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Process of Obtaining PCC Attestation in India

PCC attestation or Police Clearance Certificate attestation is provided to individuals bearing Indian passports and they intend to apply for a work or study visa abroad. Getting police clearance attestation is vital to obtaining any legal document. PCC certificate attestation is usually done by local authorities like local police stations, Passport Offices, and other designated individuals or organizations.

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Reasons To Obtain PCC Attestation In India

Here are some reasons for getting police clearance attestation:

  • Study Visa: If you wish to move abroad for studies then it is vital to have a study visa. You can secure a study visa once you have gotten a police clearance certificate from the local authorities. 
  • Work Visa: You cannot secure a work visa to move abroad for a job or other businesses if you haven’t received a PCC certificate attestation. 

There are 2 ways to get a PCC. 

  1. Through Police Department ( Under the State government  )
  2. Through Passport office ( Under Central Government )

Both Kinds of PCC are valid. PCC issued by the passport office is more preferred since it comes under a letter head of Govt. of India.

Steps To Obtain PCC Attestation In India

The PCC certificate attestation process includes the following 5 steps:

  • Local Verification 
  • Notary Attestation
  • State/SDM Attestation
  • MEA Attestation
  • Local Verification: The authority that issues your documents examines and verifies them. In this instance, the local police stations or Passport Offices verify the PCC (Police Clearance Certificate).
  • Notary Attestation: Once local verification is done, documents go to Notary Public Offices or Collectors’ offices. Officials at Notary Public Offices review and analyze the documents. If everything seems to be in place, the officials place a Notary Stamp on the documents.
  • State/SDM Attestation: After Notary Attestation, documents are prepared for State Attestation or SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) Attestation. Depending on your preference, you can choose either State or SDM attestation.
  • State Attestation: State authorities check and verify the documents and secretariats of districts conduct an in-depth review. State Attestation requires involvement of multiple government authorities, making it a lengthy and costly process (takes at least 30 working days)
  • SDM Attestation: You can apply for SDM Attestation for a quicker and cost-effective attestation, especially if you need Embassy Attestation. This takes about 3-4 days for the completion of the entire process.
  • MEA Attestation: The central government authority, MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) India, verifies the document’s authenticity. After successful checking, MEA places a stamp or signature on the back of the Police Clearance Certificate, preparing it for further attestation.

However, if you plan on using your Police Clearance certificate in a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention, then getting an attestation of PCC from MEA won’t be enough. In that case, you will have to go through an additional step of document attestation which is known as Embassy Attestation.

It’s always best to talk to your Apostille helpline, they will help you decide which process will be the best for you.


What is the meaning of PCC attestation?

PCC meaning Police clearance certificate. The verification process of PCC is called PCC attestation or apostille. If you are travelling to Hague countries your pcc should be Attested by the MEA India.

How do I attest my police clearance?

Attestation process depends on the travelling country. If you are travelling to hague countries you can get PCC attestation from MEA india. If you are travelling to non hague countries the attestation will be done by the MEA as well as travelling country Embassy. For example if you are travelling to Spain ( Hague country ) Apostille by MEA is enough. If you are travelling to UAE ( Non hague country ) Along with MEA Attestation you need UAE embassy attestation as well.

What is PCC stamping?

PCC stamping is a process of issueing PCC either from Passport of or from Police department. If you issue PCC from Passport office it will be uinder the governament of India. if you issue PCC from police it will be from the state government. Its always preffered to get PCC stamping from Passport office

What is PCC stamping?

PCC attestation cost is 2000₹, attestation will be done in 14 days

How many days does PCC take?

it depends on whether you choose the Normal process or Tatkal process. Under Normal process it takes 14 days. Under tatakal process it will take 3 working days.

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