Documents and ID Cards Required in Train Journey

Online Ticket Booking Under General Quota

  1. The ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC. (ERS – Electronic Reservation Slip which means the Printout of the ticket ; VRM – Virtual Reservation Message which denotes the screenshot of ERS in Laptop, Mobile or Tablets ; SMS – As sent by IRCTC during Ticket Booking)
  2. ID proof in original. (One of the passenger booked on an e-ticket should have any of the identity cards)

  • Voter Identity Card
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Photo ID card issued by Central / State Govt which are having serial number
  • Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School or College for their students
  • Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph
  • Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
  • Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”


Note : ID proof in original would be verified by TTE with the name and PNR on the chart. If the passenger fail to produce/display ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC due to any eventuality (loss, damaged mobile/laptop etc.) but has the prescribed original proof of identity, a penalty of Rs.50/- per ticket as applicable to such cases will be levied.

Online Ticket Booking Under Tatkal Quota

The documents like ERS/VRM/SMS and ID Cards required are the same except for the minor changes. Please have a look at them below.

  • The provision for specifying ID proof at the time of booking a Tatkal e-ticket has been started w.e.f. 21-11-2011
  • Ration card will be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking journey under Tatkal scheme only if the passenger whose photograph is available on the ration card is travelling.

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