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  • Required Documents For Passport

    Passport is a very important document issued by the government of that particular country which certifies the holder’s identity and their citizenship. It entitles the passport holder to travel to and from foreign countries.

    In order to apply for a passport in India, one has to submit several documents, given below is a list of articles that need to be submitted in order to avail a passport.

    Documents Required for Fresh Passport Application

    Documents Needed for Tatkal Passport

    Document Required for Reissue of Passport in India

    Documents Required Lost Passport Application

    Documents Required for Damaged Passport Application

    Documents Required for Renewal Passport Application

    Documents Required For Fresh Passport Application

    General Category- Given below is a list of documents that needs to be submitted in order to apply for a General Passport under different categories

    • Address proof- One of the following documents can be submitted as address proof for Passport.
    • Election ID card with present address
    • Aadhaar card
    • Phone bill with current address
    • Gas connection
    • Bank passport
    • Rental agreement if staying in a rented house
    • Income Tax Assessment order
    • Water bill with current address
    • Electricity bill with current address
    • Certificate from employer on letterhead with a seal and signature
    • Passport of the spouse
    • Parents’ passport
    • Age proof- One can submit any of the following documents as age proof for passport:
    • Birth certificate issued by the municipal authority or any other office authorized to issue the birth certificate.
    • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
    • Certificate sworn before a magistrate.

    Documents Needed For Tatkal Passport

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for a Tatkal passport.

    • Address proof- One of the following documents can be submitted as address proof for Passport.
    • Election ID card with present address
    • Aadhaar card
    • Phone bill with current address
    • Gas connection
    • Bank passport
    • Rental agreement if staying in a rented house
    • Income Tax Assessment order
    • Water bill with current address
    • Electricity bill with current address
    • Certificate from employer on letterhead with a seal and signature
    • Passport of the spouse
    • Parents’ passport
    • Age proof- One can submit any of the following documents as age proof for passport:
    • Birth certificate issued by the municipal authority or any other office authorized to issue the birth certificate.
    • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
    • Certificate sworn before a magistrate.

    List Of Documents Required For Passport For Minors

    Is parents wish to procure passport for minors, the following are the documents that will have to be furnished by them -

    Unless specified, it will be assumed that both parents have given their consent for the same.

    • Current address proof in the name of the parent(s) will have to be provided.
    • Original and self-attested copies of the parents’ passport will have to be provided to the Passport Seva Kendra in case both parents possess the passport.
    • Documents of minors will have to be attested by parents.
    • Until the minor is 18 years old, he/she will be eligible for Non-ECR passport wherein Emigration check is not required.
    • Original documents along with a set of self-attested photocopies of the originals will have to be furnished at the Passport Seva Kendra for processing.
    • A Declaration confirming the details mentioned in the application about the minor applicant as per: Annexure ‘D’.

    Date Of Birth Documents Required For Passport

    The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) recently announced new rules for passports that in order to simplify the passport processes. With a vision to introduce a streamlined process that is transparent and easy, MEA has taken various interesting steps pertaining to the 'date of birth' section of the passport.

    After five years from the date of passport issuance, changes to the date of birth (DOB) was not allowed. Prior to the announcement, any applicant born on or after 26/01/1989 was bound to submit the Birth Certificate as the proof of DOB. The new rules will allow individuals to submit digitally signed birth certificate as valid proof of DOB. Under the new rules, any of the following document that shows the DOB is accepted as a proof for passport applications:

    • A certificate issued for leaving school, matriculation or transfer issued by a recognized educational institution/establishment
    • Permanent Account Number (PAN) issued by Income Tax Department
    • Aadhaar Card/E Aadhar issued by Unique Identification Authority of India
    • Driving license issued by the state government's Transport Department
    • Voter ID card or Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
    • Service record or Pay Pension Order with DOB (applicable for government employees)
    • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance firms
    • A birth certificate issued by designated authority under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969

    The government has implemented various other changes to the passport application process that are effective and easier compared to the old methods. With the introduction of mPassport Seva - a mobile application for accessing passport related information, mPassport Police App - helping police officers carry out simple verification process, student connect - allowing students to easily apply for a passport, and more programs, MEA is processing more passport applications each day.

    Documents Required For Diplomatic Passport

    The following is a list of documents that will have to be provided in order to procure an Official or Diplomatic Passport. One copy of the documents mentioned below will have to submit.

    • Official identity card of the applicant or that of the Head of Office
    • A certificate that has been issued by the Head of Office
    • An Official Request Letter from the Forwarding Officer
    • PMO or Political Clearance Certificate, if needed
    • For existing passport -
      • Official or Diplomatic Passport (in reissue applications) - Original Diplomatic or Official Passport for cancellation. In case this has been kept in the custody of the Ministry of External Affairs, the original Safe Custody or Surrender Certificate will have to be provided. In case this has been cancelled by the Ministry of External Affairs, the Original Cancellation Certificate will have to be provided.
      • Ordinary Passport - Certificate of Safe Custody
      • In case an official is retiring is less than 6 months from the application date, he/she will have to provide an undertaking from his/her office that the Diplomatic or Official Passport will be given to the office as soon as he/she returns.

