Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Procedure - all you need to know

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#1 Feb 12th, 2015, 13:47
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For PCC you just need to download the form available online on the following link http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlin...oadEFormStatic

They didn't make us fill up any other form. The documents are checked outside and a token is generated. Then you go to counter A and they take payment and photograph and scan your documents. Then go to Counter B and C whenever your token number is called. The PCC is granted on counter C.

If address in passport and current address is same you get PCC on same day itself and if address is different police verification will be done and then you have to visit the PSK again to get your PCC.

I would suggest that people carry their Visa Application Confirmation sheet and check list just in case the PSK demands to see why we need a PCC and for which country. They did not ask for the same in our case but many PSK's do ask for it, especially in Gujarat.

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My husband got his passport reissued in Tatkal quota in September. The procedure is the same. But for passport you will have to upload xml form, pay online and take an appointment. Documents required for address proof are also the same as PCC but if you are applying for Tatkal you need the verification from govt. officer (Annexure F). They do not accept Tatkal application without Annexure F even if you have 3 documents from the list of documents mentioned in their information booklet. Shalimar Bagh PSK has posted notices on outside doors and walls saying 3 documents will not be accepted and Annexure F is compulsory !

Aadhar card, voter ID , bank statement is valid only if it is one year old otherwise they will ask for other proofs such as electricity bills and landline bills or mobile bills.

In my husband's case - They accepted Airtel fixed line and boradband bills - One current month and one from last year stamped by Airtel office.

However, police verification was a different story - The police person wanted money so he didn't accept the Airtel bill. So we gave him rent agreement (not registered). All other documents such as voter ID, aadhar card and bank statement were less than 1 year old. In the end he demanded 1,000 Rs. His excuse - The flat we live in is rented, electricity and water bills are not in our name and the owner has build the house without permission. MCD doesn't allow 4th floor construction ! So we didn't call our landlord as reference or he would have harassed them for extra money. We called other neighbors and said landlord is not at home.

We also told the police personel that passport office accepted Airtel bill and his argument was that police department is different and passport office is different. We don't accept .. we need 'sarkari kagaz'.

And last but not the least - Don't depend on E- Aadhar. It is not considered as a valid document for any procedure at PSK. Police will also not accept it for verification. They also don't take Gas bills as valid proofs. So stick with bank statements/passbook, landline bills, electricity bills, voter ID , Original Aadhar Letter and card.

My suggestion - if people are thinking to get a passport or PCC... start preparing ahead of time.... 1 year in advance to be specific. We opened a bank account last January (2014) so that we could get PCC now (jan-feb 2015). We are running a little late because there was a sudden change in policy regarding statements from private banks (we were counting on ICICI bank statements).

This forum has been very helpful during the last one year. Me and my husband both are members and our questions were answered promptly by all the helpful people out there. I would encourage more people to post their experience in detail so that others can benefit from the information. I have posted my experience since I know there are so many people out there ... just like me... looking for specific information and are also running short on time. I hope this post will be helpful !

Thanks again !

I will post again when my PCC is done with details of our second experience with policewala!

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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Thank you, srvarma, for the information.

It was a great piece for information which will help others facing similar situation.

Also, please let us know, did they ask you to complete any form (for police verification).
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Hi
Where would my Police verification will be done? My current address (Bangalore) or Permanent address(its outside Karnataka).


I am staying here with my uncle in Bangalore.In axis bank statement i have this address mentioned .Same with SBI.

Will it affect in anyway that i am staying with uncle?

Those 2 proofs should be enough for present address proof right?
My permanent address is in different state.I am staying in Bangalore for past 1.6 years

Hi ,
i am staying in Bnagalore.
The 2 references that i need to provide should be from same locality or can be from anywhere in bangalore?
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Police verification may be done at both the places.

Staying with uncle will not affect chances of getting passport.
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Dear, Police Verification for Passport can be done either address provided you have sufficient address proof and photo identiy proof
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Require Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)? Please read on...

One should not get confused between Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Police Verification for Passport.

