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).

Passport Service Details

Official Site passportindia.gov.in
Passport Mobile App Android users ios users
Customer Care Number 1800-258-1800
Consular Services Address
Shri Amit Narang,
Joint Secretary (CPV),
CPV Division,
Ministry of External Affairs,
Room No. 20, Patiala House Annex,
Tilak Marg,
New Delhi - 110001
Fax No. : +91-11-23782821
E-mail : jscpv@mea.gov.in
Regional Office Passport Seva Kendra
Indian Passport

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.

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.

Fees Structure for Indian Passport

Description Fee
Fresh Passport (36 pages) of 10 years validity (including minors 15 to 18 years who want to get a 10 years full validity passport). Rs.1,500
New Passport of 60 pages for a validity of 10 years. Rs.2,000
Fresh Passport for Minors -below 15 years of Age Rs.1,000
Duplicate Passport of 36 pages if the original one is lost, damaged or stolen. Rs.3,000
Duplicate Passport of 60 pages for a lost, damaged or stolen one. Rs.3,500
Police Clearance Certificate/ECNR/Additional Endorsements. Rs.500
In case of Change of Address, Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Appearance, Spouse Name, Name of Parents/Legal Guardian-Delete Ecr/Change in personal particular (36 pages) (10 years validity) Rs.1,500
In case of Change of Address, Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Appearance, Spouse Name, Name of Parents/Legal Guardian-Delete Ecr/Change in personal particular (60 pages) (10 years validity) Rs.2,000
In case of Change of Address, Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Appearance, Name of Parents/Legal Guardian-Delete Ecr/Change in personal particular for a minor (36 pages) Rs.1,000

Check here to know the detailed Fees Structure for Indian Passport.

Passport Seva Project

The Ministry of External Affairs had launched the Passport Seva Project with the aim of delivering Passport Services to all citizens of India in an easy and comfortable environment. This also needs a with reliability and wider accessibility.

This project has a vision to set up of Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) across India, a Data Centre and Disaster Recovery Centre, and a call centre that will operate in many Indian languages. They are also looking at a centralised nationwide computarised system for issuing passports.

The Passport Seva Kendras are now working as an extended arm of the Regional Passport Offices. As an applicant, you can ascertain the jurisdiction of Regional Passport Office and also the Passport Seva Kendra before you submit an application to get a passport.

Reschedule/Cancel an Appointment

Step 1: You should visit the Passport Seva Kendra with the required documents and photocopies. Your photograph is not required.

Step 2: If you have been ‘refused token’ due to the non-availability of documents, you can re-the PSK as ‘Walk-IN’, within 3 working days from the date of your appointment.

Step 3: A few categories are allowed as Walk-in applicants. You can get an online appointment, but it is not mandatory.

Step 4: If you are unable to secure appointment or do not fall under the Walk-in category, you can visit the Passport Office and submit it manually.

Manual Submission of Applications

For the manual submission of the application form for a passport, you should visit the Passport Office with a filled application form, and the self-attested copy of documents. You should also have the original documents with a colour photograph (4.5 cm X 3.5 cm) with a white background.

You should submit the application with the requisite fees. You can visit www.passportindia.gov.in. For more details.

The official at the DPC counter will verify your application form and once this is done, you can pay the fees in form of Demand Draft (DD).

You can then collect the Acknowledgment Letter after paying the fee which has a File Number. The file number can be used for tracking the file status using the ‘Track Application Status’ link.

Online NRI Passport Application

  • This facility is available for all Non-Resident Indians (NRI). They can apply for a passport online at many Indian Missions or Posts.
  • Services like reissue of passport, fresh passport, children passport, and new passport can be availed through the service.
  • You can fill the online form by giving information like the name of the mission, family details, personal details, and previous passport information.
  • To get access to the service, visit http://passport.gov.in/nri/.

Documents Required for Indian Passport

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

  • Passport application form
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories
  1. For Proof of Address
    • Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant
    • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
    • Rental agreement
    • Electricity bill
    • Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India
    • Water bill
    • Income Tax Assessment order
    • Proof of Gas connection
    • Aadhaar card
    • Copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport, in case of minors
    • Certificate from employer of reputed companies on their letterhead
    • Copy of the first and last page of the spouse’s passport mentioning the applicant’s name as spouse of the passport holder.
  2. For 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.
    • Transfer certificate/school.
    • The copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only for government employees) or pension order (retired government employees) which is duly attested or certified by the officer of the concerned department of the applicant.
    • The copy of the policy bond that is issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporation/Companies having the date of birth of the holder of the insurance policy.

