There are some great answers, But I am going answer for this question for a different situation when your physically present outside India.Residing outside INDIA and getting a PCC issued by the Indian gov is quiet daunting?? I will explain my case and how I got my PCC with the hope that it would certainly benefit someone??I have been residing in UAE since 2021 and very recently I received a job opportunity in Spain. Hence for applying Visa in Spain, the employer had asked me to submit the PCC of last five years. And in less than a week’s time, I received the PCC from UAE for the recent 2 years just applying via online. All happened with just one click:)But with India, I was totally unaware about how the procedure was. All I could do was to google and from which I got to know that we can avail the PCC in 2 ways: 1. From the Passport Office 2. From the Police commissioner Office (PCO). With regard to the first case, the candidate has to be physically present at the passport office on the date of appointment. And this seems to be quiet impossible with people residing outside the country and I was in the same situation.So in my case, the only way to avail the PCC is through the PCO and I asked my parents to inquire about the procedure from the PCO. And since we have been living on rent in Chennai and used to shift to a new place once in every three years, we didn't have a permanent address or proof for every rental house we resided. And this is where the problem set in :(Once my parents showed up at the PCO, the official in the PCO department inquired everything about our stay and asked us to document all our previous residential addresses for verification. So we documented the last 3 residential addresses where we had resided with the available proofs and filled the application.It literally took us more than 2 weeks with just with inquiring and applying for the process. And even after applying at the PCO, the processing started languidly. As all three addresses are from Chennai but comes under different police station limit, the application has to go through 3 different police stations. And every other week, a police official would call up my parents, asking for some documents and also would ask them to show up at the police station for verification. Every time we have to bribe the police from every station and finally, after one long month, we received the PCC from the PCO in Vepery, Chennai.Here literally speaking, the police is abiding by the law and I am not saying anything wrong from their side but I was also not wrong from my side. Irrespective of the addresses, one should get the PCC as early as possible. And they should know that we are not criminals who came along all these way to these positions. Due to this single document, my entire Visa process got badly delayed. If I had given only my last rented house address and claimed that I resided there for more than 5 years, nobody would have questioned me and I would have got the certificate much more earlier.If your looking for the PCC to obtain early. My piece of advice is to give a single address that is in the passport or the last residing address that your family is living and get the PCC ASAP. (Or from other answers, I can see that it can be obtained from BLS, so you can also try that if it is easy and shorter or you can also try to get it through an agent)The story doesn’t stop here. If your interested to know more, read further??Since the PCC is was issued in English it has to be translated to Spanish. For that the PCC has to be Apostilled by the Indian government (attestation). For Apostillation, we need to submit the PCC certificate in the secretariat office. The foreign affairs department in the secretariat office would again send it to the PCO for verification. Again it will take a week or so to return back to the Secretariat. Then the Secretariat will approve the authentication (seeing that it is not fake) and would prthe attestation (star sticker) on the certificate. Then we should take the attested PCC to the External Affairs Office in the city and would get the Aposstillation done in 2 days. For Chennai, it is in the DPI, Nungambakkam.I am wondering that we are living in the Chennai city and my parents are little educated, it took us more than a month time to finish such a simple process. What if you don’t have anyone who is not much aware and do the process on your behalf :( Or what if your parents are old and uneducated? What if? your family is living in the rural area? What if? Many questions? God forbids??The story doesn’t stop here. If your interested read further??As I am married and have been living with my wife in the UAE, I also planned to take my wife along with me to Spain. So I need to do all these same procedures to get the PCC for my wife as well. But, there is a twist in the plot that made her PCC even more delayed.As she resided in Adyar, Chennai in a single rented house since childhood, She very recently moved to her uncle’s (Guardian) house few months before our marriage as her single parenting mother fallen bedridden. Her uncle’s house is situated at the outskirts of Chennai, so the address falls in the Kancheepuram district limit. It’s only been time were she lived in her Uncle’s house before getting married and come along with me to the UAE.My naive parents also spilled out all the details to the police official in the PCO while inquiring about the procedure. So he asked us to apply 2 different application for her in Chennai and as well as in Kancheepuram. On hearing this, thinking that it will take time, I spoke to the police official over the phone and requested him if we can give only the Chennai address for her. But he politely rejected and asked us to apply as per the procedure. As we are not acquainted of any big wig officials or authorities who can recommend for us and as just simple Indian citizens we applied through the procedure. (By thinking What if? my innocent parents have not told about that statement, about my wife stay in her Uncle’s house).So we have applied for my wife’s PCC in Chennai and asked her Uncle to apply it in Kancheepuram and the Kancheepuram SP office takes 2 hours of travelling from his place. On day one, when he went with all the required documents and recommendation letter, the officials at the SP office had apparently had any idea of what a PCC is and told him that they cannot issue the certificate and had asked him to apply at the Passport Office. Then, after speaking with severak Officials at the SP office and requesting them that we would not be able to apply at the passport office, explaining them that the candidate is out of country and this is the only way. And after a lot of waiting, in the late evening the official saw the document and finds an minor error in the document (changing date) and asked him to come tomorrow. All our efforts went in vain. So the next day we prepared all the documents carefully and he went to the SP office. This day they asked for a new supporting document and sent him back. Finally on the third day, after lot of waiting they accepted the application and said that they will only issue the certificate once you get it from the Chennai PCO. We agreed?Once applied, we got verification from Adyar station and got the 1st PCC in 2 weeks. With this PCC, again her uncle went to the SP office to inquire about the 2nd PCC but there was no progress. So he found the Police station in his house limit and talked with the Inspector. Then after a week time we finally got the 2nd PCC from Kancheepuram SP office.Now again it has to be Apostilled right?? WoooF?? So we applied through the Secretariat and we got the 1st PCC apostilled in 2 weeks. But there is no progress in the 2nd PCC issued by the Kancheepuram SP office. So my mom went to Kancheepuram SP office on one fine day? There is no response and nobody knows what the process is all about. They just asked my mom some annoying questions about where and what I studied and how I got these jobs??. After requesting the officials that she had travelled more than 3 hours to reach there, they mercilessly asked her to come the next day.So my dad went the next day and found that the procedure is too complicated. The secretariat had sent the 2nd PCC to the Kancheepuram Collector Office instead of SP Office for verification. So we found out that the PCC is in Collector’s Office sleeping as nobody knows what to do with it. My dad inquired with lot of officials in Kancheepuram and found out the procedure that it has to be verified by the Thalsidar and RI (WHY?). First the Thalsidar and RI rejected the verification by saying the address is not in their limit and other lame reasons. After pleading them literally and showing the PCC from Chennai and other documents, finally the Thalsidar accepted to help out. But the RI is not ready, saying that as the PCC as been issued by SP office why the RI should verify it. (we are also asking the same question? Why the procedure is so complex). Finally after going to SP office for more than 4 times and lots of roaming from SP office to Collector office in Kancheepuram and speaking with lot of officials, finally we got the 2nd PCC verified. Meantime, there are some officials who really wants us to help out, but as the procedure is not well defined it got delayed in every possible way.I am wondering that, since we were constantly tracking the certificate, we somehow finished this certification process in this 2 months time frame. What if? if some one who had applied and doesn’t track it. It is not going to happen for sure even if it takes ages.Soon protocols and procedures has to be defined for new requirements in India. This is my experience. I shared it coz it might help someone. Act wisely?This is not to terrify you, there might be some easy process in some other states to get the PCC easily that I might not know. But the worst case has happened to me. So beware guys??