You won’t have to make repeated trips to your local police station to get a police clearance certificate any longer.
Instead, you can apply for the certificate online.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will launch the facility — a Delhi Police initiative — on August 8. Police clearance certificates are required, among other things, for the following:
* Visa applications
* Admissions to several educational institutions
* Job applications, in several government organisations and private companies
Police said moving the process online would save time for both citizens applying for the certificate as well as police officers.
Police, on receiving an online application, will start the verification process. Once the verification is completed, the certificate would be issued to the applicant.
The entire process — from an application being filed online to the certificate being issued — would be completed in seven days.
“Once the online facility is launched, an applicant has to log on to http://www.delhipolice.nic.in to apply for the certificate. The applicant has to feed his basic personal details, which will, by default, be directed to the Crime Records Bureau for verification of the criminal antecedents of the applicant. An applicant’s personal history will also be checked by officers at the local police station (under whose jurisdiction the applicant’s residential address falls) and updated on the website. The procedure might take up to seven working days after which a clearance certificate will be issued to the applicant by e-mail,” Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat said.
An applicant has to pay a fee of Rs 250 when applying for the certificate online. If a company is applying for a clearance certificate for an employee, then the fee will be Rs 500. But police said they were working to bring the fee for companies and other non-individual applicants down to Rs 250.
Under the existing system, a person applies for the certificate at the local police station. The officer concerned then visits his or her house to verify the information given in the application form and whether the person has any criminal case against him or her.
The officer then submits the findings to the issuing authority, who then issues the certificate. The process takes anywhere from 10 days to around a month. “It is a cumbersome process for both the applicant as well as the police officer,” a senior police officer said.
What is a police clearance certificate
It is an official document issued by police, stating if a person has a criminal case against him. Police verify an applicant’s personal details and history to issue the certificate for a fee.