New Delhi: In order to fast-track the process for first-time passport applicants, ministry of external affairs has announced that applicants under the normal category can receive their passport in a week’s time by submitting just four documents- Aadhaar card, voter ID and PAN card, and an affidavit of no criminal case which includes family details and citizenship.
Until now, the process would take a month, with the police verification eating up a lot of time.
The new procedure will skip the process till after the passport is issued, provided the submitted documents are validated.
However, the time taken to issue the document would depend on the approval from a granting officer.
There will be no extra charge for the service, a statement issued by the ministry said. The process is subject to online validation of the Aadhaar number while processing and an approval from the granting officer.
In addition, EPIC and PAN cards may also be validated, if required, through respective databases in real time, before the application is approved. Besides, passports may also be impounded and revoked later, in case of adverse police reports.