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  • List of Documents Required for Applying Passport

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

    In order to apply for a passport in India, one has to submit several documents. Here we have compiled a list of articles that is required to be submitted in order to avail a passport.

    Documents Required for Fresh Passport Application

    When one looks to apply for a fresh passport, he/she can make a normal or tatkal application. Listed below are the documents needed to be submitted by applicants under the three categories namely adult, senior citizens, and minors.

    Documents that needs to be submitted in order to apply for a Passport under Adult and Senior citizen categories:

    • Address proof - One of the following documents can be submitted as address proof while applying for a passport.
      • Photo Passbook of running bank account in any public sector bank, private sector bank and regional rural banks.
      • Rent agreement.
      • Aadhaar card.
      • Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page of the passport that includes the details of the family and mentions applicants name as spouse of the passport holder).
      • Certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letter head.
      • Proof of Gas Connection.
      • Election Photo ID card.
      • Income Tax Assessment Order.
      • Electricity Bill.
      • Landline or Postpaid mobile bill.
      • Water bill.
    • Age proof - For age proof, an applicant can submit any of the following documents:
      • Birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority that has been empowered under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969.
      • Declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on the official letter head confirming the date of birth of the applicant.
      • Driving license.
      • PAN Card.
      • Election Photo Identity Card.
      • Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar
      • Extract of the service record of the applicant (in case of government servants) or Pay Pension Order (retired government servants) that is duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/department of the applicant.
      • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies which contains the date of birth of the holder.
      • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.

      Documents required to be submitted by minors as proof of address when applying for a fresh passport:

      • First and last page of Parent’s passport copy.
      • Election Photo ID card.
      • Aadhaar card.
      • Photo Passbook of running bank account in any public sector bank, private sector bank and regional rural banks.
      • Rent agreement.
      • Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page of the passport that includes the details of the family and mentions applicants name as spouse of the passport holder).
      • Certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letter head.
      • Proof of Gas Connection.
      • Income Tax Assessment Order.
      • Electricity Bill.
      • Landline or Postpaid mobile bill.
      • Water bill.

    As for the documents required to be submitted as age proof that needs to be submitted by minors are the same as the ones that are needed to be submitted by adults and senior citizens.

    Documents Required for Re-Issue of Passport

    A passport is reissued due to a variety of reasons. In case of reissue, the passport number changes and a new booklet is issued. Listed below are the documents that are needed to be submitted by adults who are working in the government sector, PSUs and Statutory bodies in order to apply for reissue of passport under various reasons:

    Due to expiry of validity or exhaustion of pages or validity due to expire

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).

    Due to Renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Proof of documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity Passport (SVP).

    Due to Lost/stolen Passport/damaged beyond recognition

    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • Police report in Original.
    • Proof of present address.
    • Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/stolen/damaged.

    Due to damaged passport with the passport number readable, name legible and photograph intact

    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/stolen/damaged.
    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).

    Due to change in Appearance

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Recent photograph showing latest appearance. In case of Sikhs who want to change from turban photo to clean shaven ones or the other day need to submit a notarized statement as well.

    Due to change of signature

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).

    Due to change of name

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Fresh ID certificate in changed name.
    • Gazette notification changing name in applicant’s department.

    Due to change of Date of Birth

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • Self-attested ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).
    • Proof of Date of Birth.

    Due to Addition/Change of Spouse’s name

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • Self-attested ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI).

    Due to change in Address

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)
    • Proof of present address

    Due to deletion of ECR

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)
    • Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories

    Due to Change of Place of Birth (involving State or Country)

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Affidavit stating the reason for change in place of birth
    • Proof of Place of birth
    • First class judicial magistrate or Sub-divisional magistrate (civil court) order if the change in date of birth is more than 2 years/in case of conflicting documents/ change in place of birth involves change in state or country. If the place of birth involves change in Country then Certificate of citizenship issued by MHA also needs to be submitted.

    Due to Change of Place of Birth (not involving State or Country)

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)
    • Affidavit stating the reason for change in place of birth
    • Proof of Place of birth

    Due to Change in Sex

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)
    • Sworn affidavit regarding change of sex
    • Certification from hospital where he/she underwent sex change operation successfully

    Due to change in parent’s name

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)
    • Passport of parents with new name in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of its first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Proof such as service record/ pension order/property documents that parents had changed their name
    • If parents are deceased, any proof which highlights that they had changed their name when they were alive.

    Due to any other reason apart from the ones mentioned above

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) or Prior Intimation Letter (PI)

    As for retired government officials, the documents that they need to submit for reissue of passports are listed below under the different reasons.

    Due to expiry of validity or exhaustion of pages or validity due to expire

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Pension Payment Order

    Due to Renewal of Short Validity Passport (SVP)

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Pension Payment Order
    • Proof of documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity Passport (SVP).

