Indian Passport

The Indian Passport is issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, through a network of 37 passport offices across the country and the 180 Indian embassies and consulates located abroad. The document serves as an essential travel document for individuals who travel abroad for education, tourism, pilgrimage, medical attendance, business purposes and family visits. The passport certifies the holders as citizens of India by birth or naturalization as per the Passports Act, 1967. In India, the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India provides passport services through Central Passport Organization (CPO) and its network of passport offices, and Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs). Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can avail passport and other miscellaneous services through the 185 Indian missions or posts. It needs to be mentioned that the passports issued to individuals are machine-readable, as per the guidelines laid down by the Indian Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Indian Passport

What is an Indian Passport?

An Indian passport is a document that is issued by order of the President of India which enables Indian citizens to travel to foreign countries. The passport serves as proof of Indian citizenship as well as confirms the holder’s identity as per the Passports Act, 1967.

Why is an Indian Passport Necessary?

The passport is an essential document for the individual because it is the only acceptable form of identification. As mentioned earlier, the document authenticates the holder’s identity and citizenship.

New Passport Application Rules In India

As time has gone by, certain amendments have been made to the passport rules. The changes in the rules are in line with the powers conferred by Section 24 of the Passports Act, 1967. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, as of 11 January 2018, has brought about certain new rules that pertain to the documents that need to be submitted with the passport application. These documents are for the issuance of Out of Turn passports under the Normal and Tatkaal scheme.

For the issuance of Out of turn fresh passports under the normal scheme, the applicant who is 18 years and above can submit any two of the mentioned documents:

  • Ration card.
  • Voter ID issued by the Election Commission of India.
  • Self-passport that is unrevoked and undamaged.
  • The birth certificate that is issued under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act.
  • PAN card.
  • Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Caste certificate.
  • Driving license
  • Identity card issued by the state or central government, public sector undertakings, local bodies or public limited companies.
  • Identity card issued by an educational institution.
  • Arms license.
  • Pension document such as Ex-servicemen’s pension book or Pension Payment order, ex-servicemen’s widow/dependent certificate, and old age pension order.
  • Bank/Post office/Kisan passbook.

Note: This is in addition to the copy of the Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar/28-digit Aadhaar enrolment ID printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip issued by UIDAI and a self-declaration prescribed in Annexure-E of the Passport rules, 1980.

If the applicant who desires to obtain the out-of-turn passport is below 18 years, he/she needs to submit any one of the documents that are mentioned below:

  • Photo Identity card issued by an educational institution.
  • Ration card.
  • Birth certificate issued under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act.

Note: This should be submitted in addition to the copy of the Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar/28-digit Aadhaar enrolment ID printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip issued by UIDAI.

In case the applicant applies for out-of-turn passports under the Tatkaal scheme, the documents required to be submitted are the same as the ones that are needed to be submitted if the application is filed under the normal scheme. It needs to be mentioned that no proof of urgency needs to be submitted by the applicant for issuance of out-of-turn passports under the Tatkaal scheme. Apart from that, another thing that applicants need to know is that police verification will be carried out after the passport is issued to the applicant under both the normal and Tatkaal scheme.

Types of Passport issued in India

There are two main types of passports that are issued to individuals by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. They are:

  • Ordinary passport: Ordinary passports are issued to ordinary individuals. These passports are for general purpose which enable the holders to travel to foreign countries on business or holidays.
  • Official/Diplomatic passport: Official or Diplomatic passports are issued to people travelling to foreign countries on official duties.

The CPV Division apart from issuing the above mentioned passports to applicants can issue regular Indo-Sri Lankan passports and Indo-Bangladesh passports to Indian citizens residing in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and north-eastern states. The passports can be issued through some passport offices in India and overseas missions. It needs to be mentioned here that the Indo-Sri Lanka and Indo-Bangladesh passports are valid only to travel to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and cannot be used to travel to any other country.

What Does an Indian Passport Look Like?

The Indian passports which are issued to applicants by the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, come with a deep blue-black cover. At the centre of the front cover of the passport, the Indian emblem is printed on top of which the word ‘Passport’ is inscribed in both Hindi and English language. Below the emblem, the words ‘Republic of India’ are inscribed in those two languages as well. The prints on the passport are golden in colour. A standard Indian passport booklet has 36 pages however if an individual travels to foreign countries frequently he/she can opt for passport booklet that has 60 pages in it.

