• Passport Renewal

    If you are planning to travel abroad, either solo or with family and friends, having a passport is mandatory as without it you cannot visit other countries. However, to apply for a passport it is not necessary that you need to plan on travelling abroad. A passport can be availed by an individual at any time provided they produce the necessary documents.

    A passport does not guarantee entry into any country but is a prerequisite to travel. A passport in India is valid for a period of only 10 years. To continue availing the benefits of the passport, the individual needs to renew the passport before the expiry of 10 years or after the validity expires. It needs to be mentioned that a passport is widely accepted as a proof of identification, address and age. As such, having a passport is extremely useful as it comes in handy at many points in an individual’s life.

    How to Carry Out Passport Renewal in India?

    When it comes to renewal of passports in India, individuals can avail two modes. One is the online mode and the other being the offline mode. Here, we explain both the processes in a detailed manner. For applicants who wish to apply online, they need to ensure that the steps mentioned below are followed:

    • Registering Online - The first step in looking to applying for passport renewal through online requires the applicant to have a passport account on the official website of Passport Seva. An individual can create a passport account by following the steps mentioned below:
      • The individual must first register for passport renewal on the Passport Seva website.
      • If already registered on the website, he/she can login using the link ‘Existing User? Login’.
      • If not an existing user, the individual needs to click on ‘New User? Register Now’.
      • Next, select the passport office closest based on the current address.
      • Provide the basic details that includes name, date of birth etc.
      • Create a login ID and password.
      • Set a hint question and register.
      • On doing so, the individual will receive         a mail on the e-mail address provided.
      • Activate the account using the link in the email.
      • Once the individual signs in to the passport account, he/she needs to click on ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport’.
    • Filling in the Application - Next step in the process of applying for passport renewal is filling in the form available on the website. The individual needs to provide details like current address, of his/her spouse among other basic details. The individual also needs to provide the details of two local references who can be contacted in case police verification is required to be carried out. It needs to be remembered that the individual must click ‘validate’ and save the form after he/she enters the city or village. The saved file is required to be uploaded to the same page where it was downloaded from. Thereafter, the details will automatically be entered in the form. After filling in the form, the individual needs to verify all the details to ensure that there is no mistake in the form.
    • Booking a slot - Next part in the process is scheduling an interview. The individual can do it by clicking on ‘Schedule Appointment’. Next, the applicant needs to select an available slot which is convenient from him/her. Once confirmed, the appointment at the passport office in scheduled.
    • Visiting the Passport Office - After scheduling the appointment, the individual must go to the passport office on the date of appointment. There he/she will be allotted a group number. The number should be mentioned on the form. When your number is called, the applicant needs to go with the group to the next room and start the application process. Once the process is successfully completed, the validity will be changed on the passport.

    Required Documents for Passport Renewal

    When an individual applies for the renewal of passport, there are certain documents that needs to be submitted along with the application form.  The Passport Seva Kendra website has a ‘Document Advisor’ for renewal of passport. The individual needs to select the details for renew and a list of the required documents will be generated. Some of the required documents needed are as follows:

    • Original old Passport
    • Self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Self-attested copy of the validity extension page, if any, with respect to the Short Validity Passport (SVP)
    • Proof of documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity Passport (SVP).

    The purpose for renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

    Short Validity Passports (SVP) are issued in cases such as the ones which are mentioned below:

    • Students appearing for exams like SAT, TOEFL, etc
    • NRIs who wish to travel to India
    • Non-delivery of passport due to loss in transit
    • Applicant having  a pending criminal case in court

    Validity period of Short Validity Passport (SVP) after renewal

    The validity of renewed Short Validity Passports (SVPs) depends solely on the discretion of the RPO or the Assistant Passport Officer (APO). The maximum validity granted for SVPs is 10 years.

    Renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

    The passport renewal process is quite simple for SVP. All the individual needs to do is visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and file an application for the purpose of renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP).

    Fees needed to be paid for renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

    It needs to be mentioned that an applicant who applies for the renewal of Short Validity Passport need not pay any fees. The entire process in provided to the individual’s free-of-cost by the government.

    Difference between Renewal and Reissue of Passports

    • While renewal of the passport is carried out in the event that the validity of the existing passport expired, a passport is reissued in the event of the following:
      • Expired or about to expire passport
      • Lost passport
      • Stolen Passport
      • Exhaustion of pages
      • Damaged or soiled passports
      • Change in personal details
    • In the case of renewal of passport, the existing passport is given to the individual as the renewed passport while a new passport is provided to the individual when he/she applies for a reissue of passport.

