If a crime has taken place:
- Go to the nearest police station: The police station does not necessarily have to be in the area where the crime has been committed. Please download the ‘Indian Police at your call’ app to find the nearest police station.
For Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.nic.bih.thanalocator&hl=en
When you go to the police station to file the FIR, the following happens:
- You will be directed to the Duty Officer. You can either verbally tell the officer what happened, or write down the details yourself. If you tell the police verbally, then they must write it down.
- The Duty Officer will then make an entry in the General Diary or Daily Diary.
- If you have a written complaint with you, please carry two copies and give them to the Duty Officer. Both will be stamped and one will be returned to you. The stamp bears a Daily Diary Number or DD No. and is proof that the police have received your complaint.
- Once the police have read the complaint out, if all the details are correct, you can sign the FIR. You have the right to get a copy of the FIR for free. Note the FIR number, date of FIR and the name of the police station. In case you lose your copy, you can use these details to access the FIR online for free.
In some states and cities, certain kinds of FIRs and complaints can be registered online. For example, in Delhi an online complaint can be filed for cases of missing persons or children, unidentified children or persons or dead bodies, senior citizen registration, stolen or unclaimed vehicle search or missing stolen mobile phones.1