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Indian Passport | Passport Seva | Process To Apply Passport | 2018

Have you ever dreamt of traveling around the world? Having those luxurious tastes of the champagne and wine tumbling down on your tongue, having the best authentic cuisine rolling inside your mouth, resting your body on a lavish, plushy feather textured beds of a magnificent hotel room. Do you dream all of this? Well… who doesn’t? Every human being living on this mother earth dreams of traveling around the world. But, have you have any idea how a small wallet-sized document has bought wonders into our lives. And this wallet-sized document is nothing but the “PASSPORT“. With the passport in your pocket, you feel powerful just like the “HERCULES”. You don’t have to think about the traffic and the scrubby parking areas, just think about the planes and you floating in the sky. Okay, now keeping aside our crazy imagination lets come to the point of what exactly a PASSPORT is. How this smallish document has made life so ease and accessibility? We are going to discuss the basic facts about the INDIAN PASSPORT, its eligibility criteria, types, rules and regulations, benefits and the most important, step by step guide to how to apply it online.

Basically, a passport is a hall pass to the world. It is an all-important travel document for those who are willing to travel overseas for education, pilgrimage, tourism, business purposes, medical attendance and family visits. It is issued by the country’s government that denotes the identity of the nationality of the holder.

Some Important Links Related To Indian Passport
Change Address In Passport
Passport Renewal
Passport Application Status
Tatkal Passport
ECR Passport
Non ECR Passport

Exactly an Indian Passport Looks Like

The Indian Passport comes in Blue- Black cover. The prints on the passport are golden in color. At the center of the passport lies the mark of the Official emblem printed. On the top “REPUBLIC OF INDIA” is inscribed in Hindi and English languages. A standard passport consists of 36 pages whereas; an individual who is traveling frequently can get a passport of 60 pages.
A basic passport contains the following information:
1. Holder’s name
2. Place and date of the birth
3. Photograph
4. A ghost picture containing Encoded Sensitive Information
5. Signature and other identifying information.
6. Permanent Address of the Holder
7. Gender
8. Date of issue and expiry of the passport
9. Place where the passport is issued.

Eligibility Criteria For an Indian Passport

The eligibility criteria for applying the passport is that applicant must be an Indian citizen. The validity of the passport is limited, usually between 5-10 years.

Types of Passport

Under the Passport Act, 1967 issued by the Government of India, there are basically three types of passports and they are categorized as follows:
1. TYPE P (ORDINARY PASSPORT): The letter “p” denotes “personal“. This is the most commonly used passport. This type of passports is used mainly for the travel on a holiday or a business purpose.
2. TYPE S (OFFICIAL PASSPORT): Here the letter “S” denotes “service“. These passports are basically used by people traveling abroad for an official government or state work.
3. TYPE D (DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT):D” denotes Diplomat. These types of passports are issued to those who always travel an official government work including those who are posted abroad.

Rules & Regulations To Follow For Passport Application: (Document to be Submitted) at Time of Applying

Before applying for a passport there are few things which are needed to keep in mind like, the applicant must be born on or after 26.01.1989. They are required to provide the birth certificate as the proof of Date of Birth. Other than this, there are few documents that are needed to be submitted before applying for Indian Passport.

Proof of Date of Birth Documents for Passport

  1. The birth certificate must be issued by the Registrar of Births or the Municipal Organization or any other organization who has the authorization and has been empowered under the Registration of Birth and Death Act 1969, to register the birth of the child born in India.
  2. He/she must submit the school leaving certificate which is issued by the school or college last attended. The school/college must have a good educational background.
  3. The policy bond which is issued by the Public Insurance Corporation/ the companies holding the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.
  4. A copy of the service record of the applicant (Government servants) and pay pension orders (Retired Government Servants) must be dully attested and certified by the administrative officer of the concerned Ministry Department of the applicant.
  5. Aadhaar card or E-Aadhaar card.
  6. Election Photo Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India.
  7. PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department.
  8. Driving license issued by the Transport Development.
  9. A declaration is given by the head of the child care home/orphanage on their official letterhead issuing the confirmation of the Date of Birth of the child.

