What is passport reference file number?
Passport Reference File Number is a number provided to an individual when they apply for a Passport. The Passport Reference File Number helps an individual track the status of their passport application online. This is a unique number provided to every passport applicant.
How is the number determined?
The Passport Reference File Number is an alphanumeric code that consists of alphabets and numbers along with the year of application for passport. The code will start with the letters of the name of the place from where the passport was applied for and end with the year of application. For instance, if an individual applies for a passport in Madras in the year 2008, the code will start with ‘MASW’ and end with ‘08’. There will be six more digits between the alphabet code and the number. The Passport Reference File Number will consist of 12 digit unique numbers.
Purpose of Passport Reference File Number
There are certain cases wherein there will be a delay in the issuance of the passport either due to a problem with the documents or other problems. In such cases, the intimation will be given via this code. Every individual who has applied for a passport can use this number to know the status of their passport application. After checking the status, the individual can visit the passport office to deal with any problems regarding their passport application. It will also give the individual a clear estimate as to when they can get their passport.
When and how to get Passport Reference File Number?
The Passport Reference File Number is provided only after the applicant applies for a passport. The applicant has to pay the fee for the passport and submit the application for the passport and once the application is submitted, the number will be given to the applicant.
It is important to keep the number safe since it acts as a tool to check the status of your passport application.