the status of complaint.

smart ration card tamil nadu complaint status

  • Enter Complaint number to track the status of your complaint.

Help desk

You can contact toll free number 1967 or 1800-425-5901 for any of your queries.