How to Book Appointment for Indian Passport

  • 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.

New Passport Application Rules in India

  • All the recent Indian passports contain the personal details about the holder on the second page of the document.
  • The new passports have the applicant’s picture on the right side of the passport’s second page.
  • Emigration check is required for all people who hold ECR passports.
  • ECNR passports can be availed by:
    • Indians holding at least the matriculation certificate
    • Indian born in a foreign country
    • Official or Diplomatic passport holders
    • Gazetted Government servants
    • All individuals who pay income tax
    • The professional degree holders and graduates like lawyers, doctors, engineers, scientists, chartered accountants, etc.
    • Dependent children and spouses
    • Seamen in possession of CDC
    • All individuals above the age of 50 years
    • All nurses who possess qualifications that are recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act of 1947
    • All children above the age of 18 years
    • All individuals who have stayed in foreign countries for more than 3 years
    • All people who have diplomas from SCVT (State Council of Vocational Training) or NVCT (National Council for Vocational Training)
  • Both Hindi and English languages are printed on the Indian.
  • If the applicant is separated or divorced, they would not be required to enter the name of the spouse in the passport application form.
  • The name of either the applicant’s mother, father or legal guardian must be provided in the passport application form.
  • Some of the annexes in the Passport Rule, 1980, have been merged and brought to nine from the existing 15.
  • The annexes must be provided by the applicants on plain paper which is self-declared. Going forward, no attestation or swearing by executive magistrates would be required.
  • For a child not born out of wedlock, only Annexure G must be submitted while making the passport application.
  • Applicants who are married need not submit Annexure K or marriage certificate.
  • Submission of registered deed of adoption is not required anymore for domestically adopted kids. Orphaned kids can submit authorized letter from the orphanage.
  • Sanyasis and Sadhus can apply for Indian passports with their spiritual Guru’s name on the passport application.

Documents Required for Out of Turn passports

  1. If the applicant 18 years and above can submit any two of the mentioned below 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.
  2. If the applicant 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: For both 18 & below 18 years of age, addition to the above documents, a 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 are required.

  3. Applicant for out-of-turn passports under Tatkaal scheme
  4. 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.

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 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.
  • 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.

FAQ's

  1. How to check the Indian Passport Application Status?
  2. 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.

  3. Procedure for Police Verification of Indian Passport
  4. 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.

  5. How does the processing of Indian Passport Applications at Passport Seva Kendras works?
  6. 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.

  7. How To Check ECR/ECNR Passport Status?
  8. The ECR and ECNR 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.

  9. How To Change the Address in the Indian Passport Application Form?
  10. 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.

  11. How can Government Employees Apply for an Indian Passport?
  12. 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.

  13. How many days does it take to get an Indian Passport?
  14. 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.

  15. What are Type P Passport in India?
  16. 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’.

  17. Is having a permanent address necessary while applying for an Indian passport?
  18. 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.

  19. What is a Red passport in India?
  20. 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.

  21. Which is the passport issuing authority in India?
  22. 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.

  23. What is the validity of the Indian passport?
  24. 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.

News on Passport

  • J&K employees seeking passport to have a mandatory vigilance clearance

    Jammu and Kashmir administration employees who are looking to apply for a passport will have to get a vigilance clearance. This process has been made mandatory.

    Employees who have received the vigilance clearance will be eligible to apply for passports.

    20 September 2021

  • India may start issuing tourist visas only to vaccinated travellers after 1.5 years of suspension

    The Government of India is looking to resume tourist visas soon as the number of Covid-19 cases in India drops and more people are getting vaccinated. However, the facility will be available to only those who have been filly vaccinated. The Indian Government had stopped issuing visas in March 2020 after issuing a lockdown to counter the rising Covid-19 cases.

    The issuing of visas will be done in a phased manner and as per the feasibility. The facility will be given to only those who have completed both the doses of approved vaccines. The government will also release a list of international vaccines approved in India.

    16 September 2021

  • International COVID Vaccine Passports Will Be Available Next Month

    From October onwards, the Federal Government will issue vaccination passports to people for overseas travel. The passport will be available in a phone app along with your personal details and a QR code. The QR code is to ensure that border officials of other countries can check the status of your vaccination.