    Due to Lost/stolen Passport/damaged beyond recognition

    • Proof of Date of Birth
    • Affidavit stating how and where the Passport got lost/stolen/damaged
    • Police report in original
    • Proof of present address

    Due to damaged passport with the passport number readable, name legible and photograph intact

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Pension Payment Order
    • Affidavit stating how and where the Passport got lost/stolen/damaged
    • Proof of Date of Birth

    Due to change in Appearance

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Recent photograph showing latest appearance. In case of Sikhs who want to change from turban photo to clean shaven ones or the other day need to submit a notarized statement as well.

    Due to change of signature

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)

    Due to change of Date of Birth

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Proof of Date of Birth

    Due to Addition/Change of Spouse’s name following marriage/divorce/separated

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)

    Due to Addition/Change of Spouse’s name following re-marriage

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Death certificate of first marriage spouse or self-attested copy of divorce certificate

    Due to change in Address

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Proof of present address

    Due to deletion of ECR

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories

    Due to Change of Place of Birth (involving State or Country)

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)
    • Affidavit stating the reason for change in place of birth
    • Proof of Place of birth
    • First class judicial magistrate or Sub-divisional magistrate (civil court) order if the change in date of birth is more than 2 years/in case of conflicting documents/ change in place of birth involves change in state or country. If the place of birth involves change in Country then Certificate of citizenship issued by MHA also needs to be submitted.

    Due to Change of Place of Birth (not involving State or Country)

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • Affidavit stating the reason for change in place of birth.
    • Proof of place of birth.

    Due to Change in Sex

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • Sworn affidavit regarding change of sex.
    • Certification from hospital where he/she underwent sex change operation successfully.

    Due to change in parent’s name

    • Old passport in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • Passport of parents with new name in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of its first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • Proof such as service record/ pension order/property documents that parents had changed their name.
    • If parents are deceased, any proof which highlights that they had changed their name when they were alive.

    Due to any other reason apart from the ones mentioned above

    • Old passport in original
    • Self-attested photocopy of the first two and the last two pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority
    • Page of validity extension (if any)

    Documents needed to be submitted for Tatkal Passport by Adults

    Listed below are the documents that may be required to be submitted by adults while applying for a Tatkal passport under various applicable case(s).

    • Proof of Present Address.
    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • Standard Affidavit.
    • Aadhaar card/letter/e-Aadhaar/ Aadhaar enrolment slip along with Electors Photo Identity Card and PAN card.
    • Proof of registration/migration certificate.
    • No Objection Certificate.
    • Identity Certificate in original.
    • Prior Intimation Letter.
    • Pension payment order.
    • Proof of surrender or cancellation of Diplomatic/official passport.
    • Gazette notification changing name in applicant’s department.
    • Fresh ID certificate in changed name.
    • Proof of present address in new name.
    • Student Identity card issued by Government recognized educational institutions, in respect of full time courses.
    • Bonafide letter from authorized signatory of college.
    • Photocopy of Diplomatic/official passport.

    Documents required to be submitted by Senior citizens while applying for a Tatkal passport

    • Standard Affidavit.
    • Aadhaar card/letter/e-Aadhaar/ Aadhaar enrolment slip along with Electors Photo Identity Card and PAN card.
    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • Proof of Present Address.

    Documents Required For PCC Issuance

    The documents required for PCC Issuance depends on whether the applicant’s present address is different from the one that is mentioned in the existing passport. If the address is the same then the applicant needs to mandatorily submit the old passport in original along with the self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages. This would include the ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).

    However, if the present address is different from the one mentioned in the existing passport the applicant is required to submit the same documents that are needed when the present address is same as the one mentioned in the existing passport. Along with them, the applicant is also required to submit documents that provide proof of present residential address.

    The list of acceptable documents that can be submitted by the applicant in a bid to provide proof of residential address are as follows:

    • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
    • Electricity bill
    • Water bill
    • Voter ID
    • Proof of the Gas connection
    • Income tax assessment order
    • First and the last page of spouse’s passport copy including family details mentioning the applicant’s name as the spouse of the passport holder. (Note: The applicant’s present address must match the address mentioned in the spouse’s passport.)
    • Certificate from the employer of reputed companies on the letterhead.
    • Aadhaar card
    • Rental agreement
    • First and the last page of Parent’s passport copy (in case of minors).
    • Passbook of running bank account with the photo attested in it. (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks, and Regional Rural Banks only).

    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.

    Documents Required to be submitted for Minors to avail a Passport

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

    • Proof of present address.
    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • Declaration affirming the particulars furnished in the application about the minor.
    • Identity Certificate in original.
    • Standard Affidavit.
    • Attested photocopy of passport of both or either parent.
    • Valid adoption deed with photo of the child duly attested by the court or declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.
    • Court Decree/order in respect of legal guardian.
    • CARA No Objection Certificate.
    • Copy of the guarantee executed before the Court concerned.
    • Death certificate of First marriage spouse.
    • Certified copy of the court order for custody of the child in favor of the applicant’s parent.
    • Student Identity Card issued by Government recognized educational institutions, in respect of full time courses.
    • Bonafide letter from authorized signatory of college.