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is issued to Indian Passport holders in case they have applied for Residential Status, Employment or Long term visa or for immigration. PCC cannot be issued for persons going abroad on Tourist Visa.

Police Clearance Certificate is a document issued by the Consulate/High Commission, certifying that the applicant has never been involved with the Indian police, and required when a person applies for emigration status to countries.

Passport must be valid for minimum six months from the date of application.

PCC for foreign passport holders: Application from foreign nationals will be accepted only on pre-approval basis and issuance of PCC is subject to clearance/verification from concerned authorities in India.

Applicants are required to provide the details of registration done with FRRO during their stay in India. In case applicants are unable to provide any documentation regarding registration with FRRO, applicants can provide the details of “Date range / Period of stay in India, Address/es of residence, Reason of stay and submit the letter along with their application”.

(As per Hyderabad RPO there are 17 countries which do not have strict laws regulating the entry and employment of foreign nationals.

Thus, they have been categorized as Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.

I. Documents to be submitted by PCC applicants going to ECR countries for employment purpose:

A) Documents Required for Skilled/Semi-Skilled Workers (Individuals):
Skilled/Semi-skilled individuals who have entered in to employment contract directly (and not through Recruiting Agents (RA) registered with Protectorate of Emigrants) with the foreign employer are required to submit copies of the following documents (originals for scrutiny and return):
  1. Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  2. Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  3. Self-attested copy of Employment Contract with foreign employer.
  4. Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English.
B) Documents Required for Unskilled/Women Workers (Individuals):
Unskilled workers and women (not below 30 years of age) seeking employment directly (and not through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants) abroad are required to submit copies of the following documents (originals for scrutiny and return):
  1. Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  2. Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  3. Employment contract from the foreign employer duly attested by the Indian Mission or Permission letter from the concerned Indian Mission/Post.
  4. Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English.
C) Documents required for skilled/semi-skilled workers (through Recruiting Agents):
Skilled/semiskilled workers who have entered in to employment contract with the foreign employer through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants are required to submit copies of the following documents:
  1. Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  2. Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  3. Copies of Original Employment contract, demand letter and power of attorney from the foreign employer duly attested by the Recruiting Agent (RA).
  4. Copy of valid registration certificate issued by the Protectorate of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India.
D) Documents required for Unskilled/Women Workers (through Recruiting Agents):
Unskilled/Women workers who have entered in to employment contract with the foreign employer through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants are required to submit copies of the following documents:

In addition to the documents specified for skilled/semiskilled workers, all employment documents mentioned in “C.3” above have to be duly attested by the concerned Indian Mission.

II. Documents to be submitted by PCC Applicants emigrating to Non-ECR Countries:
  • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  • Documentary proof of applying for Residential Status, Employment (Copy of Employment contract) or Long term visa or for immigration.
III. PCC for Dependent Family Members of a person Residing/Emigrating in/to both ECR & NON-ECR COUNTRIES:
  • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  • Sponsorship declaration by the person who is sponsoring the emigration of the PCC applicant.
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Issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

How to apply for a Police clearance Certificate (PCC)?

An applicant can submit the filled in Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Application Form at PSK within the jurisdiction of his/her Passport Office.

You need to attach the self-attested photocopies of following documents along with the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Application Form:
  • Passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page (previously ECNR) and the page of observation, if any, made by Passport Issuing Authority and validity extension page, if any, in respect of short validity passport.
  • Proof of Present Address (if address is different from the one mentioned on passport).
In how much time Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) may be issued?

In case PV Not Required:
In case Police Verification Report in respect of the existing passport is clear and there is no subsequent adverse entry in the system, Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) may be issued on the same day at PSK.

In case PV is required due to following reasons:

In case Police Verification was not required when the passport was issued as the applicant was then a minor and has now become an adult
or
Police Verification was not required when the passport was issued as the applicant was a dependent of a Government employee
or
Police Verification process could not be completed at the time of issuance of passport due to various reasons
or
Applicant's present address is different from that mentioned in the passport
or
Any other such cases where passport was issued without police verification

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) will be issued only after completion of police verification process. After PVR is received, Passport Office (PO) will inform the applicant through e-mail/ letter.

