Is it legal to have domicile of two different States?


Article 5 of The Indian Constitution deals with or rather lays down basic principles dealing with citizenship by domicile. It states that a person who was born in India or either of the person’s parents were born in India or the person must have been an ordinarily resident in the territory of India for not less than five years immediately before the commencement of the constitution.

Domicile of a person is in that country in which the person either has or is deemed by law to have his/her permanent house. And to answer your question, no you cannot obtain more than one domicile certificate at a time. A domicile certificate can be made for only one state and obtaining more than one domicile certificate is an offence.

Domicile/Residence Certificate is usually issued to prove that the person bearing the certificate is actually the resident of the state or union territory by which the certificate has been issued. This certificate is usually acquired as a proof of residence to avail domicile or resident quotas in educational institutions and in the government service, as also in case of jobs where local residents are preferred.

So, you could get a domicile certificate for either of the states but not both.

Reference: Article 5 of The Indian Constitution



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