Documents Required for The Proof of Address

  1. Water bill
  2. Telephone bill (landline/paid mobile bill)
  3. Electricity bill
  4. Income tax Assessment Order
  5. Election Commission Photo ID card
  6. Proof of Gas Connection
  7. Certificate of the employers of the reputed companies on the letterhead.
  8. Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page including the family details) provided that the applicant’s present address must match the spouse’s address.
  9. If the applicant is a minor then, he/she must provide their parent’s passport copies (first and last page).
  10. Aadhaar card
  11. Rent agreement
  12. Photo passbook of the running bank account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled private sector banks, Regional Rural Banks only).

POLICE VERIFICATION: The applicant’s criminal record must be clean. The police verification is a must.In the case of the standard passport application, they have a pre-police verification. For Tatkal (Emergency) application of passport, you need to have a post-police verification. During the Tatkal Passport Application Process of Police Verification, they provide you a character certificate, denoting that you’re clean.

ECR/ECNR PASSPORT STATUS: ECR (Emigration Check Required) and ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required): If an Indian Passport Holder is a Matric/ Std X pass, he/she is free to go to any Gulf Countries/African Countries or to any poor countries. They are free to earn their livelihood at their own risk and thus they do not require any emigration check.

Procedure for Applying for a Passport

Before applying for a passport you need to choose the option of what type of passport you need: normal or tatkal. After choosing, based on your need there are two modes: online and offline.

For applying online, you need to log into the official site of the Passport Service Website i.e. www.passportindia.gov.in You need to take an appointment or time slot for visiting PSK.

The Applicants those who are applying offline need to download and print the form and submit them at the passport collection center. The applicants can also buy and submit the form there itself. There are even walk-ins for minor, handicapped and senior citizens that mean submit the form without an appointment. This case is mainly applicable on Tatkal applications.

New Passport Application System in India: Quick N Fast

To make the applicant’s life more repose and comfort the Government of India is installing Point of Sale (POS) machines at Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) to facilitate the payment for the tatkal passports. This will blot out the requirement of the cash transactions.

The individuals can also apply for Passport using Aadhaar Card. This method of application can cut the red tape for the entire process.

Fee Structure for the Renewal or Application of New Passport

Hold On, Have You Got An Appointment

When applying for the passport, the applicant is needed to be present himself or herself to the Regional Passport Office for the verification of the information.

The applicant is required to make an appointment which undergoes the following steps:

  1. Log into Online Passport Seva Portal with a registered login id.
  2. Click on apply for fresh passport/reissue passport.
  3. Fill in the required details in the form and submit.
  4. Click the “Pay and Scheduled Appointment” link on the “view saved/submitted applications” screen to schedule an appointed and thus an appointment slot will be allotted.

Step by Step a Guided Procedure for Applying for a Passport Online

Log-In Your First Step

  1. When you visit the home page, you’ll find a section -” APPLY”.
  2. If you are an existing user, then you can happily login into your account mentioning your details (user id and password).
  3. If you’re a first time user then you need to register and create an account in-order to generate a new user id and password.

Registration Procedure is as Follows

You will be redirected to the user registration page, where you need to fill in the details, some of the details are mandatory which are marked with Asterix(*).

  1. Firstly, you need to choose the type of passport applications you want to apply for i.e either CPV Delhi or the passport office (CPV is basically for the application of diplomatic/official passports)
  2. The passport office relevant to you based on the address of your current residence (the Tibetian refugees will have to choose “Delhi Passport Office” for identity certificate).
  3. You can also use your email id as the login-id and type the password and confirm your account.
  4. Modify your login process using a “HINT” option where you can provide a hint to a question and answer, in case you forget your login details.
  5. Finally, enter the code displayed and enter the “Hit” button to confirm.

Choosing your Application Type

  1. After login in, you can have the accessibility to the site and you are redirected to the Application Page. Here, you can choose to apply for the following types of applications.
  • Fresh Passport/Passport Reissue
  • Diplomatic Passport/Official Passport
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Identity Certificate

This page has also a link which is used to view the previously submitted application, saved the application.

