Steps to Apply for Passport

Passport is an important document which is useful and mandatory for various types of applications and services. Whether you want to travel abroad somewhere or use it as a proof of identity, having a passport can help you in many situations. Passports are issued by the RTO which is regulated by the Ministry of External Affairs. In order to get a passport, the applicant must fulfil certain criteria outlined by the governing authority. The passport application process is often sought as a complex task, however, with the right amount of guidance, anyone can apply for a passport without any difficulty.

Why Are Passports Essential?

Passport is a mandatory document which is required for international travel. Moreover, the visa application process requires the presence of a valid passport. An individual can use his/her passport to apply for other government recognized document such as Aadhaar, PAN, etc. Many employers and educational institutes in India encourage their employees/students to get a passport due to the police verification process. Having a passport means that the individual is verified by the local police against the details submitted by him/her for the passport application.

Documents Required For the Indian Passport Application Process

In order to initiate the application for a fresh/reissue passport, the applicant must have the following documents –

  • Proof of Present Address
  • Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar (subject to validation)
  • Certificate from Employer (applicable for public limited companies only)
  • Election Commission Photo ID Card
  • Electricity Bill
  • Gas connection Bill
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Parent’s passport copy (for minors)
  • Photo passbook of running Bank Account
  • Registered Rent Agreement
  • Spouse’s passport copy
  • Telephone (landline or postpaid mobile bill)
  • Water Bill, etc.
  • Proof of Birth
  • Birth Certificate issued by a recognized authority
  • Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended
  • Policy Bond (with date of birth) issued by Public Life Insurance Corporations or Companies
  • Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar
  • Driving license issued by the Transport Department of the concerned State Government
  • Election Photo Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department
  • A declaration from the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letterhead of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant

Additionally, the applicant will be required to submit his/her latest passport size photographs. The applicants who choose to furnish their Aadhaar will be provided with the benefit of expedite processing of the application. The Passport Seva Kendra will verify the particulars provided by the applicant.

Passport Application Fee

The applicant can choose from multiple fee payment options. The passport application fee can be paid through multiple payment options including Online Payment, Demand Draft, Cash, Debit and credit cards. The following table mentions the application fees for common passports in India -

Passport Application Regular Application Fee Tatkal - Additional Fee
Fresh application and Reissue of Passport (also application for exhaustion of 36 visa pages) Rs.1,500 Rs.2,000
Fresh application and Reissue of Passport (also application for exhaustion of 60 visa pages) Rs.2,000 Rs.2,000
Fresh application and Reissue of Passport for minors under 18 years of age Rs.1,000 Rs.2,000
Replacement for lost, damaged or stolen passport - 36 visa pages Rs.3,000 Rs.2,000
Replacement for lost, damaged or stolen passport - 60 visa pages Rs.3,500 Rs.2,000
Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Rs.500 NA

The Passport Application Process

In order to apply for an Indian passport, the applicant can submit the filled-in Passport Application Form in any of the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK), Mini Passport Seva Kendra (within the jurisdiction of the applicant’s Passport Office), District Passport Cell (DPC), Select Speed Post Centre (SPC), or Citizen Service Centre (CSC).

Factors Involved In the Passport Application Process -

  • Application Form - The passport application form can be either downloaded online or obtained from a post office or a passport office. The applicant has the flexibility either submit the form online itself or visit any of the location mentioned above.
  • Appointment – Depending on the type of passport, the applicant is required to pay the fee before he/she can schedule an appointment. The convenience of online payment allows the applicants to immediately book their appointments.
  • Acknowledgment - Once the payment is made and the appointed is scheduled, the applicant will be provided with a Passport Application Receipt that also contains the appointment details.
  • Documents – The applicant will need to carry the documents and the Passport Application Receipt for the appointment. After the documents are verified, the applicant will be approached by the local police station for a verification.
  • Issuing passports – Provided all the documents, police verification, and the application form clears the checks, the passport will be issued within a specified time based on the type of it.

The individuals who wish apply for a fresh passport or a re-issue of the passport are advised to visit to obtain detailed information pertaining to passport applications in India. The above steps are applicable for regular passports with 36 and 60 Visa pages. The individuals who require general or any other passport related information can consider using the toll-free number 1800-258-1800 or write to the Support Centre through the Feedback link provided on the website.

News About Steps to Apply Visa

  • MLA Simarjit Singh Bains to conduct sting operation on a passport office travel agent

    Ludhiana: Acting upon a complaint lodged by Jaswinder Singh, a resident of the city, Simarjit Singh Bains, the chief of Lok Insaaf Party and the MLA of Atam Nagar constituency, has conducted a sting operation on a passport office travel agent who has charged Rs. 13,000 for fixing an appointment for tatkal passport.

    The MLC collected the noted currency from the complainant and questioned the passport official for giving an appointment without the online system put in place by the ministry of external affairs. He also called the Chandigarh’s regional passport officer and explained him the situation.

    7 September, 2017

  • Inauguration of Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in Bhatinda

    In order to provide efficient and fast passport services, the government has recently inaugurated the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in (POPSK) in Bhatinda. The office will function as an extended arm of the passport office which will undertake applications for new passports and reissue of passports. Moreover, the POPSK in Bhatinda will also be responsible for sending out passports once they are completed. With the inauguration of this POPSK, the applicants will no longer require visiting the Regional Passport Office in Ludhiana or Chandigarh to complete their passport application process. The initiative of opening POPSK was felt necessary considering the fact that post office s have the widest reach in urban as well as rural parts of India. Through POPSK, the government also wants to ensure that no applicant has to travel more than 50 kilometers for passport related services.

    24 August 2017

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