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Passport is one of the important official document issued by the Indian Government. The Passport is known to be a ticket to travel the world. It serves as an Identity Proof as well as the Age Proof. In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of Passport, Renewal of the Passport and how to do the Passport Renewal in India, documents required for renewal etc.
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Why is it Necessary to Renew a Passport
If you are traveling abroad then you have to carry your Passport. A passport does not guarantee entry to any country, but it is a required document to go abroad. Furthermore, the validity of an Indian Passport is 10 years. After the expiration of the validity, you should renew your Passport. Passport is accepted as a Proof of an Identification, Address, and Age in India.
Procedure for Passport Renewal in India
If the applicants want to apply it online, then they can perform the renewal process online. They can also make the payment online and book an appointment.
There are 5 major steps to complete the Renewal Process:
Registering Process Online
- Visit the Passport Seva Kendra Site and register for the Passport Renewal online.
- If you are already a registered user, then log in using the credentials.
- If you are a new register, then click “New User” and “Register Now”.
- Select the nearest Passport Office based on your current address.
- To register, you need to provide the basic details which include your name and date of birth.
- Create a Login ID and Password and set a hint question and register.
- You will then receive an e-mail to the address you have provided.
- A link is sent to your e-mail. Activate your account using the link.
- Once you are logged into your Passport Account. Click on “Apply for Fresh Passport/ Re-issue of the Passport”.
Filling of the Application
- There are two options available for filling the application form.
- You can both download the application form in PDF Format and fill it offline or you can fill the form online.
- Fill in the current address.
- Update the details if in case you want to make any change.
- You need to provide any two local references. Provide their full name, phone number, and address.
- If police verification is required, these people will be contacted. For online application procedure, you have to click on submit to complete the application.
- If you are using the PDF format make sure that you enter your city or village. Click on validate and save the form.
- You need to upload this document to the same page from where it has been downloaded.
- The details will be entered automatically in the online form.
- Recheck and verify all the details before clicking the submit button.
- The only thing which you can edit after submission is the changing of the Passport Office.
For renewal of the Passport application, there is no Payment required.
Booking a Slot
- You can click on the “scheduled appointment”
- Select the available slot according to your convenience. You can also choose the option to choose the nearest Post Office.
- Once your slot is confirmed, you can schedule your appointment.
Visiting the Passport Office
You can visit the Passport Office 15 minutes before the slot timing. A group number is allocated and it is mentioned on your form. When your number is called, you can go to the next room and the application process is carried on. If you sign up for SMS Service, then you will receive all the updates about the Passport Status. Once you have successfully completed your process and submitted all the documents then the validity will be changed on the passport and the same booklet will be returned to you.
Documents Required for the Online Passport Renewal
The Online Official Portal for the Passport is Passport Seva Kendra. Under this website, they have “Document Advisor” which is meant for the renewal of the Passport. The documents that are required for the Online Passport Renewal are:
- Original Old Passport
- Self-attested copy of first and last two pages of Passport.
- Self-attested copy of ECR and Non-ECR Passports.
- Self-attested copy of Page of Observation, if any made by the Passport Issuing Authority.
- Self-attested copy of the Validity extension page, if any in respect of short validity passport.
- Proof of the documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity of Passport.
What is the Purpose of the Renewal of the Short Validity Passport?
The short validity passport is issued for certain cases. The purpose of the renewal of the Short Validity Passport are as follows:
- The students who are appearing for different exams like SAT, TOEFL etc.
- Indians who are residing in Abroad and wish to travel India.
- Non-delivery of Passport due to the loss of transit.
- In case the applicant has a criminal case pending in the court.
Difference between the Renewal and Re-issue
Renewal of Passport: The Renewal of the Passport is performed when you want to extend the validity of the Passport. Like for an example if you’re Passport has a short validity if 2-5 years then you can extend the validity period of the Passport. This process of extending the Validity of the Passport is called as Renewal of Passport.
Re-Issue: The Re-issue of the Passport done when you need a complete new Passport. You will receive a new booklet number and Passport Number.
Passports are issued under the following circumstances:
- Expired or about to get expired
- Lost Passport
- Stolen Passport
- Exhaustion of Pages
- Damaged or soiled Passport
- Change in the personal details.
- After the renewal of the passport, the validity of the Passport becomes 10 years.
- For the renewal of the Passport, you will not receive any new booklet. Only the validity will be changed in the passport and the same passport will be returned back to you.
- You need to carry all your original documents to the Passport Office for your appointment.
- But in case of the submission process, you need to submit only the self-attested copies of your documents. The original documents are considered only for the verification purpose and will be given back to you after verification.
- You cannot make any corrections online, once the application form is submitted. You can visit the Passport Seva Kendra and ask the Citizen Service Executive to make the change if required.
- There are no charges for the Renewal of the Passport.
Aadhaar linkage deadlines are near and deadline for submitting KYC (Know Your Customer) details to PPIs (Prepaid Payment Instrument) such as Paytm, MobiKwik, etc was on 28th Feb 2018. The initial deadline for the wallets was December 31st, 2017, which was later extended to February 28, 2018.
