Get Indian Police Clearance Certificate – PCC by Indian Embassy

Indian police clearance certificate - PCC from Indian Embassy. Immigrate to Australia, Canada. Processing time 4 day - 6 week. Fees USD 27. Valid Visa, Address Proof, Passport.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Nov, 19


You can get an Indian police clearance certificate when you are staying in USA, UK, Canada or any other country from Indian Embassy.

Police clearance might be required for Visa or immigration to countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand including USA green card interview.

If you are living in India, then the process is different and you need to apply PCC on Passport India Website.

Documents for Indian PCC

  1. Original Passport – Most recent and valid.
  2. USA Residence Address proof – Self attested (Notary for SFO)- Check valid acceptable US address proof here.
  3. Photocopy of passport pages containing personal particulars (first three and last two pages) – Self attested.
  4. Copy of valid Visa/Green Card – Self Attested (Notary for SFO).
  5. Indian Embassy Miscellaneous services form.
  6. Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago Indian Embassy in Chicago and SFO also require an extra form with name ‘Personal Particular Form’.

Validity of Indian Police Clearance

There is NO expiry date mentioned on the Indian police clearance issued by Indian consulate.

The common guideline is that it is valid indefinitely for the purpose of submitting for USA Green card interview and other country’s immigration.

The only exception is that you should have NOT moved back to INDIA and stayed there for 6 months or more. If you have gone back to India after the issuance of the last Indian PCC, and stayed there for more than 6 months (182 days), then you need to get a NEW Police clearance certificate.

Indian PCC Processing Time

If your most recent Indian passport was issued in USA (any consulate) or an Indian Embassy in the country where you are currently residing, the PCC is issued within 4-5 days by mail.

Indian Embassy will issue the PCC immediately on same day if you visit in person and your passport was issued by that embassy.

If your most recent Indian passport was issued in India, embassy sends police verification request to Indian RPO (regional passport office). It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the whole process.

Sample Miscellaneous Services Form

Download Misc Services Form form your specific India Embassy Website.

Residing in USAHouston- TX , New York City- NY, Chicago- IL, San Francisco- CA, Atlanta- GA

Residing in AustraliaVFS global handles Indian police clearance certificate

Use Sample Police clearance certificate India application form for Indian Embassy in Houston, TX, USA. The information required is same except the format.

Indian PCC Fees in USA

Indian PCC Fees is USD 27 ($25 + $2) per person.

TOTAL = $25 + 2 + 20 = 47 (Get 3 separate checks).

Payment by Certified check or Money order is acceptable drawn in favor of “Consulate General of India“, if sending application by postal mail.

Cash is also accepted if visiting embassy in-person.Personal checks, Debit cards and Credit cards are not accepted.

Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago

Here are answers to common confusing fields on this form:

#1 – Q 8(A) Permanent Address & Tel. No. along with Police Station.

Your Indian Address with the Police Station name that caters to your Home Address location when you were residing there.

#2 – Q 8 (b) Present Residential Address & Tel. No, along with Police Station and residing since

You can either give your Parent’s/or your same 8(a) address.

#3 – Q 9. If you have not been resident at the address given at COLUMN 8(b) continuously for the last one year, please furnish other address(es) with duration(s) resided (Please furnish an additional set of PP Forms for each address with Police station.

Write your US address

#4 – Q 10. References: Names and Addresses of two responsible persons in the applicant’s locality who can vouch for the applicant. Write any two neighbors/relative address from India residing near your Indian address you wrote in point 8(A).

NOTE: Embassy is only concerned with Indian addresses and their police stations. Remember, this PCC is only for your stay in India and not for US.

NOTE: US police station information is NOT required. Whatever Police station was attached to your locality in your Indian residence time is what is needed.

Indian PCC Process

#1 Fill Miscellaneous Services Form

#2 Collect Fees

If sending by mail, an extra payment of $20 is required for return shipping. No email or soft copy is sent by embassy.

Some Indian Embassy just require you to send the return envelope instead of money. Check the website before sending money or envelope.

#3 Fill Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago

#4 Package and Send by mail

#5 Keep Original passport with forms and send them to Indian embassy by mail.

No prepaid return envelopes are required by Houston Indian Embassy. Embassy will take care of it.

