Passport Police Verification FAQ | Passport-Sahayata
I applied for my passport 6 months ago and the police verification is still pending? Should I keep waiting or can I apply in the new system?
The Regional Passport office (RPO) has embarked on a special pendency clearance drive. Please wait for four weeks. If you still do not receive your passport, please visit the Passport Office (PO).


Why is Police Verification required for issuance of passport?
Passport is a very valuable document. Thus, in order to ensure that it does not go in wrong hands, police verification is required for issuance of passport.

What are various Police Verification modes?
There are 2 modes of police verification:

  1. Police Verification is required on a Post-Passport Issuance basis.
  2. Police Verification is required on Pre-Passport Issuance basis.
Depending on whether an application is for issue of fresh passport or re-issue of passport, Passport Office (PO) 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.

If your age is 18 or above, you must submit any three documents from List of Acceptable Documents. along with Standard Affidavit (as per Annexure “E”).

If your age is below 18 years, you must submit any two document from List of Acceptable Documents along with Standard Affidavit (as per Annexure “E”). 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 Seva system, police verification may not be required or only post police verification may be required, exceptions being re-issue of passport in lieu of lost passport or complete change of name.

What is the procedure to apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport?
To apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport, you need to apply for “Re-issue” of passport.

I lost my passport in the U.S. and have been sent to India on Emergency Certificate. Can I be issued a new passport? If yes, what are the documents needed to get a passport?
In case of lost passport, you need to apply for re-issue of passport. Following documents must be submitted along with the application:.

  1. Proof of Present Address
  2. Proof of Date of Birth
  3. Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/damaged (Annexure ‘F’)
  4. Police report in original
  5. Self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page of old passport, if available.