    Applicants must note that the documents must be placed in the order given below -

    • Printed copy of online filled application form
    • Political or PMO clearance
    • Copy of identity card
    • Certificate from the Head of Office
    • Request from a Forwarding Officer
    • Other necessary documents

    Document Required For Reissue Of Passport In India

    A passport has to re-issue when one needs a completely new passport. The applicant will receive a new booklet along with a new passport number. Passports are re-issued in cases such as a passport that’s about to expire or has expired, lost passport, stolen passport, exhaustion of pages, damaged or soiled passports, change in personal details.

    Listed below are the documents required to apply for the re-issue of the passport in different cases.

    Validity due to expiration or expired

    • Original old passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the first and last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of validity extension page (in case of short validity passport)

    Exhaustion of pages

    • Original old passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the first and last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of validity extension page (in case of short validity passport)

    List Of Documents Required For Passport Renewal For Minors

    The following documents are required for renewing passport of minors:

    • Old Passport (original). Along with it self-attested copies of the following
      • First and last 2 pages.
      • Non-ECR and ECR page.
      • Page of Observation (if any).
      • Authority and validity extension page (if any).
    • A Declaration confirming the details mentioned in the application about the minor applicant as per: Annexure ‘D’.
    • Original and self-attested copies of the passport of parents.
    • Note – Parents can attest the documents of minor applicants.

    Documents Required Lost Passport Application

    • An affidavit that gives information about where and how the passport was stolen.
    • Original police report.
    • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of validity extension page (in case of short validity passport)
    • Address proof- One of the following documents can be submitted as address proof for Passport.
    • Election ID card with present address
    • Aadhaar card
    • Phone bill with current address
    • Gas connection
    • Bank passport
    • Rental agreement if staying in a rented house
    • Income Tax Assessment order
    • Water bill with current address
    • Electricity bill with current address
    • Certificate from employer on letterhead with a seal and signature
    • Passport of the spouse
    • Parents’ passport
    • Age proof- One can submit any of the following documents as age proof for passport:
    • Birth certificate issued by the municipal authority or any other office authorized to issue the birth certificate.
    • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
    • Certificate sworn before a magistrate.

    Documents Required For Damaged Passport Application

    • Original old passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the first and last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of validity extension page (in case of short validity passport).
    • An affidavit that gives information about how the passport got damaged.
    • Age proof
    • Birth certificate issued by the municipal authority or any other office authorized to issue the birth certificate.
    • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
    • Certificate sworn before a magistrate.

    Change in Existing Details

    • Original old passport.
    • Self-attested copy of the first and last two pages of the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR page.
    • Self-attested copy of validity extension page (in case of short validity passport)
    • Any one of the following documents:
    • Attested copy of marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriages.
    • A joint affidavit from wife and husband along with a photograph together.
    • Affidavit as per Annexure K.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the spouse's Passport.

    Documents Required For Renewal Passport Application

    A passport is renewed when the validity of the passport needs to be extended. In case of renewal, the passport number will remain the same, only the validity will be changed. Listed below are the documents required in order to apply for a renewal of passport:

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

    Key Points to Remember

    • Minor applicants can present address proof document in the name of parents.
    • If the applicant is submitting only ration card/ election ID card/ Aadhaar Card as address proof, it must be supported with another address proof.
    • If the applicant is born after 26/01/1989 Birth Certificate is mandatory.
    • Annexure H must be submitted if the applicant is a minor.
    • Annexure B&M must be submitted if the applicant is a government employee.

    *Disclaimer

    News About Documents Required for Passport

    • Passports of NRIs who harass or desert their wives might get revoked

      Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who harass or their wives might get their passports revoked if the Centre acknowledges high-level panel recommendations. The panel has also suggested for cases of domestic violence be covered in the extradition treaties that India signed with other countries.

      Arvind Kumar Goal, the head of the nine-member panel has insisted on a special consideration to revoke passports of offenders in regard to the wife's complaint.

      The committee suggested that states must mandatorily register all marriages involving NRIs until a central law is legislated. The panel believes this initiative to facilitate extradition of NRI spouses to India for trial.

      20th September 2017

    • Infant’s biometric imprints may not be required for passport

      The government is considering the rules for an infant’s passport and there are chances that it may be amended. Currently, infants are unnecessarily exposed to infections during the passport application process which arises during the biometric imprints. An infant’s biometric details are not viable since the ridges and swirls on an infant’s fingers do not turn out to be identifiable impressions. Moreover, they are required to be present at the passport office for biometric imprints. A proposal has been made to keep the infants away from infection by following the passport rules of other countries who allow the parents to carry out the formalities without the presence of the infant.

      24th July 2017

    • City RPO continues to be the 3rd best in India

      The Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Ahmedabad has been declared to be the third best performing RPO in the country again. In the year 2015-2016 also, the same RPO was adjudged the third best in India. Neelam Rani, the regional passport officer of Ahmedabad said that the RPO was awarded with a certificate of merit for outstanding performance in performing duties in 2016-2017. Cochin was ranked first while Jalandhar was adjudged to be the second best in the country.

