[NOTE: This post is applicable for Indian Citizens only]
Some years back, getting a passport was real work. Standing in queue simply to get the form, fill it, get stacks of supporting documents, stand in various queues again to get the documents checked, submit the application form, get sent back for some more documents and stand again in the queues. It would make you question as to why are you applying for the passport…?
Not any more. Over the years, the passport application process has been streamlined by the Ministry of External Affairs. Now, part of the work is done online and the balance at the Passport Sewa Kendra (PSK) in your respective region. However, you still need to be careful. While the Passport Seva website of the Govt has exhaustive information, I am attempting to provide additional inputs to help others get the passport without stress .
Registration. First, register as a user (if not already done so) at the Passport Seva portal of MEA.
Fill Application Form. Login using the credentials obtained above. You will see links for “Apply for New Passport”, “Re-Issue of Passport” etc. Click on the appropriate link to pull up the required application form. Begin filling it. Don’t worry, you can save the semi-filled form and get back to it later to add more information. Be doubly sure to check that your and family’s particulars are as per the supporting documents. So, if the name is Ramesh Kumar Sharma in your Aadhar card / Birth Certificate etc, your name MUST be entered the same (and not like RK Sharma or Rakesh Kumar). This name should be same in ALL supporting documents and Annexures including the Affidavit (Annexure I). Likewise, your address MUST be same as per the supporting document (Aadhar card /electricity bill / telephone bill etc). Any change in the name or address of self, parents and / or spouse, will simply render the application liable for rejection. Therefore, check and re-check your application, verifying against the supporting documents before you submit the application.
Submit Application & Documents (Optional). When ready, submit the application by clicking the submit button. You will get a confirmation. Now you can upload supporting documents (this is optional)- you can upload upto 4 (four) documents at present. If you don’t want to upload any documents, skip this and go to next step.
Online Payment. As of Aug 2013, most PSKs have made it mandatory to make payment of fees online. This link is greyed out (not available) till you submit the application. Once you submit it, you can click on this link to make the payment using credit card, debit card or online banking. You will get a receipt.
Book Appointment. You can get an appointment only after you make the payment. The system will generate the next available slot for you. You can re-schedule your appointment thrice, after which any change / re-schedule will require you to pay once more.
Print Application Receipt. Print the application receipt and the payment receipt (usually not asked for). The application receipt will have your particulars, a bar-code with ARN Number and your appointment date and time.
Prepare for Appointment.
Because of many questions I received on the documents required, I have written a separate post on the Documents required for a Passport application. Now, get a folder / large envelope and place the following documents:-
1. Application receipt
2. Date of Birth Proof. Get at least TWO, although just one is required. The photocopies (get two copies of each) must be self-attested.
3. Address Proof. Although, just ONE document is required, it is again advisable to get two. (For an exhaustive list as to what documents are required and accepted, go to this link for a “Passport Document Advisor” which enables you to view the documents as per your status as an adult / minor / senior citizen / govt employee etc. The photocopies (get two copies of each) must be self-attested.
3. Non-ECR Proof. Earlier called as ECNR, now it is called Non-ECR. The stamping of ECNR is now discontinued. Click here to view the list of acceptable documents for Non-ECR. The photocopies (get two copies of each) must be self-attested.
4. Other Annexures. This list of annexures and affidavits for passport is good enough starting point. It is advisable to go for multiple annexures to ensure. I have seen applicants being asked to get an Affidavit (Annexure I) even though they had other documents. Especially if you are applying for Tatkaal passport, you MUST get the affidavit and Annexure F.
5. Original Documents. You must have the originals of the self-attested photocopies you will be submitting for the PSK employees to verify – so keep them separately with a clip.
6. Old Passport. If you are applying for re-issue, you must take a self-attested copy of first 4 and last 2 pages AND also get the original passport along for verification.
7. Miscellaneous. Get a glue-stick, at least 4 colour passport size photos against white background (may not be required), stapler, pen, and some change / coins for the photocopying machine at the PSK (if required).
Reach the PSK at least 15 minutes before the appointment time. Getting their much earlier is not going to help since the security guys will just not let you enter. Look your best since you are going to be photographed and that photo will be on your passport for the next 10 years (5 years for minors). If needed take a tie and jacket / blazer in a bag and when you’re about to be clicked, wear it quick. Take a comb too.