  1. Clicking on the apply, for the fresh/reissued passport on the applicant home page will take you to the next step.

Filling the Application Form

The application form can be applied in two modes- offline and online

Offline Mode of Applying:

  1. If you’re choosing to fill in the form offline, then click on the link provided “download  the form in soft copy“(NOTE: applicable on ACROBAT READER VERSION 9.0 ABOVE)
  2. It will redirect you to the “download e-form” for each of the following:
    • Fresh/reissue
    • Police Clearance Certificate
    • Diplomatic/Official
    • Identity Certificate
  3. Click on the desired link and download the e-form.
  4. Fill in the application e-form
  5. Click on the upload e-form and upload/submit the filled in application.

This is a quicker way to fill in the form since it doesn’t require any internet connection.

Online Mode

If you choose to fill in the form online, then click on the application online button

You will be redirected to the page, showing the option of the Passport Type you want to apply for.

  • FRESH/REISSUE
  • NORMAL OR TATKAL
  • Booklet of 36 or 60 pages.
  • The Validity of 10 years or up to 18 years of age is not applicable-choose not applicable if you are an applicant over 18 years.
  • Choose over 10 years or up to 18 years of age if the applicant is a 15 to 18 -year old minor.

Click on the “NEXT ICON” at the bottom right corner.

This will take you to the subsequent pages which denote different sections of the application field. These sections are:

  • Passport Type(current page)
  • Applicant Details
  • Family Details
  • Present Address 1
  • Present Address 2
  • Emergency contact
  • References
  • Previous Passport
  • Other Details
  • Self Declaration.

NOTE:(You have to say connected to the internet for a while filling in the form. This is a slow process if your internet speed is less than 512 Kbps) You are required to fill in all the genuine details.

Schedule, Pay and Book the Appointment

You need to schedule an appointment for Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). You are required to be present yourself. You can locate the nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) on the portal.

  1. Go to the “Applicant Home Page” where you can view the saved applications. It shows in a tabular form the ARN, ARN file no., Applicant name, Appointment Date and Submission Number.
  2. Select the ARN Number of the form you just filled.

Below the table are the various options:

  • Retrieve partially filled form
  • Pay and Schedule Appointment
  • Track Application Status
  • Track Payment Status
  • Payment Receipt
  • Uploading supporting documents
  • Appointment History
  1. Click on the pay and schedule appointment.
  2. This initiates your payment process- choose the “mode of online payment” you want to use.

Online Payment-This is done using the Internet Banking, Debit Card, Credit Cards or other options.

Offline Payments– Also called as the Challan Payment. More about this in later steps.

  1. Once the payment is done the next step is to book an appointment.
  2. If you choose to pay online, you can move on to booking the appointment directly.If there is a hitch in the system, whereby you have been charged the passport fee without having your payment done -successfully. Go to the application Home Page and click on the track payment status.Here you can check the status of the application. If it has been processed successfully then get an appointment confirmation. If it is not processed, then it will show “transaction failed“. If in this case the amount is charged then, it will get refunded to your account within 7 days else, you will have to contact the customer care.
  3. In a case of the challan mode, take the challan to the SBI Branch and pay the required amount of the cash.
  4. The Challan is valid for only 85 days from generation.
  5. Collect the copy of challan from the receiving bank personnel.
  6. The bank will take 2days to verify the ARN details of the challan given.
  7. You can also track your payment details.
  8. On successful payment, either online or offline, you can schedule your appointment.
  9. Ensure all the details you have provided are correct, then click on the appointment payment and booking.

Note: Once the payment is done the money is not refunded.

If your payment is successful then, you will receive an Appointment Confirmation and Appointment Number.

Print ARN Receipt

Now, click on the Print Application Receipt present at the bottom right corner

The print application receipt has the following details:

Applicant Details: ARN, Type of Application, name, place, gender and marital status, employment type, Father’s name and current address.

Applicant Refrence: First reference details, Second reference details(these are the alphabetic codes).

Passport Payment Details: Total fee,f ee paid, Date and Time of Payment and the Payment Transaction ID.

Passport Appointment Details: Location of the PSK and its address, Date and Time of the Passport Appointment, appointment ID as well as the reporting time.

