TNPDS: Smart Card Download Online

Rapid digitization occurring in India offers many schemes that can be availed online. The Tamil Nadu Government has started digitizing the ration cards. With Public Distribution System Portal (TNPDS). The application for the smart ration card can be processed online. In this article we will be discussing all the information, step by step process on how to apply for this card online through TNPDS website.

By sitting at home, one can apply easily for the TNPDS Smart Card with their portal. Previously for this the person had to visit the concerned departments in person. Under the PDS system, smart cards are being provided by the state government. Along with this, the process of converting the old ration card to the new ration card is being worked out which will bring transparency in the ration card allocation.


Name of the Card     –   TNPDS Smart Card

Launched By    – Public Distribution System, Tamil Nadu

Beneficiary     – People of the State

Mode of Application    – Online

State Name   –   Tamil Nadu

Benefit of the Card    – Digitization of Traditional Ration Cards

Official Website   –

What is the Objective of Tamil Nadu Digital Ration Card ?

Government of Tamil Nadu introduced this smart ration with an objective of the following

  • Cost of papers used for traditional ration cards gets reduced. Since the aim of this ration card is making them available online.
  • Smart Ration Card ensures Transparency of a person.
  • Implementation fraudulent practices will be prevented by introducing Digital Ration Card 
  • Printing and distribution costs of ration cards will be prevented.
  • Both time and money will be saved. As all the information made available online with one click process.

Benefits of Ration Card during COVID-19 Pandemic

During this time of COVID-19 Pandemic, The Government of Tamil Nadu is trying their best to benefit the poor people across the state. The PDS  shops has been created across the state for offering free ration like rice, pulses (dhal), cooking oil, and sugar is being provided to poor families at subsidized prices.

Types of Digital Ration Card

Now, under the TNPDS system in Tamil Nadu, Based on the economic status of the families. The ration cards are classified into four types. They are

  • A light green card is provided for rice and other items from the state fair price shop.
  • To get 3 kg sugar in excess of the prescribed quota. White cards are being issued.
  • Khaki cards are issued for police personnel up to the rank of inspector or inspectors in the police.
  • Those who do not have the right to take any commodity from ration shops are not issued any commodity card.

Essential Documents

You need to have the following documents. If you want to apply for the Smart Ration Card 

  1. Aadhaar Card
  2. Pan Card
  3. Bank passbook
  4. Caste / Category certificate
  5. Income certificate
  6. Electricity bill
  7. Passport size photos

Online Application process for TNPDS Smart Card

You have to follow these simple steps given below to successfully complete the online application for TNPDS Ration Card

  • Visit the official website of TNPDS.
  • Once the homepage opens,Click on the “Smart Ration Card Application” option.
  • Click on the “Register Yourself” option given here and register yourself by providing the information accordingly.
  • Now login to the website by entering the login ID and password. An application form will open in front of you.
  • Upload all the required documents by entering all the necessary information in the application form.
  • Fill in the affidavit, and other information on all the family members.
  • Click on the “Submit” button. 

After submission. You will receive a registration number which is required for the future use.

Offline Application procedure

If you want to apply for the TNPDS Smart Card from the from the government fair rate shop. Follow the steps mentioned below

  • Go to your nearest FPS Shop / State Fair Price Shop.
  • Get the application form and fill it. You can also download the application form online.
  • Attach all the necessary documents.
  • You have to submit this application form to the concerned department. A reference number will be given to you after this with the help of which you can check the status of the application.
  • You are requested to keep this reference number safe with you for future use.

TN Smart Ration Card Official Mobile App

You can also apply for a TN Smart Ration Card using the mobile application which has been launched by the Government of Tamilnadu. For applying TN Smart Ration Card online through the Mobile app. You have to follow the steps below

  • Visit the Google Play Store
  • Type TNPDS in the search box and find 
  • You will see some results. Click on the first result and install the app.

>>Download Android and iOS Apps>>

Steps to Check Status of TNPDS Smart Card

Follow the steps below in order to check the status of the online TNPDS Smart Ration Card

  • Visit the official website of TNPDS.
  • Click on the “Status of Electronic Card Application” option. When the home page opens
  • You have to enter your registration number and click on the “Submit / Record” button on the new page that opens on your screen.
  • The Status of TNPDS Smart Ration Card will now be displayed on your screen.

How to lodge a Complaint

If you want to lodge a complaint on the Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System portal, you have to follow the easy steps given.

  • Visit the official website of TNPDS portal.
  • Click on the “Register Complaint” option on the homepage.
  • A new page will open. You have to Enter the following information here.
  1. Name
  2. Mobile no.
  3. Email
  4. Description of the complaint
  • Click on the “Submit” button.
  • In this way, the complaint will be filed in online mode on your public distribution system portal.

How to Reprint Smart Card Status Online

  • Go to the official website.
  • Click on the option to “reprint smart card status” on the left side of the home page. A new page will open now.
  • You have to enter the registered mobile number here and solve the captcha code and click on the button of “Submit”.
  • The smart card status will now be displayed on your computer and mobile screen, which can be printed by giving the “Print” command.

How to Make Changes in the Smart Ration Card

  • Go to the official website.
  • Select option that you want to change from the following
  1. Add member
  2. Change of address
  3. Head of family changes
  4. Remove family member
  • Select one of the options and enter the mobile number and captcha code in the given location.
  • Enter the details that need to be changed, upload the supporting documents as per the requirement.
  • After checking the information you have entered, click on the “Submit” button.

How to Avail SMS Service of Public Distribution System (TNPDS) 

The details of the codes for availing SMS service are as follows.

PDS <space> 102- availability of commodity at the ration shop

PDS <space> 101- status of ration shop (open/close)

PDS <space> 101- complaints about billing

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