The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) refused to extend the deadline any further and says
However, assurance has been given by the authority that if someone fails to meet the given deadline, they would not lose money in their mobile wallets
He further added that
How to reactivate e – wallet
Once the customer provide their Aadhaar details which is a part of KYC (Know Your Customer) process, they can enjoy full services of their mobile wallets.
The process for most e – wallets is almost the same: you open the app and type your registered mobile number and you will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number and put the OTP and you will be able to upload your Aadhaar details.
In case of Paytm, people can either visit a nearest Paytm KYC centre or schedule a visit from a Paytm representative after uploading Aadhaar details on the app.
However, PPIs apparently find the KYC requirement a challenging job as they fear business loss if stricter guidelines are implemented with majority customers sticking to minimum KYC.
The Supreme Court of India on March 27,2017 ordered that the government cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar identification for its non-welfare schemes like opening of bank accounts, filing of tax returns, verification of new and existing mobile phone numbers and user credentials etc. Many citizens have expressed their doubts and misconceptions about the Aadhaar card. The court has also maintained that the government cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes and it has allowed the government to use it in some schemes, not permitted to be used as a mandatory requirement.
There are two types of Aadhaar forms. The first is the enrolment form and the second if you want to make any changes to the details provided.
Aadhaar Enrollment Form
By filling this form you will finish the first step towards achieving your Aadhaar card. While filling up this form a person should provide the following information
- Your name, date of birth, address and contact information.
- Parent’s if the person who has applied is below the age of 5 years.
- In the following two sections you are required give permission to UIDAI on your bank details, consent for inclusion in welfare schemes and linking bank accounts to Aadhar.
- The Aadhaar enrollment requires the submission of a number of documents like Proof of Address, Proof of Identity and the document related with it. In the next section you need to choose how you would like to verify that information.
- In case you do not have a proof of identity or address, then you use the identity proof of an introducer or the head of your family.
- You will also have to attest the form, as will your introducer/HOF, if you don’t have the required documents.
Aadhaar Correction/Updation Form
In case of any mistakes or changes (eg change in address, name, mobile number), a person must fill in the correction form. The following details must be provided in this form
- Indicating which piece of information needs to be changed.
- Details of the information that will need to be changed. For example, if the name needs to be corrected then you will provide the name that it needs to be changed to.
- The form can also be filled in English and in your local language.
- Once again you will have to mention the documents that you intended on submitting as proof.
- The last thing to do will be to attest the form and send it to the addresses mentioned on the form.
To know more about Aadhaar Registration Please visit the official website at https://uidai.gov.in/
While the Aadhaar card was initially granted only to Indian residents, the central government has now made a provision to issue the same to Non Resident Indians (NRI) as well. The card comprises of a 12-digit number unique to every individual.
As per the Aadhaar Act 2016, only a resident who has resided for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrollment is eligible for Aadhaar.
This move was considered important not only to keep a count on the demographic profile of the country but also acts as a unique card comprising of biometric as well as identity and address proof of every Indian citizen.
Steps To Apply For An Aadhaar Card
The Aadhaar enrollment is a very simple and a hassle free process. The process is same for both Indians as well as Non Indian Residents (NRIs). Application for an Aadhaar card should meet the following steps:
- The first step is to enroll yourself for an Aadhaar. This is done by filling in the enrollment form in any Aadhaar enrollment centre anywhere in this country. You can locate your nearby Aadhaar centre by visiting the official UIDAI website
- After successful enrollment an acknowledged slip will be provided for your future use. In case you have lost your slip in can retrieve the same in the official website of UIDAI. This will require your mobile number registered at the time of enrollment.
- To check your Aadhaar status all you need to do is visit the official UIDAI website, click the “enroll and get Aadhaar option”. After this click on to “check Aadhaar status” option. This will redirect you to a page wherein you will have to fill your 28-digit enrollment id. The 28 digit enrollment id comprises of your 14 digit enrollment number provided at the top of your acknowledgment slip and 14 digit date and time (dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss) of your enrollment.
- Finally, you need to fill in the security code provided in the captcha in the right hand side.
Procedure To Fill The Enrollment Form
The procedure to apply for an Aadhaar card is same for both NRIs as well Indian citizens.
Steps to fill in the enrollment form: –
There are all total 12 columns in the form. A step by step guideline to fill the form is provided below: –
- Pre enrollment id – This is not a mandatory field. If you want to provide your demographic data online to UIDAI you can visit their official website and after filling in your details you will be provided with a pre enrollment id. You may provide this number in this column
- NPR receipt/TIN number – This refers to national population survey slip or Tax Identification number. This is again not a mandatory field
- Full Name – Here you should mention your full name, I.e., your first name, your middle name and your surname. Your name should match with the name that provided in your identity proof document
- Gender – Here you will have to identify your gender as male, female or Transgender
- Age – If you are not sure about your age, you can provide your approximate age. If you do not have any documents to prove your age, then click on the declared box and if you have the documents to prove your age then click the verified box
- Address – Here you need to provide your address. Your address should match the address that you have provided in your address proof document. Along with your address, you also need to provide your mobile number and email id
- Details of family members – this is not a mandatory column for adults but it is compulsory for children below the age of 5. Parents should provide their names and Aadhaar numbers.
