Applications for passports and related services can be done online or offline. However, the passport application procedure is now almost entirely done online and is the most preferable mode. There are certain circumstances under which the process can be carried out offline. There are two ways to apply passport in India.
Online Passport Application Service
The online passport application process requires an applicant to log into the Passport Seva Project (PSP) portal at www.passportindia.gov.in and follow the steps therein.
Offline Passport Application Procedure
Application forms can be printed / bought and submitted directly at Passport Collection Centers like District Passport Cells (DPCs) along with the required supporting documents. In some cases, walk-ins at some PSKs are allowed without appointment. However, the application form will have to first be submitted online and the receipt carried to the PSK.Get the information about offline passport application process
Types of Passport Application
- Fresh Passport
- Reissue of Passport
- Tatkaal Scheme
- Police Clearance Certificate
- Diplomatic Passport
- Identity Certificate
his is for a person who doesn’t have a passport and wants to apply for a new one i.e. first-time application
Re-issue of Passport:
This is for a person who already has/had a passport but needs to perform the following actions
- Renewal - The passport is approaching the end of its validity or has expired
- Changes - The details in the passport need to be modified or corrected or updated
- Replacement - The passport has been damaged or lost and a duplicate is required
- Page Addition - The available pages has been used up on a valid passport.
This is for people who need to apply for passports on an urgent basis.
Police Clearance Certificate:
This is for a person who has a passport but is applying for Employment/Long-Term Visa/Residential Status/Immigration.
This is for a person who needs to travel on government work i.e. for diplomats.
This is for a person who is not a citizen of India but is residing in India being stateless i.e. a refugee. It is also called an alien passport and is mostly issued to Tibetan refugees.
News About Passport Application
Ahmedabad and Vadodara Passport Camps held over the Weekend
Passport camps were held over the weekend in Ahmedabad, Diu and Vadodara. The camps were aimed at reducing the delays applicants faced in getting a passport appointment. Applicants who wished to attend these camps were required to register online and schedule an appointment on the official website. The camps were not meant for passport applications that were put on hold or for tatkal applications. In Ahmedabad, 950 appointments were made. In Vadodara, 750 appointments were given. A total of 350 appointments were given in Diu. The camp in Diu was targeted only at local residents of the Union Territory.
27th July 2016
Dehradun Regional Passport Office to Organise Passport Mela
A ‘Passport Mela’ is to be organized by the Regional Passport Office in Dehradun on 23rd of July. Individuals from all 13 districts of Uttarakhand can participate in this fest.
In order to do so, they will have to apply online and procure the Application Reference Number(ARN) sheet. All required documents must also be presented.
Individuals have been advised to provide an online application form for ‘reissue of passport’ and ‘fresh passport’ under the normal category and procure ARN sheet. For processing of application and photographs along with biometrics, individuals will have to visit the Passport Seva Kendra in person.
The passport office will also try to hold this mela every 21 days or fortnight. Required technical necessities are being organized. Individuals must note that ‘walk-in’, ‘Tatkaal’ and ‘On-hold applications’ will not be entertained at this fest.
22nd July 2016
Kalaburagi, Karnataka, To Get Its Very Own Passport Office
Kalaburagi, in north Karnataka, which only had a Passport Application Processing Centre till now, will get a full-fledged PSK (Passport Seva Kendra) now. Thus far, all passport applications from the region were being processed in Bangalore but all that will change soon. This upgrade is a part of the plan that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has to upgrade some of the PAPCs to PSKs to speed up the process of issuing of passports. Current estimates show that PAPC in Kalaburagi receives up to about 100 applications a day which will now be handled completely by the new PSK. The PSK will also be operating for 5 days a month and will still refer special cases to Bangalore.
3rd June 2016
Passport Applications Made Easier With CSCs
A Common Service Centre (CSC) set up at Rayala Tower on Anna Salai, Chennai, by the Regional Passport Office has turned out to extremely beneficial for passport applicants. The new passport application procedure is quite cumbersome. Earlier, applicants were required to fill up a few columns, print out their form and submit it at the passport office on the date allotted to them. Now applicants are required to fill the form, complete it and upload it. For people who are not Internet savvy, this is not a viable method.
Here’s where the CSCs play a pivotal role in helping even those who don’t speak English get their passport. These centres were set up across India as part of the e-Governance plan. The centers offer both government services as well as private services. Passport applicants are given assistance in filling up and uploading the form, payment of the fee, scheduling the appointment and giving them the ARN number. This process is completed within a few minutes for each applicant. The fees for applying at the CSC is only Rs. 155.
11th May 2016