Since a passport is such a vital document, there are many common questions about the Indian passport police verification process. We are here to explain some of the most common questions.
1. How is police verification conducted ?
1. The applicant fulfills all of the requirements at the correct passport office
2. The authorities then pass on the details to the police station responsible for the area.
3. An officer is assigned to process and verify the application.
4. The applicant then receives a call from a police officer. The officer confirms the visit time for the applicant.
5. Once the applicant arrives for the visit they may be asked for identity and address proof for verification purposes.
2. How much time does police verification take ?
It takes around 2 to 3 weeks normally.
3. What does an “adverse” police report status mean ?
An adverse police report status can arise when:
- The applicant does not live in the address given
- The applicant was unavailable during police verification.
- Unresolved criminal records. The court must clear the criminal records in order for the case to clear.
4. A minor applies for a passport but their parents (who held valid passports) have passed away. Can they submit their late parents’ passport copy and death certificate in order to skip police verification ?
In this case, the parents’ passport copy and death certificate are not required.
These are the documents that must be submitted:
- Proof of DOB
- Proof of present address (of legal Guardian)
- A declaration confirming the details about the minor in the application according to: Annexure “C” (signed by legal guardian)
- Attested photocopy of the legal guardian’s passport, if available.
5. I am 65 years old and would like to travel abroad to visit my children. What documents can I submit to avoid police verification?
Your passport cannot be issued without police verification. You can apply through the Tatkaal scheme along with the required documents. This will enable your passport to be issued on a post police verification basis.
6. I am a retired government official. Do I need police verification to get my passport ?
You will not be able to get your passport without police verification. You can apply through the Tatkaal scheme along with the required documents. This will enable your passport to be issued on a post police verification.
7. My father is a government officer. Do I need to go through police verification in my case ? If yes, is there a way to avoid delays in my passport being issued ? Can I submit some additional documents ?
Dependent family members of Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees are allowed to be issued passports without police verification. The application forms and the following required documents must be submitted:
- “Identity Certificate” in original according to Annexure “A” (of dependent)
- You can also be issued a passport on a post police verification basis, if you apply through the Tatkaal scheme along with the required documents.
8. I have changed my name. Will this be problematic during police verification ?
You just need to attach the required documents along with your application form. For a list of documents to be submitted please click here to get to the passport seva documents required page .
9. I have a court case pending against me. Can I still obtain a proper police verification and be issued a passport ?
If it is a criminal case that is pending against you, the court will have to give you written permission to travel abroad. Usually, a short validity passport valid for one year is issued. This will be subject to the conditions (if any), mentioned in the Court order as per GSR 570 (E) dated 25 August, 1993.
10. I am an Indian Citizen by origin and have been repatriated from Bangladesh. Can I be issued a passport without police verification?
No, a passport cannot be issued without police verification in this case.
Also Read: How to Make an Indian Passport Enquiry
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The police verification takes around 2 to 3 weeks normally.
Usually the passport application processing time is 2-3 hours at the Passport Seva Kendra. This is for the collection of photos, biometrics and processing.
Through the Tatkal scheme the passport will be sent between 1-3 days after the applicant visits the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Police Verification (PV) is not required for renewal/reissue of a passport as long as:
1. the passport application is submitted before the expiry date
2. or within three years of expiry of the passport as long as the system shows clear PV and nothing unusual stands out