Postal Identity Card

Postal Identity Card is issued under clause 63 of the Post Office Guide – Part I for the benefit of tourists, traveling representatives of firms and other members of the public who experience difficulty in establishing their identity in connection with postal transactions, e.g., receipt of registered and insured articles and payment of money orders in the post town through which they pass. These cards will be obtainable at any head post office by literate persons whose identity is well established in the locality in which they reside or who can be vouched for by substantial permanent residents known to the postmaster.

The card will contain a full description of its holder, his signature and photograph and will be current for a period of three years from the date of issue. After the expiry of the period of validity of the card, a fresh card will have to be applied for.

The use of these cards is entirely optional. Holders will ordinarily receive delivery of postal articles and payment of money orders on their presentation but in cases of doubt it will be open to postmasters to make such further enquiry as they may consider necessary to establish the identity of the applicants with the holders of the cards and to demand additional corroborative evidence of such identity.

In the event of the loss of a card, a duplicate will be issued to the holder on the conditions laid down in sub-clause (2) above besides paying the prescribed fee and on his giving a written declaration absolving the department from all responsibility in the event of the misuse of the original.


  • Application fee for the card is Rs. 10/-.
  • Processing fee and card cost – Rs. 240/- to be paid at the time of submission of filled up application
  • In order to make the cards more attractive, Post Department is issuing these in the form of plastic cards like smart cards incorporating information like date of birth, telephone/mobile number and blood group in addition to the address of the person.
  • Click here to download the application form

Salient Features

  1. The card serves both as identity proof and address proof.
  2. The card is valid for a period of 3 years, after which it has to be renewed.
  3. Not all post offices issue the card. So you need to find the nearest post office that provides this facility.

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