When you reach each counters, it does not hurt to wish them according to the time of the day – remember they are doing this job day and day out, so a little courtesy will go a long way in making matters easy for them. And do thank them while leaving…There are usually four places your will go to – initially the documents checking counter, where if they are satisfied, you will be given a token and be asked to be seated in the waiting lounge / room. Then you go from sections A (documents check, photo and fingerprinting), B (document re-check by Govt officials) to C (Govt issuing official), after which you exit.
Your passport will be issued immediately if no police verification is required (govt employees and Tatkaal) or on post-police verification (Tatkaal) or after police verification depending upon your application / status.
So there it is…my low down on how you should go ahead with getting a passport. I must say that since I have been applying for passports since 1988, there has been a drastic improvement in the process and the turnaround time is faster too. So go ahead and get that passport for your travels or higher education or employment abroad.
If I have missed anything, or have any queries, you are free to write in the comments section below.
What if I have applied for normal passport and attached Annexure F and Annexure I, will I get my passport within 8-10 days.
Or I need to apply for tatkal passport to attach Annexure F and Annexure I.
Hi, i’m 1988 born…. in my 10th SCC certificate there is a spelling mistake , I mean like two extra letters are there…. what I don’t have much time to go board and apply a new one. is there any affidavit that will help me. pls do suggest ASAP
You just need to show your birth certificate along with other documents like AADHAR, PAN card (if you have) and an affidavit.
Sir my name is Siddhant , want to apply for a fresh passport but I have some doubts so maybe you can help. My home town is in Gwalior(MP) till 10 I studied there and 12 I did in Jalna (Maharashtra) and graduation in Pune (Maharashtra) now after my studies are over I am back to my home town Gwalior. I want to know about police verification where it will happen my home town where i am living or in jalna and pune also because its far from here it will be tough to go everywhere for police verification. So please guide me what to do should i choose 10th and above or graduation and above.
Police will verify your present residential status.
its written in very clear and concise manner, thanks.
I am applying for my wife’s passport. Her Date of birth on birth certificate is 7/11/1989 and on SSC certificate its 08/05/1989. I have her Adhar card with same dob as birth certificate. Can i get passport with following documents:
1. Birth certificate: From municipal corporation
2. Photo id- Adhar card
3. Address proof: Adhar card
4. Educational qualification certificate (for Non ECR): highest qualification certificate MSc (and not SSC certificate as there will be discrepancy in dob)
Will they ask for SSC certificate? if yes, there is difference in birth dates, what will be the outcome? what other document i need to furnish?
Nowadays you can be granted a fresh passport in a week if the applications are accompanied by 3 documents – copies of Aadhaar card, voter card / electoral photo identity card (EPIC) and PAN card – besides an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I. There is no need to show the SSC certificate, although my suggestion will be to ask the board to re-issue the certificate with amended DOB – keep the letter copy with you as proof that you are getting it amended.
This is jitendra kumar, I having only aadhar card for address proof only but there is no H.No. Mentioned . can it be create any kind of problem. I am having voter id card too but there are no full name and date of birth. so will that be ok for optional document?
Your identity and address proof must have the same details as it is in the passport application form. Any difference in the application and the documents you submit will create issues and delays. Rectify the documents as quickly as possible.
I am facing a problem with my D.O.B.
I am having a birth certificate with a different DOB, and all other proofs(including my 10th and 12th marksheet, license, voter ID, PAN card, Aadhar card and in my professional carrier also.) with a different DOB.
My born is after ’89.
please suggest me how can i resolve it.
Is there a way that i can get passport having any gazzated certificate with all proofs…
or by any other legal way or means.
Wow! How did you manage that? My suggestion is to amend the document/s which has the correct date as per hospital records where you were born. Else, you might be in trouble for falsifying documents. If you are born after 26 Jan 1989, you MUST provide a birth certificate.
Sir my mothers surname is not present in birth certificate but on all other documents the full name is present.is it a problem in applying passport?
No it will not be an issue. Best to get an affidavit done.
I have registered for the passport with aadhar ,pan ,voter id no.I have originals of aadhar,pan with me right now but i don’t have voter id original with me but have photocopy of it.Is it fine for verifivcation?
No, you will have to provide the original voter ID and an affidavit as well, else passport will be issued post verification by Police.
