We provide basic passport-related services through our network of Passport Seva Kendra, a passport issuing authority. The Kendra is an extended arm of a local passport office with a walk-in counter. It facilitates submission of relevant documents and duly filled-in application forms required by an individual to get a new passport created.
A Indian passport is an officially-issued document that permits the holder to travel to and from foreign countries. It also confirms that the holder is a citizen of the issuing country, as well as confirming the holder’s identity.
A passport is a document issued by the government of the holder’s country certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship. It is necessary if an individual wishes to travel to a foreign country as it serves as the only acceptable form of identification. It can also be used as an identity document within the holder’s country or overseas.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced new rules pertaining to the proof of Date of Birth (DOB) for passport applications. As per the new rules, an individual can apply for a passport by using various types of
documents as proof of DOB. MEA has reviewed the existing rules that will help an individual to apply for a passport easily. MEA will also enable the passport head offices to function as a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Prior to the announcement of new rules, any applicant born on or after 26/01/1989 was required to provide the Birth Certificate as the proof of DOB. Under the new rules, an individual can provide any of the following document as proof of DOB:
Along with the Women and Child Ministry, MEA has offered a host of changes to the passport rules. Some of the interesting rules are:
Additionally, the government is installing point of sale (POS) machines at PSKs to facilitate the payment for tatkal passports. This will eliminate the need for cash transactions. Recently MEA has introduced various methods to reduce the processing time for passport applications. Besides, an individual can also apply for a passport by using the Aadhaar card that expedites the entire process. Please refer to MEA’s website for information related to passport applications.
There are 3 main types of passports issued by GOI under the Passport Act, 1967. They are –
Along with this, some passport offices in overseas missions and India can issue regular Indo-Sri Lankan passports and Indo-Bangladesh passports to the Indian citizens residing in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, the North-Eastern states and West Bengal. The Indo-Sri Lanka passport and the Indo-Bangladesh passport are only valid for traveling to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively and they cannot be used for traveling to any other foreign country.
The modern-day Indian passports come with a deep blue-black cover. The prints on the passport are golden in colour. At the centre of the front cover, the Emblem of India is printed. On top of the emblem, the word ‘Passport’ is inscribed in Hindi and English language. ‘Republic of India’ is inscribed in those two languages below the emblem on the cover page. Any standard passport has 36 pages in it. However, if an individual travels frequently, then he/she can apply for a passport that has 60 pages.
The following information is provided on the opening cover:
The following information is present on the closing end:
The following documents are to be submitted when applying for an Indian passport:
|Sl No.||Required Documents|
|4||Income tax assessment order|
|5||Gas connection proof|
|7||Registered rent agreement|
|8||Voter ID card|
|9||Telephone bill (mobile or landline)|
|10||Copy of spouse’s passport (provided the applicant’s current address matches the one mentioned in the spouse’s passport)|
|11||Active bank account passbook containing the applicant’s photograph (in case of public sector, private sector, regional banks only)|
|12||Letter from reputed employer|
|13||Copy of parent’s passport (for minor applicants)|
|14||Proof of date of birth document|
|15||Municipal birth certificate|
|16||Documentary proof for non-ECR categories (if applicable)|
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To apply for passport online, one will have to log into the PSP site, online, at www.passportindia.gov.in and get an appointment or time slot to go to the PSK. This entails registering on the site i.e. creating a user id, or, if already registered, it entails logging in to the site with a valid id.
Users of the site will have to specify what kind of application it is i.e. fresh or reissue, normal or tatkal, type of passport i.e. regular, diplomatic or official. Users can also apply online for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Identity Certificate. The required forms will have to be filled and either submitted online or downloaded and uploaded later. Applications that have been submitted or saved can also be viewed on the site. Information on documents required can be obtained here. It also features a fee calculator to know how much has to be paid. Fee payment is also processed online. One can find details of those PSKs that provide appointments only if fees are paid online first. The site eventually provides a user an application receipt.
To apply passport offline , applicants can download and print passport forms and submit them at passport collection centers or buy the form and submit it at the centers. However, other than PSKs, only applications for new passports will be accepted at collection centers.
For certain applicants such as minors, handicapped and senior citizens, applications can be submitted at PSKs without appointments i.e. as walk-ins. In this case, applications should be submitted online for generation of ARN. This ARN is required for walk-in without appointment. This is for cases such as tatkaal or getting PCC.
