Police Clearance Certificate in India – Passport Office

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  24 May, 19

How to get Indian Police Clearance in India

If you are currently living in India, The Indian PCC should be obtained from Indian Passport services.

If you are currently living outside India i.e. you are an NRI, then you should get Indian police clearance from Indian Embassy.

Indian PCC Fees in India

The Indian Police clearance fees is INR 500 per person in India. Fees is non-refundable.

Indian PCC processing Time in India

Indian police clearance certificate is issued the same day (1 day) on your visit to Indian passport office if there is no need for police verification.

If police verification is required, then it may take up-to 1 month. Indian PCC is issued after physical police visit to your address and a positive report.

Is Police Verification Required for PCC?

Police verification is required if your current residence address is different than what is written in your current valid passport.

  1. If your first passport was issued on 1 Jan, 2005 and you apply for certificate in 2012.

    You are currently residing at the same address as in current passport, then you are issued the PCC on the same day of appointment in passport office, without any new police verification.

  2. If your first passport was issued on 1 Jan, 2005 and was renewed on 1 Jan, 2015 with the same Indian address, then applying PCC any time until 31 Dec 2017 will not trigger any new Police verification.

    If you apply for PCC anytime after 1 Jan, 2018, there will be a physical police verification required, even if you have been staying at the same address.

    Police verification is valid for a period of 13 years, after which, a new one is required.


Documents for Indian PCC in India

  1. Application Receipt or SMS on mobile from Passport services.
  2. Passport (Original) with self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  3. Current address proof

    You are required to submit the proof of address of the present address only, irrespective of the date from which you are residing at current address.

    • Water Bill
    • Telephone (landline or post paid mobile bill)
    • Electricity bill
    • Income Tax Assessment Order
    • Election Commission Photo ID card
    • Proof of Gas Connection
    • Certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letter head
    • Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page including family details mentioning applicant’s name as spouse of the passport holder), (provided the applicant’s present address matches the address mentioned in the spouse’s passport)
    • Parent’s passport copy, in case of minors(First and last page)
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Rent Agreement – The Rent Agreement duly registered under Section 17 of the Registration Act, 1908 and executed in favour of the tenant by the landlord for a period of more than one year, will be accepted as a valid proof of address
    • Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks and Regional Rural Banks only)

How to Apply Indian PCC Online

  1. Register (create an account) on the Passport Seva Online Portal. Click on “Register Now” link on the Home Page.

    If you have already registered earlier like when you applied for Passport, you can directly log in to your account.

  2. Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal.
  3. Click “Apply for Police Clearance Certificate“. You can either apply online or download and fill the form offline.
  4. Enter Passport Details: Fill your current valid passport details.
  5. Country for which PCC is required:

    Select the country like Canada, Australia, UK or the country you are applying for.

  6. Purpose for which PCC is required:

    Select the purpose.For Australia 189/190/489 PR, choose ‘Residence Permit‘.
    For Canada PR, choose ‘Residence Permit‘.Options for selecting purpose:

    • Citizenship/Nationality Application
    • Education/Research
    • Employment Visa/Work Permit
    • Immigration Purposes other than Citizenship
    • Long Term Visa Stay
    • Residence Permit
    • Tourist Visa
    • Others
  7. Applicant Details

    If you do not have Aadhar card, then choose ‘No’ on the ‘Agree’ check box.

    If you choose ‘yes’ check box, you will have to provide ‘Aadhar number’.

  8. Fill Family Details – Father Name, Mother Name and Spouse name (if married).
  9. Fill your current address. Choose Regional passport office (RPO) that you want to visit and then pay fees online.

    You cannot change the RPO after saving the application form details.

  10. Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.

    Online Payment is mandatory to book appointment.

    You can pay by Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa), Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks and Other Banks) or SBI Bank Challan.

  11. Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.
  12. Upload self-attested scanned copy (only pdf) of supporting documents.

    You can scan using mobile Camscanner app.

  13. Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where appointment has been booked within 90 days along with original documents.


