Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has authorized principal agents like ‘Pay Point’, ‘Beam’ to appoint IRCTC Authorized Travel Agents and to obtain IRCTC license to sell e-tickets to passengers. It gives an opportunity to travel agents the benefit to increase their revenue as if now they have the authority to book tickets online for passengers with a certain margin to meet their operating cost.

IRCTC Travel Agent Registration | IRCTC Registration Process 

In order to obtain the license through authorized principal agents, you need to fill out an application, IRCTC registration form which generally takes around 10 (approx) working days to get approved from IRCTC. The documents required to submit along with the application must be attested by a gazetted officer are – photo identity proof / Adhar card, Pan card, address proof, online KYC, valid e-mail ID, mobile number, passport size photos and digital signature certificate and registration fees. Also, note that the photograph is signed across in digital signature certificate and IRCTC application Form.

IRCTC authorized travel agent
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Once the IRCTC application Form is received by IRCTC, it is sent to the concerned team for verifying address, mobile number, e-mail and to check whether the applicant has met all the statutory compliances or not then e-token is created usually take 24hours and OTP is sent to the applicant. Once the procedure is complete the welcome kit is dispatched and the IRCTC travel agent can start his operation or business. In order to run this business smoothly, you need a computer or laptop with uninterrupted internet connection and a printer to print tickets. It is a very easy and convenient way to do business.

IRCTC Authorized Travel Agent | Benefits Of IRCTC Travel Agents

The benefits you get once you become an IRCTC authorized travel agent are aplenty.

  • Book unlimited number of tickets
  • Book ‘Tatkal’ tickets after 30 minutes of opening for the public
  • You get a direct login to the booking website
  • Easy to cancel tickets
  • Also, book waiting list e-tickets
  • You can get a day’s credit on booking tickets
  • No multiple bank accounts are required
  • It’s hassle-free with ease and convenient

Once you become an IRCTC authorized travel agent you also get complimentary services as add-on services to offer to the customers and they are as:

  1. Hotel booking
  2. Air reservation
  3. Bus booking
  4. Cab or taxi booking
  5. Tour packages
  6. Customized holiday packages
  7. Utility bill payment

Authorized IRCTC travel agent is the legal authority of IRCTC which earn the trust of customers, passengers and they prefer to book tickets through them rather than touts as it is illegal to obtain tickets from them and is an offense. So the former will garner more business being a legal entity and wider access to ticketing portal. It will add extra revenue for you besides Railway Ticket Booking you have many other options as mentioned above as ‘complementary services’. It’s a window of opportunity which has been grabbed by most of the people besides their main occupation in order to utilize their idle resources. As we have seen above that the steps are easy to become an Authorized IRCTC travel agent and that too with less investment to start this business and earn handsomely from the start.