Passport Application Online

Applying for a passport can be done online by visiting the official Passport Seva website. The Ministry of External Affairs has now made all passport applications online, so if you’re looking to renew or apply for a fresh passport, you will have to go through the online application process. 

How to Apply for a Passport Online?

When looking to apply for a passport online, an applicant needs to follow certain steps. The steps involved are described in details below: 

Step 1: Passport Seva log-in 

  • Visit the official website of Passport Seva & Click on the ‘APPLY’ section. 
  • If you are an existing user, you can login using the user ID and password. 
  • If you are a first-time user, you will have to register and create an account. Follow the steps below to register: 
  • Click on ‘Register Now’ under the ‘New User’ tab. 
  • Enter the login ID & password. Enter the captcha code and click on ‘Register’.

Step 2: Choosing the Application Type 

After logging in, you will have to choose the relevant service from the options provided. You can choose to apply for a: 

  • Fresh passport/passport reissue 
  • Diplomatic passport/official passport 
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) 
  • Identity Certificate 

Step 3: Filling the Application Form 

Filling in the application form can be done online or offline. To fill in the application form offline, follow the steps given below:  

  • Click on the link provided to download the application form in soft copy. 
  • A link to an electronic copy of the following forms will be displayed. Download the relevant form based on your application type: 
  • Fresh/reissue 
  • Police Clearance Certificate 
  • Diplomatic/Official 
  • Identity Certificate 
  • Fill in the application e-form and click on the ‘Upload e-form' link. 
  • Upload the filled-in application form. 

You can also fill in the application form online and submit the same. You can also partially fill-in the form and complete the process at a later date. It is advisable to check the form once before submitting it. 

Step 4: Schedule, Pay & Book the appointment 

After filling in and submitting the form, you will have to schedule an appointment at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or relevant passport authority. Booking an appointment can be done as mentioned below: 

  • Go to the ‘Applicant Home’ page & click on the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’. 
  • The submitted application form details will be displayed. Choose the ARN of the form you have submitted. 
  • Click on ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ option from the ones provided. 
  • Next, choose the mode of payment from among the two provided, viz. Online payment and Challan payment. 

Note: If paying for tatkaal appointments, the online fee is the same as a regular passport fee. The balance amount is to be paid at the PSK on the appointment date.  

If you are paying online, you can move on to booking the appointment immediately. If you choose to pay through challan, you will have to do the following: 

  • Take the challan to an SBI branch and pay the required amount in cash. (Note: This can be done only after 3 hours of challan generation, which is valid for 85 days.) 
  • Next, collect a copy of the challan from the receiving bank personnel. 
  • The bank takes 2 days to verify the ARN details provided on the challan. 
  • Successful payment of the fees will be displayed on the website post-verification where the applicant can ‘track the payment status’. An email update is also sent. 

 Scheduling the appointment 

  • On the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ page, select the PSK of your choice.  
  • Choose a convenient slot from the available dates mentioned. There, the applicant is required to select a PSK based on the available date. 
  • Confirm your appointment slot by entering the CAPTCHA code.
  • Next, select ‘Pay and Book the Appointment’ 
  • Application details such as ARN, name, type of application, the amount that needs to be paid, contact number, and the appointment date will be displayed.   
  • If you have chosen to pay online, you will be redirected to the payment gateway. 

On successful completion of payment, you will receive confirmation of the appointment and an appointment number. An SMS with the details will also be sent. Print a copy of the application receipt. All PSKs now also accept the SMS for appointment proof.  

In case, multiple payments are made for the same appointment/application/ARN, the excess amount will be refunded by the RPO. The passport appointment can be rescheduled twice within a year from the date of the original appointment. However if you miss the appointment, you can’t reschedule the appointment. 

How to Apply for Diplomatic Passport/Official Passport Online

Diplomatic or Official passports are issued to those individuals who hold diplomatic status or are deputed by the Government of India to travel abroad on official duty. This document can also be used as proof of address and identity. Applications for Diplomatic and Official passports are normally entertained only at the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division, Patiala House, New Delhi. However, you can also choose to apply at the Passport Office attached to the present address of the applicant. 

The pointers mentioned below will help guide applicants, who wish to apply for an Official or Diplomatic passport online - 

  • Visit the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra & click on the ‘Register Now’ link.
  • On doing so, they will be given an ID which needs to be used to login to the Passport Seva Online Portal. 
  • Applicants then have to click on the link that reads ‘Apply for Diplomatic Passport’. 
  • After doing so, the necessary form needs to be downloaded, filled in and submitted along with required documentary proof. 
  • Next, the printout of the completed application will have to be taken through the ‘View/Print Submitted Form’ link that is available on the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ page. 
  • This printed copy of the online application form will have to be taken to the Consular Passport and Visa Division, Patiala House in New Delhi Passport Office along with necessary documents in original, attached to the current address and submit the application.

News About Apply Indian Passport Online

  • Proposal to Introduce Orange Passports Dropped

    After facing backlash from different fronts for its decision to introduce orange passports for migrant workers who qualified for the Emigration Check Required (ECR) type passports, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) dropped its proposal to issue those workers orange passports.

    The MEA brought up the proposal owing to the request of some people who did want the last page of their passports to be printed. The last page of Indian passports contains the ECR/ECNR status and this would have not been visible if the last page was to be removed. Therefore, to differentiate passports with ECR from those that did not, it was proposed that orange-jacketed passports be issued to workers with ECR status.

    Criticism included comments that the government was promoting different classes of workers and that such differentiation would lead to discrimination and also violate the fundamental right to privacy and dignity. Considering all these, the MEA dropped the proposal on 29 January, 2018.

    12 February 2018

  • Ahmedabad to get eight more post office PSKs this year

    The year of 2017 provided ease to the citizens of Indian in applying for a passport/visa. The Government of India has taken various initiatives to provide fast and efficient visa and passport application services which resulted in an increased number of visa and passport applications in the year of 2017. The Ahmedabad RPO (Regional Passport Office) alone received over 45,000 applications from three different post office PSKs. Considering the increased demand for passport, the Government of India is planning to add another eight post office PSKs in Ahmedabad this year. With the increased number of post office PSKs and staff at each of the offices, the Ahmedabad RPO can expect to process more applications this year. The passports in 2018 under Emigration Check Required (ECR) and Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) will be issued in different color. The Government of India is already working on various initiatives for this year which will beneficial for both Indian citizens and foreign tourists coming to India. The increased number of foreign tourists in India has already contributed to the Indian economy at a significant level, however, introducing visa-friendly policies will surely result in the growth of tourism in India.

    15 January 2018

  • Passport application hassles in Punjab

    The MPs of Punjab Congress party have reached out to the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to highlight the difficulties faced by Punjabi girls during Visa and Passport applications. Most of these girls are deserted by NRI grooms and when they are applying for Passport/Visa, they are asked by officials to submit additional supporting documents as proof of name change. These applicants are restricted from utilizing the online Passport application facility and asked to visit the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) to carry out the application process. With many PSKs located far from the applicant’s place of residence, it is becoming difficult to obtain a Passport/Visa. The members have also requested Sushma Swaraj to safeguard the interest of these applicants.

    4 January 2018

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