Police verification for issuing fresh passports goes online

New Delhi: Under the Passport Seva Project, out of 728 police districts in the country, 654 districts have already been integrated with Passport Seva system for online police verification for issuing fresh passports and renewal of passports. 

As per January – June, 2015 passport services data, the average time taken by states/union territories for police verification is 36 calendar days which is gradually coming down. The desired time line for police verification is 21 days. The time taken for police verification, including in rural areas, would be reduced once the Crime & Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) being developed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, is integrated with Passport Seva system.

The Minister of State for the external Affairs Gen. Dr. V. K. Singh (Retd.) provided this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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