News and Events Frequently Asked Questions - PCC

Q No.1  Who can apply for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?

PCC can be issued to Indian nationals who are seeking residential status, employment or long-term visa, or immigration. However, a PCC is not required for Indian tourist who travel to other countries for tourist purposes.  

Foreign Nationals can apply for Police Clearance Certificate for the period of employment or studies undertaken during their stay in India

Q No.2  In which language will the PCC be issued?

Police Clearance Certificate will be issued only in English.

Q No.3 What are the eligibility conditions to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate?

To obtain a Police Clearance Certificate, you must possess a valid Indian passport and proof of address. Your current address must match the address mentioned on your passport and other documents. If there is any change, it is required to submit supporting documents for the new address.

Foreign nationals, must possess a valid passport, submit an address proof (Meldebescheinigung) and also specify the period for which they require the PCC and submit a proof of their stay in India during this period.

Q No.4 How much time does it take to receive a PCC, after submission of the application at the Embassy.

It depends on when the clearance is received from  the concerned police authorities in India.

Q No.5 Is there an age limit for procuring a Police Clearance Certificate?

No, there is no age limit to avail a Police Clearance Certificate.

Q No.6 Can I apply for PCC if my passport is expired?

No, as PCC is issued only on valid passport. It is required to have a passport with at least 6 months validity.

Foreign nationals require only to fulfil the eligibility conditions as mentioned in Q.No.3

Q No.7  What is the process if adverse police report has been given by Police authorities?

Sometimes Adverse Report is received on the basis of incorrect address, gender, parents name and wife’s name.  Applicants are therefore advised that please check the following personal particulars before filling the application :

  • Correct address and someone is residing on that place.
  • Correct gender
  • Correct Parents’ name as per passport
  • Correct Wife name as per passport

Embassy cannot issue PCC if police report is adverse. The applicant will need to directly contact the police authorities in India to get the PCC cleared.

Q No.8 Am I required to select a police station in India while filling up the online application?


 Q No.9 How do I select correct police station while filling up PCC application?

This information needs to be provided by the applicant. Suggested sources are checking on the internet, police websites of the concerned district or verifying through your contacts.

Q No.10 Can minor citizens apply for a Police Clearance Certificate?

A Police Clearance Certificate can be issued to minors only if it required by a foreign government.

Q No.11  Can I apply for a Police Clearance Certificate more than once?

Yes, depending purpose and country for which PCC is going to be used. It may be possible to apply for the same purpose in different countries or in the same country for different purposes.

Q No.12  Can my Police Clearance Certificate be apostilled by the Embassy of India, Berlin?

No, The Embassy of India, Berlin cannot apostille the Police clearance Certificate issued by the Embassy.

Q No.13 How can I track the status of my application?

Please track the status of PCC Application on the following links:

Q No.14 What is the procedure for applying for PCC?

For the procedure please click here

Q No.15 How do I make the payment for PCC?

Payment may be made in cash at the counter or through Bank transfer. For the payment please click here.