Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Get your Address Proof from Post Office

  • Wednesday, September 1, 2010
  • SavvY
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  • The Indian Postal Department is now issuing address cum identity proofs. To get the postal identity cards you have to make an application on prescribed form for Rs. 10/- and submit it with a fee of Rs. 240/- in the nearby Head Post office, as not all the post offices are providing this service. Once you have submitted the application form for Postal Address cum Identity Proof, a postman will visit your place to verify your address. Once the verification is complete, you will get the Postal Address cum Identity card. However the whole process may take upto a maximum of 2 months. The ID once issued will be valid for 3 years after which it has to be renewed for a fee of Rs. 140/-. In case you lose the Postal Address cum Residence Proof, the postal department will issue you a duplicate proof for a fee of Rs. 190/-.
    Though the initiative by the Indian Postal Department is appreciable, i have noticed a few downsides -
    1.) In some places like Bangalore, the postal department is demanding the Voter ID to issue the residence cum identity proof. At this moment i can not find a single reason as to why a person with Voter ID will need a Postal ID.
    2.) The maximum time duration for the entire process is 2 months, which is kinda too much stretched in my opinion.
    3.) Are these ids recognized by other Govt. Departments? Are these valid for opening a bank a/c, etc.
    So did you apply for you Postal Residence cum Identity Proof? Did you face any problem? Share your thoughts with me.

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