Identity of the Indian Passport holder

The passport which is issued to the individual contains certain information about him/her. Listed below is the information that is provided on the opening cover:

  • Type of the passport (S-stands for Service, D-stands for Diplomat, P-stands for Personal)
  • The passport number
  • The country code
  • First and Surname of the holder
  • Nationality of the holder
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date of issue
  • Place of issue of the passport
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of expiry
  • Photo of the passport holder
  • Signature of the passport holder
  • The Information page comes to an end with Machine Readable Passport zone

On the closing end, information such as the ones mentioned below are provided:

  • The file number
  • The passport number of the old passport
  • The address of the holder
  • The name of spouse
  • The name of the passport holder’s father or legal guardian
  • The name of the holder’s mother

How to Apply for an Indian Passport?

An individual can apply online for the Indian passport through the Passport Seva website or the passport Seva app. The detailed procedure of applying for the passport is mentioned below:

  • The applicant who wishes to avail a passport needs to register on the passport seva online portal. If he/she has already registered, the individual needs to login to the portal using the registered login ID and password.
  • Next, the applicant needs to click on ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/ Re-issue of Passport’ link.
  • Following that, the details asked for in the form needs to be provided by the applicant and submitted.
  • Next, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ link under the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ tab to schedule an appointment.
  • Once the payment is made and the appointment is booked, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Print Application Receipt’ link and print the application receipt that contains the Application Reference Number (ARN).
  • The next step involves the applicant visiting the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Regional Passport Office (RPO) on the date of appointment along with the original documents.

To apply for an Indian passport offline, applicants need to download and get a printout of the application form before submitting them at the passport collection centers. Another alternative is to buy the application form, fill it up and submit it at the center along with the relevant documents.

What are the Documents Required for an Indian Passport?

When an individual applies for a passport, he/she is required to submit certain documents.

  • Passport application form
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories

Documents accepted as proof of address:

  • Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant
  • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
  • Rental agreement
  • Electricity bill
  • Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India
  • Water bill
  • Income Tax Assessment order
  • Proof of Gas connection
  • Aadhaar card
  • Copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport, in case of minors
  • Certificate from employer of reputed companies on their letterhead
  • Copy of the first and last page of the spouse’s passport mentioning the applicant’s name as spouse of the passport holder.

Documents accepted as proof of date of birth:

  • Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar
  • PAN card
  • Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • Driving license
  • A declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care Home confirming the date of birth of the applicant in its official letterhead.
  • Birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths/Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority.
  • Transfer certificate/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended or by a recognised educational board.
  • The copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only for government employees) or pension order (retired government employees) which is duly attested or certified by the officer of the concerned department of the applicant.
  • The copy of the policy bond that is issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporation/Companies having the date of birth of the holder of the insurance policy.

Passport Application System in India

As time has gone by, new systems have been brought about for passport issuance. One such system was introduced in the year 2010, after the central government approved it. The system known as the Passport Seva Project was implemented in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Introduced to augment and improve the delivery of passport services to Indian citizens, the system made the entire application process quick and hassle free.

Fees Structure for Indian Passport

Application Type Charges
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport filed under Normal scheme (36 pages) Rs.1,500
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport filed under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.2,000
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport filed under Tatkaal scheme (36 pages) Rs.3,500
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport filed under Tatkaal scheme (60 pages) Rs.4,000
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport for minors who are less than 15 years filed under Normal scheme Rs. 1,000
For reissue of 36 page passport to minors aged below 15 years due to lost or damaged passport under Normal scheme Rs.3,000
For Fresh passport or reissue of passport for minors who are less than 15 years filed under Tatkaal scheme Rs.3,000
For reissue of 36 page passport to minors aged below 15 years due to lost or damaged passport under Tatkaal scheme Rs.5,000
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 5 years or till they attain the age of 18 years under Normal scheme Rs.1,000
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 5 years or till they attain the age of 18 years under Tatkaal scheme Rs.3,000
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (36 pages) Rs.1,500
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.2,000
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Tatkaal scheme (36 pages) Rs.3,500
For issuance of Fresh passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.4,000
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 5 years or till they attain the age of 18 years under Normal scheme Rs.1,000
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 5 years or till they attain the age of 18 years due to lost or damaged passport under Normal scheme (36 pages) Rs.3,000
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 5 years or till they attain the age of 18 years due to lost or damaged passport under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.3,500
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (36 pages) Rs.1,500
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.2,000
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Tatkaal scheme (36 pages) Rs.3,500
For reissue of passport to minors aged between 15-18 years of age having a validity of 10 years under Normal scheme (60 pages) Rs.4,000

How to book Appointment for Indian Passport?

