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Moving to Goa- Getting address proof

December 28, 2017

When you move within  India, the holy grail of existence is getting address proof. It can take months.. sometimes years to have the right service provider certify to the Government's satisfaction that you do, indeed, live where you claim you do. In Goa, Here's how it went down for us.


Goa's roads are perfect for two wheelers. If you're visiting, renting a scooter is easy. But if you've moved to Goa and you want to buy one, the  bike dealer won't sell you a bike until you go to the RTO and get them to approve of your documents. 


Dealer, "Show the RTO everything you've got. Electricity bill in your name?"

Us, "Nope"

Dealer, "Gas connection, landline bill?"

Us, "Nope"

Dealer, "..voter ID card.."

Us, "We have voter ID cards! We finally got them made before the last Lok Sabha elections and.."

Dealer, "Goan voter ID cards?"

Us, "No."

Dealer, "Is that your toddler climbing up the motorcycle and tearing down Christmas decorations?"

Us,  "..."

Dealer, "Show the RTO the proof of his school registration."

Which we duly did.   


And then we were told that waving around all those expensive play school fee receipts would do us no good. We needed to show Goa voter ID cards or a passport with a Goan address. And then we found out that since the elections were less than a month away, the Electoral Rolls were sealed shut. So no voter ID cards till the electoral dust settles, which is a month after the elections, when the votes are counted. And then if they accept the address proof you have, it could take 3 months to get the voter ID card.