Photo ID Mandatory while Travelling in Indian Railways Reserved Classes

Posted In India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Sunday, November 25th, 2012 With 0 Comments






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In order to prevent the railway tickets from black-marketing, Indian Railways has extended the rule of carrying original ID proof from AC classes to all reserved classes. It is mandatory for all passengers to carry Identity proof in original during travel for all reserved classes of the Indian railways trains. The rule will also be applicable onto persons purchasing train tickets from Indian Railway’s ticket counters. For a group-ticket, Identity proof of at least one person will be mandatory. Previously the identification was mandatory only for passengers traveling on Tatkal tickets, e-tickets or the passengers undertaking journey in AC classes.

With this new provision, the condition of carrying one of the prescribed identity cards has now been extended additionally to these classes of travel – Reserved Second Class (2S), III Economy Class (3E), Sleeper Class (SL) and First Class(FC).

Indian Railways has also expanded the list of the prescribed identity proofs. Followings are the documents which will serve as a valid proof of identity—

  • Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India.
  • PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
  • Passport.
  • Driving License issued by RTO
  • Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College
  • Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government which include the following:
    • Pension Pay Orders(PPO)
    • Ration Card with photographs
    • Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards
    • Senior Citizen cards
    • CGHS  Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central   Govt. employees.
    • ESI cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries.
  • Credit Cards with photograph issued by Banks
  • Passbook with photographs issued by Nationalized Banks.
  • Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.
  • Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

The change in the policy will come in effect from December 1st  2012. So if you are planning to travel from Indian railways train then make sure to carry one of the above ID card in original with you.

Here’s the public notice from Indian Railways: