GST Seva Kendra | 2018 | All Information

The much awaited Goods and Service Tax (GST) has been introduced on and from July 1st 2017. In the new taxation system, instead of various taxes like Value Added Tax (VAT), Excise Duty, Service Tax, Central Sales Tax (CST), Customs Duty etc, there will be one tax known as Goods and Service Tax (GST).

While celebrations marked the successful implementation of most ambitious New Single Indirect Tax Regime, confusion and anxiety kicked in amongst the consumers and traders. Hence, Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) launched the one stop GST facilitation centre in February 2017, in order to assist tax payers and businesses uploading GST returns.

Needs of GST Seva Kendra

GST Seva Kendra started off to prepare India for the newly reformed taxation system i.e. GST – Goods and Service Tax. After two months of its implementation most of the India is now GST registered hence, GST Seva Kendra is now set for further assistance like GST migration and GST return filing.

Services Offered at GST Seva Kendra

  • Information brochures, documents, Trade Notices, forms etc.
  • Assistance to taxpayers in helping them understands legal provisions, procedures and documents.
  • Helping with the expeditious disposal of their GST applications, references etc. pending with any Departmental authority in the Commissionerate.
  • Assisting the taxpayers in getting requisite support from GSTN / DG Systems, CBIC.
  • Enhancing taxpayer satisfaction under GST, an area of critical importance to Government, by careful analysis of the prescribed ‘Taxpayer Satisfaction Forms’ for identifying areas of improvement.

How to Find a GST Seva Kendra

The Central Board of Excise and Custom has opened more than 8000 Seva Kendra Centres across the nation in all the districts. All Seva Kendra’s are connected to the GST Network and Central Board of Excise and Customs portals and is manned by trained officers.

  • GST Seva Kendra’s are open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all working days.
  • One can walk into these offices or they can also take appointment before the visit.

GST Seva Kendra Centres in Major Cities

  • Delhi – There are more than 202 GST Seva Kendra offices in Delhi
  • Mumbai – There are more than 178 GST Seva Kendra offices in Mumbai
  • Bengaluru – There are over 50GST Seva Kendra Centres in Bengaluru.
  • Kolkata – There are more than 194 GST Seva Kendra Centres in Kolkata
  • Hyderabad – There are more 70 GST Seva Kendra Centres in Hyderabad
  • Chennai – There are more than 55 GST Seva Kendra Centres in Chennai.

Find more details about GST Seva Kendra at CBEC Official website @ www.cbec.gov.in

Different Taxes in India – All about Direct and Indirect Tax

Every year at the end of the month of March, every company, organization, institution and the Government sector offices and even the employees working in the organizations etc. have so many questions revolving in their mind that- Do we need to Pay Tax? Are there any changes in the rates and schemes? Well, Taxes are mandatory. Every eligible citizen of India has to pay taxes.

What is Tax

Tax is a charge that is levied by the Central Government or the State Government of India. The tax charge is implemented for the betterment of the country’s economy and improving the standards and welfare of the country. The tax rules and the types of taxes are constituted by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Revenue.

Different Types of Taxes in India

The Various types of taxes in India are

  • Direct Taxes
  • Indirect Taxes
  • Other Taxes

Direct Tax

Direct Taxes are the taxes that are directly paid or imposed to the Government of India. These taxes are controlled by the Government body, Department of Revenue named as Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The different types of direct taxes in India are

  1. Income Tax– Income Tax in India is levied on anybody who earns an income in India, whether they are resident and non-resident. They are classified into some categories like- individual person, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), Association of Person (AOP), Body of Individuals, Corporate Firms, Companies, Local Authorities and another artificial jurisdictional person who have earned an income and they are eligible to pay the income tax. The Income tax is charged on the total income of the previous year at the rates prescribed for the particular assessment year. According to the assessment year of 2017-2018 the income tax rates are categorized on the basis of income slab.

The income tax rates are distributed in 5%, 10%, 20%, and 30% on the basis of the total income. A Surcharge of 10% of the income tax is added for the income between Rs 50 Lacs to 1 Crore. A surcharge of 15% is charged if the total income exceeds Rs 1 Crore.An Educational Cess of 3% is also charged in case of every individual.

