The Passport Seva Website has provided applicants with a facility to find out the police station their residence comes under. This is helpful in times of police verifications. Police verification is an important part of the passport procedure to ensure the applicants are who they say they are and reside at the address provided.
Why should you know your police station?
It is important to approach the right police station with your complaints or for you verification procedure. Earlier, police verification required a police officer to visit your residence to verify your passport details. But now, with the growing population and the increasing number of passport applicants, it is not feasible to follow the old method. Applicants need to visit their police station and verify their details by providing the required documentation. Approaching the wrong police station will mean that your passport process will be delayed.
What happens if you visit the wrong police station?
There are two ways to work around a situation where the applicant has visited the wrong police station.
- Their verification is left incomplete, and the applicant will have to find out the correct police station. They will have to approach the right police station and re-verify all the details.
- Their application and verification will be forwarded to the correct police station.
Both solutions will result in delays in the passport approval. So to avoid unnecessary hassle for yourself and the police, you can easily find out your police station online.
How to know your police station?
- Visit the Passport Seva Website.
- On the left-hand column, under “Information Corner”, click on “Know Your Police Station”.
- Select your State.
- Select your District.
- A list of police stations in that district will populate.
- You can search for your area to find out if there is a police station in your vicinity or a vicinity closest to you.
Why is police verification required for passport applications?
Your passport is an important document. To ensure that the passport is issued to the right person and to avoid fraudulent applications, police verification is necessary.
What is pre-verification and post-verification?
In some cases, the police verification will have to be carried out before the passport is issued. This is called pre-verification. In some cases, the passport will be issued first and the police verification will be done later. This is called post-verification.
Can I get a passport if I have stayed at two different addresses in the past one year?
Yes, you can get a passport. You will have to submit proof of both residences. The police verification will be done for both addresses.
Can I avoid police verification under the Tatkaal scheme?
The decision for police verification is taken by the passport office. Under the Tatkaal scheme, the police verification may be waived if sufficient documentation requirements are met. Otherwise, the verification will be done after the passport is issued.
After the verification is complete, how long will it take to get my passport?
After the police have submitted a “Recommendatory” Police Verification Report (PVR), the passport office should dispatch your passport within 3 working days. The day the report is received is not included in the 3 working days.