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Carry proof of ID if traveling in AC class of Indian Railways

January 18, 2012

AC First Class of Indian Railways

AC First Class of Indian Railways

Update: November 27, 2012: Proof of ID now required for all classes of Indian Railways

Considering the high temperatures in India, air-conditioned coaches are the preferred way of train traveling in terms of comfort and not-so-expensive rates, as compared to Europe. So if you are traveling through the “AC Class” of Indian Railways starting this February then make sure to carry an proof of identification.

Aiming to check misuse of rail tickets, the railways has made it mandatory for all passengers traveling in AC classes to carry an identity proof with them during the journey. The decision will be implemented in all trains across the country from February 15, according to a circular issued by the Railway Board.

As of now, only passengers traveling on Tatkal (last-minute) tickets and e-tickets have to carry original identity proof during the journey. If more than one passenger is traveling on one ticket, any one passenger in a group is required to carry the original ID proof.

Those failing to produce original ID proof will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged accordingly. The acceptable ID proofs include voter ID issued by Election Commission, passport, driving license, Photo ID card having serial number issued by central/state government, nationalized bank passbook with photo, credit card issued by banks with laminated photos, or student ID card with photo. There was no indication of acceptance of International Drivers Permit or foreign drivers licence as a legitimate proof of ID.

Zonal railways have been instructed to publicize the decision to prevent any inconvenience to the public. Also, necessary instructions have been issued to all officials concerned, particularly ticket checking staff. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has been asked to make necessary changes in the software so as to incorporate the message in rail tickets for the benefit of passengers.

  • kmtripathi

    Dear sir

    The amended rules for compulsion of ID proof to each passenger in every coach is also justify to villager who donot have any proof. It means that they will not be allowed to travel in indian railways.

    any option for them



  • Amit

    Is it compulsion for all passengers travelling on one ticket to show their id proof or anyone passenger can show his/her id proof…

    • Travel On The Dollar

      Every ticket holder must have their own ID proof.

      • Chand

        Is it so, that all the six passengers travelling with one ticket require ID separately or only one passenger out of six requires so.

        • Travel On The Dollar

          Hi Chand,
          From what we know, every passenger will must have their own IDs. It’s best to check with the railway booking authorities to be safe.


    • Travel On The Dollar

      The valid proofs of identity are: Voter photo identity card issued by the Election Commission, passport, PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department, driving license issued by RTO, photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State governments, student identity card with photograph issued by recognized school/college for their students, nationalised bank passbook with photograph, credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph and Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”.

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