A new system for passport issuance was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2007. This system was approved under the Passport Seva Project. According to this project, activities associated with issuance of passports, dispatch of passports, linking them online with the police department for verification and centralized passport printing will be taken care of by the system. The new system has made the application process quick and hassle free. The applicant must apply for fresh or reissuance of passport via any of the 77 Passport Seva Kendras working across India.
Other travel documents may be issued under the Passport Act 1967. These include:
|Renew passport or fresh passport with validity for 10 years (36 pages, regular size)||Rs.1,500|
|Renew passport or fresh passport with validity for 10 years (60 pages, jumbo size)||Rs.2,000|
|Renewal or First time applicant with ‘tatkal’ service and 10 years validity (36 pages, regular size)||Rs.3,500|
|Renewal or First time applicant with ‘tatkal’ service and 10 years validity (60 pages, jumbo size)||Rs.4,000|
|New passport for minors with validity for 5 years||Rs.1,000|
|Replacement in case of lost, theft or damage of passport (36 pages, regular size)||Rs.3,000|
|Replacement in case of lost, theft or damage of passport (60 pages, jumbo size)||Rs.3,500|
When applying for a passport in India, the applicant is required to present himself/herself to a Regional Passport Office for the purpose of verification of the information submitted in the application form.
An applicant is required to make an appointment for this purpose, which can be done in the following steps:
Step 1: Login To the online Passport Seva portal with registered login Id.
Step 2:Click on Apply for Fresh /reissue passport .
Step 3:Fill the required details in the form and submit.
Step 4: Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment whereupon an appointment slot will be allotted to them.
The External Affairs Ministry has introduced a brand new set of regulations that must be followed if you wish to get a passport. These set of new rules has made the process of issuing passports in India streamlined. These new guidelines are there so that the people of India can benefit from them.
The list of things that you must know before applying for a passport is given below:
If you have decided to apply for a passport then there are a few things you are going to have to know. The first is that you have to apply for the passport using the prescribed application form. The form might seem a bit confusing at first however, there are some guidelines that you need to follow while filling out the forms. These guidelines help you determine what needs to be filled up, where and how. Read More about guideline to fill passport application form
Once you have applied for a passport, the next question on your mind will be about how you can find out what happened to that application. That is why you should know that the passport applications can be tracked. Tracking the applications status will let you know if your application has been processed or not. Once the application enters the system, it goes through various status like application submitted, under review, printed, etc. The tracking helps you keep track of this and can be done online or using mobile application and SMS’. Here is how you can track your passport applications status in India
Once you apply for a passport, irrespective of the application being for a regular one or a tatkal passport, you will have to get a police verification done for it. There are only few cases where a police verification will not be required. Should you want to know what you are required to do in order to get the police verification done you will need to know how the issuance of a passport hinges on said verification. If you have questions about the way a police verifications work, then you can find the relevant information here. Here know about how police verification done for passport
If you are a student who is planning to pursue an education outside India, the very first thing you will need is a passport. The actual process of apply for a student passport is not very different from applying for a regular passport. You still need to follow the same process and have certain documents to support your application. You will also have to get the police verification done along with visiting your PSK for an interview. Know about procedure for applying passport for students
While applying for a passport, an individual is required to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) on the scheduled date to finish the last part of the application process. Final verification and approval takes place at PSK. Read More About Processing of Passport Applications At Passport Seva Kendra.
The ECR(Emigration Check Required) and ECNR(Emigration Check Not Required) status on the passport denote whether the individual needs emigration clearance for travelling to the specific 18 countries as listed by the Government of India. The information regarding the status will be given on the second page of the passport. For more information Check ECR/ECNR Passport Status.
In case of change in address or relocating, it is always advisable for the individual to update the address in the passport. The person can update the address by applying for a re-issue of the passport. The person can do it online or offline according to his/her convenience. For more information about change the address In passport application form.
The individual has to first send ‘’Prior Intimation Letter’’ to the controlling authority before applying for the passport. Informing them prior to applying will speed up the whole process of application. The rest of the process is quite same as that of the regular candidates. For more information about how to apply for passport for government employees.
Features Of New Indian Passport
The passport come with several features which are as follows:
There are certain cases which cannot be handled by the officers stationed at a PSK and hence has to handled by the regional passport office. These cases are known as complex cases for passport application. The following is a list of all such complex cases in passport application in India:
As mentioned, the MEA works through the CPO and PSKs in India and Embassies/Consulates outside India for the issuance of passports and carrying out related services.