Passport Police Verification Queries

When applying for a passport, there are certain queries which arise in the minds of the applicants. Given this fact, here we provide answers to some of the important queries people are looking for.

  1. What is police verification?
  2. Every applicant who is applying for a passport in India undergoes the process of police verification. It is done to ensure that the person is living in the address mentioned in the application form and to check if genuine details are submitted at the passport office.

  3. How is the police verification done?
  4. The procedure for police verification is simple and straightforward. As soon as the applicant completes all the formalities at the concerned passport office, the authorities send the details to the police station under whose jurisdiction the area falls. Simultaneously, an officer is allotted for handling and verifying the application. A police officer calls the applicant on the provided number and confirms the time of visit. During the visit, the applicant might be asked to provide identity and address proof to verify that the details are correct.

  5. What if the applicant is not present at the mentioned address at the time of police verification?
  6. In such cases, the applicant can talk to the police officer and explain the situation for the absence. If reasons are valid, the police officer might even ask the applicant to meet at the police station with two references and their ID proofs.

  7. How much time does it take for police verification?
  8. The police verification usually takes somewhere between 2 to 3 weeks.

  9. Why is police verification mandatory for a passport?
  10. A country’s passport is one of the most important and valuable documents. To make sure that it doesn’t get into wrong hands, police verification is required.

  11. Will a police verification be required for babies or minors?
  12. If anyone of the parents of the baby or minor has a passport with proper validity and has the spouse’s name endorsed, a police verification for the minor is not required.

  13. Is police verification done for government/public/statutory body employees?
  14. No, statutory body/public/government employees do not require a police verification if they submit their original Identity Certificates (as per the Annexure “A”) with the application form. They can even get their passports based on post-police verification, provided that they submit a NOC (No Objection Certificate) according to the Annexure “G.” and based on pre-police verification, given that they submit Prior Intimation letter according to Annexure “H.”

  15. Will there be a police verification for employees who have been transferred from a public sector/government/statutory body? If yes, what documents are needed?
  16. Yes, in such a case, a police verification is required and the following documents are required:

      • Fresh passport issuance: In the case of name change of public sector/government/statutory body employee, a pre-police verification is done and post-police verification is done after submitting the Tatkaal documents.
      • Passport re-issue: In the case of name change of public sector/government/statutory body employee, police verification is not required if the applicant’s old passport has already been exempted or cleared for a police verification.
  17. What documents if the applicant is an active FICCI member to avoid police verification?
  18. A passport cannot be granted without proper police verification. However, if you apply for the passport under Tatkal scheme along with the required documents, it can be issued on Post police verification basis.

  19. The status of the police report shows as “adverse.” What does it mean
  20. In such cases, the most common problem is that your police verification report states that the applicant does not live in the mentioned address or perhaps was not available at the time of police verification.

    If both of the above aren’t the reasons for the status to be “adverse,” then it just means that the applicant has an unresolved criminal record(s). Unfortunately, in these cases, the files can’t obtain clearance, until the court completely clears all the criminal records of the applicant.

  21. How many modes of police verification are there?
  22. There are two modes of police verification. They are Post-Passport Issuance basis and Pre-passport Issuance basis.

  23. Can dependent family members of government officer get the passport without police verification?
  24. Yes, a passport can be issued to dependent family members of a government employee without police verification. However, additional documents like identity certificate need to be submitted along with the application form.

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