    Residents of Australia don’t need to show the vaccine passport on coming back since their vaccination status is linked to their passports. Vaccine passports might indicate that travel rules are being eased. However, there is no official confirmation about the same. International borders will reopen after 80% of the population are fully vaccinated.

    8 September 2021

  • Indian passport holders allowed to enter UAE only if they have not been in India in the past 14 days

    People who hold Indian passport will be allowed to enter United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided they have not been in India for the past 14 days.

    If the tourist has spent time in Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, except India will be allowed to enter the country on a tourist visa.

    Currently, UAE is only allowing their citizens and transit passengers to fly to the UAE, due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

    Tourists before being granted permission to enter UAE will have to undergo a Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test on the day of arrival and on the ninth day after arrival in the country.

    UAE has announced that it will allow passengers from Pakistani airports Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to enter the country.

    Covid-19 has claimed 2,018 lives along with 708,302 confirmed to be infected in UAE.

    25 August 2021

  • Countries That are Currently Accepting Visa Applications from Indian Passport Holders

    With the Covid situation improving all over the world, many countries have started accepting visa applications from Indian passport holders. Countries like South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, and Turkey are opening their borders for Indian nationals. Meanwhile, countries like Zambia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Tanzania have also made it possible for Indian nationals to apply for e-visa. Saudi Arabia is also offering visa-on-arrival to Indian nationals who carry a valid US, UK, or Schengen visa. Lastly, the USA is opening its visa services only for students travelling to the country for higher studies.

    16 July 2021

  • Two countries: Iceland and Germany Open Visa Application Centers in India

    Indians who want to travel to Iceland can do so and use the visa services, as the authorities have now made a decision to reopen the visa application centres in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, and also, New Delhi.

    The decision has now been confirmed by the world’s largest technology and outsourcing services specialists VFS Global, SchengenVisaInfo.com .

    9 July 2021

  • CoWin portal enabling users to link vaccination certificates to passports

    In a bid to enable smooth passage abroad, the government’s CoWin portal is allowing users to link their vaccination certificates to passports. This was informed via a tweet on the official handle of Aarogya Setu app. Earlier this month the government had announced new guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination. It stated that those travelling abroad for education, jobs, or as part of the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympic Games will have to get their vaccination certificates linked to passports. It needs to be mentioned here that a person can also use the CoWin app for a one-time name change to ensure that the name mentioned on the vaccine certificate and the passport is the same.

    28 June 2021

  • Verified vaccine certificates in lieu of vaccine passports

    With the governments around the globe trying to relaunch travel and tourism as well as business trips, nations like Japan and South Korea have joined the other EU nations to issue the ‘Vaccine Passports’ which will be available soon.

    The authorities in India have, however, notified that they have not taken any decisions in this regard as of now. The senior govt. officials have stated that the vaccine passports are nothing but a mere addition to the vaccine certificates which are being issued after the successful vaccination of the citizens of the country.

    18 June 2021

  • Covid-19 vaccination certificate will be linked to passport for international travelers

    The Central Government announced that Covid-19 certificates issued on the CoWIN government portal would be linked to passports for individuals traveling internationally for the purpose of education, employment, or sports as part of the Indian contingent to the Tokyo Olympics. States and union territories will designate an official in every district to afford the relevant permissions keeping in mind the stipulation for a 28-day gap between the first and second dose and the authenticity of the travel requirement. Such individuals have been advised to use their passports as the ID proof when availing the vaccine. If it had not been used as the ID proof when taking the first dose of the vaccine, then the details of the photo identification used will be printed on the vaccine certificate or another certificate will be issued that links the CoWIN vaccination certificate with the beneficiary's passport number. This facility can be availed by those undertaking an international journey for the purposes as specified above for the time period up to 31 August, 2021.

    9 June 2021

  • India looking to stop RT-PCR test reports for travellers who are fully vaccinated

    Individuals who are fully vaccinated may find it easier to travel domestically in India. Mandatory RT-PCR tests may be stopped by the Government of India in case individuals are fully vaccinated. Currently, any individual who travels within the country must get the RT-PCR and show a negative result. The state decides an individual needs to submit a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state. The country has also observed the vaccine passport that is popular internationally.

    7 June 2021

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