     Frequently Asked Questions with regard to passport renewal

    1. What will the validity of my passport be after I renew it?
    2. The validity of passport would be decided by Assistant Passport Officer/RPO. The maximum validity granted is 10 years.

    3. Do I require a passport agent to renew my passport?
    4. No, you do not need a passport agent for renewing your passport as the system is a transparent one. However, if the applicant is illiterate then he/she can avail the help of a third person.

    5. How will I receive my renewed passport?
    6. When you renew your passport, you do not receive a new booklet. The only change made is that the validity of the passport is changed on the existing booklet that you possess.

    7. Do I have to submit my original documents?
    8. No, you need not submit your original documents. While you are required to carry your original documents to the passport office on the day of your appointment for verification, the self-attested copies of the necessary documents are needed to be submitted.

    9. My application form has a mistake. How do I correct it?
    10. You cannot make corrections to the application form online once it is submitted. For rectifying the mistake you need to visit the Passport Seva Kendra and ask the citizen service executive to make the necessary changes.

    11. What are the charges that I need to pay for renewing my passport?
    12. There are charges for renewing the passport. Hence, you need pay any money while applying for renewing of passport.  

    13. When can I renew my existing passport before it expires?
    14. You can apply for the renewal of the existing passport when only one year is remaining for the validity to expire.

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    News About Passport Renewal

    • Agra inaugurates its Passport Seva Kendra finally

      After years of wait, Agra has finally inaugurated its PSK (Passport Seva Kendra) on 27 February. Ramshankar Katheria, the MP of Agra inaugurated the ceremony and stated that the center is a part of the Ghaziabad Passport Office, which already caters about 13 districts in Western Uttar Pradesh.

      The authorities said that passport seekers living in Aligarh, Agra, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Kasganj, Etah, and Hathras will no longer have to go to Ghaziabad from on. The plan to inaugurate a passport center in Agra was pending since 2 years and only after the recent green signal from the Union external affairs ministry has made it possible.

      BS Rawat, PSK’s senior superintendent said, “We have 2 counters that will cater about 50 people per day. The process to take passport appointments will stay unaltered but the number of counters will soon be increased.

      Apart from issuing fresh passports, even old passports can be renewed at this office. In the next 6 months, the tatkal option will also be made available. As soon as the office was opened, there was a lot of excitement and right after the inauguration ceremony, the office not only processed 20 new applicants but also booked new appointments for the next few weeks.

      2 March 2018

    • Passport Seva Kendra Is Now Inaugurated In Siliguri

      Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, the central minister and M.P. of Darjeeling inaugurated the Passport Seva Kendra in Siliguri on Saturday. Along with S.S. Ahluwalia, Ashok Bhattacharya (the Siliguri Mayor), Sarita Rai (MLA), Shankar Malakar (MLA), and a few others were present at the ceremony. However, Gautam Deb, the tourism minister in spite of an invitation was not present at the inaugural. Deb’s absence has created political chaos between the opposition party leaders.

      Ahluwalia stated, “In spite of official invitation, Deb has not come but there may be political pressure on him.” On the other hand, Bhattacharya stated, “There are separate rules for the opposition and ruling parties.”

      For the past 3 years, the MLAs of the opposition parties were never invited to any of the events arranged by the state government. Unfortunately, regardless of an invitation from the central government, Deb was absent. Ahluwalia however, after the inauguration distributed the passports to applicants who applied earlier.

      20 February 2018

    • Traffic offences may result in rejection of Passport and Visa applications

      Vijayawada - In a bid to ease the traffic situations, the Traffic Officials of Vijayawada are planning to link the details of the traffic violators to the crime branch. If a motorist is found to be violating traffic rules more than once, their details will be available with the crime branch which may lead to rejection of passport and visa applications. Additionally, if a minor is found to be driving/riding, his/her parents will be subject to legal action as per the Motor Vehicles Act. This initiative is expected to deter reckless motorists from breaking the traffic law. Similar to Vijayawada, the RPOs of other cities and towns are also coming up with ways to enhance the methods of dealing with traffic and violations.

      3 January 2018

    • Serbia offers visa exemption for Indian passport holders

      In a bid to boost tourism, the Government of Serbia has decided to exempt the visa requirements for Indian passport holders. Indians can now visit Serbia without a visa. The new scheme allows Indians to transit through and also to reside in Serbia for a maximum of one month within a one-year period. The decision was made on 2 September, 2017 which enables the ordinary passport holders from India to visit Serbia without a visa. Individuals are advised to visit the official website of Serbia to obtain further details on this new visa exemption scheme.

