The official website of Passport Seva has the facility where applicants can find out which police station their residence comes under. It can be beneficial during police verification, which is an essential part of the passport procedure. This process ensures that the applicants are indeed who they claim to be and also live at the address provided.
Why Should One Know Their Police Station?
One must understand the importance of approaching the right police station for the passport verification procedure. Earlier, this procedure required a police officer to visit the applicant's residence to verify the passport details. However, the growing population has led to a tremendous increase in the number of passport applicants. Thus, it is no longer feasible to follow the old method. Nowadays, applicants need to visit their police station to verify their details; they have to provide the required documentation. If one approaches the wrong police station, the passport issuing process will be delayed.
Visiting the Wrong Police Station
There are two possible outcomes of a situation where the passport applicant has visited the wrong police station.
Firstly, the verification is left incomplete. In that case, the applicant has to find out the correct police station and approach the same to re-verify all the details.
Secondly, the application and pending verification can also be forwarded to the correct police station.
In both of these situations, a delay in passport approval is inevitable. Therefore, to avoid such unnecessary hassles for oneself and the police, applicants can easily find out their police station online.
Locating the Police Station
Go to the Passport Seva official website.
Check the left-hand column. Find the “Information Corner” and click on “Know Your Police Station.”
Then select the state of residence.
Now select the district.
You will get a list of police stations.
Search for a particular area and find out which police station is in the vicinity.
Purpose of Police Verification for Passport
The passport is an important official document. The government has to ensure that it has been issued to the right person. Police verification helps avoid fraudulent applications.
Pre-verification and Post-verification
When the police verification is done before the passport is issued, it is called pre-verification. When the passport is issued first and then the police verification takes place, it is called post-verification.
Multiple Addresses within a Year
If an applicant has stayed at numerous addresses in the past one year, they must submit the residential proofs for all of their addresses while applying for a passport. The police verification will be conducted for all the addresses.
Police Verification under the Tatkal Scheme
The decision for police verification is entirely the discretion of the passport office. The police verification may sometimes be waived under the Tatkal Scheme if the requirement for documentation is met. If not, the verification is generally conducted after the passport has been issued.
Time Required for Dispatch after Police Verification
After the police station submits the “Recommendatory” Police Verification Report (PVR), the passport office typically dispatches the passport after three working days.