The Indian government recently announced that police verification will no longer be required for re-issuance of Indian passport in India. Police verification was originally a part of the Indian passport renewal process; the applicant had to go under a police verification before the passport office would approve his/her application for passport renewal.
Presently, only minors, government employees and senior citizens (age 65 and over) were exempted from police verification subject to certain conditions.
Candidates applying for passport renewal are eligible for police verification exemption if they fall under following criteria:
- Their first passport had been issued on the basis of clear police report and
- They are minors, government servants or senior citizens (65 years old or more)
Impact of The Decision
Earlier applicants had to face delays in re-issuance of passport due to mandatory police verification. But as per existing provision, police verification has been exempted and is expected to cut down the time taken to reissue a passport. The long delay in processing applications for renewal of Indian passports will also be drastically reduced.
Indian Home Ministry is also working on online police verification for passport. This would significantly help in cutting down the time for issuing the travel document.
You can read more about the new change to the Indian passport renewal process here.
To learn more about how to apply for Indian passport renewal or re-issuance, visit Indian Passport Renewal.