25 JUNE, 2021

If you are planning to purchase a property or are accumulating funds to invest in real estate in Kerala, you should also consider the stamp duty and registration charges involved in these transactions. Stamp duty is a tax that you must pay to the State government for purchasing a property. It is a fixed percentage of the market value of your property. The registration fee is paid to get the property registered in your name.

How Is Stamp Duty in Kerala Calculated?

The stamp duty charges are calculated based on the market value of your property. Apart from this, several aspects related to the real estate and the buyer of the property also affect the stamp duty in Kerala. So, here are some key factors that impact the stamp duty charges:

  • Age of the buyer - Some State governments provide senior citizens with a discount on property purchase
  • Gender of the buyer - Numerous governments offer women homebuyers a concession on the stamp duty or the registration charges to promote affordable housing and women empowerment
  • Usage of the property - Depending on whether the property is being used for commercial or residential purposes, the stamp duty can vary
  • Location of the property - The stamp duty for real estate can be different in case the property is located in the city, suburbs, rural region, etc. as the municipal limits change.
  • Type of property - In case you have bought an apartment or an independent house of your own, the stamp duty charges can vary


Go through the stamp duty and property registration charges in Kerala below:

Read More:Guide About How to Calculate Your Stamp Duty Using Stamp Duty Calculator!



Stamp Duty Charges

Registration Fees


8% (Earlier rate)

2% (Earlier rate)

4% (Revised rate)

1% (Revised rate)


Note: In Kerala, the same rate of stamp duty and registration apply to everybody irrespective of gender, age, etc.

How to Pay Stamp Duty Charges in Kerala?

The State government of Kerala has now made it mandatory to use the e-stamping method for all types of registration that require stamp paper. Hence, you must now use the official registration portal set up by the government for paying your stamp duty charges. Follow the step-by-step guide below to make a successful payment:

  • Visit the official website of the registration department (https://keralaregistration.gov.in/index.php?lang=eng)
  • Click on the ‘Online Application’ option and you shall be redirected to a new page
  • Click on the ‘New User’ option visible under the menu bar and create your login ID
  • Now, select ‘New Token’ and enter the district, taluka, sub-registrar office, etc. correctly.
  • After submitting this, you must now input other details required on the page
  • In case your stamp duty is more than Rs 1 Lakh, then you need to enter the mode of payment
  • Complete the self-verification and review the fee details visible on the screen before clicking on ‘Submit Application for e-Stamp’
  • You can then proceed to the fee payment where you can pay the stamp duty and registration fees together or separately
  • On successful payment, you can download the e-stamp after clicking on ‘View details’ on payment confirmation
  • The e-stamp will have the serial number, GRN and other details which help verify the authenticity of the e-stamp
  • You can finally book a time slot at the sub-registrar office and submit the application to complete the registration of your property


Property registration process in Kerala

  • Go to https://keralaregistration.gov.in/pearlpublic/index.php
  • At the home page, select the option of ‘New user’ in the Document Registration section.
  • Complete the process of user registration.
  • Use the ‘login’ option to enter your account.
  • Next select the ‘online token registration’ and ‘available token’ option to get instructions from the website on what to do further.
  • You then have to select the transaction type and get to the next page. The next page involves presenting your information like personal details, property details, etc. After completing the inputs, hit the next button to move ahead.
  • On the next page you have to provide the claimant’s details and then go through different tabs to enter executants details, property details, building details, claimant – property link if any, enclosures, witness details, stamp paper details, etc.
  • Finally, you have to submit these details to the sub-registrar’s office.
  • Once you successfully submit the details, you will get a detailed report of your submission and then you have to choose a mode of payment. Choose an option, make the payment and print the receipt.
  • Submit this printout along with other related documents to the sub-registrar at the time of your appointment.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the documents required for stamp duty and property registration in Kerala?

You can keep the below-mentioned documents ready for stamp duty and property registration in Kerala:

  • No Objection Certificate
  • Proof of identity of any two witnesses
  • Proof of ownership
  • Sale deed
  • Your proof of identity such as Voters ID, Ration Card, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, etc.
  • Digital photo of the property


Can you claim tax benefits on the stamp duty and property registration charges in Kerala?

Yes, you can claim the stamp duty and property registration charges in Kerala as a deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.

Thus, before seeking for a home loan and acquiring a property in Kerala, you should absolutely be aware of the stamp duty and registration fees.

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