Mumbai police yesterday took the process of applying for clearance certificate online, thus curtailing the three-month time frame that it used to normally take. The online process is expected to take 10 days.

Additional CP RD Shinde (left) and DCP Ankush Shinde (right) showing the website for the police clearance certificate
Additional CP RD Shinde (left) and DCP Ankush Shinde (right) showing the website for the police clearance certificate

“Every year we issue nearly 80,000 such certificates to people. Earlier applicants had to come all the way to Special Branch (SB) office in south Mumbai, at least four times for various processes. Now he or she will have to visit the concerned police station just once for verification,” said Additional Commissioner of Police, central region RD Shinde, who is currently holding the additional charge of SB.

For those who are applying for jobs abroad or government ones, this news comes as a relief. Agencies that provide security guards to various organisations, housing societies are also glad of this development. It is not necessary to be a resident of Maharashtra. For people staying in the city on rent, police would ask for rent agreement or other documents to prove the tenancy.

“The entire system has become transparent. A unique serial number printed on the certificate will provide the scope for cross verification, hence there is no question of duplicate certificate,” said Ankush Shinde, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Branch 1.