Difference Between Passport Renewal & Reissue

There has always been a lot of confusion regarding passport renewal and passport reissuance. Passport renewal and re-issuance are different from each other even though many confuse it to be the same. Given below is a detailed explanation of the difference between passport renewal and re-issue.

  • Passport renewal- Renewal of passport happens in cases where the passport was issued only for a short period of time/short validity that’s anywhere between 1 to 5 years and now needs to be extended to a validity of 10 years like the regular Indian passport. It is necessary to carry your old passport when you want to get your passport renewed. The number on the passport will remain the same, only the validity will be changed in the passport. The changes will be made to the existing/old passport and will be returned as a renewed passport.
  • Passport re-issue-A passport is reissue when the passport holder requires an entirely new passport. When a passport is re-issued, a new booklet with a new passport is issued to the passport holder. Passport re-issuance is usually confused with passport renewal. A passport is re-issued in the following cases:
    • Expired passport
    • Passport on the verge of expiration
    • Lost passport
    • Stolen passport
    • Exhaustion of pages in current passport
    • Damaged passport
    • Soiled passport
    • Change in personal details in the passport (except for validity)

Procedure for Re-issue of Passport

Getting your passport reissue is quite easy. One has to visit the Passport Seva Kendra and make an application. There is a certain amount that needs to be paid as a fee at the office. One can also apply for re-issuance of passport online.

Procedure for Renewal of Passport

The procedure for renewal of passport is similar to that of passport re-issuance except that the applicant has to choose the option and form for renewal instead of re-issue.

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