For more details regarding the Income Tax rates for FY 17-18 please click here

  1. Capital Gains Tax– It is a tax gain on capital. If you are selling a property, bond or dealing any contract and you are gaining a profit in it, then you need to pay Capital Gains Tax. This type of tax is of two types- short term and long term. The long term Capital Gains Tax is charged if the capital assets are charged for more than 1 year in a shared case and 3 years in the case of contract whereas short term Capital Gains Tax is charged if it is less than the certain period mentioned above for the long term.
  2. Securities Transaction Tax– This type of tax is applicable, on the platform of stock exchange. If you are buying or selling equity shares, derivative instruments, equity oriented Mutual Funds, then the Security Transaction Tax is implemented.

The Current Security Transaction Tax Rates

Market Type Current Rate
Future and Options 0.017%
Capital Market (Delivery) 0.125%
Capital Market (Intra-Day) 0.025%

 

  1. Wealth Tax- This tax was imposed on one individual if their net wealth exceeds 30 lacs at the rate of 1% on the amount exceeding 30 lacs. Wealth Tax is no longer leviable from assessment year 2016-17.
  2. Corporate Tax- Corporates are the annual or the yearly taxes that are payable on the income of the corporate organization operating in India. These are broadly classified as Domestic and Foreign Companies.

Indirect Taxes

Indirect Taxes are the taxes that are not directly levied on the tax payer or the individual, but indirectly imposed on the expense incurred by the individual. Like for an example, when we buy any product, we pay GST (Previously VAT or Service Tax in case of Services). Following are the types of the indirect taxes

  1. Good and Services Tax (GST)– It is a type of Indirect Tax which is charged on the sale, consumption, manufacture of Goods and services at the National Level. GST was amended by the Constitution of India (122nd Amendment Bill) 2014. GST is implemented for country’s economic growth and reduce the overall tax burden on the goods in the country. The other taxes that are included in the umbrella of GST are
    1. Value Added Tax (VAT)– The Sales Tax is complimented with Value Added Tax to make it uniform across the country. These taxes are applied when the goods are sold completely and finally to the customer. VAT is now a part of Goods and Service Tax (GST)
    2. Excise Duty– Excise duty is the type of indirect tax that is levied by the Government on the goods and commodities that are manufactured in India. These goods are meant for the domestic consumption. Ex- Salt, sugar, newspapers, Tobacco, Gasoline, Alcohol etc. Excise is also a part of GST now.
    3. Service Tax–  The Service providers are the connected to the service tax. The service tax is charged on the aggregate amount that is received by the service provider. Example- leasing, The INTERNET, transportation etc. are subjected to the service tax. Service
    4. Customs Duty– These are the indirect taxes that are imposed on the goods that are imposed on the goods that are exported from India and imported to India.
    5. Sales Tax– These taxes are imposed by the Government on the sale and purchase of the goods in the Indian Market. These are charged on the movable goods. Anything you purchase in the market, you pay sales tax for it. Examples are- telephone, salon, the advertising company, health centre etc. The last rate of the Sales tax is 14.5%. It is now replaced by GST as is the case with all above stated taxes.

GST is divided into 3 parts

  1. Central GST (Levied by Union Government of India)
  2. State GST (Levied by Various State Governments)
  3. Integrated GST (Levied by Union Government when there is a movement of Goods or Services across state lines.

GST Rates comprises of CGST + SGST which are equal and half of below given rates. GST Rate Slabs are given below

The GST Rates are distributed on the basis of the product category

GST RATES PRODUCTS
GST (0%) Milk, jaggery, fresh vegetables, unbranded honey and paneer, coconut water, prasad, salt
GST (5%) Kerosene, Coal, tea, spectacles, cashew nuts, mat flooring, raisin, LPG, Footwear (<Rs 500), Apparels (<Rs 1000).
GST (12%) Butter, ghee, almonds, umbrellas, mobiles, packed coconut water, preparations of vegetables, fruits like (Chutney, Jam, Jelly, Pickle)
GST (18%) Hair Oil, toothpaste, computers, CCTV, cornflakes, staplers, ice cream, computer monitor (<17 inches), printers.
GST (28%) Luxury Products, Betting, Horse Racing, 5 Star Hotels, Cinema Tickets etc.

