As things return to normal, you may want to keep your passport ready for all overseas trips. It is an important document issued by the Government of India to all citizens looking to go abroad for education, tourism, pilgrimage, medical attendance, business benefits and family visits. You can renew or apply for a new passport online from the comfort of your own home. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) has made all passport applications online, making sure that the process is as efficient and transparent as possible. There are different types of passports, namely ordinary passport, diplomatic passport and official passport. Below are the steps on how to apply for Passport (General) online, check its status and how to renew if passport expires. Before we go into that, here is a list of documents required to apply for a new regular passport.
Documents required to apply for a passport online
Proof of birth, which may be: –
- Aadhaar card / e-Aadhaar;
- Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India;
- PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department;
- Legal eligibility to drive a vehicle;
- A birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or any other authority authorized by the Municipal Corporation;
- Transfer / Leaving School / Matriculation Certificate issued by the last Board of Education / Accredited Board of Education;
- A policy bond issued by a public life insurance corporation / company that holds the DOB of the insurance policy;
- Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (for government employees only) or pay pension order (in respect of retired government employees), certified / certified by the officer / in-charge of the concerned administration, Ministry / Department of the applicant;
- Statement issued by the Head of the Orphanage / Child Care Homes on the official letterhead of the applicant’s DOB certifying body
Proof of residence, which may be: –
- Aadhaar card;
- Lease agreement;
- Election Commission photo ID card;
- Water, telephone or electricity bill;
- Income tax assessment order;
- Certificate from the owner of the companies named in the letterhead;
- Copy of the spouse’s passport (first and last page including the family details of the applicant’s name as the spouse of the passport holder), (if the applicant’s current address matches the address specified in the spouse’s passport);
- Copy of parental passport in case of minors (first and last page); Or
- Photo Passbook of Current Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks and Regional Rural Banks only)
How to apply for a passport online
Now, we have got you to speed up with the documents, here is how to apply for a passport online:
- Burn your browser and visit Passport service – Centralized portal for applying for passports across the country
- Select the ‘New User Registration’ option from the screen and complete the registration. If you are a registered user, click on ‘Existing User Login’ and login with your ID
Select the application type
- After this, if you are applying for a regular passport, select the ‘Apply for a fresh passport / re-issue of passport’ option.
- ‘SelectFill in the application form online option‘, Followed by your’ State ‘and’ District ‘. Alternatively, you ‘Click here to download the soft copy of the form‘, Fill it offline and upload it back to the site
- Select ‘Fresh Passport’ next to the application… -> and then press ‘Application Type’ (Tatkal / General) -> ‘Passport Booklet Type’ -> and ‘Next’
- Now, fill in the required details and submit.
Pay and schedule an appointment
- To schedule an appointment, click on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ link on the ‘View saved / submitted applications’ screen. Online payment is mandatory for appointment booking at all Passport Service Centers / Passport Offices.
- An SMS with your appointment details will be sent to your registered mobile number
Visit the Passport Service Center (PSK) / Regional Passport Office (RPO) where the appointment is booked along with the original documents for physical verification. You can partially fill out the form and complete the process at a later date. However, double check everything before submitting the form.
How to renew a passport
The passport renewal process is the same as applying for a new one. You can do this online Passport to your web portal. The passport will be returned if the old one expires, expires, expires, or needs to be updated with the latest personal details.
- Login with your ID after clicking on ‘New User Registration / Existing User Login’.
- Go to the ‘Application for Latest Passport / Re-Issue for Passport’ tab and select ‘Fill Application Form Online Option’. Alternatively, you ‘Click here to download the soft copy of the form‘, Fill it offline, and then upload it back to the site
- Select your ‘State’ and ‘District’
- Select ‘Reissue Issue of Passport’ -> Why do you want to renew your passport -> Select ‘Application Type’ (General / Tatkal) -> ‘Passport Booklet Type’ and click on ‘Next’
- Fill in the details to renew the passport
- Press the ‘Verify’ button to save the details
- Upload all required documents (scroll down to find the list of documents required to renew passport)
- Now, pay and book an appointment
- On the day of appointment, take all original documents to your nearest passport office for physical verification
Documents required for passport renewal
- Old passport
- Copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport (self-certified).
- Copy of ECR / Non-ECR page (self-certified).
- Copy of the inspection page made by the Passport Issuing Authority (self-certified).
- If there is any copy of the validity extension page related to the Short Validity Passport (SVP)
- Proof of documents eliminating the reason for issuance of Short Validity Passport (SVP).
How to check passport status
To check the status of the new / renewed passport,
- Visit the ‘Passport Service’ portal again and select ‘Track Application Status’ this time
- Select the application type, which will be the passport and enter your file number and DoB
- Click on ‘Track Status’ to check the status of your passport online
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to receive a passport?
After processing all the formalities, it will take another 3 weeks to get the latest or re-issued passport to your doorstep by registered post. According to the Tatkal system, passports will be sent within 3 working days.
There are three types of passports. The first, ‘Ordinary’, is in blue and is issued to individuals for vacation and business trips. The other two are diplomatic passports in maroon and official passports in gray, issued to government officials and non-gazetted government employees, respectively.
Police certification for passport
Police certification is an important security step for the issuance of a new / re-issued passport. It happens to every individual, with the exception of government employees. There are two methods of police certification for passports: post-passport issuance basis and pre-passport issuance basis. In simple words, there will be a verification when you apply for a passport and when you receive the passport. “Depending on whether the application is for a fresh passport issue or whether the passport should be reissued, the Passport Office (PO) will determine if you need police certification to issue a passport. ” Via the MEA’s website.
Police certification will be initiated by the Passport Office upon receipt of the applications.
The general passport is valid for 10 years from the date of issue and is renewed for another 10 years. The minor’s passport is only valid for five years or until they turn 18, whichever is earlier.
New passport / re-issued passport charges
Charges for new and reissued passports vary by type, age and page. A fresh 36-page passport and a ‘normal’ plan for people over 18 will cost you Rs 1,500. The same passport ‘Tatkal’ will set you back to Rs 3,500. Click on the link Calculate New / Reissued Passport Fees.