why do we need police clearance certificate for passport

Depending on whether an application is for issue of fresh passport or re-issue of passport, Passport Office shall decide whether Police Verification is required for issuance of passport to you. In most cases of issue of fresh passport, pre-police verification would be required, exception being Government servants on submission of 'Identity Certificate' as per Annexure 'A', or minors whose parent(s) hold valid passport etc. Normal passport applications of all first time applicants furnishing Aadhaar, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card or Ration Card and an affidavit in the format of Annexure-E will be processed on Post-Police Verification basis, enabling faster issue of passport, without payment of any additional fees, subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar number. In addition, EPIC and PAN card may also be validated, if required, from the respective databases. The general rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to issue of passports as stipulated in Passports Act and Passports Rule would apply.


In most cases of Re-issue, depending on records available in the Passport Office system, police verification would not be required or only post police verification would be required, exceptions being Re-issue of passport in lieu of lost passport or complete change of name. The issuance of passport on Post police verification under the Normal scheme depends on case to case basis. The applicant has to submit the additional required documents along with the application form to get the passport on No or Post police verification basis. To check the list of additional documents to be submitted along with the application, please click on "Documents Required" link on Home page.
I. DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED BY PCC APPLICANTS GOING TO ECR COUNTRIES FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSE: [List of ECR Countries: 1. United Arab Emirates 2. Yemen 3. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 4. Sudan 5. Qatar 6. Afghanistan 7. Oman 8. Indonesia 9. Kuwait 10. Syria 11. Bahrain 12. Lebanon 13. Malaysia 14. Thailand 15. Libya 16. Iraq 17. Jordan] 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).


Self-attested copy of Employment Contract with foreign employer. Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English. 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). Employment contract from the foreign employer duly attested by the Indian Mission or Permission letter from the concerned Indian Mission/Post. Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English. 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). Copies of Original Employment contract, demand letter and power of attorney from the foreign employer duly attested by the Recruiting Agent (RA). Copy of valid registration certificate issued by the Protectorate of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India.


Names of licensed Recruitment Agents can be found at In addition to the documents specified for skilled/semiskilled workers, all employment documents mentioned in " C. 3Б 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). Documentary proof of applying for Residential Status, Employment (Copy of Employment contract) or Long term visa or for immigration. III. PCC FOR DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMEBRS OF A PERSON RESIDING/EMIGRATING IN/TO BOTH ECR AND 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). Sponsorship declaration by the person who is sponsoring the emigration of the PCC applicant.

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