Applicant will be required to come to the Passport Office (PO) with his/her passport to collect Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).

Country for which Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is being issued will be stamped on the passport.

What is the procedure to apply for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) if passport was issued from another Passport office/Indian Mission?

If you are in India, you can submit the filled in Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Application Form at PSK/, within the jurisdiction of your Passport Office.

If you are abroad, you need to contact the respective Indian mission/post of that country. You need to attach the self-attested photocopies of the following documents along with the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Application Form:
  • Passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page (previously ECNR), the page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority, and validity extension page, if any, in respect of short validity passport
  • Proof of Present Address (if address is different from the one mentioned on passport).
What is the validity of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?

There is no validity specified for PCC. PCC is not exactly a Passport Service. PCC is a requirement of foreign govts for grant of immigration/work/residence/family visa/permit.

Generally it is considered valid for six months.

Can Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) be issued for more than one country through one application form?

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) can only be issued for one country through one application form.

What is the age limit for getting the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?

There is no age limit specified for getting the Police Clearance Certificate.

Are minor citizens required to apply for Police Clearance Certificate?

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) can be issued to minors, if a foreign government asks for the same.
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You can apply for a police clearance certificate (PCC) using two alternatives:

Alternative 1 (Recommended)
  • If you do not have broadband Internet connection (Speed: 512 kbps or more), choose Alternative 1 for faster submission of your application
  • You can download the soft copy of the form. Click here to download the soft copy of the form
  • Fill it offline (internet connection is not required to fill the form offline)
  • Upload the filled form. Click here to upload the filled form
Alternative 2
  • You can fill the application form for police clearance certificate online (internet connection is required to fill the form online).
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Procedure of e-Form Submission

Step 1: Download the e-Form through the "Download e-Form" link available on the Home Page of Passport Seva website.
Step 2: Fill the downloaded e-Form and click the Validate and Save button in it.This will generate an XML file, which will be required later for uploading in the system.
Step 3: Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on "Register" link under the Apply section on the Home Page).
Step 4: Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id.
Step 5: Upload the XML file (generated in Step 2) through the "Upload e-Form" link. Do not upload the PDF form at this stage as only XML file is accepted by the system.
Step 6: Click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link on the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen to schedule an appointment.

Please Note:
Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras.

Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:
  • Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)
  • Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks Only)
  • SBI Bank Challan
Step 7: Click the "Print Application Receipt" link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.
Step 8: Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Online Form Submission

Step 1: Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on "Register" link under the Apply section on the Home Page).
Step 2: Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the Login Id created in Step 1.
Step 3: Click "Apply for Police Clearance Certificate" link.
Step 4: Fill in the required details in the form and submit.
Step 5: Click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link on the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen to schedule an appointment.

Please Note:
Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras.
  • Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:
  • Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa)
  • Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks Only)
  • SBI Bank Challan
Step 6: Click the "Print Application Receipt" link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.
Step 7: Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Note:
  • Only emergency/medical cases and preapproved categories may visit Passport Seva Kendra without appointment. Service will be provided at the discretion of Passport Seva Kendra in-charge/Passport Officer.
  • In case of minor applicants (below 4 years of age), carry the recent passport size photograph (4.5 X 3.5 cm) with white background.
  • Resubmission of application form is required, in case the applicant does not visit the Passport Seva Kendra within 90 days from the online form submission.
Please attach the following documents (Use a paper clip to attach the following documents in order with Form 2):
  • Copy of passport (first, last, ECNR, Miscellaneous)
  • Proof of identity (first document)
  • Proof of identity (second document)
  • Current proof of address
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Lightbulb Guidelines for PCC in Bangalore

Just my 2 cents on getting a PCC from Bangalore...

