Indian Passport Fees & Charges

The cost of a passport depends on the type of passport service applied for and whether it is on a regular basis or Tatkal.

Regular Passport Application Fee

For regular or normal passport applications the fees are as follows:

Type of Passport 36 pages booklet 60 pages booklet
New or fresh passport(Validity - 10 years) Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Renewal of passport(Validity - 10 years) Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Adding a booklet when the pages in the existing passport are exhausted or all used up(Validity - 10 years) Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Minors aged 15 to 18 years - new/fresh/renewal/reissue of passport - validity 10 years Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Minors - new/fresh/renewal/reissue of passport - validity 5 years or until attaining majority Rs.1,000
Duplicate or replacement of lost/stolen/ misplaced/damaged existing passport Rs.3,000 Rs.3,500
Duplicate or replacement of passport for updating or modification of certain details viz. removal of  ECR status or changing personal details(validity 10 years) Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Minors - Duplicate or replacement of passport for updating or modification of certain details viz. removal of ECR status or changing personal details(validity 5 years or till they attain majority)

Tatkal Passport Application Fee

For Tatkal passport applications, Passport fees for urgent applications will be charged at Rs.2,000 in addition to the regular fees mentioned above.

Type of Passport 36 pages booklet 60 pages booklet
New or fresh passport(Validity - 10 years) Rs.3,500 Rs.4,000
Renewal or reissue of passport(Validity - 10 years) Rs.3,500 Rs.4,000
Adding a booklet when the pages in the existing passport are exhausted or all used up(Validity - 10 years) Rs.3,500 Rs.4,000
Minors aged 15 to 18 years - new/fresh/renewal/reissue of passport - validity 10 years Rs.3,500 Rs.4,000
Minors - new/fresh/renewal/reissue of passport - validity 5 years or until attaining majority Rs.3,000
Duplicate or replacement of lost/stolen/ misplaced/damaged existing passport Rs.5,000 Rs.5,500
Duplicate or replacement of passport for updating or modification of certain details viz. removal of ECR status or changing personal details(validity 10 years)(fresh booklet) Rs.3,500 Rs.4,000
Minors - Duplicate or replacement of passport for updating or modification of certain details viz. removal of ECR status or changing personal details(validity 5 years or till they attain majority)(fresh booklet) Rs.3,000

For PCC - Police Clearance Certificate cost/fee - Rs.500

For  Diplomatic or Official Passports - No fee/cost applicable

How to Pay the Passport Fee

Passport Fee Payment Online:

Applicants can pay the required fees online through:

  1. Credit / Debit Card.
  2. Internet Banking through State Bank of India and Associate Banks.

Online payments are mandatory for appointment bookings at PSKs. While making  online payment for applications under the  Tatkal scheme, applicants need only pay the fee applicable under the  normal scheme category, and the remaining Tatkal fee should be paid in cash.

For  debit / credit cards, banks charge 1.5% + Service Tax as applicable on every transaction. This does not apply for SBI and Associate Banks. Online payment remains valid for one year from the first appointment date and applications must be submitted within this time. If not, the payment will be considered forfeited, and a new payment will have to be made. At Citizen Service Centres (CSCs), payment can be made by credit / debit card.

Passport Fee Payment Offline:

  • Cash Payment:
    • Payments can be made in cash at any of the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs)
    • For Tatkal applications, the entire application amount of the  normal application fee plus Tatkal fee can be paid in one go, unlike online payments for Tatkal applications.
    • While dealing with cash at the PSK, the public is warned to beware of touts and agents.
    • At  PSKs (Passport Seva Kendras), payment for passport will have to be made  In Cash only. This applies to mini-PSKs too. All PSKs host ATMs for all banks so cash withdrawal to make payment is made easier.
  • Demand Draft:
    • At  District Passport Cells (DPCs), payment will have to be made via DD (Demand Draft).
    • The DD has to be made out to PAO-MEA to be satisfied at the RPO.
    • At  Speed Post Centres (SPCs), payment can be made via DD (Demand Draft) or Cash. The DD must be drawn in favour of PAO-MEA and will be payable where the RPO is located.
  • It should be noted that:
      1. The following details must be written behind the DD:
        • Applicants name.
        • Applicants date of birth.
        • Date of submission of the application.
      2. Collection Centers only entertain applications for fresh passports.
      3. All penalties must only be paid in cash .

