How To Apply for Passport in India [List of all Required Documents]

Indian Ministry of External Affairs issues passports to every Indian citizen to serve the purpose of international travel. It also serves as an identity proof of Indian citizenship in international countries. Passport even differs according to age groups, the post of a person, etc. Like for adults- passports issued to adults expire after 10 years, the applicant has to get it renewed. For teenagers aged 15 to 18 years, a passport expires in 5 or 10 years. For minors, the passport expires in 5 years only. In This Article you may get to know all the details like How To Apply for a Passport in India, What is the Fees for a Passport, and What are documents required to apply for the Indian Passport. Scroll down and check step by step process on How To Apply for Passport in India.

There are 3 types passport issued in India:

Before you apply which passport type is for you. Let’s have a look at the below-listed types of passports in India and what is they use it.

  • Ordinary passport (Blue cover)- Issued to common or ordinary people. People wish to travel for vacation, study, or business trips. Passport is offered in two variants i.e. of 36 or 60 pages. It is a personal passport.
  • Official passport ( White cover)Issued to people who serve the Indian government for official business. It is a service passport.
  • Diplomatic passport ( Maroon cover )Issued to Indian diplomats like Members of Parliament, Members of the Union Council of Ministers, and even some certain high ranking state or central officials traveling for the purpose of official business. It is a diplomatic passport.

How to apply for passport in India

To apply for a passport in India has become too convenient. Just by visiting the website  https://www.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink# or it is even available on the application on play store from where one can track the status of passport.

To apply online for the passport

To apply online for a passport in India, an applicant has to visit the official website of Passport Seva Kendra for that the link had been mentioned above. Certain steps are needed to be followed:

  • · Visit the official website of Passport Seva & Click on the ‘APPLY’ section.
  • · If you’re the first time user then, register yourself on the website as a fresher and sign up for the same.
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  •  After creating an account, click on the ‘ Apply for Background Verification for GEP’ link.
  • Fill in all the required details in the application form and submit it.
  • You can choose to apply for a:
    • Fresh passport/passport reissue
    •  Diplomatic passport/official passport
    •   Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
    •   Identity Certificate
  •  After filling the form, an applicant has to schedule, pay and book the appointment.
  • Schedule it according to the convenient date and time from the available slots in the nearest passport Seva Kendra.
  • From the Application Home page, select “View Saved and Submitted Applications”
  • Application details such as ARN, name, type of application, the amount that needs to be paid, contact number, and the appointment date will be displayed. 
  • Pay the required fee using the online mode( debit card, credit card, UPI, or other available options)
  • Complete the payment and the appointment booking.
  • After booking ‘ Print the Application’.
  • Visit the Passport Seva Kendra / Regional Passport Office where an appointment has been booked along with the original documents.

Online payment mode has been mandatory for booking appointments at all PSK/POPSK/PO. Please Note that do not make any payment on the unofficial Website for the Passport application process. Payment should be made only at the Passport Seva Kendra’s official website.

On the completion of successful payment online, the applicant will receive the confirmation of the appointment and appointment number with SMS with the details. Take the print of the copy of the application receipt. Now, all PSKs are liable to accept the SMS for appointment proof.

In case, multiple payments are made for the same appointment/application/ARN, The excess amount will be refunded by the RPO. The passport appointment can be rescheduled twice within a year from the date of the original appointment. However, if you miss the appointment, you can’t reschedule the appointment.

Step by step process are here on How To Apply for Passport in India

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FRESH PASSPORT

  • Photo passbook of running bank account in any public sector bank, private sector bank and regional rural banks
  • A voter ID card
  • Aadhaar card
  • Electricity bill
  • Rent agreement
  • Driving license
  • PAN card
  • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
  • Proof of gas connection
  • Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page of the passport that includes the details of the family and mentions applicants name as the spouse of the passport holder)
  • Certificate from employer of reputed companies on letterhead.
  • Income Tax assessment order
  • School leaving certificate
  • Birth certificate issued by the Municipal Corporation
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR MINORS FRESH PASSPORT

  • Parents original and self-attested copies of the passport should be carried
  • Proof of current address in the parent’s name
  • Photo passbook of running bank account in any public sector bank, private sector bank, and regional rural banks
  • Birth certificate
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy
  • Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar
  • PAN Card
  • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate
  • School or university 10th standard mark’s card

FEES for Passport Application in India

  • For fresh passport of 36 pages Rs. 1500/-
  • For fresh tatkal passport of 36 pages Rs. 3500/-
  • For fresh passport of 60 pages      Rs. 2000/-
  • For fresh tatkal passport of 60 pages Rs. 4000/-
  • For fresh passport of minors      Rs. 1000/-

New passport rules in India

  • All the recent Indian passports contain the personal details about the holder on the second page of the document.
  • The new passports have the applicant’s picture on the right side of the passport’s second page.
  • An emigration check is required for all people who hold ECR passports.
  • ECNR passports can be availed by.
  • Indians holding at least the matriculation certificate
  • Indian born in a foreign country.
  • Official or Diplomatic passport holders
  • Gazetted Government servants.
  • All individuals who pay income tax.
  • The professional degree holders and graduates like lawyers, doctors, engineers, scientists, chartered accountants, etc.
  • Dependent children and spouses.
  • Seamen in possession of CDC
  • All individuals above the age of 50 years
  • All nurses who possess qualifications that are recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act of 1947
  • All children above the age of 18 years
  • All individuals who have stayed in foreign countries for more than 3 years
  • All people who have diplomas from SCVT (State Council of Vocational Training) or NVCT (National Council for Vocational Training)
  • Both Hindi and English languages are printed on Indian.
  • If the applicant is separated or divorced, they would not be required to enter the name of the spouse in the passport application form.
  • The name of either the applicant’s mother, father or legal guardian must be provided in the passport application form.
  • Some of the annexes in the Passport Rule, 1980, have been merged and brought to nine from the existing 15.
  • The annexes must be provided by the applicants on plain paper which is self-declared. Going forward, no attestation or swearing by executive magistrates would be required.
  • For a child not born out of wedlock, only Annexure G must be submitted while making the passport application.
  • Applicants who are married need not submit Annexure K or a marriage certificate.
  • Submission of registered deeds of adoption is not required anymore for domestically adopted kids. Orphan kids can submit authorized letters from the orphanage.
  • Sanyasis and Sadhus can apply for Indian passports with their spiritual Guru’s name on the passport application.

We have listed here the few most possible questions and answers on the Indian Passport application process. In Case you still have any kind of queries on it then please feel free to ask us through comments.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Are any extra charges applicable for tatkal passports?

Ans. For tatkal passport applications, passport fees for urgent applications will be charged at Rs. 2000 in addition to the regular fees as mentioned above.

Q.Do I need to carry a printout of the passport application form for an Indian passport re-issue?

No, you do not need to carry the printout of the passport application form when visiting the passport office on the date of appointment. The SMS sent on the registered mobile number is accepted as proof of appointment by the authorities during the visit.

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