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Police Verification
Police Verification Overview
Q1: I applied for my passport 6 months ago and the police verification is still pending? Should I keep waiting or can I apply in the new system?
A: The Regional Passport office (RPO) has embarked on a special pendency clearance drive. Please wait for four weeks. If you still do not receive your passport, please visit the Passport Office (PO).
Q2: Why is Police Verification required for issuance of passport?
A: Passport is a very valuable document. Thus, in order to ensure that it does not go in wrong hands, police verification is required for issuance of passport.
Q3: What are various Police Verification modes?
A: There are 2 modes of police verification:
  1. Police Verification is required on a Post-Passport Issuance basis.
  2. Police Verification is required on Pre-Passport Issuance basis.
Depending on whether an application is for issue of fresh passport or reissue of passport, Passport Office (PO) shall decide whether Police Verification is required for issuance of Passport to you. In most cases, of issue of fresh passport, pre-police verification would be required, exception being Government servants on submission of 'Identity Certificate' as per Annexure 'B', or minors whose parent(s) hold valid passport etc. In most cases of reissue, depending on records available in the Passport Seva system, police verification may not be required or only post police verification may be required, exceptions being reissue of passport in lieu of lost passport or complete change of name.
Q4: How much time does it take to process a passport application where Police Verification Mode is Pre/Post/No?
A: Please refer the Passport Instruction Booklet Click Here
Minor
Q5: I want to apply for a passport for my one year old baby. Would Police Verification be done in his/her case also?
OR
I am a minor and wish to apply for a passport. What documents do I need to submit to avoid delay due to Police Verification?
A: If either parent of the minor holds a valid passport with spouse name endorsed, passport will be issued to the minor without any police verification. Original passport of parent(s) should be presented for the verification of particulars. If parent(s) hold a valid passport, but spouse name is not endorsed, then they must get the spouse name added in their passport. For this, they have to apply for reissue of passport and get the specified change done in personal particulars. If either parent does not hold a valid passport, passport will be issued to the minor only after police verification or you can apply under Tatkaal scheme to get the passport on post police verification basis.
Q6: If parents have passport with adverse Police Verification Report or they have a criminal background, can passport be issued to minor on urgent basis?
A: In such cases, minors can be issued passport under the Tatkaal scheme subject to approval of competent authority.
Q7: If a minor (age 14) is applying for a passport and his parents (who held a valid passport) have expired but they had passport. Can he/she submit his/her deceased parent's passport copy and death certificate to avail NO Police verification?
A: In the given case the applicant doesn't have to submit the deceased parent's passport copy and death certificate of his/her parents. Following documents have to be submitted:
  1. Proof of DoB
  2. Proof of Present Address (Of Guardian)
  3. A Declaration affirming the particulars furnished in the application about the minor child as per: Annexure "G" (signed by guardian)
  4. Attested photocopy of passport, if any, of the guardian
Senior Citizen
Q8: I am 65 years of age and want to travel abroad to visit my children. What documents do I need to submit to escape Police Verification?
A: Passport cannot be issued without police verification in your case. But if you either produce copy of child's (Age greater than 18) passport, who is staying abroad (with page having parent's name) as an additional document along with your application or apply under the Tatkaal scheme, you can be issued a passport on post police verification basis.
Employees of Government/PSU/Statutory Body
Q9: Is Police Verification done for Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees?
A: Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees can be issued passport without police verification, if they submit Identity Certificate in original as per Annexure "B" as an additional document along with the application form. They can be issued a passport on post police verification basis, if they submit No Objection Certificate (NOC) (as per Annexure "M") as an additional document along with the application form.
Q10: Is No Police Verification (PV) possible in case of change in name of Govt./PSU/Statutory Body employees? If yes, what documents are required?
A: The following documents are required:
  • Issue of fresh passport: In case of change in name of Govt./PSU/statutory body employees, Pre Police Verification (PV) will be done. Post Police Verification (PV) will be done on submission of Tatkaal documents.
  • Reissue of passport: In case of change in name of Govt./PSU/statutory body employees, if the old passport has clear or exempted Police Verification (PV) Report and required documents are submitted No Police Verification (PV) will be done. For list of documents to be submitted please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
Owner, Partners and Directors of Companies which are members of CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM
Q11: I am an active member of FICCI. What documents do I need to submit to escape Police Verification?
A: Passport cannot be issued without police verification in your case. But if you either submit the following additional documents along with your application:
  1. Standard Affidavit as per Annexure "I"
  2. Verification Certificate as per Annexure "J"
or apply under the Tatkaal scheme, you can be issued a passport on post police verification basis
Students
Q12: I belong to Ludhiana, Punjab and am currently studying in Delhi for past two years. I want to apply for a passport. Will the police verification be done at my permanent address also?
OR
I belong to Jammu and Kashmir and am currently studying in Delhi for past two years. I want to apply for my passport. Will the police verification be done at my Permanent address in J & K as well?
A: Police verification will be done at both permanent and present address.
Retired Government Officials
Q13: I am a Retired Government official. Can I be issued a passport without Police Verification?
A: You cannot obtain a passport without police verification. But, if you apply under the Tatkaal scheme or submit "Pension Payment Order", passport can be issued on Post police verification basis (i.e. police verification would be done after the issuance of passport).
Residents of J & K
Q14: I belong to Jammu & Kashmir and am currently studying in Delhi for past two years. I want to apply for my passport. Will the police verification be done at my Permanent address in J & K as well?
A: Police verification will be done at both permanent and present address.
Residents of Nagaland
Q15: I am a resident of Nagaland. Can I be issued a passport without Police Verification?
A: Police Verification will be done before issuance of passport.
Applicants having Diplomatic/Official passport and applying for ordinary passport while in service
Q16: Will Police Verification be done for the applicant having Diplomatic/Official passport and applying for ordinary passport while in service?