Hi, I am applying for re-issue of passport as my old passport is about to expire. Also, I need to change my address on the passport. My previous passport carries my Calcutta address and now I need to change it to my Delhi address. Now, here is the problem. In my old passport, my name is written as SOUVA KUMAR CHATTOPADHYAY, but in all the address proofs (Aadhar, electricity bill, gas connection etc.), I have my name spelt as SOUVA CHATTOPADHYAY. Would it create any issue? If yes, then what could be the possible work around? Looking forward to your reply.
Nowadays you can be granted a fresh passport in a week if the applications are accompanied by 3 documents – copies of Aadhaar card, voter card / electoral photo identity card (EPIC) and PAN card – besides an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I. So, my suggestion is to apply for reissue of the passport which has the name as per these documents. If you don’t have a voter card, then they will ask for other document/s. Usually, for reissue there is not much of a problem because they have established most of your credentials…
The problem is, the name on my passport is SOUVA KUMAR CHATTOPADHYAY, whereas the name on Aadhar card (which bears the new address) is SOUVA CHATTOPADHYAY (sans KUMAR). Shall I apply for a reissue with the name as SOUVA CHATTOPADHYAY, as per Aadahr? But, that will not match with the name in my previous passport.
Drop the KUMAR and it should be fine – PSK guys will ask you to provide an affidavit and that should cover it
Thanks for your reply! By affidavit you mean Annexure-I? Shall I make it beforehand?
Yes, Annexure I – take it along to save time
Hi! I want to apply for New passport,I have election card, state subject and 10th class certificate but I don’t have dob certificate.What should I do now?
I found this article helpful but I still have few queries about the applying procedure.. I happened to be an Railway employee from Assam and was thinking of issuing a new passport, So I had all my documents ready except few that I am in certain confusion. As I went to my employer to get the IC and the NOC papers signed, they declined it saying that I have to go through certain other official procedures before signing this document and said that Its a long process and would take significant amount of time. Later, that day, I thought of applying by filling the Prior Intimation letter. So My question is Does my mom have to go to the Regional Passport Office as an attended family member for verification as My mom is bedridden and she is the only family member I have at present.
Firstly, you can apply by providing the Prior Intimation Letter. Next, I don’t understand why you need to take your mother or any family member for verification…? If your documents are in order, Police verification will be done prior / post passport issue…
I am staying at Pune for last 1 year. I shifted on 28th March 2015. First I stayed at my company’s guest house for 15 days, then at ,my relatives for about 1.5 months. Then I shifted to a flat where I had notarized agreement first then got it registered in Jan 2016. So I’ve a notarised and registered agreement for last 10 months but nothing for 2 months.
PS – I don’t have a bank account on the listed banks.
Can i get my passport from Pune taking in consideration the available docs?
Yes, you can
I want to apply for passport but in some of my documents the middle name is written as kr intead of kumar and also my father’s name as ch. instead of chandra. will that be a problem. Will affidavit be enough?
Yeah, in most such cases, an affidavit will serve the purpose.
HI I DONT HAVE AN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE PLS ADVICE WHAT DOCUMENT CAN I PRODUCE INSTEAD OF THAT. AS I HAD APPLIED FOR AN REISSUE PASSPORT DUE THE VALIDITY EXPIRED.
Can you show a certificate from a magistrate or such official of your district? I would still suggest you to get a marriage certificate…
hi sir , my dob is06-11-92 in my birth certicate , but all other documents itd 09-11-92, wherthaer any problem for getting new passport?
Of course there will be a problem. Fix the discrepancy immediately. This might lead to even different issues like being charged for providing wrong information. So don’t neglect it…
I am 1987 born I lost my 10th certificate .it is mandatory document for getting passport?I have adhar card and pan card ,bank statement and driving licence
Can we submit notary attested copies as my originals are taken by corporate people as my job has bonds. All originals are there with office people and i am left with attested copy by notary. Kindly help. I urgent need passprt. I only have 10th and 12th passing certificate and graduation leaving certificate.
Nope, you need to produce originals. Ask your corporate guys to allow it for this purpose (approach your HR manager). I don’t understand on what authority they can take away your personal documents though!!
Hello Nice Info,… but i have a problem I am basically from UP ,city Bahraich but was living in Aurangabad ,Maharashtra from last 4.5 years and now in August 16 moved to Mumbai its 8 months m living in Mumbai.So i want to know if applying for passport which documents to be produced for address proof ,,,I have Adhar card ,Driving lIcense ,Pan card but in all my permanent UP address is mentioned….So how to apply for passport now in mumbai..Only in HDFC bank account i have Mumbai address …i Am working in Reliance could i produce some document through company
Provide proof of present address – a govt department issued document has more credibility. Or you can provide address proof on your company letter by personnel authorised to do so (usually the HR dept)
I need to renew my passport, expiry date is 6months from now. My passport was issues from Dubai. In my education certificates my middle name is missing , i hope its not for problem renewal in india, i have Adhaar Card, Pan Card, Bank booklet.
