How to apply for a passport in India
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Points you must know before applying Passport in India
1. Get the Passport Application Form: One can apply for Passport through Online Registration (after doing online registration, get print outs of the application form) .Apart from filling Online, applicant can submit directly in the respective passport office/ DPCs/Speed post centers, get the relevant application form from here.
2. How to fill the Offline Form: The Passport Application Form is Machine Readable. Please follow the instructions as follows:
Use capital letters only.
Particulars given in the form will be printed in the passport. Therefore, please be careful in filling up the form and avoid any mistakes.
Use black/blue ball pen only
Do not fill the form with pencils or ink-pen.
While filling up the boxes, kindly leave one box blank after each completed word.
Write clearly within the box without touching the boundaries.
Adjust the information to fit within the number of given boxes.
Do not write anything outside the box. Avoid over-writing
Incomplete application will not be accepted.
Columnwise Guidelines for filling the application form can be had from here.
All original documents are to be shown at the time of submission of the passport application form. With the Original Passport Application Form, self-attested copies of all required documents need to be attached. Illiterate applicants should put only thumb impression in the box meant for thumb impression/signature. In case an applicant has stayed at more than one address during the last one year, he/she should furnish two additional photocopies of the PP form for each additional place of stay.
Details for Online Registration
Step 1 Register through the Passport Seva Portal. (Click on “Register” link under the Online Application Filling section on the Home Page).
Step 2 Login to the Passport Seva Portal with the registered User ID.
Step 3 Click “Apply for Fresh Passport / Reissue of Passport” link.
Step 4 Fill in the required details in the form and submit.
Step 5 Click the “Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.
Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at Passport Seva Kendras under some of the Passport Offices.
Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:
Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard & Visa)
Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks Only)
SBI Bank Challan
Step 6 Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.
Step 7 Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.
Only emergency/medical cases and preapproved categories may visit Passport Seva Kendra without appointment. Service will be provided at the discretion of Passport Seva Kendra in-charge/Passport Officer.
Minor applicants below 4 years of age need to carry a recent coloured passport size (4.5 x 3.5 cm) photograph with a white background while visiting Passport Seva Kendra. Other applicants need not carry any photograph as photograph will be captured at the Passport Seva Kendra.
Resubmission of application form is required, in case the applicant does not visit the Passport Seva Kendra within 90 days from the online form submission.
Where to Apply: For Online Registration, the applicant has to submit the print outs of the application form along with required documents to the respective passport office in the appointment date and time printed.
Apart from this Passport Applications can also be submitted at
1. The counter of the Passport office
2. The Speed Post centers
3. District Passport Cells
4. Passport Collection Centers
An application for a passport may be submitted personally OR through a representative (any close member of the family or recognized travel agent(s) only) carrying an authority letter.
For Urgent Passport: Refer Tatkaal Scheme in case if applicant needs the passport urgently.