Police verification is pending for a passport application made six months ago. What is to be done?
The Regional Passport Office has initiated a drive for clearing all the pending cases. Applicants must wait for up to four weeks, and if it still remains unattended, then they should visit the passport office and seek help
What is the importance of the verification process in passport issuance?
Police verification is important for issuing a passport because the passport is an essential document and the verification ensures that such crucial documents don't fall into the wrong hands.
What are the various modes of police verification?
The various modes for police verification are:
Is police verification necessary for an infant's passport?
If either of the parents already has a valid passport with the other parent's name endorsed on it, the minor's passport application need not go through the police verification process. The passport is issued to the minor's name instantly.
Can a minor get a passport if either of the parents has a criminal record?
Yes, a minor can get a passport in such a situation, but it has to be issued under the Tatkaal scheme and should be approved by the competent authority.
Can the passport application for a minor under 14 years of age get the No-police verification mode by providing the passport of the parents?
Yes, this may be possible provided that the following documents are furnished:
If a child below 18 years of age wishes to travel overseas, what documents are required for to avoid police verification?
It is mandatory to go through the police verification process for issuance of a passport. However, in this scenario, if the applicant submits a photocopy of the child's passport, there is a chance of getting the Police Verification process waived. One must note that the child must be above the age of 18 years and must have a proof that he/she is staying overseas.
Is police verification also done for employees of Public Sector/Government/Statutory bodies?
Employees of Public Sector/Government/Statutory bodies may get their passports without the police verification process provided that they submit their ID certificate according to Annexure B in original as an additional document along with the main application form. Additionally, if a NOC (No Objection Certificate) is submitted, then the passport is issued on a post police verification basis. If PI (Prior Information) letter is submitted, then the passport issuance is done on a pre-police verification basis.
What are the documents that an active member of FICCI must provide to escape police verification for a passport?
Passports are generally never issued without the police verification. However, if the Standard Affidavit (as per Annexure I) or the Verification Certificate (as per Annexure J) is submitted, then the applicant can avail the passport on a post police verification basis. Moreover, applications under the Tatkaal scheme also get the post police verification facility.
If a student living in a city away from his/her hometown applies for a passport, will the Police Verification happen at the permanent address or current address?
It doesn't matter where the applicant lives at present - the police verification will ideally be done at both the addresses.
Can a retired Government official get a passport without going through the police verification process?
No, a passport cannot be issued without police verification. A post-police verification can be availed if applied under the Tatkaal scheme or if the Pension Payment Order document is attached with the application.
Do residents of Nagaland get a passport without the police verification?
No, police verification is compulsory and will be done before the passport is issued.
If diplomatic passport holders apply for an ordinary passport, then will there be a police verification?
In such a case, the passport can be issued without the police verification process. However, the applicant must submit their original ID certificate (as per Annexure B) and the diplomatic passport as an additional document along with the passport application form.
Is police verification carried out for children of I.A.S officers?
All the dependant family members of the employees of Public Sector/Government/Statutory bodies get a passport without police verification provided that the following documents are attached with the application:
Identity Certificate (as per Annexure B).
Standard Affidavit (as per Annexure I).
Passport of the concerned employee of Public Sector/Government/Statutory bodies.
Can a change in one's name cause a problem during the police verification process?
Yes, it can, unless the necessary official documents proving the change in the name is submitted during the time of the original application.
If a court case is pending against an applicant, can he/she get the passport after a successful police verification?
Yes, provided that the court gives written permission to the applicant for traveling overseas. In such cases, usually, a passport with short validity (for one year usually) is issued.
If an applicant was convicted by the court in the previous year, can he/she get a passport after a successful PV?
Yes, provided that the court or the competent authority gives written permission to the applicant for traveling overseas. In such cases, usually, a passport with short validity (for one year usually) is issued.
Can citizens of India who have been repatriated from Bangladesh avail an Indian passport without police verification?
No, the passport can be issued only after the police verification procedure is successfully carried out.
If the application status says ‘police verification incomplete,' what does it mean?
It could indicate any of the following:
The police report might state that the applicant has been residing at the present address for less than a year. For passport issuance, it is imperative that the applicant gets clearance from all previous addresses for the past year.
The police department might not have filled some of the columns and the application is sent back to the police department for completion. Following up with the police department could speed up the process.
The police report might state that the relevant documents regarding the present address have not been produced. In such a situation, the Regional Passport Office will contact the applicant.
What if the file status says that Police Verification report is ‘adverse’?
Any of these instances could indicate an adverse PVR:
According to the police report, the applicant was unavailable for the verification process.
The police department couldn't ascertain that the applicant resides at the address mentioned in the application form.
The police department discovered that there are unresolved or pending criminal cases against the applicant.
Does Police Verification happen before issuing the passport if applied under the Tatkaal scheme?
No, applications under the Tatkal scheme either get a post police verification basis or No police verification facility.
Can one avail a passport without the police verification process?
The Passport Office decides on the need for police verification. It depends on whether the concerned application is for a fresh passport or for reissue. Employees of Public Sector/Government/Statutory bodies can get their passports without police verification provided that they submit their ID certificate in original (as per Annexure B) along with the main application form. All regular applicants should furnish their Voter ID, Aadhaar, PAN card along with an affidavit (as per Annexure-I) for a post police verification process.
How does an applicant find out the category of police verification to be done?
The Passport Officer takes the decision.
Does an applicant need to be present in-person for the police verification?
Yes, it is advisable that the applicant is present for the police verification process.
What if the applicant had mentioned a paying guest or hostel address as the current address in the passport application form but has moved to a different address before the police verification?
In this case, the applicant must inform the Police Station in-charge about this change in address.
If an applicant has stayed at three different places in the past year, where will the Police Verification be done?
In such a scenario, the Police Verification will be done at all three addresses.