Indian Railway / IRCTC Accepts Virtual Tickets, No Print Outs Required

As a part of going green, Indian Railway / IRCTC has launched virtual tickets with the Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) and thus eliminates the need of physical tickets and printouts to travel in the train.

Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) is a screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/Mobile phone. It has been accepting Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS), which is a regular ticket printout which contains the PNR, name, age and berth details of the passenger.

According to IRCTC, ERS/VRM along with any one of the eight prescribed ID proofs in original and the indication of the passenger(s)’ name(s) in the Reservation Chart will authorize the passenger to travel. VRM combined with valid photo-id in original will be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS.

ERS/VRM along with one of the eight prescribed proofs of identity in original 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. ERS/VRM along with original id proof will be required to be produced on demand of Ticket Checking Staff on the platform.[source]


  1. Dont be fooled by this circular. In my experience the TTE refused to even look at the VRM. Instead he accused me of reading something in the internet and following it without ascertaining the fact that it has not been implemented yet in ground reality.
    – J.P. Dharmavaram to Secunderabad, Garib rath.

  2. hi…i also had a very bad experience….I was travelling from Trivandrum to Kottayam with the e-ticket booked on 28/-9/2011 (Wednesday). I came to know about the circular “Reference : Railway Board Letter No.2008/TG-I/10/P/SMS dated 20.07.2011′, stating that there is no need of printing the e-ticket.i saw the same in IRCTC website also. I had the ticket saved on my mobile.When the TTR came for checking, i has shown the ticket in my mobile. He was arguing with me that there is no such rule and he forced me to pay the fine of Rs. 50. He was not at all ready to listen about the circular.

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