Passport is an official document that is issued to the individual by the government certifying his/her identity and citizenship. A passport enables the holder to travel to other countries under the protection of the government.
When it comes to issuing passports, the Passport office has two main issuing processes. One is to issue a new passport and the other is reissuing an old passport. All passports issued to individuals are valid for a specific period of time. After the expiry date, the passport is considered invalid for the purposes of travel or recognizable legal identification. Under such cases, the individual needs to apply for a passport booklet under the reissue category.
How to Apply for Reissue of Passport Online?
If an individual wants to apply for the reissue of the passport through online mode, one can follow the steps mentioned below:
- Log on to https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink
- Register an account
- Next, Click on ‘Passport Type’ and proceed to fill out the online checklist like applying for, type of application, number of pages in the passport booklet, name etc along with other details
- Thereafter click ‘Next’ and schedule an appointment with the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)
- For doing so, click on ‘View saved / submitted applications’
- Next, select the relevant application and click ‘Pay’
- Choose the method of payment and the required PSK in the region
- Authenticate and click on ‘Next’
- Pay and book the appointment
- On doing so, an application receipt will be auto-generated
- Take and printout of the receipt and carry it on the specified date and time of the appointment
How to Apply for Reissue of Passport Offline?
To apply for a reissue of the passport, one needs to first visit the passport seva website. There, the individual needs to download the e-form that is available under ‘Forms and Affidavits’ tab located on the left of the screen. This link will route the individual to a page where one must select whether they require a fresh passport or a reissue of a passport.
From the website, one can also download the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). These forms are needed to be filled in with the appropriate details like name, age, date of birth, address, old passport booklet number, the specific reason for reissue, etc. and submit it along with the relevant identity proof, address proof, and old passport booklet to the Passport Office. For reissue of passport, an individual can also take the route of uploading the filled out PCC form on to the official website through his/her account for processing of the application.
Reasons to Apply for Reissue of Passport?
One can apply for a reissue of passport for any of the following reasons:
- Change in personal details like name, date of birth, and address.
- Validity of the passport has expired or is due to expire within three years
- The validity of the passport has been expired for more than three years.
- Exhaustion of passport pages.
- The passport holder must apply for a reissue of the passport if the passport booklet has been damaged or disfigured in any way due to any reason.
- If the whereabouts of the passport is unknown to the passport holder, he/she must file an FIR at the local police station and submit that FIR along with an application for reissue of the passport.
Documents Required For Reissue of Passport
There are certain documents that an individual is required to submit when applying for the reissue of passport. Below mentioned is the list of general documents that is required by an individual for applying for a passport reissue. It needs to be mentioned that the Passport Seva Kendra or the Passport Office may ask the applicant for additional documents apart from the ones mentioned, depending on the case:
- Identity proof: A legal and recognized document that contains the applicant’s full name. This is required to be submitted as it should appear on official records as well as it on the individual’s passport.
- Age proof: A document that confirms the applicant’s date of birth is also required to be submitted. Birth certificate or a school leaving certificate that clearly mentions the date of birth serves the purpose of age proof.
- Address proof: Document that confirms where the applicant resides is also needed to be submitted. The address mentioned in the document must match with the one mentioned in the application form.
- Photographs: Though most Passport Seva Kendras are equipped with cameras designed to take passport sized photographs of the applicants, individuals are required to submit 2 recent passport sized photographs of them self while applying for passport reissue.
- Old passport booklet: The applicant is also required to submit his/her expired passport booklet before availing a new passport.
- Self-attested copy of first and last pages of booklet: The individual is needed to submit self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the old passport booklet.
- Appointment application receipt: If an appointment with the Passport Seva Kendra has been booked online, the applicant would need to submit a printout of the final page that confirms the payment, time, and date of appointment.
See Here: Required Documents For Passport
Police Verification Process for Reissue of Passport
Once the application for the reissue of passport has been submitted, the Passport Office takes a call on whether the case requires police verification. This can either pre or post police verification. For instance, if the applicant's name, address, and personal details have not changed in the application for reissue of passport, the Passport Office may only require a post-police verification. However, if the application contains a different name or address etc. a pre-police verification may be required to ensure that the applicant has furnished the correct details in the application. It needs to be mentioned that pre and post police verification may be required depending on the records of the passport office and the availability of resources to carry out the necessary checks.
The exceptions for different types of police verification chosen by the Passport Office for reissue of passport are based on applications for:
- Re-issue in the case of lost or misplaced or stolen passport
- Re-issue in the case of complete name change
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the classifications of damaged passports?
There are two classifications of damaged passports. They are as follows:
- Passport is damaged but the number can still be read, photograph is intact and name is legible.
- Passport is damaged beyond recognition
What to do if my passport is lost and I need to come back to India due to some emergency?
You can travel to India with the help of the ‘Emergency Certificate’. For that, you would need to contact the respective mission/post of the country from where you want to travel back.
What is the procedure for reissue of passport in India?
To apply for a reissue of the passport, you needs to visit the passport seva website and download the e-form and the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) form. These forms are needed to be submitted to the passport office along with the required documents after duly filling in the necessary details.
How long does it take to reissue an Indian passport?
Normally the entire application process for reissue of passport takes around 15 days. However, if the application is filled in tatkal mode the entire process takes around 7-10 days.
Is police verification required for reissue of passport?
The answer to the question largely depends on the on the records of the passport office and the availability of resources.