 

  • For the restaurants serving alcohol, the tax charged will be 18%.
  • Education, Healthcare are going to be exempted from GST.
  • GST charges on the services on Non-AC Restaurants will be 12%.
  • GST on Gold and Jewelery will be 3%
  • GST on Diamond and Precious Stones will be 0.25%
  • Petroleum Products and Liquor is not a part of GST regime and is still under the VAT and Excise Model.

Other Indirect Taxes

  1. Professional Tax– It is the tax that is charged on the income on the basis of the profession or employment. An individual earning an income or anyone holding a profession such as a lawyer, doctor, interior or fashion designer etc.
  2. Municipal Tax– This tax is imposed by the local authority called as Municipality of the country. These are the local taxes that are paid to the Municipal Corporation if he or she owes a house property. These taxes are paid for the maintenance of sewage, road, civic services.
  3. Entertainment Tax– This tax is imposed by the State Government on the financial transaction that is related to the Entertainment. These taxes are imposed on the movie tickets, stage/ theater shows, broadcasting, DTH and cable services. This tax is no longer active and covered under the umbrella of GST from July 1st, 2017 Onwards.
  4. Stamp Duty, Registration Fees, Transfer Tax–  When you are purchasing a property then you have to pay additional charges like the stamp duty, registration fees, transfer tax etc. This tax is levied by the Government for preparing the legal documents of the property. This is the tax is imposed over the handling of the title of the property ownership from one person to another. The amount varies from property to property.
  5. Education Cess and Surcharge– The Education Cess is divided into two types – Primary Education Cess and Higher Secondary Education Cess. This tax is levied by the Government to improve the education quality in the public schools and colleges. It comprises of the 3% of the income tax. The Cess charges are also included under the GST family structure. Whereas, the surcharge is an extra charge that is clubbed to your existing tax calculation. This tax is applied on the tax amount.
  6. Gift Tax– If you receive the gift from someone, it is merged with your income and you need to pay tax on it. This tax is called Gift Tax. This tax is applicable if the amount is more than Rs 50,000/- in a year.
  7. Swachh Bharat Cess – This tax is recently imposed by the Government. The tax is applicable to all the taxable services from 15th November 2015. The effective rate of Swachh Bharat Cess is 0.5%. Swachh Bharat Cess is abolished after the introduction of GST.
  8. Krishi Kalyan Cess– This tax is levied for the welfare of the farmers. The effective rate of the Krishi Kalyan Cess is 0.5%. This tax came into effect in the year June 1st, 2016. Krishi Kalyan Cess has been abolished after introduction of GST
  9. Entry Tax– This tax is levied or charged on the goods that are bought within the state or from outside the state. Entry Tax is separately charged by the State Government of India. This tax is also known as the Octroi Tax. Octroi is no longer levied after the introduction of GST.

Some other forms of taxes are

  • Dividend tax
  • Infrastructure tax
  • Property tax
  • Luxury tax
  • Toll tax.

The above Cess mentioned like -Swachh Bharat Cess, Krishi Kalyan Cess and the Entry Tax are no longer active now and they are clubbed with GST.

Latest Update- The latest report on tax says that after the introduction of the GST all the indirect taxes are merged under GST. So, the above taxes are removed due to the arrival of GST in the queue of Taxes. So, the taxes are reduced from number 25 to 10.

Online GST Registration Process | GST Identification Number | GSTIN

The GSTIN is otherwise called as the GST Identification Number. All the business entities registering under GST are provided with a unique identification number called as GSTIN. This number is similar to that of the existing TIN Number that is the Tax Identification Number. This is a single type registration number for everyone who falls under the GST regime. People can apply for the GST registration in form GST REG-06 for the principal face of the business that is available on a common portal. This registration is valid for all the places of business in the state.

