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.
- What is the fee associated with Tatkaal Passport issuance?
To know about the fees associated with Tatkaal Passport, you will have to click on the link that says ˜Fee Calculator' on the homepage of the official website.
- How long does it take to receive the Tatkaal Passport?
After you apply successfully for the Tatkaal Passport and get a status that says ˜Granted', the dispatch of the passport will take place as given below:
Application type Police Verification type Passport dispatch time Tatkaal Police verification is not needed Within one day excluding application submission date Tatkaal After issuance of passport, police verification is needed On 3rd day excluding submission date of the application without waiting for the report of police verification
- Can everyone apply under Tatkaal scheme?
The passport office takes the final call on passport issuance under the tatkaal scheme. However, there is a list of applicants who are not allowed to apply for passport under this scheme. In order to know about the list of applicants who are not allowed to apply for passport under the tatkaal scheme, you will have to download the instruction booklet from the official website for passport services.
- I have to travel overseas but my passport is damaged. What do I need to do?
If your passport booklet is damaged but it remains recognizable (name is legible, passport number is readable, photograph on passport is intact) then you can apply for passport reissuance. However, if your passport is damaged to an extent that it not recognizable, then you cannot apply for passport under the Tatkaal scheme.
- I am from Nagaland and I am an Indian Citizen. Can I apply for passport under the tatkaal scheme?
No, if you are from Nagaland, you will not be able to apply for passport under the tatkaal scheme, even if you are an Indian Citizen.
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- Police Clearance Certificate
- Passport Renewal, Changes, Reissue
- Change of Address in Passport
- Minor Passport
- Passport for Senior citizen
- Passport for Government Employee
- Tatkal Passport
- Student Passport
- Passport Renewal
- Passport Reissue
- Duplicate Passport
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News about Tatkal Passport
It is compulsory for ECR passport holders to get insurance
Come August 1 and it will compulsory for all Emigration Check Required (ECR) category passport holders looking for jobs in 18 countries to get an insurance. This has been notified to all the countries by India.
This step, taken by the ministry of external affairs (MEA) with the help of the Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana 2017 scheme will help as many as 70% of the blue-collared employees heading for overseas employment, particularly to the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) nations. As many as 6 lakh Indian employees with ECR passports go abroad to work as skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled laborers in domestic, agricultural, industrial, and sanitation sectors. As per MEA notification, every Indian applying for emigration clearance from concerned Protector of Emigration (PoE) should get an insurance policy for a minimum period of three years. It should also provide coverage worth Rs.10 lakh in case of accidental death and permanent disability leading to loss of employment while working in a foreign land.
Insurance will be valid whether or not the employee is with the same employer. Even if the location of the employer changes within the policy period, it will not make any difference to the policy.
27th July 2017
Jalandhar PSK rated among best in country
The Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Jalandhar has been rated one of the best in the country for providing good services. This PSK stands second for its excellent services after Cochin.
The Jalandhar PSK has received a 9.75 rating out of 10 and services districts such as Jalandhar Rural, Gurdaspur, Batala, Pathankot, Moga, Nawanshahr, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur. So far, the PSK has issued over 2 lakh passports in a time span of 6 months. The passport office has received the ‘Passport Seva Puraskar’ award from the Ministry of External Affairs..
The score was received in the ‘A’ category, which is basically the second highest in the country after Cochin, which received a score of 9.85 out of 10. According to officials from the Jalandhar PSK, more than 5 lakh passports will be issued there by the end of this year.
12th July 2017
Government announces the launch of 13 more Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in North East
It has been decided by the Department of Posts (DOP) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) that 13 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) will be launched in the Northeast area of India. These new POPSKs will be launched in Meghalaya, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh. The places that have been identified for the launch of these new POPSKs are Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Tura, Hanglang, Dhubri, Bhamara, Tirap, Goalpara, Karbi Anglong, Mongaldoi, and North Lakhimpur.
It must be noted that the decision to launch these new POPSKs have come after the DOP and the MEA saw the successful operations of the POPSKs in its first round.
29th June 2017
Frequent Travellers can use Special Passport Mela
A special passport mela will be held by the Chennai Regional Passport Office in Pondicherry on Saturday so that public demand can be met and so that the submission of applications can be facilitated for frequent travelers owing to extended delays in booking appointments. Pondicherry’s Passport Seva Laghu Kendra will be open just like any other regular working day and applications will be accepted based on the time slots allotted to the applicants. Around 2500 applicants are forecast to make the most of this mela. The Passport Seva Kendras at Aminjikirai, Tambaram and Saligramam in Chennai will also simultaneously hold special melas, and applicants can participate in these melas by simply logging on to the passport portal and register to generate an application registration number after which they can pay the online fees before booking an appointment.
10th April 2017
Slight Growth in Revenue Recorded by Regional Passport Office in Vizag
Visakhapatnam’s Regional Passport Office has recorded an increase of 10% in its revenue last year. The RPO received approximately the same number of applications in 2016 as it did in 2015, according to NLP Choudary, the Passport Officer. The total number of applications received in 2016 was 2,35,225, and the number received in 2015 was 2,26,109. The number of applications granted were 2,21,947 and 2,24,144 respectively, while the number of passports issued was 2,15,383 and 2,20,168 respectively. The increase in revenue was Rs.36,88,04,465 in 2016, and Rs.36,51,11,487 in 2015, marking a marginal increase by 10%.
16th January 2017
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.
Significant drop in the number of œTatkaal 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 œTatkaal 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.