When applying for an Indian passport, the applicant is required to present himself/herself to the authorities present in the Regional Passport Office (RPO) for verification purpose of the information provided in the passport application form.

To present himself/herself to the authorities, the applicant needs to book an appointment first. This can be done by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Login to the online Passport Seva portal with registered login ID and password.
  • Click on the ‘Apply for Fresh /reissue passport’ link.
  • Fill the required details and submit the application form
  • Next, click on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ link which is located under the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ screen to schedule the appointment.
  • On doing so, the appointment slot will be allotted to the applicant.

Passport Rules India

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has introduced a new set of regulations which needs to be followed by applicants. The new set of regulations is being introduced to streamline the process of issuing passports in the country. Things that individuals need to follow while applying for an Indian passport are listed below:

  • Individuals who apply for an Indian passport must provide one of the following documents:
    • Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar
    • Voter ID card
    • PAN card
    • School leaving or transfer certificate or matriculation certificate
    • Birth certificate
    • Pension order
    • Policy bonds issued by public life insurance company
    • Service order (Government employees)
    • Driving license
  • If the applicant is separated or divorced, they would not be required to enter the name of the spouse in the passport application form.
  • The name of either the applicant’s mother, father or legal guardian must be provided in the passport application form.
  • Some of the annexes in the Passport Rule, 1980, have been merged and brought to nine from the existing 15.
  • The annexes must be provided by the applicants on plain paper which is self-declared. Going forward, no attestation or swearing by executive magistrates would be required.
  • For a child not born out of wedlock, only Annexure G must be submitted while making the passport application.
  • Applicants who are married need not submit Annexure K or marriage certificate.
  • Submission of registered deed of adoption is not required anymore for domestically adopted kids. Orphaned kids can submit authorized letter from the orphanage.
  • Sanyasis and Sadhus can apply for Indian passports with their spiritual Guru’s name on the passport application.

Other Information about Indian Passport

Passport Application Form Filling Guidelines

When applying for an Indian passport, the applicant needs keep a few things in mind. The first of that is filling the prescribed application form without any mistake. As the form is a bit confusing, the applicant needs to read the guidelines before proceeding with filling up the form. Read on to know more about the guidelines that individuals need to follow while filling up the passport application form

How to check the Indian Passport Application Status?

Once the applicant applies for the Indian passport, the next step is to track the status of the application. It needs to be mentioned that once the application is filed it goes through various stages like under review, printed, dispatched etc. Tracking the status shows which stage of the process the passport application is in.

Procedure for Police Verification of Indian Passport

Once the applicant applies for an Indian passport, police verification needs to be carried out irrespective of the application being a normal one or a Tatkaal one. However, there are a few cases where police verification is not required. If the applicant wants to know what he/she is required to do in order to get the police verification done, applicants can log into the passport seva website.

How can a Student apply for an Indian Passport?

If the applicant is a student who is planning to avail an Indian passport, the very first thing that he/she needs to do is avail a passport. The process of applying for a passport by a student is not different from the one that is required to working professionals. The applicant will also have to get the police verification done along with visiting the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for an interview.

Processing of Indian Passport Applications at Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs)

While applying for a passport, an individual is required to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) on the date of appointment to finish the last part of the application process. Final verification and approval of the passport application takes place at Passport Seva Kendra.

How To Check ECR/ECNR Passport Status?

The ECR(Emigration Check Required) and ECNR(Emigration Check Not Required) status on the passport denotes whether the passport holder needs emigration clearance for travelling to the specific 18 countries listed by the Government of India. The information regarding the status of ECR/ECNR is provided on the second page of the passport.

How To Change The Address in the Indian Passport Application Form?

In case of change in address, it is always advisable for the applicant to update the address in the existing passport. The passport holder can update the address by applying for a re-issue of the passport. The person can do it online or offline according to their convenience.

How can Government Employees Apply For an Indian Passport?

The individual has to first send ‘Prior Intimation ‘(PI) letter to the controlling authority before applying for the passport. This is required to be done to speed up the whole application process. The rest of the process is mostly similar to the process followed by ordinary citizens of the country.