      20 September 2017

    • Malappuram Regional passport office will be shifted to Kozhikode

      One of the highest passport distribution centers in India, Malappuram Regional Passport office might get shifted to the main office in Kozhikode. It is reported that the office is rented for Rs.1.25 lakhs the decision of shifting is to curb the expenditure.

      Malappuram falls on the second place among all the B-grade passport offices in the country. This office receives at least 1,300 applications and deliver 22,000 passports every day.

      Presently, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Wayanad, and Kannur districts were falling under the Kozhikode office and since the Malappuram office will be shifted, many expatriates are worried about receiving the passport very late.

      12 September 2017

    • Government defends the policies concerning impounding of passport

      Following the plea of a businessman concerning the impounding of his passport, the government has opposed stating the missing information. There are several criminal cases registered against that individual which was not brought to light, under such circumstances, the government holds right to impound the passport. The businessmen are also accused of defaulting payment to a lending institution. The Ministry of External Affairs has already made it clear under the section 10(3)(c) of the Passport Act which mentions the impounding of passport.

      28 August 2017

    • Passport Mela to be organized in Gangtok and Kolkata on July 29

      The Regional Passport Office Kolkata is organizing Passport Mela at PSK Kolkata and PSLK Gangtok on July 29. The applicants will have to bring online Application Reference Number (ARN) sheets along with other important documents like proof of date of birth, proof of identity, and address (both self-attested and original). The detailed information on the same can be obtained from www.passportindia.gov.in said a government statement. Bibhuti Bhusan Kumar, the Regional Passport Officer, says that applications in only the general category of both, re-issue and fresh cases will be taken care of in the mela and appointments for the same will be given out on the website. Applicants from Tripura can also book appointments at PSK Kolkata in this fair.

      The applicants have to pay fees for the passport through online payment method. Only applicants will appointments will be entertained. No walk-in application will be accepted.

      16 August 2017

    • Kolkata: M J Akbar inaugurates POPSK to extend passport services

      In a bid to provide convenient passport related services, the minister of state for external affairs – M J Akbar has recently inaugurated a new POPSK (Post Office Passport Seva Kendra) in Kolkata. This initiative is a part of the new 149 POPSK plan that aims at ensuring that people do not have to travel over 50 kilometers for passport application and related services. Considering the fact that post offices have the widest reach even in the rural areas, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department Of Post (DOP) have come together to utilize few of the post offices to double up as passport offices. This initiative will help the government in managing the increasing demand for passport and related services.

      24 July 2017

    • From now on, foreigners will be allowed to book tickets 360 days in advance

      The Indian Railways have declared that it will soon permit foreign nationals to book tickets 360 days in advance. This change is being brought in to promote tourism in India. A Railway Ministry official confirmed the news saying that now NRIs will be able to book tickets under foreigner’s quota 360 days in advance. At present, foreigners are permitted to book tickets 120 days in advance of their scheduled travel. The authority said that the new facility would be officially declared on July 7 or July 12. Under this new rule, foreign nationals will be able to book first AC second AC and executive class tickets in premium trains like the Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and the new launched Gatimaan Express and Tejas Express.Foreign citizens will be required to provide details of their passport, visa, and their mobile numbers through the IRCTC website.

      IRCTC will charge Rs.200 as service charge from the foreign citizens, the official announced, adding that for cancelling the ticket, the present rules will be applicable. This is touted to be one of the most significant steps taken to promote tourism in India.

      12 July 2017

    • Gen VK Singh says no to special status for state

      Gen VK Singh, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, said that the state government in Odisha have failed to achieve the required level of development in spite of getting adequate amount of fund flow from the Centre. Hence, they will not be given the special status under this circumstance. It is to be noted that states with special status are getting significant amount of funding from the Centre for developmental purposes. Singh said that special category status is given so that the state in question can get some financial assistance from the Centre. The Centre is now giving funds to the state instead of providing assistance under a special package. But the desired development in the state is missing. Other than this, the state is receiving 10% more help as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission. The panel has advised an increase in the share of states in central taxes from 32% to 42%. It is not important to connect such status to states that are getting 12% more funds.

      The Prime Minister is clear about his stance that all states must develop in a balanced way. Prosperity must come in all the states as their development would lead to an all-round progress of the nation, Singh said.

      21 June 2017

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