Now Get Your Passport in Just a Week
Good news! Now you can get your passport in just 7 days. The Ministry of External Affairs has announced that one can have his or her passport issued within a week by submitting copies of Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, PAN card and an affidavit of ‘no criminal case’ that includes family details and citizenship.
The police verification required for the passport (it used to take a month) will take place once the travel document is issued, said the government in a press release.
Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister confirmed this development through her tweet.
1. If you submit application with copies of Aadhar, Voter ID and PAN Card with an affidavit of no criminal case, we will issue the Passport.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 25, 2016
First-time normal category passport applicants just need to submit the application with the four above mentioned documents and he or she will be granted the passport within a week. Government had, last August, already informed that police verification was no longer required for reissue of passport.
The move is to speed up and liberalize the process without compromising on security, explained Anil Kumar Sobti, director of the passport division in the ministry. In case of adverse police reports, passport may be impounded and revoked later.
“…henceforth normal passport applications of all first time applicants furnishing Aadhaar, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Permanent Account Number (PAN) and an affidavit will be processed on post-police verification basis, enabling faster issue of passport, without payment of any additional fees,” reads a statement issued by MEA.
It said passport will be issued subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar number. EPIC and PAN card may also be validated, if required, from their respective databases.