Passport in India- The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India issues Indian passports through a network of 593 offices nationwide and 197 Indian embassies and consulates around the world.
People visiting overseas for school, tourism, pilgrimage, medical treatment, business, or family visits will need to bring this document.
In terms of the Passport Act of 1967, a passport certifies those who hold office as Indian citizens by birth or by birth. In India, the Ministry of External Affairs’ Consular, Passport and Visa Division provides passport services through the Central Passport Organization (CPO) and network of passport offices, as well as Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs). It is important to note that all passports issued to people can be read electronically, according to the rules of the Indian Civil Aviation Organization.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Government of India will soon issue ‘e-passports’ for citizens. These e-passports will protect biometric data and make it easier to navigate international immigration.
- Passport Seva Project
- Types of Passports Issued in India
- Passport Services
- Documents Required for Indian Passport
- How to Book Appointment for Indian Passport
- New Passport Application Rules in India
- Payment Through Credit/Debit Card – Renew Passport / Apply New Passport
- Fees Structure for Indian Passport
- How to Renew Passport in India
- Documents Required for Passport Renewal
- FAQs on Indian Passport
Passport Seva Project
The Passport Seva Project was launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs with the aim of bringing Passport Services to citizens in a more comfortable and accessible and reliable environment. The project aims to establish a national Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), a Data Center and a Disaster Recovery Center, an Indian multilingual Telephone Center, and a centralized computerized passport system.
With the implementation of the Passport Seva design, Passport Seva Kendras serves as an extended arm of the Transit District Offices. The applicant can obtain a permit from the Regional Passport Office and Passport Seva Kendra prior to applying.
Types of Passports Issued in India
There are two main types of passports that are issued to individuals by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. They are:
- Ordinary passport: Ordinary passports are issued to ordinary individuals. These passports are for general purpose which enables the holders to travel to foreign countries on business or holidays.
- Official/Diplomatic passport: Official or Diplomatic passports are issued to people travelling to foreign countries on official duties.
For the issuance of a new passport and the re-issue of a passport, you need to complete the online application form via e-Form Submission (optional) or by submitting an Online Form. Alternatively the applicant can submit the application form directly to the CPO office / Passport / Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) / Regional Passport Cell (DPC) / Speed post facilities.
The various passport services are:
- Issue of Fresh Passport: You can apply for fresh passport if applying for the first time.
- Reissue of Passport: You can apply for reissue of passport if you want another passport in lieu of an existing passport for any of the following reasons:
- Change in existing personal particulars.
- Validity expired within 3 years/ Due to expire.
- Validity expired more than 3 years ago.
- Exhaustion of pages.
- Damaged passport.
- Lost passport.
- Miscellaneous Service: Issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
Documents Required for Indian Passport
When an individual applies for a passport, he/she is required to submit certain documents:
- Passport application form
- Proof of address
- Proof of date of birth
- Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories
- For Proof of Address
- Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant
- Landline or postpaid mobile bill
- Rental agreement
- Electricity bill
- Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India
- Water bill
- Income Tax Assessment order
- Proof of Gas connection
- Aadhaar card
- Copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport, in case of minors
- Certificate from employer of reputed companies on their letterhead
- Copy of the first and last page of the spouse’s passport mentioning the applicant’s name as spouse of the passport holder.
- For Proof of Date of Birth:
- Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar
- PAN card
- Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India
- Driving licence
- A declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care Home confirming the date of birth of the applicant in its official letterhead.
- Birth certificate.
- Transfer certificate/school.
- The copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only for government employees) or pension order (retired government employees) which is duly attested or certified by the officer of the concerned department of the applicant.
- The copy of the policy bond that is issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporation/Companies having the date of birth of the holder of the insurance policy.
How to Book Appointment for Indian Passport
Follow the simple steps mentioned below to book an appointment for Indian passport:
Step 1:Login to the online Passport Seva portal with registered login ID and password.
Step 2:Click on the ‘Apply for Fresh /reissue passport’ link.
Step 3:Fill the required details and submit the application form
Step 4:Next, click on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ link which is located under the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ screen to schedule the appointment.
Step 5:On doing so, the appointment slot will be allotted to the applicant.
New Passport Application Rules in India
- All the recent Indian passports contain the personal details about the holder on the second page of the document.
- The new passports have the applicant’s picture on the right side of the passport’s second page.
- Emigration check is required for all people who hold ECR passports.
- ECNR passports can be availed by:
- Indians holding at least the matriculation certificate
- Indian born in a foreign country
- Official or Diplomatic passport holders
- Gazetted Government servants
- All individuals who pay income tax
- The professional degree holders and graduates like lawyers, doctors, engineers, scientists, chartered accountants, etc.
- Dependent children and spouses
- Seamen in possession of CDC
- All individuals above the age of 50 years
- All nurses who possess qualifications that are recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act of 1947
- All children above the age of 18 years
- All individuals who have stayed in foreign countries for more than 3 years
- All people who have diplomas from SCVT (State Council of Vocational Training) or NVCT (National Council for Vocational Training)
- Both Hindi and English languages are printed on the Indian.
- If the applicant is separated or divorced, they would not be required to enter the name of the spouse in the passport application form.
- The name of either the applicant’s mother, father or legal guardian must be provided in the passport application form.
