How to Transfer a Ration Card in Karnataka

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The Ration Card is issued by the State Government. It is a very important document that serves as an identity and nationality proof in India. It helps categorise families into Above Poverty Line (APL) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) on the basis of their economic status. It also provides citizens with the right to purchase goods from rationing shops at subsidised rates.

Three kinds of Ration Cards issued are:

  • White card - Annual income above Rs 1 lakh
  • Orange card - Annual income between Rs 50,000- 1 lakh
  • Yellow card - For BPL (Below poverty line) citizens, with annual income less than Rs 15,000

To transfer a ration card:

To transfer a ration card from one state to another, visit the necessary food office in your jurisdiction. You will be asked to fill up a written application and submit it along with proof of address and the application fee after which your transfer will be processed.

Documentation required:

The documents required for you to transfer ration card made are –


  • Three passport size photographs of the applicant
  • Proof of residence: Copy of any of the following documents showing the residence address of the applicant

    1. Identity card issued by the Government or Public Sector Undertakings

    2. Latest Telephone bill on the name of the applicant

    3. Latest LPG receipt on the name of the applicant

    4. Valid driving license

    5. Valid Passport

    6. Voter Identity card

    7. Latest tax paid receipt, if living in own house

    8. Extract of the electoral Roll

    9. Latest Rent paid receipt, if living in a rented house, clearly indicating the name and complete postal address of the owner

    10. Any other document that may prove the applicant’s residence

Do remember:

  • If you are applying for a ration card and you have held one earlier at another place, after submitting a surrender certificate from the previous place, a ration card will be issued afresh on the same day.
  • To issue a new ration card, Rs.5/- is the charge for the BPL cards and Rs.10/- in case of APL cards. Also, Rs.45/- is charged for issuing of a computerized card.
  • Every family residing in the State of Karnataka is entitled to a ration card. Either the head of the family or the spouse should submit the applications. Applications through intermediaries or social workers etc. will not be entertained.
  • Applications received through any one in bundles will also not be entertained.

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