How to obtain the all important Patta



Patta is by far one of the most important documents about any land and plays a major role in any land deal. This month’s newsletter contains all the information on how to obtain the Patta for a particular piece of land or make changes in its record.


Patta is a land revenue record which establishes the title / ownership of a particular piece of land. The Patta Register is maintained at Taluk office and contains ownership details of all Land holdings.


Tamil Nadu was the third state in India to computerize most of its land records in 2008. From 2016, the Government of Tamil Nadu changed the procedure. For both, name change and involve subdivision of the survey number, the applicant has to approach the taluk office with a copy of the below listed documents. The original documents must also be kept ready in case of any verification at the office


The list of documents required for obtaining Patta includes:

  1. Application form for Transfer Patta in the prescribed form with Identity proof like Aadhar card / Voter ID / Passport etc , Mobile phone no, email.
  2. From existing Patta holder document onwards all the Sale deed / Title deed documents, other legal document such as will, Legal heir certificate etc.
  3. Latest Encumbrance Certificate (EC), Copy of the layout sketch, if the plot is purchased from the layout.
  4. If the building is present, include plan documents. Include property tax receipts, E B Card, certificate as proof of possession.


After verification of the originals and scanning of all the required documents, an Acknowledgement will be given after paying the relevant fee. It contains the Citizen Account Number (CAN) and application no. with date. For Patta name change, the acknowledgement copy along with all copy of the documents, application form is to be submitted to VAO. If it involves subdivision, then it has to be submitted to the Survey Department at Taluk office.


The applicant will receive the SMS on the registered mobile no. with Patta number and survey number with subdivision in 2 weeks’ time for name transfer and in 3 weeks’ time if it involves subdivision of the survey number.


To verify online, one has to log on to and then click on the link “e-services of district offices”. You can click the “view the Patta / chitta extract” and the click on the URL. Select the view Patta and fill in all the details such as district, taluk, village, the patta number and the survey number with sub-division number received through SMS. The Patta can be downloaded and print can be taken for future reference. The status of the application can be found by going into the URL and then by clicking the “Know your application status.”

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