Your passport is one of the most essential documents issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, that approves the identity and nationality of the passport holder for traveling abroad. A passport contains the bearer’s name, date of birth, place of birth, date of issue, expiry date, photo, passport number, and signature. Every applicant applying for a passport in India needs to undergo the passport police verification process. This is done to check if the individual has submitted genuine details to the passport office.
Hence, a passport police verification status is established for the passport applicant via proper police verification channels to make sure the passport never falls into the wrong hands.
Passport Police Verification Process
After your passport application and document verification process have been completed successfully, you’ll have to go through the police verification process for the passport. Typically, the applicant will be informed of the police verification process at least 4 or 5 days after they’ve submitted the form.
If you’re not notified, you can always visit your nearest police station and inquire about your current verification process. The police verification process is just a mere formality to confirm your documents and authenticity. The status of your passport can be checked after the process is completed.
Modes of Passport Police Verification
There are different modes of passport police verification, and they are:
- Pre-Passport Issuance Police Verification
- Post-Passport Issuance Police Verification
While pre-passport issuance police verification is the most prevalent type of police verification, it is also possible to have the post-police verification done in certain circumstances. The passport police verification fees to be paid for the police clearance certificate (PCC) is Rs. 500.
What is Pre-Passport Police Verification?
After the passport application has been submitted, pre-police verification is carried out. All the required supporting documents by the application are verified before the passport is issued. After submitting the passport application, the passport office transmits the applicants’ identity, application, address, and personal details to the correct police station.
Then the process of police verification commences. An officer is given charge of locating the applicant’s address as mentioned in their respective passport application forms to ensure the so-named applicant dwells in the same address as they’ve said. In addition, the office even verifies the applicant’s age and other relevant personal details.
Suppose all the details about the applicant on verification are found to be accurate and sound. In that case, the officer will confirm the same with the police station. The police station then carries the verification report to the passport office, which further gives out the passport to the applicant. This entire process is called pre-police verification.
What is Post-Passport Police Verification?
Post-police verification is carried out after the passport is issued to the application.
The employees working in the following sectors: government, statutory body, and public sector can be given a passport by the department without any need for police verification, provided they submit the original Identity Certification as per Annexure “A,” together with the passport application form.
Upon submitting a No Objection Certificate (NOC) as per Annexure “G,” these individuals can be issued a passport on the basis of post-police verification.
Expected Time of Passport Dispatch for Each Police Verification Mode
Now, let’s look at the approximate time of dispatch in the case of both Normal and Tatkaal passport.
Pre-Passport Police Verification
The standard expected time of passport dispatch for pre-police verification is within 3 working days of receipt of a PVR (police verification report) from the concerned police department. In addition, this period doesn’t include the PVR’s date of receipt. The expected time of passport dispatch is not applicable in the case of Tatkaal.
Post-Passport Police Verification
The standard expected time of passport dispatch for post-passport police verification is the 3rd working day, which doesn’t include the passport application’s submission date – without waiting for the PVR. In the case of Tatkaal, the expected time is also on the 3rd working day, excluding the submission date of application – without waiting for the PVR.
No Police Verification
If there is no police verification carried out for the issue of a passport, the expected time of passport dispatch is on the 3rd working date, minus the passport application’s submission date. In the case of Tatkaal, it is within one working day. It does not include the submission date of the passport application.
For the police verification process to be complete, you must provide the police officers with some relevant documents to verify your identity and residence.
Applicants are advised to visit their jurisdictional passport office’s official home page under the passport office page to know if any additional documents are required. Following documents are required for passport police verification documents that need to be submitted:
Proof of Date of Birth (Any One)
- A copy of a birth certificate
- A copy of the certificate of accepted institutions/boards from the last attended school by the applicant (born before 26/01/89).
- A copy of the primary school leaving certificate/secondary school leaving certificate.
Address proof (Any 2)
- For proof of address, the applicant must submit at least one of the following documents:
- Water bills
- Electricity bills
- Telephone bill
- A copy of the spouse’s passport
- A copy of parent’s passport in case of minors
- Statement of Running PSU bank accounts (at least 6 months or last 1 year)
- Arms licenses
- Marriage certificate or joint affidavit (wife/husband) that has been duly attested by Notary
- ST/SC/OBC certificates
- Income tax assessment order
- Freedom fighter ID cards
- Property documents like a rent agreement, registered deeds, Leave and License Agreement/ Receipt/Immovable Property Registration Papers.
- Rationing Card
- Maintenance Receipt/Housing Society Letter
Proof of Identity
- Aadhaar card
- Voter ID card
- PAN card
- Driver’s license
- LIC bonds
How to Track Your Passport Police Verification Status?
After police verification, you can track the status of your passport application online. Here are the following types of police verification status tracking issued by the police department: Clear, incomplete, or adverse. Let’s look at them one by one.
If you see a “clear” status, it means that the police department in charge of the verification of the passport has detected no cause for concern and that the application has a respectable and sound record, with no pending criminal cases against them. Moreover, this police verification status indicates that the applicant’s details are perfect, authentic, and correct.
If you see an “adverse” status, it shows that the police have found irregularities in the details the applicant has duly provided during the verification. As a result, the passport can be canceled or restrained.
Such anomalies can happen on account of the applicant providing the wrong information in their application. It can also be due to pending criminal cases filed earlier against the applicant.
If you see an “incomplete” status, it indicates that the police department in charge has found the documentation provided by the applicant during the verification process to be incomplete.
Once the police verification process has been completed, a verification report is created and intimated to the passport office depending whether the passport will be approved or canceled. If the passport isn’t approved by the police department due to an “Incomplete” or “Adverse” status in the verification report, the applicant can go to the concerned police station and ask for clarity on the reasons why such a remark has been made.
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