Other things that applicants need to know about the Indian Passport

  • Since November 25, 2015, all the Indian Passports that were handwritten have become invalid. All the recent Indian passports contain the personal details about the holder on the second page of the document.
  • The new passports have the applicant’s picture on the right side of the passport’s second page.
  • Emigration check is required for all people who hold ECR passports. This is to prevent exploitation of the workers of Indian origin, especially the ones who are less educated and unskilled.
  • ECNR passports can be availed by:
    • Indians holding at least the matriculation certificate
    • Indian born in a foreign country
    • Official or Diplomatic passport holders
    • Gazetted Government servants
    • All individuals who pay income tax
    • The professional degree holders and graduates like lawyers, doctors, engineers, scientists, chartered accountants, etc.
    • Dependent children and spouses
    • Seamen in possession of CDC
    • All individuals above the age of 50 years
    • All nurses who possess qualifications that are recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act of 1947
    • All children above the age of 18 years
    • All individuals who have stayed in foreign countries for more than 3 years
    • All people who have diplomas from SCVT (State Council of Vocational Training) or NVCT (National Council for Vocational Training)
  • Both Hindi and English languages are printed on the Indian.

List of Complex Cases in Passport Application in India

There are certain cases which cannot be handled by the officers stationed at a Passport Seva Kendra and hence has to be handled by the officials deployed at Regional Passport Office (RPO). These cases are known as complex cases for passport application. The following is a list of all such complex cases:

  • Application for an individual who has been convicted for a felony/s by any foreign or Indian court.
  • The applicant has a sentence of imprisonment within 5 years from the date of application due to a criminal offence. The sentence of imprisonment must be ordered by a court in India.
  • Applicant who has a criminal case at an Indian criminal court, which is still pending.
  • Individual who currently is prohibited from departing outside India by an Indian court.
  • If the applicant has summons or warrant to appear, or has an arrest warrant issued by an Indian court currently, his or her application case will be considered as a complex case..
  • If the individual applying for the passport is repatriated and has not made the reimbursement of the incurred expenditure connected with the repatriation.
  • Cases where the applicant's photo ID has been compromised or there has been a substantial change in the photo ID from the past proofs.
  • Any individual who has returned to India through deportation from another country, EC or repatriation.
  • Applicants who are single parents, separated or divorced cases.
  • Any of the applicant’s parents have a foreign nationality.
  • If the individual has had a change in their name resulted by marriage.
  • Reissuance of a Short Validity Passport (SVP).
  • The individual’s current address is not in India.
  • Minor children belonging to Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Applications which have been denied a passport earlier.
  • Applicants who passports have been revoked or impounded, earlier.
  • The individual has seek for or already has been given political asylum by a foreign country. Minor children belonging to a single parent.
  • Minor children belonging to separated or divorced parents.

Passport Issuing Authorities and Collection Centers

As mentioned earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs works through the Central Passport Organization (CPO) and its network of Passport Offices, Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in the country and through embassies and consulates outside India for the issuance of passports and other passport-related services.

  • MEA - The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the government arm that takes care of all the passport related activities. Be it the issuance of passports, re-issue of the document or other miscellaneous services, the ministry is in charge.
  • CPV - The Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affair works for the issuance of passports. The CPV at Patiala House, New Delhi, processes applications for Official and Diplomatic passports.
  • DPC, SPC, CSC - District Passport Cells, Speed Post Centers and Citizen Service Centers can only process applications for fresh passports and not reissue, Tatkaal or other cases. They also cannot provide other related services.
  • PSK - Passport Seva Kendras are extensions of POs through which front-end passport-related processes and services are carried out. It is the physical space where applicants must physically present themselves after getting an online appointment. This is where required documents are submitted, photographs taken and applications are reviewed before being passed on to the Passport Office for processing. There are 77 PSKs in India functioning under the PPP model under which human and technological resources are provided by TCS.
  • PSLK - Passport Seva Laghu Kendras are also extensions of POs providing similar services as PSKs, except that these were set up to cover certain areas such as eastern and north-eastern areas. They help ease the burden of PSKs in these regions who handle applications from a large jurisdiction. There are 16 PSLKs in India but these do not function under the PPP model. They are entirely set up, operated and controlled by the government.
  • PO/RPO - Passport Offices/Regional Passport Offices issue / deny issue of / impound passports. POs carry out back-end passport-related processes and services. They exercise authority over PSKs. They process applications, and print and send out approved passports. They deal with the MEA, state police and state administration. They also handle financial, legal and RTI activities. There are 37 passport offices in India.
  • Indian Missions Abroad - The MEA works through about 180 Indian Mission / Posts for issuance of passports outside India. These include Indian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Indian passport

ANS: Individuals can avail a variety of passport services through the online portal, Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) and Regional Passport Offices (RPOs). Some of the services which individuals can avail are applying for a fresh passport, re-issue of passport and other miscellaneous services.

