A passport is one of the most important document issued by the government which helps us to travel to other countries without any hassles. It is an official document which ensures smooth immigration into another country. It also doubles up as an authentic official document, helping us to avail various government and private services as it acts as an address and id proof.
In India, the Consular, Passport & Visa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India is entrusted with the responsibility of administering the service and issuing passport to Indian citizens. The process of getting a fresh/reissue passport is a process which consist of various stages, both online and offline.
Types of Passport Application
Depending on the requirement and urgency for a passport, there are two types of application you can make. Normal & Tatkal. While the former is considered as the standard application process, the latter deals with applying for a passport when you need it urgently and willing to pay an additional amount to get your application processed. The Tatkal service is available for both new and renewal of existing passports.
While the procedure of getting a passport issued under the tatkal scheme remains the same more or less, this service is only available to citizens who have a genuine reason of getting on urgent grounds.
Tatkal Scheme Eligibility
The jurisdictional passport office has the final say for issuance of passport under this scheme depending on the urgency coupled with other compelling factors of the applicant. Applicants falling in the category below cannot apply/reapply for a passport under the Tatkal scheme.
- Citizens born to Indian parents outside India (Indian descent)
- Indian citizens who’ve been granted citizenship status on the basis of naturalization/registration
- Applicants who’ve been deported to India from other countries
- Applicants who’ve been repatriated from a different country at government’s cost
- Name change - major
- Residents of Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland
- Naga origin citizens residing outside Nagaland
- Children adopted by Indian and foreign parents
- Minor children with single parent
- Minors residing in Nagaland
- Short passport validity renewal
- Lost or stolen passport
- Passport damaged beyond recognition
- Change in sex or appearance
- Change in personal credentials such as signature
How To Apply For Tatkal Passport?
Given below are the steps that one needs to follow in order to apply for Tatkal Passport.
- Register yourself at the official portal of Passport Seva.
- Every individual will be given a unique ID and password. Login with your ID and password.
- You will be presented with two options- Fresh and Re-Issue. Choose the applicable option.
- Select ‘Tatkal’ option in the scheme type.
- Download the application form and fill the form
- Submit the form online
- Complete the payment procedure
- Print out the receipt online payment
- Book an appointment at the nearest Passport Service Kendra
Documents Required For Tatkal Passport
Listed below are the documents required in order to apply for Tatkal Passport
- Verification Certificate as per Annexure F
- Election card
- Service Photo Id Card
- Certificate of SC/ST/OBC
- Identity cards of Freedom Fighters
- Arms License
- Ration card
- Property documents
- Pension documents
- Railway Photo Identity card
- PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department
- Bank passbook
- Student’s Id card from a recognized institution
- Driving license
- Birth certificate
- Gas connection bill
Tatkal Passport Fees Payment
Given below is the fee structure and payment process for Tatkal
|Within 1-7 days of the date of application||Rs. 1,500 plus the passport fee of Rs. 1,000|
|Within 8-14 days of the date of application||Rs. 1,000 plus the passport fee of Rs. 1,000|
Replacement Of Passport
|Within 1-7 days of the date of application||Rs. 2,500 plus the passport fee of Rs. 2,500|
|Within 8-14 days of the date of application||Rs. 1,500 plus the passport fee of Rs. 2,500|
Re Issuance Of Passport After Expiry Of 10 Years Validity
|Within 3 days of date of application||Rs. 1,500 along with Rs. 1,000 for the passport|
There are three ways through which one can make online payment for the passport. Listed below are the three ways.
- Credit/Debit card
- Internet banking
- SBI bank challan
How Much Time Take For Tatkal Passport ?
As opposed to the normal application, a tatkal application means quick verification and faster processing. Passports issued under this scheme is dispatched within 1-3 days from the time the applicant furnishes the required paperwork at the Passport Seva Kendra. Application under this scheme not only guarantees you early appointment, but also quick processing through a separate queue.
News about Tatkal Passport
Normal Applicants can procure ‘tatkal’ Passport with conditions
The Ministry of External Affairs has announced that Passport applications under ‘Normal’ category can now avail it on ‘Tatkal’ basis if said application meets certain mandated norms. The compulsory police verification for the same will be done on a later date post the issue – the onus of ensuring which would be on the applicant. The passport officer still has the final say in the nature of police verification – be it both pre-or post-issuance.
Post-verification still requires complete and uniform documentation. Those with validated Aadhar Card details with the Unique Identification Authority of India are at an advantage now, and can expect and expedited process. These new norms are aimed at saving time, effort and expenditure in the whole process. The Passport Act of 1967 is still applicable on those who fail to comply with or complete all requisite formalities, according to which the applicant’s passport can be impounded in such an event.
5th October 2016
Significant drop in the number of “Tatkaal” passport applications.
With the ever-growing love for efficiency and streamlining of processes in the Passport Offices and Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in the country, there has been a substantial drop in the time taken to issue passports.
The new processes make use of online booking and applications, and even faster Police Verification processes, with some passports being issued on a Post-Police Verification basis.
As a result, passports are being issued faster than ever, and more accurately with minimal hassles. As a result of this, applicants need not apply through the old “Tatkaal” process and pay the higher fees that process demands.
Many police stations now have the online verification facility which greatly reduces the pressure on the local police stations that had to conduct physical passport verifications.
Around the same time last year, it was recorded that at least 12% of the total passports being applied for were through Tatkaal. This year, however, that percentage has dropped to 8% and further simplification of the processes by the PSKs will result in that percentage going lower in the years to come.
11th July 2016