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Passport application procedure simplified

Earlier rules for police verification for passports
  • Anyone applying for a new passport or re-issuance has to go through police verification.
  • For re-issuance purposes, depending on records available in the Passport Seva system, post-passport verification takes place.
  • In accordance with the 2014 rules, police took on an average 40 days to verify a passport applicant.
  • However, this was a major improvement over the 2013 rules where the verification took 51 days.

  • Almost 99 lakh passports issued in a year
    The Ministry of External Affairs' annual report 2014-15 confirmed that the Government of India, in total, issued 98.80 lakh passports in a year.

    Postmen may replace policemen for passport verification
    8 Jul 2015
  • Amongst the proposals aimed at reducing the lag in the dispensing of passports is to use postmen for verification of the credentials of an applicant.
  • Many passport officers in the country have objected to the idea contending that it can never be a fool proof mechanism and may invite fraudulent documents.
  • Currently, a pilot project is being conducted in a few cities including Bengaluru.

  • Online police verification to lessen processing time
    13 Jul 2015
  • Government is all set to make the police verification for issue/renewal of passports an online affair.
  • This will cut the processing time from 20 days to less than 7 days.
  • A SP level officer will have access to databases such as the National Population Register (NPR), Aadhaar and Electoral Photo I-Card via the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) for online verification.

  • 'Police IT' using criminal records to verify passports
    27 Jul 2015
  • To make passport verification faster, a pilot project in Bangalore named 'Police IT' is being rolled out, which will introduce police database for verification purposes.
  • The system will use criminal records from police to verify the background of the applicant and will be the first anywhere in India.
  • This will reduce the time taken for passport verification time to less than seven days.

  • No more police verification for passport reissue
    6 Aug 2015
  • In accordance with the new rules, Indian citizens do not need police verification for passports renewal.
  • This is aimed to cut down the time taken to process passport renewal.
  • Earlier this process could take as many as 15-20 days.
  • MoS for external affairs VK Singh said this applies only if "the first passport had been issued on the basis of clear police report".

  • Getting passports now made easier
    27 Jan 2016
  • To ease the process for applying for a new passport under the 'normal' category, the government has decided to do away with police verification for the issuance process.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that applications "with an affidavit of no criminal case" will be sufficient for issuing passports.
  • Police verification will take place after issuance of the passport via the "mPassport Police App".

  • Passport available online under digital India
    16 May 2016
  • Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that under the digital India initiative, the passport service would be made available online.
  • Prasad said other services being provided online include income tax, immigration, core banking, pension grievance redressal, courts, police, RTI, utility payments.
  • The government aims to make huge savings by introducing these services online.

  • Passport application procedure simplified
    24 Dec 2016
  • Single mothers, adopted children, sadhus/sanyasis will now find it much easier to apply for their passports.
  • The online passport application form requires the applicant to enter the name of the father/mother/legal guardian making it easier for single parents to apply for their children.
  • Sadhus and sanyasis can now name their spiritual guru in place of their biological parents' names.

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