      Passport Fee Calculator

      On the official website of the CPV (Consular, Passport, and  Visa) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, there is a  passport fee calculator  tool which calculates the various different costs for passport applications. Costs differ on a case by case basis, depending on the type of passport being applied for, and whether it’s being applied for through the Tatkal Scheme.

      The calculator requires the following fields to be filled out, which contain the following options:

      1. Application Type:
      1. Passport.
      2. PCC.
      3. Identity Certificate.
      4. Surrender Certificate.

      For passport fees, select Passport, and then choose the applicable option among:

    • Type of Service:
      1. Fresh.
      2. Reissue.
    • (If Reissue) Reason for Reissue:
      1. Validity Expired / Due to Expire.
      2. Delete ECR / Change in Personal Particulars.
      3. Exhaustion of Pages.
      4. Lost / Damaged Passport.
    • Applicants Age:
      1. Less than 15 years.
      2. Between 15 to 18 years.
      3. 18 years and above.
    • Required Validity:
      1. (For those between 15 to 18 years) 5 years / Till the age of 18 years.
      2. 10 years.
    • Number of pages in booklet:
      1. 36 pages.
      2. 60 pages.
    • Depending on the input received under the above headings, the tool calculates the fee for the various possible cases for the issue of a fresh passport or the reissue of an older passport.

      Identity Certificate Fee Calculator

      Also a feature of the calculator is a tool that calculates the fee for issue of identity certificates. Different fees are charged for different cases, as under:

      1. Type of Service:
        1. Fresh.
        2. Reissue.
      2. (If reissue) Reason for Reissue:
        1. Validity Expired / Due to Expire.
        2. Delete ECR / Change in personal particulars.
        3. Exhaustion of pages.
        4. Lost or damaged passport.

      Surrender Certificate Fee Calculator

      The tool also helps calculate Surrender Certificate Fees for:

      1. Foreign Nationality Acquired Before 1st June, 2010.
      2. Foreign Nationality Acquired On or After 1st June, 2010.

      The standard fee for the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is Rs.500 .

      Important points to note regarding payment of passport fees

      • If the passport fee for an appointment has been paid, but the appointment has not been booked, there will be  no refund of the paid amount.
      • The RPO will refund excess payments that have been made in case multiple payments have been made for the same passport fee.
      • The online application receipt containing the Application Reference Number ( ARN) must be carried along with the Passport application to the  PSK during the appointment.
      • In order to generate the ARN and receipt, applicants who pay online must click Print Application Receipt.
      • There are no bank charges applicable for payments made through challan.

      SMS Services

      For the onetime payment of Rs.40, applicants can subscribe for the SMS Services. The SMS service sends you appointment reminders, and regular updates.

      Frequently Asked Questions About Passport Seva Fee Payment

      1. What is the fee for passport application?
      2. You need to click on the link that says Fee Calculator on the homepage of the official website of Passport services to know the details of the fee associated with passport application. However, no fee is associated with Official/Diplomatic passports.

      3. How to make payments? Which are the accepted payment methods?
      4. Online payment has become mandatory if you wish to book an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra. The following modes can be used to make online payments:

        Debit card or Credit Card

        SBI Bank Challan

        Internet Banking (SBI and associate banks)

      5. What is the amount that I have to pay for PCC (Police Clearance Certificate)
      6. You will have to pay an amount of Rs.500 for PCC or Police Clearance Certificate.

      7. How can I cancel the appointment and avail a refund?
      8. Refund of the amount that you paid for the appointment is not permitted.

      9. Will the fee be refunded if the appointment is not booked?
      10. Once you have made the payment, you will not get a refund.

      11. Can I choose to transfer the paid fee from one ARN (Application Reference Number) to another ARN?
      12. Once you have made the payment, the fee cannot be transferred from one Application Reference Number to another Application Reference Number.

      13. What if I do not have an account with State Bank of India?
      14. In case you do not have an account with State Bank of India, you can make the payments using credit card/debit card of some other bank or State Bank of India challan.

      15. What if there are multiple payments made towards passport fee payments?
      16. Refund of the excess payments will be given by the Regional Passport Office.

      17. What is the fee validity?
      18. The payment is valid for a period of one year from the payment date. If you have already booked an appointment, the validity will be for one year from the appointment date.

      19. Do I have to carry the Application Reference receipt when I visit the Passport Seva Kendra?
      20. Yes, you must carry the ARN receipt along with all the other required documents. You can download the ARN receipt from the website and then get it printed.

