I want to travel from Lucknow to Bengaluru for a few days while my passport application is being processed. I do not have any other Indian Government issued identification as I have never lived here. I do have a Canadian driver's license & an International Driver's Permit. Will this suffice?
I think yes (for Canadian Driver's Licence rather than just International Driving permit), based on GoAir's requirements, but would myself choose to check with whichever airline is chosen:
All Customers must present valid identification at check-in. The valid photo identification documents allowed are:
- Valid Passport / Driving License / Election Voter Card / PAN Card
- Photo Identity cards issued by Government, Public and reputed Private sector organizations / Photo Credit Card.
In case the Customers do not possess any of the above documents, they should carry a relevant attested document that contains a recent photograph of the traveling Customers.
Clearly here it is photographic identification that is significant.
For train travel normally you dont need to have an ID, unless you have an online Ticket.But they can also ask for an ID, In that case you can politely explain your situation and show some receipt of your Visa processing Center with your Photo ID of Canadian License. For Air Travel you need one, i think it applies also for Buses.
I believe you will be travelling by Air.
India's national carrier, Air India's document page states
- Valid travel document for Indian citizens are - Valid Passport, - PAN card issued by the Income Tax department, - Election Photo Identification Card, - Valid Driving License, - Photo identity card issued by the employer, being government and reputed private sector organizations, - Photo Credit Card, - Children should carry their school identification cards or any other photo - identification proof, - Valid birth certificates of infants, - For travel under Concessionary fare types valid relevant IDs.
For Foreign Nationals, the only valid photo ID for travel is Passport.
So you need to have your passport for your travel.