But some embassy like NY require you to send ‘Return Envelope’, in which case, get an envelope from USPS, UPS or Fedex (your choice) and buy their shipping label address to you.

Paste the label on packet and put it in your sender envelope along with other documents.

#6 Your original passport will be returned with your police certificate.

Sample Indian PCC

Issued by Indian Embassy in Houston, USA

You can apply Indian PCC at your local district police station If you are not a citizen of India AND you live in India.

Indian PCC is required for Canadian Express Entry process. Indian PCC is required for Australia PR.

Character Certificate vs Police Certificate

Character Certificate is not same as police certificate. You need police clearance for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK permanent resident application.

Indian Police Verification at Indian address

Applied for PCC at passport office in INDIA? Police verification may be required.

Applied for PCC at Indian Embassy when staying outside India? If your passport was issued in India, the embassy sends the request to Indian passport office and waits for their response.

There is no physical Police verification done at the Indian address though.

Multiple Applications in One Envelope

You can send multiple fees check and multiple applications in same envelope. Just make sure that you keep the application form and their fees check separately in smaller envelope and then keep these smaller ones in the final bigger envelope.

This is helpful if you are applying PCC for both you and your wife at same time.

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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Shauroseni

    We are applying for PCC from Consulate General of India, Atlanta.

    For the purpose we need to send notarised copy of our VISA page on passport and I-94.

    Our Visa stamp affixed on the passport have expired, but we do have a valid I-797. Should we send that instead of the VISA page?

    Also could someone give us the information of how and where can we notarise these I-94 and I-797 documents?
    Thank you!

  2. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @vivekcheekoti

    If you apply in person, they will return the passport to you then and there after verification.

    There is no need to be scared. You can send the passport by mail to Houston Indian embassy. That’s normal.

  3. Divya

    My passport was issued by SF consulate this April and I applied for PCC yesterday at the same consulate.

    There is no same day turnaround for this request considering that passport is issued from the same consulate. Please remove this part from the article.

    I still have to wait a month to receive PCC. Hopefully there are no delays on their part. I need this for Canada immigration and have a deadline of 30 days, I have asked for extension but haven’t heard back yet.

    There is no expedited process for this request. Does any body has experience where it took more than a month to receive PCC? please share.

  4. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @vivekcheekoti

    It depends on who issued the passport and which Indian embassy you are applying to.

  5. Divya

    My update- I got my PCC from SF consulate after 30 days. In my case, they sticked to 1 month turnaround time.

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  365 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. arjun
    arjun 10 Jun, 19 at 10:12 am

    My current passport was issued in Dubai, but i am presently in Florida, and so would be applying for PCC at the embassy in Atlanta. Any idea about the timeline in such cases?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jun, 19 at 9:53 pm

      4-6 weeks in the standard time for PCC issuance by Indian embassy.

  2. Punit
    Punit 27 May, 19 at 12:35 pm

    Can we get some receipt from the consulate that says they have received our PCC request and are processing it? How do we get such receipt when we apply via mail?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 4:16 pm

      Indian consulate does not give any receipt if you send the application by mail.

  3. rajendra c shah
    rajendra c shah 25 May, 19 at 1:00 am

    i am an Indian residing in UAE – Dubai since last 30 years. my Indian passport of last twenty years (two Passport) are issued from Dubai but previous were issued from Mumbai, India. Now for my migration to USA i need Police clearance certificate of India. as per process advised i have applied to Dubai Indian consulate through BLS Intl. Consulate forwarded the application to Hometown in India (Ghatkopar, Mumbai), stating they do not have records before 20 years and need to be sent to my homet since 40 year back original passport was issued from India. 40 days passed nothing received till date. upon making status check at Consulate office i was advised that since it is police matter they can not do anything and want me to check with Supretandant of Police of my hometown. But Police stataion of my Hometown area informs they have not received any application.
    are there any means to check or address grievance?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 May, 19 at 6:29 am

      You can try contacting your regional passport office as the Indian consulate sends requests to regional area.

  4. Pooja
    Pooja 16 May, 19 at 10:04 pm

    I have applied from PCC from Indian embassy Tokyo,My Most Recent Passport (Place of issue ) is Tokyo. Already 3 weeks passed and I am not getting any proper response when I receive it, Embassy consulate said that When Regional passport office will approve they will issue. I am not getting why they have sent my case to India as passport was issued by Tokyo. For Pcc -Japan I got it in Just 2 weeks and that too on the day of application they told me that on particular date I can collect it- With very proper answer.Not getting any proper response from India embassy tokyo. Not at all supportive staff.