After reviewing out the complete details click on the print receipt present at the right bottom of the corner.

The last step in this process is the display of the “Passport application receipt”. This is the proof that you have completed the process of online passport application.

It also contains a tabular display where the Batch Sequence number, reporting time where the applicants are told to visit the nearest PSK according to the batches and appointments.

Things to be Taken Care When You Have an Appointment at PSK (Documents you need to carry)

  1. Carry your documents, i.e one set of original and another set of self-attested photocopies.(Parents can attest their minor copies).
  2. Its not necessary to take photographs along with because the photographs will be taken at the PSK. Only applicant who is a minor in age i.e below 4 years needs to carry a recent passport size photo with a white background with a size limit of 4.5*3.5 cm.
  3. You need to be present before the reporting timing after you reach, you will be issued with a token. Documents will be verified before the token issuance. If you’re late then you will not be entertained and will not be given a token.
  4. Cameras, electronic gadgets, and harmful objects are not allowed to PSK.
  5. If you’re unable to attend the appointment then you can reschedule it at PSK as soon as possible and you need to follow the above process from the start.

Latest News about Indian Passports

  • 5 New Rules in Application Process of Indian Passport in 2017

You don’t have to submit the Proof of the Birth Certificates, no requirement of attestation, no requirement of the divorce decree for a divorced person, no requirement of the adoption certificates and the reduction of the Passport fees (10%) for the senior citizen and the children below 8 years of age and last but not the least – the reduction of the annexures from 15 to 9. These are the new changes done in Indian Passport Application Process in 2018.

5 New Rules in Application Process of Indian Passport In 2018

Gone are the days, where people used to line up outside the Passport Office, waiting for the 15 annexures to get signed up by the officer…shuffling through all the all the documents and IDs. Trust me that was a lot hectic and baffled.  Well, the good news is that it’s changed now…Yes, you got to hear that right. The Rules for an Indian Passport is changed, keeping up with the modernization and advance technology, The Ministry of External Affairs has declared publicly about the new changes in the passport process. Now getting a passport issued is much easier and simple as ABC.

Below are the new changes that have been introduced in the Application Process of Indian Passport in 2017: The New Passport will have the personal details printed in both Hindi and English.

Say Good Bye To The Birth Proof Certificate:

  • Then: All the applicants who were born on or after 26.01.1989 was mandatory to submit their Birth Certificate as the Proof of Date of Birth.
  • Now: The submission of the Birth Certificates is not mandatory, you can submit either one of the following documents during the Passport Application.
  1. Birth Certificate- The Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Birth or the Municipal Corporation or any Government authorized organization who has been empowered under the Registration of Births and the Death Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child in India.
  2. A transfer/school leaving certificate/ matriculation certificate issued by the school which was last attended/ recognized educational board containing the date of birth of the applicant.
  3. Aadhaar Card or E-card having the Date of Birth of the Applicant mentioned.
  4. Pan Card issued by the Income Tax Department, which the date of the birth mentioned of the applicant.
  5. A clone copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant [specially for the Government employees] and pay pension orders [for the Retired Government servants] duly attested/ certified by the officer/ in charge of the Administrative of the Concerned Ministry/ Department of the applicant, having his/her Date of Birth.
  6. Driving License issued by the Transportation Department of the Concerned State Government, having the Date of Birth of the Applicant.
  7. Election Photo Identity Card [EPIC] or Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India having the Date of Birth of the Applicant.
  8. Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the Date of Birth of the Holder.

Mentioning the Name of the Parent or the Legal Guardian

This is a big change that is introduced, it is a lot beneficial for a single parent. Lately, a lot of internal reports were examined where the mother/children have demanded that the father name should not be mentioned in the passport, and the passport should be easily issued to the children with a single parent and to adopt children.

  • Then: At the time of applying for a passport, it was mandatory to provide the names of both the parents.
  • Now: The new passport rule announces that from now onwards, the applicants can provide either the name of their father or mother or the legal guardian. This will enable the single parents to apply for the passports for their children and also in the case of issuing passports where the name of the father and mother is optional.