- Some of the annexes in the Passport Rule, 1980, have been merged and brought to nine from the existing 15.
- The annexes must be provided by the applicants on plain paper which is self-declared. Going forward, no attestation or swearing by executive magistrates would be required.
- For a child not born out of wedlock, only Annexure G must be submitted while making the passport application.
- Applicants who are married need not submit Annexure K or marriage certificate.
- Submission of registered deed of adoption is not required anymore for domestically adopted kids. Orphaned kids can submit authorized letter from the orphanage.
- Sanyasis and Sadhus can apply for Indian passports with their spiritual Guru’s name on the passport application.
Payment Through Credit/Debit Card – Renew Passport / Apply New Passport
To pay using Credit/Debit Card OR Internet Banking, following steps may be followed
Step 1. Click the “Schedule Appointment” link, select the appointment quota (i.e. Tatkaal Quota or Normal Quota (required only for Tatkaal ARN cases)), select the desired Passport Seva Kendra, and click the Next>> button.
Step 2. Click the Pay and Book Appointment button to redirect t State Bank of India’s Multi Option Payment System (MOPS)
Step 3. Select the Mode of Payment (NET BANKING or CARD PAYMENTS), follow the instructions and make payment. Please do not click the Back button or refresh the page, as this may lead to failure of transaction.
Step 4. Once the payment is successful, an appointment will be booked automatically for the selected Passport Seva Kendra and the “Appointment Confirmation” screen of PSP Portal will be displayed.
Step 5. Take a printout of the Application (ARN) Receipt, and carry it along while visiting the Passport Seva Kendra on the given appointment date/time.
Visit passportindia.gov.in for more information about e-Form and it’s submission.
Fees Structure for Indian Passport
|Sr. No.||Service Required||Application Fee||Additional Tatkaal Fee|
|1||Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport including additional booklet due to exhaustion of visa pages (36 pages) of 10 years validity.||Rs.1,500/-*||Rs.2,000/-*|
|2||Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport including additional booklet due to exhaustion of visa pages (60 pages) of 10 years validity.||Rs.2,000/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|3.||Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport for Minors (below 18 years of Age), of 5 years validity or till the minor attains the age of 18 whichever is earlier (36 pages)||Rs.1,000/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|4.||Replacement of Passport (36 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport||Rs.3,000/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|5.||Replacement of Passport (60 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport||Rs.3,500/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|6.||Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)||Rs.500/-||NA|
|7.||Replacement of Passport (36 pages) for deletion of ECR / Change in personal particulars (10 year validity)||Rs.1,500/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|8.||Replacement of Passport (60 pages) for deletion of ECR / Change in personal particulars (10 year validity)||Rs.2,000/-||Rs.2,000/-|
|9.||Replacement of Passport (36 pages) for deletion of ECR/ Change in personal particulars for Minors (below 18 years of Age), of 5 years validity or till the minor attains the age of 18 whichever is earlier.||Rs.1,000/-||Rs.2,000/-|
Fee is non-refundable.
* Also applicable for minors between 15 to 18 years of age, who wish to get a 10-year full validity passport.
** If the application for a new passport is made under Tatkaal scheme, tatkaal fee is to be paid in addition to the application fee mentioned above.
Fee schedule would be restructured after the nationwide rollout of the Passport Seva Project.
How to Renew Passport in India
- After creating an account, you will have to fill in the online form.
- Click on the ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport’ link and fill in the form.
- Once the form has been duly filled-in, click on ‘Validate’ to save a copy of the form.
- You will have to upload the filled-in form and click ‘Submit’. It is advisable to verify all information entered before you submit the form to avoid errors.
Documents Required for Passport Renewal
When an individual applies for the renewal of a passport, there are certain documents that have to be submitted along with the application form. The Passport Seva Kendra website has a ‘Document Advisor’ for the renewal of a passport. Based on the type of passport being renewed (regular/tatkaal) as well as the age of the applicant (minor/adult), documentation would differ. The general documents for most applications are as follows:
- Original old Passport
- Self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport.
- Self-attested copy of the ECR/Non-ECR page.
- Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.
- Self-attested copy of the validity extension page, if any, with respect to the Short Validity Passport (SVP)
- Proof of documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity Passport (SVP).
FAQs on Indian Passport
How to check the Indian Passport Application Status?
To check your passport application status, you have to visit the official website of Passport Seva and click on ‘Track Application Status’. Then, choose your application type and enter your file number and date of birth. Lastly, click ‘Track Status’.
Procedure for Police Verification of Indian Passport
There are a few cases where police verification is not required. If the applicant wants to know what he/she is required to do in order to get the police verification done, applicants can log into the passport seva website
How to change the address in the Indian Passport Application Form?
The passport holder can update the address by applying for a re-issue of the passport. The person can do it online or offline according to their convenience.
How many days does it take to get an Indian Passport?
When a normal application is filed, the passport is issued to the applicant within 30-45 days while if the application is made under the Tatkaal mode, the passport is issued within 7-14 days.
Is having a permanent address necessary while applying for an Indian passport?
No, a permanent address is not mandatory while applying for an Indian passport. However, the applicant needs to provide the current address which will be shown in the issued passport.
What is the validity of the Indian passport?
The Indian passport which is issued to the ordinary residents of the country is valid for a period of 10 years. For a minor, the validity is restricted to a maximum of 5 years.