A: In the given case, Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees can be issued passport without police verification (PV), if they submit Identity Certificate in original as per Annexure "B" as an additional document along with the application form. They can be issued a passport on post Police Verification (PV) basis, if they submit No Objection Certificate (NOC) (as per Annexure "M") as an additional document along with the application form. Else, passport will be issued on pre Police Verification (PV) basis, or post Police Verification (PV) basis - if they apply under Tatkaal scheme.
Dependent Family Members of Government/PSU/Statutory body employees
Q17: My father is an I.A.S officer. Will the police verification be done in my case? If yes, can I avoid delay in passport issuance due to police verification by submitting some documents?
A: Dependent family members of Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees can be issued passport without police verification, if they submit the following additional documents along with their application form:
  1. "Identity Certificate" in original as per Annexure "B" (of dependent).
  2. Standard Affidavit as per Annexure "I".
They can also be issued passport on post police verification basis, if they apply under the Tatkaal scheme.
Applicants who have changed their names in past
Q18: I have changed my name from Ashim Arora to Sachin Arora. Can it create a problem during Police Verification?
A: You need to attach the required documents along with your application form. For list of documents to be submitted please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
Applicants who are convicted or court case is pending against them
Q19: A court case is pending against me. Can a passport be issued to me after successful Police Verification?
A: If a criminal case is pending against you in any court, you can be issued a passport subject to the condition that you enclose a written permission granted by the court allowing you to travel abroad. Normally a short validity passport valid for one year is issued, subject to conditions if any, mentioned in the Court order as per GSR 570 (E) dated 25 August, 1993.
Q20: I have been convicted by court last year. Can a passport be issued to me after successful Police Verification?
A: Yes, subject to approval of competent authority.
Applicants who have been repatriated/deported
Q21: I am an Indian Citizen by origin and have been repatriated from Bangladesh. I want to apply for a passport. Can I be issued a passport without police verification?
A: No, passport cannot be issued without Police Verification in your case.
Other Police Verification (PV) Related Queries
Q22: The file status on the website indicates that my police verification is "incomplete". What does this mean?
A: The most likely problem is:
Your police report says you have been at your current address for less than a year. It is necessary to obtain clearance from all your previous addresses for the past one year, for issue of a passport.
OR
The police report may have some inadequacies, or the police authorities may not have properly completed some columns. These are normally sent back to the police for completion. You may like to follow up with the police for speedier resolution.
OR
The police report indicates that some of the documents needed by the police to satisfy themselves regarding the period of your stay at that address, may not have been produced. In such cases, RPO writes to you for clarifications and thereafter processes your file further.
Applications pending at this office due to incomplete police reports, or non-receipt of police reports, can also be cleared if the applicants submit any 3 of the 16 listed documents. Post-issue police verification will be done in such cases.
Q23: The file status shows that my police report is "adverse". How should I proceed further?
A: The most likely problem is:
Your police report says you do not reside at the address given, or that you were not available for police verification. If you feel that the absence was temporary and that you normally reside at that address, you can write to RPO(giving your file number) and request a re-verification. RPO needs to get a clear police report from the re-verification, for issue of a passport
OR
The police report might have said that you have unresolved criminal cases against you. In such cases, your file cannot be cleared, unless the cases are cleared by the courts. If the cases have indeed been dismissed, you could submit a copy of the court order and approach the RPO for a re-verification by the police. RPO will refer your file to the police, along with a copy of the court order.
On receipt of a clear report from the police, your file will be processed further for issue of a passport. In cases where the information regarding the criminal case had not been disclosed, a penalty will be imposed and the file cleared after the payment of penalty.
Q24: Is police verification done before issuance of passport under the Tatkaal scheme?
A: No, police verification is not done before issuance of passport under the Tatkaal scheme. In case of the Tatkaal scheme, police verification is done on No or post police verification basis as per the case.
Q25: Can I get a passport on Post police verification under the Normal scheme?
OR
Can I get a passport without police verification?
A: Depending on whether an application is for issue of fresh passport or reissue of passport, Passport Office shall decide whether Police Verification is required for issuance of passport to you. In most cases of issue of fresh passport, pre-police verification would be required, exception being Government servants on submission of 'Identity Certificate' as per Annexure 'B', or minors whose parent(s) hold valid passport etc. In most cases of Reissue, depending on records available in the Passport Office system, police verification would not be required or only post police verification would be required, exceptions being Reissue of passport in lieu of lost passport or complete change of name.
The issuance of passport on Post police verification under the Normal scheme depends on case to case basis. The applicant has to submit the additional required documents along with the application form to get the passport on No or Post police verification basis. To check the list of additional documents to be submitted along with the application, please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
Q26: How will I know the type of police verification on which I will be issued passport?
A: The type of police verification on which the applicant would be issued passport depends on the decision taken by Passport Office. But the applicant can submit the additional required documents along with the application form to get the passport on No or post-police verification basis.
To check the list of additional documents to be submitted along with the application,please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
Q27: Do I need to be personally present for Police Verification?
A: Yes, it would be advisable that you should be physically present at the time of Police Verification.
Q28: How can I prove that I have stayed at my present address for more than a year during Police Verification?
A: You can submit the Address Proof to prove that you have stayed at your present address for more than a year.
To know the list of documents which can be produced as Address Proof, please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
Q29: While applying for a fresh passport, the applicant mentions his paying guest address as present address in the application form. If the applicant shifts to another address before police verification, what should he/she do?
A: He/She should intimate the In charge of Police Station.
Q30: I have stayed at three different addresses during last one year. Will the police verification be done at all the places?
A: Yes, the police verification will be done at all the three addresses where the applicant has resided in the last one year.