Police Clearance Certificate

It can be done at the passport office. Here’s a link for the process:



I did mine when I was in the USA. Got mine from SFO within two weeks!

Don’t know about India though, I heard it was slow but maybe others have a different experience.

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Hi, is anyone aware of the process of getting a PCC from the Washington DC India embassy?

-For the applicant’s current country of residence, the police certificate must have been issued no more than six months before the submission of the e-APR.
-For countries in which the applicant no longer resides, the police certificate must have been issued after the last time the applicant lived in that country.

Above excerpt from the CIC website. I have two following questions.

  1. FBI verification shouldn’t be more than 6 months, and On the FBI website it says that the electronic applications are processed in 5 business days (https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks) So isn’t it good to wait until you get ITA to get the FBI verification done? Anybody with experience of submitting electronic application to the FBI?

  2. Say if I get the police verification from the Indian embassy in March 2018, and I travel to India in April 2018 . Can I use the March’s police verification on my e-APR or need an updated verification?

  1. “Any place where you have lived more than 6 months” so u dont need a new one.
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For question 1, check this thread:


Hello Forum Members,

Quick question regarding FBI fingerprint verification process. Since FBI launched the facility for electronic processing of Identity History Summary Checks, they have provided two options for delivering the report. As per the website “There are two options to receive your results: 1) E-mail with a secure link and personal identification number or 2) First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service, if requested. You will need your original confirmation e-mail to access your results.”

Which option have you selected. If anyone has opted for option 1 - email wiith secure link- How did you submit the report to Canadian authorities ?

I’m editing my previous reply as I misread your question. This secure link you mention is just a way to download a PDF of the letter that they would mail to you.

And since since you need to upload a PDF copy in the first place you don’t have to wait for a paper copy to then convert back to PDF. You’ll see a link to download on same page as your confirmation.

Thank you for the clarification !

what is the process to get verification from Indian Embassy?
Do we need to personally visit there or we can apply online or by post?
Please clarify and explain.

I sent my passport and application to Houston with a money order. Got the Police Clearance Certificate in a week




For SF I drove down to the Indian Consulate. Took about a week and I got text message alerts through the process. This was a couple years ago.

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Yep, same for SF. It was surprisingly painless - though the consulate was like a little bastion of inefficiency in the middle of SF.


Ha ha Love how you put it. I recollect they were busy with tea and conversation we had to wait. I remember thinking how I for a few minutes forgot that right outside the door was the great tech center of SF :slight_smile:

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Has anyone obtained the PCC from the DC embassy?

I did it last week. Post reached them on Mar 13, got back the PCC on Mar 19

Hello! I submitted my application via mail during the first week of January but haven’t heard anything. Is there a way to check where they are with the via-mail applications? This will help me determine if I should use the electronic version to meet the timeline. Thanks!

That depends on your consulate most have websites with details of their process and contact information. For example this is for the SF consulate. You should be able to just give them a call during their working hours.


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I meant the US police clearance certificate. I submitted my application via mail during the first week of January, right before the electronic option became available. Any further guidance on how to check where they are with mail applications will be helpful. Thanks.

The offline mode is very slow people have had to delay their applications cause of it. You can call them and check the status. If the answer is not positive then just redo the electronic version.

If you are requesting a copy, want to challenge, or are just checking on the status of a request regarding an Identity History Summary Check, please contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Services Division (CJIS), Clarksburg, West Virginia at 304-625-5590 or 2000.