      21. Which is the payment gateway that is used for making online payments?
      22. State Bank of India gateway is used at the online payment gateway.

      23. What if the online payment has already been cleared but the booking of appointment is not yet booked?
      24. Click the link that says Schedule Appointment after you have made the payment. Click on Track Payment Status if you wish to check the status of fee payment.

      25. How to use the option of online payment when booking Tatkal appointment for passport?
      26. You will have to pay the same amount applicable under the regular category. However, the payment must be done online. The excess Tatkal fee must be paid in cash at the Passport Seva Kendra after the Passport officials accept your Tatkal application.

      27. Can the scheduled appointment date be changed after making the payments?
      28. After the appointment is confirmed by the Passport Seva Kendra, it can be rescheduled twice in one year from the date of appointment.

      29. If I choose e-Mode option for payment, how much do I have to pay?
      30. For credit cards and debit cards, the bank will charge 1.5% along with service tax. Notifications will be sent to you if there are any changes in the charges. However, you will not have to pay any charge if you use the internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks.

      31. What happens if I encounter with an error after reaching the payment gateway?
      32. If you encounter an error after reaching the payment gateway, wait for a while. However, if nothing happens, it is advisable that you try after some time.

      33. Which are the banks that accept challan payments?
      34. All the State Bank of India branches accept challan payments.

      35. What are the charges associated with the challan payment option?
      36. You will not have to pay any charge if you are making the payment via challan mode.

      37. When can the passport fee be deposited via challan at an SBI branch?
      38. The passport fee must be deposited in cash after three hours from the challan generation.

      39. What is the time period allowed for depositing the fee at a State Bank of India branch?
      40. The challan expires after a period of 85 days. Any payment made after that will be rejected by the bank.

      News About Indian Passport Fees

      • PIL questions about the non-refundable application fee of passports

        The Kerala High Court has requested the central government to reply to a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by Citizen Legal Right Association alleging that the fee submitted at the time of application is never refunded to the applicant if he/she fails to attend for the process.

        As per the 1980 Indian Passport Rule 10, the fee has to be refunded to the applicant within a year if he/she fails to attend for the process. However, the official passport website ( claims that refunds will not be issued once the payment is done.

        Mentioning a 2016 audit report, about 5.42 lakh passport applicants did not show up at the passport offices after paying the fee online. The union government has retained an estimation of Rs.78.46 crore and hasn’t processed towards the refund mechanism.

        After this 2016 audit objection and directing the guidelines related to passport application refunds, there have been no steps initiated until now.

        1 March 2018

      • More PSKs for faster, hassle-free passport issual

        In an effort to make getting a passport more hassle-free and easy, there will be Passport Seva Kendra’s (PSK) every 50 kms.

        This announcement was made by the secretary of the external affairs ministry Dhyaneshwar M Mulay. He was speaking at an event in Kolkata. He added that research is being carried out across Bengal to identify areas where PSKs can be set up. New post office PSKs are likely to be launched here by July 15.

        He further said that it is very important for every Indian to have a passport and this can act as a door to the many opportunities in the world for the youth.

        24 July 2017

      • Emigration sanction to be provided at Goa Passport Office soon

        Unskilled and semi-skilled workers with low educational qualifications looking to move to any of the 17 Emigration Clearance Required countries for employment need not have to travel outside for clearance, soon. The Ministry of External Affairs is planning to consider the request of the Goa NRI commission to give necessary powers to the regional passport office to grant the said clearance.

        This demand was also raised in Delhi at a meeting that was held recently. Currently, as there is no Protector of Emigrants (POE) officer, all those intending to emigrate have to travel to the closest office which is in Mumbai, to obtain clearance.

        12 July 2017

      • 12 new districts to get a Passport Seva Kendra

        After the Passport Seva Kendra was started at post offices in four districts of Rajasthan, the Ministry of External Affairs plans to introduce a similar facility at 12 additional districts in the state in the upcoming months. This is being done so as to ensure that people who come from far-off districts can also procure a passport without having to travel all the way to Jaipur.

        A couple of months ago, Passport Seva Kendras had been started in Jhunjhunu, Kota, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jhalawar by the Ministry of External Affairs. Around 3.15 lakh applicants were provided with passports which was a record for the state of Rajasthan.

