Why ‘Patta’ is an Important Legal Paper for land Ownership

Patta Chitta is the legal land record issued by the state government of Tamil Nadu. It contains various details about a plot, including its location, land area, ownership, etc. In 2015, the government digitised all the land records within the state to make them easily accessible to residents. They can simply log in to this portal and download their Patta Chitta anytime conveniently.

This article gives a brief idea on how this land document can benefit you in your legal proceedings.

What is Patta Chitta?

Before digitisation, Patta and Chitta had been two separate land records issued by the state government. While Patta contained revenue records associated with a plot, Chitta included the property size, ownership, etc.

Presently, as all these two records have been merged, you can get all the important details of a plot from this single Patta Chitta, as mentioned below:

  • Owner’s name
  • Property area
  • Estate location (taluk, village and district)
  • Survey number 
  • Patta number
  • Survey number
  • Subdivision number
  • Tax details
  • Plot type (dry land/wetland)

Importance of Patta Chitta

This government-certified record can help you significantly due to the following reasons:

  • Proof of Lawful Right Over a Land

You can show this land record to claim your rightful possession over a plot. It can significantly help you during any legal conflict with a third party regarding your plot’s ownership. 

Furthermore, if the government intends to use your property for any public welfare projects, you can claim compensation for losing your land using this Patta Chitta document. 

  • Verification of Land Details while Purchasing a Plot

It is important to verify land details, including the owner’s name, area, etc., while purchasing it. You can ask your seller to produce this document to cross-check all the information about the plot. This way, you can protect yourself from being defrauded while purchasing land. Further, if you sell your piece of land, you may have to produce this record to your buyers for this same reason.

Apart from these benefits, you can also leverage this Patta Chitta paper while applying for a home loan by mortgaging your land. It will help the lending institution to verify that you are the rightful owner of the property.

Besides Patta Chitta, you also need to provide several other documents as proof of your income, age, residence, etc. All these help a lender to cross-verify the details mentioned in your application form. After this verification, they ensure that you properly meet the home loan eligibility criteria.

How to Apply for Patta Chitta Land Records

Here is the step-by-step application process to get the Patta Chitta online:

Step 1: Log in to the official government portal, ‘Anytime/Anywhere e-Services’

Step 2: Click on ‘View Patta/Chitta’

Step 3: Select your district, village and taluk

Step 4: Proceed by clicking either ‘Patta Number’ or ‘Survey Number’

Step 5: Enter Patta number or survey number

Step 6: Provide the given CAPTCHA

Step 7: Click on ‘Submit’

Upon completing these steps, you can view and download the land record. After getting the record, you should ideally save this carefully for your future usage.

In this regard, if you buy a piece of land or inherit one from your parents, you must apply to change the ownership mentioned in the Patta Chitta.

How to Transfer the Ownership of Patta Chitta

For mutating a land’s ownership, you need to follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Go to the nearby office of the Tehsildar and ask for the application form for changing property ownership 

Step 2: Fill in the application form properly with all the required personal and land-related details

Step 3: Attach necessary documents 

Step 4: Submit the application fees

After this, the land department of the state will verify and approve your request.

Steps to Check Patta Chitta Status Online

Here are the steps you need to follow to know the present status of your Patta Chitta:

Step 1: Visit the portal named ‘Tamil Nadu e-District’

Step 2: Provide your application ID

Step 3: Enter the CAPTCHA code properly 

Step 4: Tap on ‘Get Status’

After this, you will be able to know the status of your Patta Chitta.


To conclude, Tamil Nadu Government has significantly reduced the effort of its citizens to get and verify Patta Chitta records online. You can easily check various details about the land through this document, including ownership, size, location, etc. Further, being a government-issued record, you can also leverage it to take a loan or tackle land disputes legally.

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