   19 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Reshmi
    Reshmi 24 May, 19 at 10:08 am

    Hai iam an indian citizen presently residing in oman …for obtaining my uk visa i need a pcc from india. so what all documents and procedures should i submit in passport seva kendra..thnx


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 May, 19 at 10:44 am

      If you are in Oman, you need to get PCC from Indian Embassy in Oman.
      If you want to apply for PCC by visiting India, the documents and process is listed above for Indian passport Seva Kendra.


  2. Manbir
    Manbir 23 May, 19 at 9:40 am

    My passport was issued on April 2011 and I want to apply pcc on my permanent address only. Will there be police verification?
    I am working in some other state so it will be difficult to get off from work


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 19 at 10:11 am

      The passport officer will decide if police verification is needed or not. Normally, it is not required if you are applying with same address as printed on your passport.


  3. Tofiq
    Tofiq 12 May, 19 at 1:49 pm

    I want to know that my address in passport is my permanent address of my native Gujarat & at present I am living in Mumbai at relative house for 4years as my job is here. All my documents have native Gujarat address.
    Where should I have to apply for PCC (i.e. PSK in Gujarat or Mumbai / at both PSKs).?
    And do we have to show all our expired passports?
    Kindly guide me, I want PCC for USA imigration application.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 May, 19 at 2:49 pm

      You should apply at PSK in Guajarat if you do not want to change your address and all your address proofs are from Gujarat.


      • Tofiq
        Tofiq 13 May, 19 at 12:39 am

        Thanks for quick reply.
        Should I mention my present Mumbai address in PCC application at PSK in Gujarat


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 May, 19 at 4:49 am

          If you mention your current address, you need yo provide address proof too.


  4. amulya ayyagari
    amulya ayyagari 23 Apr, 19 at 4:01 am

    what documents are to be uploaded?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 19 at 6:21 am

      No documents need to be uploaded anywhere for Indian PCC. You have to send the application to Indian embassy by postal mail.


  5. Rajan
    Rajan 10 Apr, 19 at 12:25 am

    This Rajandeep. I applied offshore permanent migration for Australia from India. I am Indian citizen. How many days it will take to get PCC in India? Other question is …like in Australia , VFS global collects the original passport and there is a stamp of PCC on passport as well. Did they collect original passport in India as well and get it stamped or not?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 6:55 am

      Please read the article above for answers.

      I do not know if passport office stamps Indian passport for PCC issuance.
      The don’t do it in USA.


  6. Abhi
    Abhi 26 Feb, 19 at 12:01 am

    Hello Anil,

    Can I apply PCC from India rather than applying it from Indian Embassy in USA? Does the CIC accept it that way?


  7. G D
    G D 20 Feb, 19 at 7:33 pm

    I intend to apply for visa under subclass 189 or 190. Shall I
    arrange PCC before submitting visa application or wait for a CO to tell
    me to submit it? The immi websites tells to get PCC after receiving
    invitation but before applying for visa but all consultants say to get
    it after applying for visa.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 7:43 pm

      My suggestion is to apply Indian PCC based on how many points you have and the job’s ANZSCO code.
      If you are confident that you will receive invite within next 1-7 months, you should apply for PCC right away as it is only valid for 12 months.


      • G D
        G D 21 Feb, 19 at 10:29 am

        Thank you Anil for quick response. If I understood correctly, you are suggesting to apply for PCC after confirming points in Skillselect.
        I am planning to get it after getting the invitation to apply but before paying for visa fee. There is a 60 days time frame available there. But my confusion is whether Passport office will accept my application because the instructions on PCC website say that I also need to provide an evidence that I have applied for permanent visa while applying for PCC.

        Can I apply for PCC by showing visa invitation as a proof?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 2:21 pm

          There is no such requirement of giving proof of applying visa or anything else.
          You can simply just request for Indian PCC online on Indian passport website for whatever reason you may need it.


          • G D
            G D 21 Feb, 19 at 5:31 pm

            Thank you Anil. Really appreciate your help.


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