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Different Ways of Applying Passport and Types of Passport

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 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:

This 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.

Tatkaal 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.

Diplomatic/Official Passport:

This is for a person who needs to travel on government work i.e. for diplomats.

Identity Certificate:

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.

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News About Passport Application

  • Passport Seva Kendra to be set up in Srikakulam

    The Centre has approved the setting up of Passport Seva Kendra at Srikakulam. Having got the go-ahead, the Visakhapatnam regional passport office has already initiated work and a test run is being conducted from the centre. The development was confirmed by NLP Chowdary, the regional passport officer of Visakhapatnam who stated that through the centre fresh passports and renewal of passports can be applied for among other services. The centre which will run under the purview of the Visakhapatnam regional passport office will collect the documents from the applicants at Srikakulam and forward it to the regional passport office. The setting up of passport centres in the country is being carried out in collaboration with the Department of Post. It needs to be mentioned that till date, the people from Srikakulam people had to travel all the way to Visakhapatnam for the purpose of applying for passports and renewal of it.

    19 March 2018

  • Rush in Bhopal RTO from Indore

    The applications for passports is on the rise which has forced Indoreans to visit the passport office in Bhopal. The Regional Passport Office in Indore was recently inaugurated and the office started accepting applications from the end of February. Currently, the passport applications are booked till June. This has forced the people in Indore to visit the nearest RPO in Bhopal to apply for their passport. The RPO in Indore has already increased the daily capacity of passport applications from 100 to 180 in order to process more applications and allow more people to apply for their passport. The Bhopal RPO is facing a rush for passport applications at their office. The government has already taken many initiates to easy the passport application process and to make it faster.

    8 May 2017

  • 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.

    27 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.

    22 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.

    3 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.

    11 May 2016

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