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You can opt for a re-issue of the Indian passport because of the reasons which are mentioned below:

  • Validity due to expire or has expired
  • Exhaustion of pages
  • Renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)
  • Lost, Stolen or Damaged passport
  • Change in existing personal particulars

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issues two types of passports to applicants in the country. They are ordinary passport and diplomatic or official passport.

Ordinary passports are issued to regular Indian citizens which facilitates international travel. The passport has a validity of 10 years and can be renewed for another 10 years.

Diplomatic or official passports are issued to individuals who work for the government, judiciary, official public couriers, statutory authorities and people who have been authorized by the government.

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The passport application process that needs to be followed while applying for an Indian passport are as follows:

  • First, the applicant needs to register on the passport seva portal. If the applicant already has an account, he/she needs to login using the login ID and password.
  • Next, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Apply for Fresh passport/Re-issue of Passport’ link.
  • Following this, the application form needs to be filled up by the applicant.
  • Once the details are entered, the applicant needs to verify the details entered and submit it.
  • After the application is submitted, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ link which is under the ‘View Saved/ Submitted Applications’ tab to pay the requisite fees and book an appointment date.
  • Next, the application receipt needs to be printed by the applicant by clicking on ‘Print Application Receipt’. The application receipt contains the appointment number or the Application Reference Number (ARN).
  • Finally, the applicant needs to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or the Regional Passport Office (RPO) on the date of appointment with the relevant documents.

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Type P passports are regular passports which are issued to ordinary citizens of the country. The passport can be used to travel to foreign countries for personal trips, business trips, educational purposes, etc. In Type P passports, ‘P’ stands for ‘personal’.

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The Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs are responsible for issuing Indian passports to those who apply for the document.

Applicants who wish to avail an Indian passport can get it issued by applying for it online or at the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs).

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Having a permanent address is not mandatory while applying for an Indian passport. However, the applicant needs to provide the current address which will be endorsed in the issued passport.

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In India, the number of days taken by the authorities to issue passports varies depending on the type of application that is filed by the applicant. When a normal application is filed, the passport is issued to the applicant within 30-45 days while if the application is made under the Tatkaal mode, the passport is issued within 7-14 days.

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The Diplomatic passport which is issued to Indian diplomats, top-ranked government officials and diplomatic couriers is known as a ‘Red Passport’ in the country. The passport has a maroon cover and is also known as ‘Type D’ passport.

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The passport issuing authority in the country is the concerned Regional Passport Office(RPO) where all the important decisions with regards to the passport are taken. The RPO looks after verification, printing and dispatch of the Indian passport. The RPO is basically the agency that issues the passport to the Indian citizen.

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Yes, it is necessary to provide proof of date of birth while applying for an Indian passport. For applicants who are born on or after 26 January, 1989 need to mandatorily submit the birth certificate while those born after the mentioned date can provide any other certificate as proof of date of birth.

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The Indian passport which is issued to the ordinary residents of the country is valid for a period of 10 years. For a minor, the validity is restricted to a maximum of 5 years.

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The Passport File Number is the unique Passport Reference File Number which is issued to every passport applicant in the country. Courtesy the number, the applicant can track the status of the passport application filed by them.

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The documents which you can submit as proof of date of birth are as follows:

  • PAN card.
  • Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar.
  • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
  • Voter ID card.
  • Driving license.
  • Declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on the official letterhead confirming the date of birth of the applicant.
  • Birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority.
  • Extract of the service record of the applicant or Pay Pension Order which is duly attested or certified by the officer of the administration of the concerned department of the applicant.
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations or companies which contain the date of birth of the applicant.

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    As per V. K. Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, a Passport Seva Kendra will soon be opened in Mahendragarh district of Haryana. He stated this while inaugurating a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) that was opened in a post office located at Bhiwani. While speaking on the occasion the minister urged the residents of the district to approach only authorised agents when looking to apply for jobs in foreign countries so as to minimize the risk of fraud. He added that the government had started setting up PSKs in post offices with the aim to make the service available to the masses in remote areas.

    20 July 2018

  • Survey claims 46% applicants still pay bribes to avail a passport

    An online survey has found that 46% of citizens have admitted to paying a bribe in a bid to obtain their passport. This comes as a surprise given the claims of the government which states that getting the passport has been made much easier than before. The survey which was conducted by a citizen engagement platform called ‘Local Circles’ found that 37% people paid bribe during police verification, 4% paid it to the postman while 5% paid it to the passport officer via an agent. During the survey citizens also said that they had to face various other issues like delay in the police verification process.