Reduction in Number of the Annexes:

  • Then: There was a total of 15 annexes in the Indian Passport which was mandatory.
  • Now: The annexes are reduced from 15 to 9. The annexure- “A”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “J” and “K” has been removed and certain annexes have been merged. The following annexes states as follows-
  • Annexure “A”- Identity Certificate
  • Annexure “C”- Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports (one parent not given consent).
  • Annexure “D”- Declaration of the Parent, Guardian for the Minor Passports.
  • Annexure “E”- Standard Affidavit
  • Annexure “J”- Specimen Verification Certificate.
  • Annexure “K”- Marriage Proof Certificate.

No Requirement of the Attestation

  • Then: Earlier, all the annexes that were provided had to be attested by the Notary/Executive/Magistrate/First Class, Judicial Magistrate.
  • Now: All the annexes that are required now, would be in the form of a self-declaration on a plain paper.

Marriage Certificate

  • Then: The married applicants were required to provide the marriage certificate.
  • Now: The latest Passport Application does not require the applicant to mention or provide his/her spouse name if they are separated or divorced person. Such applicants are not required to provide their divorce decree.

Some Other Additional Changes in Application Process of Indian Passport

  • Orphaned Children who do not have a Date of Birth Certificate or any other proof such as Matriculation Proof etc., may now submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letter head of the Organization confirming the date of birth of the applicant.
  • For Senior Citizens who are over the age of 60 years and the applicant who are below 8 years of age can successfully achieve 10% of the discount on the passport fees.
  • Passports will be available in both Hindi and English, instead of only English. This is aimed to receive a Passport in a much easier way.
  • During the application for Tatkal Passports, the applicants are required to submit their ration cards rather than submitting the Pan Card. This will help the people of the rural areas who do not have Pan Cards.
  • In case of the issuing of passport for an adopted child, submission of the registered adoption deed is no longer required. The applicant can directly give a declaration on a plain paper, confirming the adoption.
  • For the Government employees who are unable to obtain their Identity Certificate (Annexure “B”)/ No objection certificate (Annexure “M”) from the concerned employer can now get the passport on urgent basis, by submitting a self declaration note saying that he/she is given prior intimation letter to his/her employer informing that he/she is applying for an ordinary passport to a Passport Issuing Authority.

Was the long tiresome process of acquiring a Passport holding you back? Not anymore. Get your Passport ready and pack your bags up for an ultimate adventure with these new set of rules for issuing an Indian Passport which made it easier and less time consuming.

Indian Passport for Newborn and Infants

Passport is one of the most prized possession in one’s life. It’s a document provided by the Government of the country to its citizens for international travel and identification. It can also be used for the verification of one’s country of citizenship. Even a newborn/infant is eligible to get a Passport, following is the process of applying for Passport for Newborns/Infants

In India, this document can be acquired by the citizens of the country either online or from the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) present throughout the country.

Follow these steps to get a passport for Newborn and Infants

  1. Parents of the minor must register an account with the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)
  2. For minors, an appointment is required for the family to visit the PSK during working hours along with the receipt of the application 
  3. Once the required documents are submitted with correct details, the applicants will get a token number by the authority, and wait till their turn comes up
  4. In their turn, the application will be verified and scanned into system
  5. Once the documentation is completed candidates will be provided with an acknowledgement receipt post which the Passport will be sent to the applicants address after a period of 4-7 days.

Documents Required to Apply for Passport for Newborn and Infants

According to the official website of Consular Section of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, following are the documents which need to be submitted when applying for passport for a newborn.

Proof of Present Address (Mandatory)

  • Water Bill
  • Telephone (Landline or post paid mobile number)
  • Electricity Bill
  • Income tax Assessment Order
  • Election Commission Photo ID Card
  • Proof of Gas Connection
  • Certificate from Employer of Reputed Companies on letter head
  • Spouse’s Passport copy  (First and last page including family details), (provided the applicant’s present address matches the address mentioned in the spouse’s passport)
  • Parent’s passport copy, in case of minors(First and last page)
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Registered Rent Agreement
  • Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks, and Regional Rural Banks only)

Proof of Date of Birth (Mandatory)

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority, whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India
  • Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/ recognised educational board
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations / Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy
  • Copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant
  • Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department
  • Driving License issued by the Transport department of concerned state Government
  • A declaration was given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant

Annexure D

A Declaration affirming the particulars furnished in the application about the minor as per Annexure ‘D’ (Mandatory)

Note:

  • It is advised to carry original and self-attested copies of parents passport to Passport Seva Kendra (PSK), in case parents possess a passport.
  • For minor applicants, documents can be attested by parents.