Format of GSTIN

The Goods and Service Tax Identification Number is based on the following format:

  • First two character of the State Code
  • Next Ten Characters of the PAN or the Tax Deductions or the Collection Account Number.
  • Next two characters for the entity code
  • The last digit denotes the sum of all the characters

Like for an Example:

22   AAAAA0000A  1  Z  5

This is the official format of a GSTIN. The 22 represents the State Code as per the Indian Census 2011. The AAAAA0000A represents the PAN number of the applicant. 1 is the Entity Number of the same identity of the PAN Holder in a state. The alphabet “Z” is set by default. Whereas, the number 5 is the sum of all the number characters (2+2+1=5).

How To Apply For GSTIN

This is a part of a GST registration process. The Government allots a 15 digit GSTIN Number. All you have to do is go to the official website of www.gst.gov.in

There are two ways to register for GST

  • via an online portal
  • via GST Seva Kendra set up by the Government of India.

Once the GST is approved by the GST officer, a unique GSTIN is allocated to the dealer.

Documents Required to Apply for a GSTIN

The following are the details for applying a GST:

  • Valid Permanent Number (PAN)
  • Valid Indian Mobile Phone Number
  • Valid email Address
  • Prescribed Documents and information on all the mandatory fields of Registration Application.
  • Place of Business
  • An authorized signature of the resident of India with valid details including the PAN.
  • At least one proprietor/Partner/Trustee/Director/Karta/Member with Corresponding PAN.
  • IFSC Code of the same bank and branch.
  • Valid Bank Account Number from India.
  • Jurisdiction details.

Cost Of Applying and Validity

The cost for obtaining a GST and GSTIN is free. The GST registration for the regular tax payers do not have any expiry date and is valid until it is surrendered and canceled. The GST registration for the non-residential tax payer and casual taxable persons are valid until the date is mentioned in the certificate.

How To Check A GST Application Status

If you have applied for a GST registration then it normally takes 7 working days to generate a provisional GST Identification Number and it requires 10 days to obtain the final GST Identification Number along with the GST Registration Number.

  1. Go to the GST Portal:  www.gst.gov.in
  2. When you visit the GST Portal click on the services-registration- Track Application Status
  3. A box is displayed requesting you to enter the ARN Number.
  4. Enter the ARN number of the GST registration application in the place provided and enter the Captcha.
  5. After providing the ARN number, the information about the GST registration application status is displayed below.
  6. If the GST registration application is approved then the approved message status will be displayed next to the status information.

Verifying GSTIN

Being a registered GST dealer, it is important to verify the GST Identification Number before entering it into the GST Returns. The GST Portal enables the businesses to verify the GSTIN.

Step By Step Procedure To Verify GST Identification Number:

  • Visit the GST Portal. Login to the GST Portal.
  • Enter the login Username and Password provided during the registration.
  • After logging in, a page appears where an option of Search Tax Payer is displayed on the menu bar. In the drop down go to search by GSTIN/ UIN.
  • Now enter the GSTIN or the GST Number of the dealer and Click on Search.
  • If the GSTIN is correct then you will get all the details and information regarding the dealers, whereas, if your GST Identification Number is wrong then an error message will be shown on the screen. In this case, you will have to contact the vendor and get your GST Identification Number corrected.

If the GST is correct, then these are the following details that are displayed on the screen:

  • Legal Name of the Business
  • The State of the applicant.
  • Date of registration- It is the date when you have applied for the GST, i.e GST Registration date.
  • Construction of the Business- Company, Sole Proprietor or Partnership.
  • Type of Tax Payer- A regular tax payer or a composition dealer.

Link Aadhaar Card With Bank Account | Online/Offline

The government in The 2017 Union Budget has mandated the seeding of Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN). Furthermore, the government has also made Aadhaar number mandatory while opening a new bank account.Failing to do so will turn all such bank account which are not linked with Aadhaar as invalid. The government has changed the rules of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

According to a Press Trust of India report, Aadhaar number is also mandatory for any transaction of 50 thousand rupees or more. The government has defended this step by stating that such a unique identification system is necessary to ensure order in the society and to keep in pace with the contemporary society. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, said in a Supreme court hearing that an identification system is necessary to go hand in hand with the technological advancement and development in the society and added that petitioner’s argument indicated that they wanted to live in vacuum. Further he argued that

an individual has a social contract with the state under which no constituent can say I don’t want to be identified.

