The Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) issues photo-identity cards to artisans. The card facilitates easier identification of the artisans. It also acts as an official proof of their identity when they deal with various government schemes related to skill training, access to credit, marketing, and insurance, among other things. It carries the photograph of the artisan and denotes the craft he/ she is engaged in.


All artisans and craft workers are eligible to apply for the card. The card is issued free of cost, through different agencies selected by the office of the DC(H).


An Aadhar linked database with the collected details is also being prepared. This is expected to enable better targeting and monitoring of various schemes for the welfare of artisans.


  • Before you proceed to apply, make sure that you have scanned copies of your latest photograph, signature, proof of your date of birth, and BPL card.


  • Photo ID Card form can be obtained from Headquarters Office/Marketing Centre/Service Centre or Regional Office. Forms may also be downloaded from official website of office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)

  • One can get ID card in 30 days after submission of completed ID. card application form.

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