While the procedure has been outlined in detail across multiple posts and forums there are some unsaid "rules" that need to be kept in mind while attempting to get a PCC from Bangalore

- Though there are people who claim they received the PCC in one day or less, rest assured for most mortal souls, the average time in getting the PCC in your hands is 1.5 months. So plan accordingly (some people have claimed that different PSK's have different timelines)

-Atleast in the case of Bangalore Police, there is a confusion in the terminology of a police clearance certificate (PCC) vs. Passport verification (PV) . For most police stations in Bangalore, getting a PCC to apply for Visa through the Passport office is actually referred to as PV. In their terminology, the PCC is a certificate given from the commissioners office and not from the Passport office. Accordingly, there are 2 different databases with different reference numbers. Bottom line: If you have applied for a PCC via the passport office, refer to it as a passport verification so that they will search the correct database

-Unlike other countries, where a PCC involves them checking your details in a database for criminal activity, the PCC for India is actually an "address verification exercise". The funny part being that the police will not come to your house for verification, instead you have to go to the police station to verify your address !!

-Finally, know that the process is highly inefficient with officers sitting on files till they are bribed . You have to keep following up and in many cases go physically to the stations to sort things out. Knowing the local language helps a lot

Hope this has been helpful
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Welcome to India Mike, Sameer!
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Originally Posted by Sameer Shah View Post ... police clearance certificate (PCC) vs. Passport verification (PV) ...
The term is Police Verification not Passport Verification.

The Police department does the same exercise for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) as is done for Police Verification.

The outcome is a Certificate issued by the Passport Office which is required to be deposited to the Visa Officer.
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Apply PCC - Current Address different than Permanent Address

Thank you for the provided details, which have been really helpful! Further, I have following questions pertaining to application of PCC:

It is been a little more than 2 years (exactly in Sept 2013) that I got my Passport renewed in Tatkal (with change in name and addition of spouse name) from RPO Chandigarh considering my Permanent Address as my hometown Sangrur, Punjab. Since it was in Tatkal, it did require a pre and post police verification which I could manage then and got my passport easily.

Now I need to apply for PCC seeking immigration to Australia and have been advised to get PCC done from RPO Ghaziabad considering I have been staying at my current location i.e. Noida, U.P for past more than 6 months.

Since I would be applying for PCC, considering that my present address is different from that in the existing passport (Permanent):

http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlin...or/pccPassport

I can provide few supporting documents including Landline Bill, Rent Agreement, Gas Connection, Bank Statements etc. but have following concerns:

a) Considering the change in current temporary residential address from my Permanent Address, will I be asked to get the existing address changed and reflected in Passport as well and apply for the fresh Passport for myself, spouse and kid? In other words, is it mandatory to get the address changed, if I am applying for PCC if my present address is different from that in the existing passport?

b) Will it be required to book a PCC appointment separately for myself and spouse?

Thank you for your consideration!

Regards!
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Originally Posted by andy_kansal View Post ...

a) ... is it mandatory to get the address changed, if I am applying for PCC if my present address is different from that in the existing passport?
It is not mandatory to get the address updated in the passport, however, you will be required to provide proof of current address
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b) Will it be required to book a PCC appointment separately for myself and spouse?
Yes, you will be required to book separate appointment for both of you.
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Thanks Prankant for your promptness and providing your inputs!

Actually I was of the notion that I may have to re-apply for my passport which does not seem to be the case!

If I opt for Ghaziabad RPO, do you also know if the authority would initiate the Police Verification (for PCC) for both places or just for residing address? And any ideas or thoughts on the approximate ETA (maximum)?

On contrary, do you know if it would have any repercussions if I opt for PCC from Chandigarh and if that has any implications while applying for Aus immigration?
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Generally one should initiate the request for PCC at the PSK under which current address exists. it make the process faster.

Yes, police verification will be initiated for all the addresses.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Generally one should initiate the request for PCC at the PSK under which current address exists. it make the process faster.

Yes, police verification will be initiated for all the addresses.
so here is my case, my passport was issued 2 yrs ago when i was in hyd, hence the address shows hyd address. i then went to dubai and now i am back in blore(been 3 months, current blore address rental agreement is just 10 months old).

so should i apply from blore or hyd? if blore i have to show proof of address which i dont have(and maybe get photo updated passbook, the only choice that i can).

if i apply from hyd, or rather can i apply from hyd(as the process seems to provide pcc in that day itself if the address is unchanged), also i dt stay there anymore?

thanks
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