India Background Checks
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Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks are unavailable in India. It is possible however, to bring a copy of the driving license to a Regional Transportation Office in India and check that the license is both valid and genuine. This type of check typically takes about 10-12 business days.
Credit checks are not available in India. Records are maintained by Credit Information Bureau India Limited. These records are only available to financial institutions and other member banks.
Court records in India are only accessible to legal entities. Both criminal and civil information can be obtained through court records. Each court covers a specific jurisdiction. Records found at the court include information on cases filed against or pending on individuals residing in the jurisdiction covered by the court. When searching court records the subject's name, date of birth, father's name, full address and time at the address are required.
Police Clearance Certificates in India can be obtained through the Police department, Passport office or the local embassy. Individuals will need to determine the location in which to apply based their citizenship, where their passport was issued and where they are currently living.
When applying for a Police Clearance Certificate, individuals must complete the required application; provide proof of residence and a valid passport. The application must be submitted in person or through a representative. If submitting the application through a representative they must provide a valid identification document and a letter of authority signed by the individual applying.
CRS checks does not provide this service.
There is currently no comprehensive privacy law in India. Background checks are permitted however the consent form is often required based on the culture in India.
The Right to Information Act 2005 relates to all States and Union Territories in India except for the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir have their own act called Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009. The Right to Information Act 2005 states that citizens are allowed to request information from a public authority and they must reply within thirty days.
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