How to Download Ration Card?


With a ration card, it is possible for eligible households to purchase food grains at subsidised rates. This card is issued by the country’s state governments and operates owing to the National Food Security Act. The extent to which subsidies and essential commodities are provided depends upon the data recorded on your ration card. Check the ration card list relevant to your state on its official public distribution system (or PDS) website.

If you want to avail of a government scheme, it is more than likely that you will need to show your ration card at the time at which you apply for the said scheme or when you receive its benefit. Having access to your ration card online and keeping a copy of it with you is therefore important. 

Steps to Download Ration Card Online

Each state has an official website for their PDS. It is possible to download your ration card from the website of the state in which you reside. If you find that you are in need, download ration card by following the steps mentioned below. 

Step 1. Visit the official PDS website of your state

Step 2. Scan the homepage of this website to find ration card related services

Step 3. All services offered by the PDS are mentioned below this section of the homepage 

Step 4. Select the “Print Ration Card” button from the available options

Step 5. Key out relevant information in the empty columns that are provided in the following pages

Step 6. You will also need to fill out your old ration number or application number

Step 7. The information you provide will be verified following which you will be redirected to your ration card

Your ration card will be displayed on the following page keeping in mind the information you filled out in the earlier section. 

In the event that you have misplaced your ration card or can’t recall the ration card number issued to you, you will need to search for the card issued to you with some of the information you hold. Follow the steps mentioned below to do the same.

Step 1. Visit your state’s official website for its public distribution system

Step 2. Select the ration card related services section

Step 3. Select the “Search Ration Card” from the options made available

Step 4. Key out the details that are asked of you on the following page.

Step 5. These details relate to the following areas.

  • Name of the head of your family (or HOF)
  • Your HOFs Aadhar number 
  • Year of birth of HOF
  • The mobile number provided in the National Food Security (or NFS) application or the one that was registered on the NFS website.

Step 6. Select the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the page

Step 7. You will be redirected to a new page that features the details pertaining to your ration card.

Make a note of these details and follow the aforementioned procedure in order to download a copy of your ration card.

By showing this duplicate copy of your ration card, you can collect a new ration card from a MeeSeva office. This copy may also be used to apply for any government exams.

Steps to Print Your Ration Card

Step 1. If you wish to store a printed version of your ration card, you must first follow the steps mentioned above to download ration card assigned to you

Step 2. Select the pdf version of your ration card and press the print button

Step 3. You can also use your keyboard to select the “CTRL+P” buttons to gain access to a physical copy of your ration card

Wrapping Up

Your ration card can be used to verify your identity as a member of an Indian household. This card can also be used as proof of your address.