    In a parallel poll where more than 10,000 citizens took part, 53% said that their experience in the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) was good as the offered services were efficient and citizen-oriented. 19% rated the experience as average while around 8% found the entire experience to be a bad one. While the remaining 20% were still to visit a PSK till date.

    17 July 2018

  • Fake passport racket busted in Tamil Nadu

    A fake passport racket which helped Sri Lankan nationals fly aboard as Indian citizens was busted by Tamil Nadu police. Two Sri Lankan nationals and a 38-year old woman have been arrested in connection with the case. It needs to be mentioned here that the crime branch wing had earlier arrested 11 persons including a travel agent for allegedly preparing fake passports by collecting amounts of up to Rs.10 lakh from Sri Lankan nationals.

    The police informed that investigations have revealed that the woman arrested was from Sri Lanka and was staying in Tamil Nadu even though her visa was well past the expiry date. The police stated that the travel agent used to prepare fake Indian passports for Sri Lankan nationals by collecting expired passports from the people of economically weaker sections and selling them as valid Indian passports. During the crackdown, machines used to prepare fake passports, 12 Sri Lankan passports, 77 Indian passports and cash worth Rs.85,000 was recovered.

    16 July 2018

  • Internal government probe finds Passport officer and police exceeding brief in Lucknow interfaith couple case

    An internal government probe has found that the Lucknow passport officer was guilty in asking unnecessary questions to an interfaith couple when they visited his office with their applications for availing passports. The internal probe has also found the police of not doing their proper job and looking to find about the couple’s residence and other irrelevant details. As per sources, the probe which was conducted internally found both the Passport Officer and the police to have overstepped the line. While the official was found guilty of asking the interfaith couple questions about their religion, the police were guilty of looking to find out irrelevant details about the couple which was not part of the procedure. It needs to be mentioned that after the case came to the limelight, Vikas Mishra, the passport official who allegedly humiliated the interfaith couple was transferred to Gorakhpur. The transfer of the official by the MEA resulted in twitter trolls targeting Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister over the entire matter.

    11 July 2018

  • Passport Seva app introduced by External Affairs Minister

    In a bid to ensure seamless application and issue of passports, Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister today launched a Passport Seva app. The minister who termed the development as a ‘passport revolution’ stated that the two new schemes namely Passport application from anywhere in India and filling passport applications forms from mobile phones will make the entire process of obtaining passports a simpler one.

    Swaraj while addressing the officials of several Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) and members of the Ministry of External Affairs highlighted that of the 251 passports registration centres announced in the first two phases, 212 centres were already established. She added that another two centres of the 38 additional centres announced in the third phase have also been completed. The External Affairs minister went on to inform that currently there are 260 working passport centres in the country. She added that the centres will soon be expanded to all the Lok Sabha constituencies in the country.

    26 June 2018

  • Printing of passport to start soon at Vijayawada RPO

    The Regional Passport Office (RPO) which was opened in Vijayawada in April 2017 will soon start printing and dispatching passports along with other services. The office ever since it was opened has so far received 2.75 lakh passport applications out of which 2.36 lakh were issued. The office currently offers its services to eight districts in the state of Andhra Pradesh. DSS Srinivas, the Regional Passport Officer has stated that the Vijayawada RPO are getting around 1,200 to 1,500 applications from the eight districts that it serves. It needs to be mentioned that currently there are eight POPSKs in the state which are issuing passports.

    12 June 2018

  • Strike leads to thousands of passport being stuck in Kerala PSKs

    The strike by Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in Kerala has led to around 18000 passports being stuck in different regional passport offices in the southern state. The strike has been going on for 9 days with the general public being affected by the tussle between the GDS and the government. Many people who were supposed to go abroad for different purposes such as pursuing higher studies, going onsite for employment, visiting parents etc. are in a fix and have nowhere to go. The regions affected by the strike include Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulum and Idukki where in total 9000 passports are stuck.

    The strike called by GDS, started on May 22 is regarding the government’s refusal to implement a report that suggests a revision in pay of Gramin Dak Sevaks. The strike is being supported by other groups like National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), Federation of National Postal Organisation (FNPO), Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) and Centre of Indian Trade Union (CETI). The strike has affected railway and postal services across the state. This has brought services such as postal ATMs, postal savings banks and issue and distribution of passports to a standstill.

    7 June 2018

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