    List of Documents Required for reissue of Minor’s Passport

    The following documents are required for renewing passport of minors:

    • Old Passport in Original.
    • Self-attested copies of the following
    • First and last 2 pages
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of Observation (if any).
    • Validity extension page (if any).
    • A declaration confirming the details mentioned in the application about the minor applicant.
    • Proof of documents which eliminate the cause of issuance of Short Validity Passport.
    • Proof of Date of Birth.
    • Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/damaged.
    • Police report in original.
    • Proof of present address.
    • Recent photograph showing latest appearance. In case of Sikhs who want to change from turban photo to clean shaven ones or the other day need to submit a notarized statement as well.
    • Passport of parents with new name in original.
    • Self-attested photocopy of its first two and the last two pages.
    • ECR/Non-ECR page.
    • Page of observation (if any) made by Passport Issuing Authority.
    • Page of validity extension (if any).
    • Proof such as service record/ pension order/property documents that parents had changed their name.
    • If parents are deceased, any proof which highlights that they had changed their name when they were alive.
    • Sworn affidavit regarding change of sex.
    • Certification from hospital where he/she underwent sex change operation successfully.
    • Affidavit stating the reason for change in place of birth.
    • Proof of place of birth.
    • First class judicial magistrate or Sub-divisional magistrate (civil court) order if the change in date of birth is more than 2 years/in case of conflicting documents/ change in place of birth involves change in state or country. If the place of birth involves change in Country then Certificate of citizenship issued by MHA also needs to be submitted.

    Note: Parents can attest the documents of minor applicants.

    News About Documents Required for Passport

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      Irom Chanu Sharmila, who is also known as the “Mengoubi” or “Iron Lady” is a popular poet, political activist, and a civil rights activist in Manipur. Despite such a good reputation, the passport office in Madurai, Tamil Nadu has held her passport for the last 5 months without giving a valid reason.

      Sharmila settled in Kodaikanal with her husband Desmond Coutinho, who is a British citizen. On October 2017, she got her Aadhaar card for the Kodaikanal address. Later, she applied for her passport from the Madurai Passport office.

      The Kodaikanal police confirmed her residential status two times and sent an authorization to the regional passport office. Authorizing the police verification process, Saravanan, the Dindigul SP (superintendent of police) said that the team had issued a PCC (Police Clearance Certificate) to Sharmila's Passport during October itself.

      In December, Sharmila received a notification from the Passport Office saying that her passport is ready and can be collected at the respective office. However, when she went to the Madurai passport office, the authorities refused to give her passport. They kept it on hold without a valid reason.

      Irom said, "I was about to attend the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva for addressing the Tamil genocide that held in Sri Lanka which was scheduled on March 23. Since I'm not sure whether I could attend it as my passport is still in the possession of passport office."

      6 March 2018

    • Passport Seva Kendra launched in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir

      A new Passport Seva Kendra has been inaugurated by Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in Kathua district of Jammu and kashmir on 25 February 2018.

      Spread across an area of 300km, the Kathua city is one of the major cities in Jammu and Kashmir. The larger population of the city resides in far-flung and backwards areas. The new passport kendra makes it easy for the people in the city on the adjoining areas to get their passports done without going to Jammu.

      As part of the plan to establish passport seva offices in every headquarter post office, Udampur has got one passport office and two more will be opened in Doda and Rajouri.

      1 March 2018

    • E-VIP is becoming a success in Kerala

      Following the success of Malappuram RPO’s initiative in carrying out electronic police verification of passport applicants, other districts in Kerala have considering introducing e-VIP (Electronic Verification of Indian Passport). The e-VIP reduces the overall passport application processing time by simplifying the police verification process. The e-VIP system works through a mobile app which allows the Police Officials to use an android device to carry out the verification process. The paperless process doesn’t require the extra time spent on sending and receiving the physical copy of the application form. The Police Officials of other districts will soon receive their Android tablets and necessary training to carry out the verification process digitally.

      3 January 2018

    • Paperless passport verification in Chandigarh

      In a bid to provide efficient and fast passport services, the Regional Passport Office of Chandigarh will launch mPassport Police App which will improve the passport verification process. The Police officials will be provided with adequate training and they will be equipped with mobile devices to carry out the verification process digitally. The paperless passport verification system will be transparent and fast. This initiative can help the RPOs to reduce the overall passport application processing time.

      11 December 2017

    • 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.

      20 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.

      24 July 2017

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

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      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.

      12 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.

      12 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.

      22 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.

      11 May 2017

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