Passport applicants in Gujarat will no longer need to visit a police station for verification, according to a circular issued by the state police chief. The circular states that police will verify the applicant’s citizenship and criminal history through online records. In addition, police may conduct a home visit if necessary.
The change is expected to make the passport application process more efficient and convenient for applicants. Previously, applicants had to visit a police station in person to provide fingerprints and other identification information. This could be a time-consuming and inconvenient process, especially for those who live in rural areas or have busy schedules.
The circular also clarifies the different types of passports issued by the Indian government. The most common type of passport is a blue passport, which is issued to ordinary citizens. White passports are issued to government officials traveling on official business, and maroon passports are issued to diplomats and senior officials.
To apply for a passport, applicants can complete an online application form at the Passport Seva website(https://www.passportindia.gov.in/) The application form requires applicants to provide basic personal information, such as their name, date of birth, and address. Applicants must also submit supporting documents, such as a copy of their birth certificate, a recent passport-size photograph, and proof of identity and residence.
Once the application is submitted, applicants will be scheduled for an appointment at a passport office. At the appointment, applicants will be required to provide their supporting documents and undergo a biometric verification process. Applicants will also be interviewed by a passport officer. After which there will be police verification.
If the application is approved, the passport will be mailed to the applicant’s home address. The processing time for a passport application is typically 3-6 weeks.