For passenger convenience and for environment friendly transactions, Indian Railways will now accept virtual e-tickets. The printed e-ticket is also acceptable. This virtual e-ticket is called VRM (Virtual Reservation Message) and can be shown to ticket examiner through any withscreen electronic gadget such as ipad, laptop, palmtop, Mobile phone etc.

According to a commercial circular (36/2011) by Ministry of Railways, "A Screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops referred to as Virtual Reservation Message-VRM will also be construed to be as an instrument on par with ERS(Electronic Reservation Slip)/MRM. Such passengers need not take a printout of the e-ticket and instead display the ERS-Electronic Reservation Slip details on their laptops/palmtops."

VRM will also authorize the passenger to enter the platform on the day of journey and he/she will not be required to purchase platform ticket.

However a passenger travelling with VRM must also keep any one of the eight approved ID proofs in original. If a group shares same VRM then at least one person booked on the e-ticket/m-ticket from the group should carry an original ID proof.

Accepted identity proofs (in original) are:

  1. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India.
  2. Passport.
  3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
  4. Driving Licence issued by RTO.
  5. Photo identity card issued by Central/State Government.
  6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/ College for their students.
  7. Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph.
  8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.

According to IRCTC nearly 3 lakh e-tickets are printed daily.

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