The centre, in a new move, has announced that that new passports will be dispensed without physical police verification.
A: Under the new system, it is mandatory for all applicants to be physically present at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) along with Application Print receipt and original documents after submitting application Online. Q7: I want to add my spouse name on my passport.
The applicant is required to submit a valid current original foreign Passport & copies with his application. The applicant has to submit his/her original Passport on which he/she traveled/stayed in India. The Passport must be having the immigration stamps (entry/exit) from India.
The bribe normally doesn't exceed `500. People pay bribe to ensure smooth flow of their application. And the reason no one complains is the small amount of money involved and they also do not want to get entangled in the entire process and going to the court.”
The National Police Clearance System (NPCS) was launched in 2018 to help PNP streamline the process of checking criminal records. Through this innovation, applicants can now apply online for a National Police Clearance anytime and anywhere.
If you take it from local police station while your residence history is of multiple states in India, CIC can reject your application saying that PCC for the remaining states has not been provided. Hence, take PCC from PSK which represents your history in the entire country.
If your application was rejected owing to a lack of police verification or inaccurate documents, you have three days to fix the error and reapply. You can write to the RPO or file a grievance if you disagree with the reason for rejection or if the reasons are unclear.
What is the processing Time? PCC can be issued only after receipt of a 'Clear' report from Police authorities in India which is to be made available in the system by the concerned Passport office. This process may take 8 weeks. PCC can be issued earlier provided a 'Clear' report is received.
Passport verification is conducted by the police station as per the applicant's address and which jurisdiction it falls under. A police officer verifies the details that are submitted in the application form including the applicant's name, age and address.
Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services.
Yes, its mandatory for the person to be present at current address (specified in the passport application) for police verification.
The Passport Office will dispatch the passport to you within 3 days after receiving a 'Recommendatory' Police Verification Report (PVR) from the concerned police station for normal applications. This is not applicable for applications under the tatkal scheme.
Even during the passport verification process, police personnel ask for a bribe for providing the confidential report to the applicant instead of submitting it to his office.
Indian police clearance certificate is issued the same day (1 day) on your visit to Indian passport office if there is no need for police verification. If police verification is required, then it may take up-to 1 month. Indian PCC is issued after physical police visit to your address and a positive report.
(a) In its Citizens' Charter, Ministry is committed to issue a fresh passport in 'Normal' category within 30 working days [excluding Police Verification (PV)].
How long does it take before the Clearance Certificate is issued? The average time is approximately 14 working days from the day that the complete application is received at the Criminal Record Centre until the Clearance Certificate is issued.
For example, a Tatkaal application would be processed under post (police) verification. The print queue is also separate thus ensuring faster print of Tatkaal passports i.e. a Tatkaal passport would be dispatched within 1-3 days of applicant visiting PSK as against a Normal application which would take longer.
The main difference between the two is based on their processing time, as highlighted below: Normal Passport- The standard processing time is 30 to 45 days from the date of application. Tatkal Passport- The standard processing time is 1 working day without police verification.
Offences and penalties
(b) holds a forged passport or any travel document, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but may extend to five years and with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to fifty thousand rupees] or with both.