Tatkal Passport – How to Apply, Fees & Eligibility | Passport Seva

A passport is one of the most important document issued by the Government which helps us to travel to other countries in an ease. It is an official document that ensures smooth immigration into another country. It also doubles up as an authentic office document, helping us to avail various government and private services as it acts as an address and id proof. The fastest way to get an Indian Passport is to apply for Tatkal Passport Scheme.

Tatkal service is available for issue or reissue of Indian Passports. It is not available for miscellaneous services as OCI Card. Tatkal service is available on  consideration grounds of genuine emergency like death, serious illness of a blood relative. Tatkal passport service is not for the case of scheduling travel plans, or in case of expired visa status or in case where the passport has not been renewed for more than six months after the date of expiry.

Some Important Links Related To Indian Passport
Apply For Indian Passport
Change Address In Passport
Passport Renewal
Passport Application Status
ECR Passport
Non ECR Passport

Eligibility Criteria for Tatkal Passport

There are certain eligibility criteria for the TATKAL Passport application.Applicants falling into this category below cannot apply/reapply for the tatkal scheme.

  • Citizens born to Indian parents outside India having an Indian Descent– The applicants who have Indian parents staying outside India but have an Indian descent can apply for the Tatkal Passport.
  • Applicants who have been deported to India from other countries.
  • Applicants who have been repatriated from a different country at Government’s cost.
  • The applicants who has changed their name-this is major issue
  • Residents from Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland.
  • Naga origins residing outside Nagaland.
  • Children adopted by Indian and Foreign parents.
  • Minor Children with a single parent.
  • Minor Children residing in Nagaland.
  • Short passport validity renewal
  • Lost or stolen Passport.
  • Passport damaged beyond recognition
  • Change in sex or appearance
  • Change in personal credentials such as signature.

*No Police Verification is attempted in the Tatkal Passport Application.

Tatkal Passport Application Process

The official site for applying for the Tatkal Passport is passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink.

Apply Online for Indian Passport Tatkal Passport
Tatkal Passport Eligibility, Document Required and Online Application
  1. Register yourself at the official portal of Passport Seva.- You need to apply at the official website of the passport and register yourself.
  2. Every individual will be provided with a unique ID and password.- After registration you will be provided with an ID and password. Login using the ID and the password.
  3. When you login yourself, you will be redirected to a page with two options fresh and reissue Choose the application option.
  4. Now, Select “Tatkal Option” in the scheme type.
  5. Fill in the desired details and click on the submit button.
  6. After filling the details, Download the application form and fill in the form.
  7. You can submit the form either online and offline.
  8. Please Complete the payment procedure
  9. Print out the payment receipt online
  10. Book an appointment at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra. Here you’ll be provided with an application token number.

Documents Required for Tatkal Passport Application

Before visiting the Passport Seva Kendra you need to make sure that you carry all the required documents as mentioned in the official site.

The documents that are needed at the time of applying and submitting.

  • Verification certificate as per annexure F– The annexure ‘F’ is basically a verification document which certifies that the applicant was staying at his/her current address for the past 1 year continuously and you are an Indian citizen with no criminal record from the past till date.
  • Election card- The voter ID card.
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Service Photo Id Card
  • Certificate of SC/ST/OBC
  • Identity cards of Freedom Fighters
  • Arms License
  • Ration Card
  • Property Documents
  • Pension documents
  • Railway Photo identity card.
  • PAN card issue by the income tax department.
  • Bank Passbook
  • Students ID card from a recognized institution.
  • Driving License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Gas Connection Bill

Tatkal Passport Fees

The charges for the Tatkal application is a quite high.If you are applying for a fresh passport (TATKAL) then it has a different fee and payment process along with the duration. You will be charged Rs 2000/- extra in addition to the regular fees mentioned. The maximum time limit for the Tatkal Passport issuance is 7-10 days.

