[Readers' Query]: Is Rent Lease Agreement a Valid Address Proof (in India)?

Received a query from Mr. Bharat Reddy in the comments section of one of our earlier posts titled: "What is E-Stamping | Legal Stamp Duty Online Submission ..." who asked...

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Recently I have entered into a rent agreement at Mumbai through e-stamping. I had
submitted the same as the address proof to my mobile service provider (Vodafone). I was shocked to hear from them that e-stamping is not valid under TRAI. They have asked me to submit any other document as address proof but I don't have any.

Could you please confirm if what they said is true. It would really be a great help to me if you could provide me a website link which could prove them wrong and prevent my account from getting deactivated.
Thank you


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BricksnMortar Edesk's reply...

Dear Mr. Bharat, a formal Registered Rent Agreement entered into with a landlord/ party/ entity is very much a valid address proof that should be acceptable to the telecom service providers here in India.

You may check the Vodafone India weblink also, and show it to the concerned personnel who seem to be ignorant of the requirements. In case you do not get any reprieve, call vodafone's centralized customer care there in Mumbai and report the matter to them.

For the ready reference of yours and our other readers who may find this information useful, we are reproducing herein below the generalized requirements towards validation of address and identity proofs, as stipulated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and tabulated at the website of the said telecom operator too. These are:


Document Note
Unregistered Lease and License Agreement on Rs100/- Stamp paper along with Police Verification Letter Certificate duly stamped and signed with Photograph Clear Copy of the same - Expiry period should be within 2 months
Certificate from MLA/Class I Gazetted officer with photo. Original Certificate acceptable
Water Bill (Not older than 3 months) Generated in the last 3 months
Landline Bill (not more than 3 months old)-(MTNL, BSNL, TATA, RELIANCE, AIRTEL) Bill should be in customer’s name for latest bill cycle (if bill is in the name of applicant’s Father/Mother/Spouse then the applicant's POI to be matched to establish relationship with that person. Bills only upto last 3 months to be considered valid inclusive of current month
Electricity Bill of a State owned company (not older than last 3 months) Generated in the last 3 months
IT Assessment Order (last year only) with photograph(not necessary) Only last year Assessment order valid
Rent / Lease & License/ Sales Agreement - Registered Only Registered (in the requisite court of law)
For Foreign Nationals - Passport/ Visa: Local Reference Mandatory on Annexure F Local reference to provide all supporting documents as proof and should not be a self declaration
Post Office Passbook with photograph of the applicant With customer address and stamp of the Bank. Last Update Not older Than 3 Months
Passport copy of Spouse Provided Relationship with Spouse is shown
House allotment Letter issued to Employee along with Company ID card of the Ltd Firm From Private & Govt organisation with Residential address mentioned on it. Along with Company ID card only LTD companies
MOD Establishment - Certificate from Admin Officer Address to be same as in CAF
Mahanagar Gas Bill ( Only Pipeline Gas) Generated in the last 3 months
House Tax payment receipt/Purchase Deeds with applicant's address Address to be same as in CAF. House or Flat Purchase deed without any time restriction
hop establishment certificate Should be within Validity period
Credit Card Statement Credit Card Statement Acceptable as POA (but, not older than last 3 months)
Vehicle Registration Certificate Vehicle Registration Certificate With Address
Defence Personnel – Armed Forces :Canteen Card with photo & address Can also be taken as POA if address is also mentioned on this
Exservice men ID card not having Ashoka Emblem Clear Copy of the same
Income Tax PAN Clear Copy of the same
Photo Credit Card/Photo Debit Card Address to be same as in CAF
Tibetian/Napelese/Bhutanese citizens driving license issued by the local government with residence address Driving license issued by the local government. For POA local address/reference is mandatory
International Driving License for POI or Signature proof Along with Passport & Visa for Foreign National
Cast and Domicile Certificate with photo issued by State Govt. like Assam and other states Cast and Domicile Certificate with photo issued by State Govt. like Assam and other states
Smart card issued by CSD, Defence / Paramilitary Smart card issued by CSD, Defence / Paramilitary
Passport with photo & address With customer address and photograph
Arms License with photo & address and if not expired With customer address and photograph
Learner License with photo & address and if not expired Must be Valid. Cant accept Expired
Driving License With customer address and photograph not expired
Defence Personnel – Armed Forces: Dependent's Card valid for spouse / parents / children with Address Can also be taken as POA if address is also mentioned on this
Bank employee ID cards with stamped photograph and address Provided the bank name is in the bank list provided
Student ID Card with stamped photograph with address only for Government recognised Educational Institutes Valid for Govt recognized College / Institution only* For details on POA please find the info given below regarding students
MOD Establishment - ID Card with photo & address Address to be same as in CAF(MOD means Ministry of Defence)
Pensioner's Card Pensioner's Card issued by Govt of India or Any of the Bank in the list provided. Photo and Address to be same as in CAF
Senior Citizen Card issued by the Govt with photo on it Clear copy of the same
Photo ID Card by Govt/Statutory Authority/PSU with address /Parichay Patra by State Govt with photo With customer address and stamped photograph
Election Commission Voter's ID Card With customer address and photograph
Defence Personnel – Armed Forces; Certificate from (Group A-commissioned officers letterhead) Competent Unit Authority Certificate from Competent Unit Authority mandatory as per Annexure B (Photocopy can be accepted)
College or Institute Certificate with photo (Govt recognised) As per the Annexure (Photocopy also acceptable)
Certificate from Gram Panchayat with photo & address Xerox copy of certificate to be accepted as per Annexure A
Caste Certificate with photograph with address Issued by Government with seal and signature of Deputy Commissioner of the District/Town
Post Office Passbook with stamped photograph of the applicant With customer address and photograph and stamp of the Postoffice
Current Passbook Bank Current Passbook of any Schedule Bank acceptable as POA & POI if having photo. Passbook last update not older than 3 months
Freedom Fighter Card Freedom Fighter Card is acceptable now as POI (if with photo) and as POA (if with Address)
Kisan Passbook Kisan Passbook is acceptable now as POI (if with photo) and as POA (if with Address). Passbook last update not older than 3 months
CGHS / ECHS Card CGHS / ECHS Card
Certificate of Photo Identity issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas) Certificate of Photo Identity issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Address card with photo issued by Dept of Posts, Govt. of India Address card with photo issued by Dept of Posts, Govt. of India Within Validity Period
Current passbook of Post office/ any schedule Bank, having photo Current passbook of Post office/ any schedule Bank, having photo. Last Update Not Older Than 3 Months
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