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PCC – General Information


A Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is a certification from Indian Police declaring that the individual has verified record and has no criminal proceedings lodged against them.

When an applicant applies for PCC, the Indian Police carries out a verification of their antecedents at the Indian Address provided by them.

A PCC can be issued only after the Police authorities in India provide a ‘Clear’ report in response to the application (The Consulate can not expedite any PCC application). This process may take 8-10 weeks or more.

Please note that there is no emergency PCC service. The  applicants are requested to assess their requirements for obtaining PCC well in advance and submit their applications accordingly at the BLS.


There are 3 categories of people who can apply for PCC:

  1. Indian Citizens
  2. Foreign Nationals who were previously Indian Citizens - seeking PCC for the period while they held Indian passport/citizenship.
  3. Foreign Nationals - seeking PCC for the period of their stay in India.


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