  5. Jidhun Abraham Yohannan
    Jidhun Abraham Yohannan 8 May, 19 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I currently reside in Dubai, UAE and my passport was issued from Dubai itself. How long it will take for me to get a PCC if i apply for the same from the Indian Embassy in the UAE? which one would be a faster option, applying from UAE or travelling back to India and then apply for it?
    Please advise..

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 5:21 am

      Getting Indian PCC from Indian embassy in UAE should be faster.

      • Jidhun Abraham Yohannan
        Jidhun Abraham Yohannan 9 May, 19 at 7:11 am

        Thank you for your swift response.

  6. Diwakar
    Diwakar 28 Apr, 19 at 5:32 pm

    Can I send combined money order for me and my spouse when applying for PCC ($50 for fees and $4 for ICWF)?
    Also, can I send a single money order for the postal charges for both of us ($20 for postal charge)?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Apr, 19 at 8:33 pm

      Both applications are treated separate. I suggest to send separate checks.

  7. Priya Ahuja
    Priya Ahuja 25 Apr, 19 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am currently in LA and applied for Indian PCC at San Fransisco consulate through mail. Consulate received my envelope on 3/25. It has been 4 weeks (4/25) but I have not received any response.

    I tried both numbers provided on Consulate website (415)668-0662,(415)668-0683 ext: 148 (timings-2 to 4) but it gets disconnected as soon as it is routed to the extension. Is there any other method through which i can contact the consulate regarding PCC status?
    How long does it usually take for PCC request through email to get through?
    I am starting to get worried as it contains my original passport. May i request your guidance on this. Thanks

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 19 at 4:22 pm

      We are seeing at-least 6 weeks of delays in SFO embassy with issuing Indian PCC. I am part of multiple forums and groups and people have reported that they are waiting for their PCC too.

  8. Siri
    Siri 5 Apr, 19 at 3:39 pm

    Hello, I applied for Canadian PR last week. I now live in USA and I got my Indian PCC when I went to India last year in October. I came back to USA in November (few days after I took my PCC). Today I read somewhere that someone had their application rejected because there was a gap between the time they got their PCC and the time they left India (same as my case). Does anyone have any idea on what I should do now? I appreciate any input on this. Thanks in advance.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 3:40 pm

      It depends on Canada’s specific requirements for PCC.

      • Siri
        Siri 5 Apr, 19 at 5:09 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Does anyone have any idea on what the Canadian requirements are?

  9. Febin
    Febin 3 Apr, 19 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, would you give me some information to get Police clearance certificate from India, I’m an Indian citizen leaving In Sri Lanka, with Sri Lankan citizens wife, we are applying for Australian Visa they have asked to submit the PCC of every country that we stayed more than 3 months.
    Would you please let me know, How to apply for the Police clearance certificate India in Sri Lanka, without going to India for both of us?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 7:15 am

      The process should be same as mentioned above for Indian PCC from Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka.

  10. Anwitha Shetty
    Anwitha Shetty 25 Mar, 19 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am an Indian residing in the US. I need my PCC for Canada PR.
    I had my last US visa stamped in India.

    Will the Indian Embassy here forward my passport to India?

    Also, would any Indian Embassy work for me in the US? I reside in Washington State (Westcoast).

    Could you please elaborate the steps or add any link for me to check?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

      Indian Embassy does not send your passport to India. They just send your information to Indian RPO (regional passport office) for your police verification records.

      You have to choose Indian embassy based on your current US residence address and not by your choice.

      • Anwitha Shetty
        Anwitha Shetty 30 Mar, 19 at 12:08 am

        Hi Anil,

        I appreciate your response.

        Also, Is there a way I can get my PCC by visiting the Indian Embassy in person? If yes, will I receive it on the same day?

        I need to submit my docs at SFO Embassy. Apart from PCC Miscellaneous Services Form & Personal Particulars form, are there any additional forms required to be submitted?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 6:20 am

          You can visit Indian embassy in person but there is no guarantee that PCC will be issued the same day.

          Please check the list of documents that are required in above article.

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