        In this phase, Passport Seva Kendras will be opened in Churu, Ajmer, Karauli, Dungarpur, Hanumangarh, Alwar, Dholpur, Chittorgarh, Sriganganagar, Pali and Banswara in the respective post offices.

        29 June 2017

      • Avail passport services through head post offices

        Ahmedabad: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will be utilizing the head post offices to provide extended passport services. The passport application submission and delivery of passport will be taken care by the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK). The new POPSK in Gujarat will be launched in Anand, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Jamnagar, Junagarh, Kheda, Navsari and Valsad in order to facilitate passport application submission and delivery of passports. The government is already working on various other initiatives to make the passport application process faster. Additionally, many other post offices will be doubling up as passport seva kendras to ensure that the citizens don’t have to travel very far for their passports.

        27 June 2017

      • POPSK in Pimpri gets good response but applicants complain about waiting times

        The Centre has agreed to the Punjab government’s request to start a passport office in the town of Nawanshahr and to also look into the number of blacklisted youths who are settled abroad. This issue was p for discussion when the Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh paid a call on the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday in order to enquire after her health.

        The minister also promised all efforts by the Centre in order to ensure the security and safety of Sikhs and Punjab is living abroad. The office in Nawanshahr to provide services to Non-Resident Indians as well as others from the area will be in addition to the office Patiala.

        27 April 2017

      • Pune: PSK will hold a passport mela in Mundhwa

        The Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) will hold a passport mela on the 8th of April in Mundhwa. The one-day mela is expected to cater to over 2000 applications for passports. Individuals who wish to apply for their passport under the normal category are advised to visit the website to fill in the application form. The appointment slots will be provided by 5th April so that the applicants can be ready to attend the appointments on the 8th of April. The Regional Passport Office (RPO) has noticed an increase in the demand for passports. By facilitating such platforms, the RPO can process more applications and reduce the pending backlog.

        5 April 2017

      • Passport Mela For Hyderabad Railway Employees On March 18th

        The Regional Passport Office in Hyderabad will be conducting a passport meal for railway employees in Hyderabad on March 18th, 2017.

        The mela will be conducted in collaboration with the South Central Railway and will take place at the Begum, Ameerpet and Tolichowki Passport Seva Kendras.

        Special counters have been opened at the Railway Degree College, Tarnaka for online registrations. This is slated to be the biggest passport mela conducted by a regional passport office, with over 3,000 applications set to be processed in a single day.

        The Passport Seva project by the External Affairs Ministry has benefitted large sections of the populace, as drives and melas are conducted in far-flung areas, allowing applicants from such areas to access these services in their neighbourhood.

        17 March 2017

      • POPSK coming soon in Nellore, Kadapa, and Kurnool

        The Department of Posts and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) declared that post office passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) will be up and running in Kadapa and Kurnool soon, informed the passport officer of Visakhapatnam, NLP Choudary. He also added that Nellore will also get its own Kendra soon.

        The officer said that these Kendras will help the residents of Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, and Anantapur and they will not have to travel to Tirupathi, Vizag or Vijayawada to get their passport-related services completed. Hence, it will be much easier for them to get their appointments scheduled after they apply for any passport-related services on the passport portal.

        It has also been confirmed that once these POPSKs start functioning, as many as 200 appointments related to various passport-related needs will be scheduled daily. The officer informed that in the wake of the relaxation of passport policies on December 23, 2016, an increase of 30% has been observed in the applications for passports. Hence, the set-up of these Kendras will help the citizens in getting their passports sooner and with much more convenience. This move will not only save time but will also ensure speedy delivery of passports to the citizens.

        16 February 2017

      • Mysuru gets India’s first POPSK

        The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) has been opened in the Mysuru Head Post Office. The POPSK will provide all-passport related services, such as, application receipts, verification of documents, collection of fee from applicants, and facilitating further processing by forwarding the application to the Regional Post Office in Bengaluru. Presently, the POPSK will not undertake printing and dispatch of Passports. Postal Department employees will be trained by Regional Passport Officers on the handling and processing of Passport applications. Presently, Karnataka has four Passport Offices in Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubballi, and Kalaburgi, the POPSK in Mysuru will be the fifth Passport Office in the state. The POPSK in Mysuru will service people in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar which totally have a population of 40 lakhs. Karnataka issues 6.5 lakh passports every month, of which 45,000 are from Mysuru and Chamarajanagar. The government plans to open such POPSKs across all 650 Head Post Office in the 750 revenue districts across the country.

        3 February 2017

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