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Police Verification of Indian Passport Applicants Goes Digital

One of the biggest drawbacks of obtaining a new Indian passport or even just getting an old one renewed is the extended amount of time it takes to process the application. One of the bottle necks within the process is a mandatory police verification of the residential address and the past criminal records of the applicant. Thanks to a new online version initiated by the Modi government, this should be done a lot quicker than the one month it took earlier.

Starting November, 2017 applicants can request for an online background check required by the Passport office for new as well as renewable passports. This is made possible due to a new Government initiative wherein the head of the district police now has access to national databases that include biometric data, photographs, and addresses of the applicants collected from Aadhaar cards, National Population Registry and the latest, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS).

What are the primary advantages of the online police verification?

In addition, renewing of passports will not require a police verification process provided the original one was issued with a clean record. Else, real time updating of the system is made possible by the available mobile devices. Going forward, central databases will be made available to other legitimate activities like employee background checks, tenant and domestic help verifications as well as open it up to foreign embassies to check backgrounds before indulging in any cross-country business.

Path2USA.com talks about other new initiatives undertaken by the government to streamline the passport process further.

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