- Consent – By giving your consent you will allow UIDAI to share the information that you have provided to the public service agencies
- Doc provided – In the column “for document based”, it is mandatory to provide your Proof of Identity and Proof of Address. The proof of date of birth is mandatory you have selected the verified box in the date birth field. Proof of relationship document is mandatory if you are using an introducer or a head of the family to enroll for an Aadhaar card (e.g.: -passport, pension card, marriage certificate etc.)
- Introducer/head of the family – In case a person does not have any proof of Address or proof of identity than he or she will have to fill in the credentials of the head of the family
- Signature – Here the applicant will have given his/her signature, name or thumbprint to authenticate the form.
Documents Required for Aadhaar Card for NRIs
1)Documents that establish your identity as a Non Residential Indian (NRI)
5)Documents linking your connection with the country where they hold green card/residency (this will be verified by officials to see whether or not you are eligible for Aadhaar card)
The full list of documents is given below.
Finger Tip Scanning
After successful submission of your enrollment form, you will be called for your fingertip scanning where all of your ten fingers will be scanned. This is done to ensure that your biometric data is unique. For this, you will have to personally visit the Aadhaar card centre
The iris scanning will be done in the Aadhaar card centre itself. This is done to make sure that your data is not confused with anyone else
This is also done in the Aadhaar centre. A photograph of the applicant is taken by a web camera and is added to the Aadhaar card
After successfully scanning and submitting all the documents, the authorities takes a minimum of three months to produce an Aadhaar card. You can check the status of your Aadhaar card in the official website of UIDAI.
Applying for a Passport is the most headache thing for anyone. But, thanks to the Government of India who made this process quite simpler and stress-free. Recently, the Government of India has minimized the procedure length of applying for a Passport. Usually, it has been found that the issuance of Passport procedure is quite hectic for the Government employees, PSU employees or Autonomous bodies and so on.
They get stuck in between few documents. The Government employees find it very difficult to obtain an Identity Certificate (IC) or Non-Objection Certificate (NOC). Therefore, to fix this issue, the Government has introduced a new feature called “Prior Intimation Letter”. The applicant who is applying for the passport can just send this letter to the Controlling Authority before the submission of their application. Adopting this action can lead to a faster and less complicated process.
Application Process for Applying for A Passport For The Government Employees
Its mainly observed that the Government employees find it hard to issue a Passport. It can be due to the number of documents required or maybe due to the waiting for long long hours in front of the Passport Seva Kendra Office. The old procedure system for the Passport had a lot of things to do. Earlier, the employees have to obtain a NOC Certificate from their employer. Then visit the Passport Seva Kendra for a prior appointment. Then after the NOC is presented and the Passport process still starts to take up. Then the police verification is done at the later stage.
But, the latest version is more petite and simple. The Government has reduced some of the privileges and compressed the application procedure. The Ministry of External Affairs adopted this measure since it’s a one-way mode of communication from the employee saying he/she is applying for the Passport.
- If you are applying for the Passport then you need to submit the “Prior Intimation Letter” to your Controlling Authority or the administration. You need to inform them that you are applying for the passport.
- If the administration or the authority has any objections, they can directly report them to the Regional Passport Office.
- The Passport process remains the same as usual. It is the same as that for the regular applicants.
- Family members of the employees will also undergo the same procedures for applying for a Passport.
- The Applicants must register themselves in Passport Seva Website: www.passportindia.gov.in.
- After registering, fill in the required application form and submit.
- Once the application is successfully submitted, proceed to make the payment.
- When you are done with the payment, book an appointment.
- At the time of the appointment, the applicant must be physically present in the Passport Office.
- After that, you need to collect the token and submit all the documents, provide the biometrics and the photographs.
- The passport officials will then complete the verification process and issue a receipt.
- The Passport Verification may or may not be required depending on the documents you submit.
- Later, after all, above procedures, the Passport is then couriered to your given address.
Passport Application Fees For The Employment
Scheme Booklet Fee Normal 36 pages Rs 1500 Tatkal 36 pages Rs 3500
Documents Required For The Passport Application
The Government Employees can submit the following documents for the Passport Application
- Copy of the Prior Intimation Letter to the administrator or the authority.
- NoC from the Controlling Authority or the Administrator.
- Identity from the controlling authority or the Administrator.
After submitting the application online, there is an option available to view the saved/submitted application. You can then Pay and Schedule the appointment as per your need. In order, to book an appointment, the payment must be done successfully. The Passport Seva Kendra uses the SBI Portal. You can use any one of the following-
- Debit Cards (Visa/Master Card)- You will be charged 1.5%+ service tax.
- Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card)- You will be charged 1.5%+ service tax.
- Internet Banking (SBI and Associate Banks)
- SBI Challan- No change – the Fees should be deposited at the nearest SBI Branch after 3 hours of