Sir, my daughter whose age is 19 years applying for India Passport. Now she is studying in college in different city and come home for vacation. She obtained bonafide letter from her college and with few spelling mistake in permanent address mentioned in the bonafide letter. Will this error be a issue and reason for rejects? Pl clarify.
However she has all documents like Aadhar card, birth certificate, pan card, voter ID card, Bank Passbook, college ID Card with correct address and DOB.
Getting address correction in bonafide letter take a long time. pl adivice.
No, there shouldn’t be problem…however, get this error corrected or an email from the college with correct address
My passport is valid until sept 2016 . It was issued in Dubai. I have Pan Card, Adhar Card, Bank booklet, Pan Card. My status on passport is ECNR. Issue is my Matric Certificate name is different, on passport and all above mentioned IDs its Jatinder Pal Singn and only on education certificates its Jatinder Singh. If ECNR is on current passport do we still have to show matric certificate? upon re issue ?
No you don’t need to show again
My fathers name is Ram chandra in DOB , 10th marksheet and it is Ram chandra Sharma in my aadhar card. will i get problems while creating passport ?
Correct your AADHAR card. Or else submit an affidavit
Hello sir. I don’t live in same address which is printed in my ration card,addahr card. And I am a final year student. I got password bonafide at Oct 2015. Is that bonafide valuable for applying now for passport. And I had mistakes in my voter I’d card, includes D.O.B and address problem in it. What should I do sir?
Correct the mistakes before you apply
I wrongly entered Yes for Non ECR category.
what should i do now.. pls help..
Correct it during your appointment with PSK staff
hello…i’m rakesh…i want to knw that ,will there be any problem if the name in my birth certificate is different from my adhaar card,mark sheets,driving licence,etc.,?
Yes, there will be a problem. Get it changed…
I have a doubt regarding documents. My mom has her name as sunita on ssc certificate and Sunitha on PAN card and Aadhaar card. What should I do now
Sir, I have a PAN Card, Voter ID Card, 10th Class Certificate, D/L, AADHAR Card.
If I carry all of these and two photocopies each of these would it suffice?
I am 1996 born.
also, How long would it take? I have been told that it usually runs late.
Due at Shalimar Bagh PSK at 2.45pm
Hi sir ..i don’t have present address proof ,I am in Bangalore ,I have permanent address proof (Aadhar card,DOB,10TH ,12 th & degree certificates/PAN Card),,I have already filled the application form as mentioned only permanent address and Bangalore mobile number ..if don’t have present address proof will have any issue..pls suggest me .
I have a slot af ter 2 days. I have a doubt that in my aadhar card my name is Maradugu manasa, and in my birth certificate it is M Manasa. Is it ok or should i change my name in aadhar card. Please help sir
This is preeti frm West Bengal siliguri. I am from Nepal, married in India, studied frm nepal. I have applied for my passport but the psk staff say they need my Nepal study verification proof.
Where should I do that because they provide no good inquiry when asking about it. Where will I find this document verified. Pls help in this matter.
I have my photo passbook as my address proof and 10th class marksheet as birth proof. I have my College Id/marksheet for Non-ECR thing. I have my verification certificate signed and my Annexure E signed. I also have my 12th class marksheet. Would it be enough for Tatkal application. Is police verification done after passport is issued in tatkal case?
i have aadhar pan and letter head and bank statement address proof but i dont have 10th original certificate i have lost my 10th class one is there any other alternative to show upn behalf of 10th memo
I have original high school marksheet but Gorakhpur psk asking for passing certificate which I don’t have what should I do??
Sir in my academic certificates including SSLC and HSC marksheet I have no space between my first name and last name but in other documents like aadhar,voter ID i have a space between my first name and last name.It will cause any problems while applying passport.please reply sir.
My father lost his 10th and 12th certificate.
But he has having 1st and 2nd year college marksheet.
Are these marksheets enough for non-ecr category.
His age is 50.
Thanks in advance
My name is Sai (name) but if i give it as such, my actual name will become middle name and I will end up being referred to as Sai. Is there any possibility to do otherwise?