      Adding to her statement, Rani said that in the second phase, the Ministry of External Affairs has given a nod to post office passport seva kendra (POPSK) at Jamnagar, Anand, Veraval, Bhavnagar, and Bharuch. The Ahmedabad centre has scored 9.30 out of 10 and fell behind Cochin and Jalandhar.

      The ministry has also sent a proposal for the third phase and if everything goes well, the state will soon inaugurate 5 to 6 new POPSKs. She also announced that the ministry has made it clear that people who want to get a passport can go only to a POPSK that is within 50km of their house.

      12th July 2017

    • Dialing 100 can now get you an appointment with the police for passport verification

      To get a date with a police officer at the jurisdictional police station to address a non-emergent complaint or any other errand, all you have to do is dial 100. This speed service has been inaugurated on a trial basis to turn making police complaints less time consuming.

      For example, earlier for police verification of passport, an applicant had to go to a police station but the applicant didn't know when to go and who to meet there. More importantly, if the person-in-charge will be available there. But now, the applicant can just dial 100 and the staff members from the police control room will fix an appointment with the designated police officer who will further guide them. They can even arrange for a conference call with the Station House Officer (SHO). MG Nagendra Kumar, DCP (Command Centre) said that this service is on a trial period right now. During this period, the police department will analyze its pros and cons.

      12th June 2017

    • NRIs will get legal help through 800 centers

      Telangana: The Indians who are working in other nation including skilled and unskilled workers, professionals, and students will get legal help from the government of India. The Union Minster for states, V K Sing has appealed to the NRIs to register themselves on the E-Migrate portal of the Centre to get legal help related to insurance, passports, etc. The Centre has also proposed to launch passport centers in 800 post offices across the nation to facilitate fast and efficient passport related services. The government is also planning to provide necessary legal information and help to individuals who are migrating to other nations. Issues such as fake agents cheating money for passport or visa or getting the dead body of an Indian back to the country, etc. will be considered by the government to make necessary amendments. The Indian immigrants can access the website - https://emigrate.gov.in/ in order to begin the registration process. The website allows the users to find recruiting agents, prospect employers, and project exporters. The website will help the NRIs in knowing about the local jurisdiction of the residing nation along with the necessary information pertaining to policies and various other documents.

      22nd May 2017

    • Extra appointment slots on Passport Seva website

      The Regional Passport office in Pune will release around 50 to 100 extra appointment slots every day to reduce waiting time and hasten the application process for normal category appointments.

      The schedule and slots will be put up online on the Passport Seva website and bookings can be made at around 12 noon. On May 8, around 70 slots were released. This is in addition to the normal number of appointments, which is around 1,300.

      This move aims to make up for last minute appointment cancellations or rescheduling of appointments.

      11th May 2017

    • RPO will host a passport mela on 8th April in Chennai

      Chennai: The Regional Passport Office in Chennai will hold a special passport mela through which the RPO will provide passport application related services. The passport mela is held in order to accept fresh passport application, handle re-issue of passports, and to fulfill passport appointments. The passport application under tatkal categories will not be part of the mela. This will help the RPO in processing more passport applications to meet the large demand from the people. The passport mela will be held on the 8th of April throughout different parts of Chennai.

      5th April 2017

    • Passport Seva Kendra To Be Set Up at Davangere

      The External Affairs Ministry has approved the setup of a Passport Seva Kendra at the Head Post Office of Davangere. The Davangere MP will be soon briefed about the services that will be provided at this POPSK. The MP will also be briefed about the infrastructure that will be needed for setting up the POPSK.

      17th March 2017

    • Government to provide passports with enhanced security features

      The government has already introduced a less harrowing passport application process and has now decided to take its efforts one step further.According to a latest report by Economic Times, the government has decided to roll out passports with better security features than the ones that are in place.

      Basically, these passports are expected to be embedded with chips, which would make misusing of the passports a little harder. Also, this chip is expected to help MEA verify data of travellers.With the e-passport, India is expected to join a group of nations like Germany and several other EU and American countries to have biometric data available on passports. Also, based on information made available by the Ministry of External Affairs, these passports are expected to be rolled out from the beginning of 2017.

      People including government employees, public sector employees, children, minors, and students with No Objection Certificates. Applicants can pay for the service through cash and online in the kendras and should also furnish original and self-attested copies of documents.

      23rd January 2017

    • Bangalore: RPO crosses the milestone of 3 million passports

      Since 1978, the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Bengaluru has issued over 3 million passports. The Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) has also helped in improving the efficiency in processing more passport applications. Considering the fact that criminals are not entitled to a passports, the database of 3 million passport is an achievement towards ensuring the real-time information being useful to the government. The governing bodies can utilize this information for crime and criminal tracking network system. This tremendous achievement has also helped the local government in reducing the pending passport applications for various reasons such as issues related to the birth certificate, pending court cases, and invalid credentials. Many necessary steps are being taken towards processing more application each year to facilitate cultural and economic growth.

      27th December 2016

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