The Government of India spends a huge sum of money every year on numerous schemes and programs for certain section of the society. To ensure that people benefit from these schemes the government of India has made it compulsory to link Aadhaar with the bank account. This step will make sure that people get the benefit of such schemes directly into their account. This step is also expected to help the government to identify the section of the society that is need of such welfare schemes.

Aadhaar Saving Account Seeding
Aadhaar Saving Account Seeding Source: IndusInd Bank
Various Facilities Provide By The UIDAI Official Website
Aadhaar Card Information Click Here
Check Aadhaar Card Status By Name Click Here
Update Aadhaar Card On SSUP Click Here
Aadhaar Card Correction Online Click Here
Change Aadhaar Card Address Without Mobile Number Click Here
Download Aadhaar Card By Enrolment ID  Click Here 
Download Aadhaar Card By Aadhaar Number Click Here
Download Aadhaar Card By Name & Date Of Birth Click Here
Link Aadhaar Card With PAN Card Click Here
Check UIDAI Official Website Services Click Here
Link Aadhaar Card To Mobile Number via OTP Click Here

How to Link Aadhaar Card to Bank Account

You can link your Aadhaar card either online or offline. For online process please follow the steps mentioned below: –

  1. Log into your bank account
  2. Click on “Update Aadhaar Card Details” or “Aadhaar Card Seeding Option
  3. After this you will be directed to a page wherein you will have to submit your Aadhaar details
  4. After filling in your details click submit

After successfully submitting your details, the information you have provided will get saved to the bank database. These details will get verified by the bank will get linked to your bank account. A confirmation mail will be sent to your Email id. You can also get the same information over the phone.

For offline process please follow the steps mentioned below

  1. Download the bank account seeding form or collect it from the nearest branch of your bank
  2. Fill in the form and submit it to your bank branch
  3. After verifying your details the bank will link your Aadhaar details to your account and a confirmation message will be sent to your registered mobile number

Some banks also allow the seeding to be done through SMS where you have to just send an SMS containing your Aadhaar Number to a Bank Number using your registered Mobile Number.

How to Link Bank Account with Aadhaar Card (Bank Wise)

You can link your Aadhaar Cards to your account from any one of the following banks. Please follow to link to get to know the process.

How to Check the Aadhaar & Bank Account Linking Status

As the Government has made it mandatory to submit Aadhaar while opening new bank account and also that the existing bank account should be linked Aadhaar Card of the account holder before March 31,2018. The Government has also warned that the Aadhaar-less Bank Accounts will become invalid. To check the linking status of your Aadhaar and Bank account follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the UIDAI official website: www.uidai.gov.in
  2. Go to “Aadhaar Online Services” Section, look for “Check Aadhaar and bank account status” link
  3. On clicking the link, you will be redirected to UIDAI Bank Mapper’s Portal.
  4. Enter the “Aadhaar Number” and “Security Code” displayed on the page.
  5. Click on “Send OTP”, an OTP will be received on the registered mobile number.
  6. Enter the received OTP in the “Enter OTP” box and Submit
  7. Your linking status will be displayed to you.
Check linking status of Aadhaar and Bank account
Check linking status of Aadhaar and Bank account

To know about the other services provided by the UIDAI official website. Read our post on Services Offered by the UIDAI Official Website.

Exceptions to Aadhaar Card Saving Account Seeding

Those people who wants to open a no frill account or a small account do not have to link it with their Aadhaar card. They can open such an account simply with declaration with valid KYC documents. This is because a small account is usually opened by a marginalized section of the society. Small accounts refers to those accounts that does not hold more than 50 thousand rupees.

The last date to Link Aadhaar with Bank Account is set for 31 March 2018.In case a person is unable to do so then his/her account will be rendered invalid and any funds directed towards these accounts will be frozen.

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.