Checking Passport Application Status | Do It From Home

After applying for an Indian Passport, it takes a certain period of time to get delivered at your doorstep. In the meanwhile, you can still track down your Passport Application Status to keep yourself updated.

An Indian Passport is an essential official travelling document that is issued by the Government of India that certifies your identity. With the help of an Indian Passport, you can visit any country without any restriction. For applying for an Indian Passport you need to undergo certainly quite a lot process of documentation and verification schedule. There are different types of Passport on the basis of your designation.

Some Important Links Related To Indian Passport
Apply For Indian Passport
Change Address In Passport
Passport Renewal
Tatkal Passport
ECR Passport
Non ECR Passport

For applying for an Indian Passport there are two methods-either you can apply it online or offline. For applying it offline you need to download an e-form which is available on the official website of the Indian Passport. it is categorised as fresh/reissue passport, police clearance certificate, identity certificate e-form, surrender certificate e-form etc. You need to download the e-form and upload it back on the website along with certain documents. the user must have the latest version of Acrobat Reader.

For filling for the passport online you need to register yourself in the official website of the Indian Passport. After registering successfully you are provided with a user ID and a password. This User ID and the Password is meant for logging in and filling the further details required in the form. Then comes the section of Payment and Schedule Appointment where you need to make the payment, if you are paying it offline then you need to download the challan form that is available on the website. After making the payment you need to schedule an appointment for the Passport Seva Kendra. You can select the PSK offices and dates according to your suitability.

The Passport Seva Kendra is a place where your document verification are done. This is basically the Final Step/ Procedure of the Application Procedure for an Indian Passport.

NOTE- You must have the latest version of Acrobat Reader (9 or above).

For checking your application status, the first thing you need to do is to visit the official site of the Passport. At the left side of the page, there’s an option for Track Application Status, click on that option.

After selection the track option there are three specifications to be filled up

  1. Select Application Type:  Here, you need to mention the type of application you have applied for. There are mainly 4 options to choose- Normal Passport/ Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), Identity Certificate (IC), Global Entry Program. Or Right To Information (RTI) Or Diplomatic/Official Application Or Surrender Certificate.
  2. File Number: This is a 15- letter alphanumeric number mentioned on the Acknowledgement Letter. This letter is issued at the end of the application process at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or at the exit counter.
  3. Date of Birth: Mention the required date of Birth that you have given during the process of filling the application form.

After giving the required details, click on the Track Status.

If you have submitted the above information correctly, then you will be redirected to the “Status Tracker Page“. Here you can view the following details,

  • Your file number
  • Your first and last name
  • The application submission date
  • The Passport Current Status

Other Ways To Track Your Passport Application Status

Through National Call Center

 You can even track down your passport status by contacting the National Call Centre which is a toll-free number. You need to provide your file number as well as your date of birth to the customer representative.

Tracking Down Your Passport By Help Desk

You can find queries in the feedback section of the Passport Portal. The Passport Seva Kendras have the helpdesk which will provide you the information regarding the Passport Application Status and inquiries related to the Application status and updates. You can also send your queries through e-mail. You can even visit your nearest Passport Office or call the PO.

Passport Application Status Tracking Through SMS

You can also check your application status through the SMS. You can opt for a Premium SMS service where you will receive the updates of your Passport Application (up to 9 status updates). This will charge Rs 30 which is charged at the time of the enrollment. You can send a text message by typing in the number along with space and writing down the 15 digits alpha-numeric file number to 9704100100.

Using mPassport Seva App to Track Passport Application Status

This is an another way of getting information of your Application status. This app runs on every leading platform like Blackberry, Android, IOS, and windows. You can download it in Google Play Store, Blackberry World, App Store and Windows Phone. All you have to do is to give the file number as well as the Date of the Birth. Status of Passport Application can also be tracked using the mPassport Seva App.

Hence, these are the certain process through which you can track down and get frequent updates on the Passport Application form without waiting in the queue and wasting your time.