How to Apply for an Indian Passport within India and FAQ

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How to Apply for an Indian Passport within India and FAQ

This article is meant for Indian Citizens only. It is a brief introduction to the process of applying for, and acquiring from within India, an Indian passport for the first time. This How To article only concerns itself with regular passports applied for through the normal and Tatkal process. The process for official and/or diplomatic passports is beyond the scope of this article. Those applying for an Indian passport outside India need to check with the nearest consulate for the procedure. ... read more »

Last edited by vaibhav_arora; Jan 18th, 2013 at 15:38.. Reason: edited to update information pertaining to ECNR for Tatkal applicants
#2 Sep 5th, 2012, 17:18
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Thanks Narendra !

well, one query, as my son was born abroad and got his Indian passport there only. As Children passport validity is for 5 years only, so we need to apply new one then or to renew? can there be any problem as his passport was issued in Yerevan?
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Renewal requires No Change on the passport other than an increase in Validity. And hence is just a Stamp saying Validity extended to X date. In your son's case, the address and photo will have to be changed. The address in the current one is of Yerevan and the photo needs to change to reflect the growth of the infant.

So it will be a Reissue. No problems likely due to the passport being issued in Yerevan.
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Excellent informative post narendra, thankyou!

Mod note: I have made this a 'sticky' thread
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Thank You All.

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Just applied for renewal as my pages had exhausted under Tatkal. I was not required to give any affidavit in Annexure I or any thing like that. Overall process took 1 hour and was very smooth. As for on-line submission there were two options 1. Download PDF and create XML or fill the form on-line. I filled the form on-line it was straight forward. Then I had to take an appointment which again was straight forward - only hitch is appointments on the site open only post 7.30 PM. There is a section on documents required - once you click that link it asks for 3-4 simple question such as new passport or renewal, If renewal then what is reason etc. Once you answer the questions the list of documents is populated. It was really nice to see that documentation required was minimal - in case of renewal it required only current passport and address proof.

At the PSK - after security you stand in the first line where your documents are checked and then after sometime you are given your docket with the token No. Post this you are required to go to 3 more counters. For each counter the counter no is displayed on TVs. At the first counter your photograph is taken, plus your finger prints are scanned and your supportings are scanned and you are required to sign the document. The first counter and this one are manned by TCS staff. After this you go to counter B where your old passport is cancelled and your papers are verified - this is done by Govt official. Post this you go to counter C where the Passport officer tells you as to whether your case will require police verification or not. In some cases police verification is done after granting passport. After this you stand in a line and get the acknowledgement printed.
Overall good experience but this is in context of what one expects from the govt offices and past experiences in getting your passport. however a few things could be improved. For eg counter B and C can be collapsed into one and Counter C can also print acknowledgement.

But overall a huge improvement on the old process
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Step 3. Scheduling an Appointment at a PSK/RPO:
Appointments are given for a specific date and time.
a. Click the "Manage Appointment" link on Applicant Home page to schedule an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
I have never been able to go past this stage because I could not book a slot. Everytime I login to the site, either I get a message that Slots have been exceeded for the day or if I see the slots and select one of them, it just goes to a confirm screen which does not give any reference/confirmation that I have booked the slot.

I have tried for 3 months and gave up on this process. I was trying to book a slot for Hyderabad Tolichowki PSK.
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Originally Posted by bhappyharsha View Post I have never been able to go past this stage because I could not book a slot.
Along with the message of slot is full, you will find a date and time of slot again opening mentioned there.

You will have to start trying exactly at that time. For Hyderabad, if you start trying exactly at 4 PM, you would get the slot, but, yes, you will be required to be quick.

Another option is to attempt for TATKAAL. There is no slot booking required for the same. You need to carry printed copies of downloaded completed Application Form and attachments.
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Experience from recent passport renewal:
1) We need to apply for a slot even for Tatkal. It seems that a racket of brokers have found a way to make easy money by selling the slots. I tried on six consecutive days to get a slot without success.
2) Photocopy for a passbook is a must at least for Tatkal. My agent told that without it things don't move fast and weakens the application.
3) If you visit a PSK, budget at least half a day to get the things done.
4) **Always carry the photo copy of your highest education proof to get the Emigration Check Not Required status.** Note that this is not listed in Narendra's checklist at least for Tatkal. It was not explicit to me as well. Nor did my agent told.
5) If you are renewing the passport DO NOT FORGET to get the old passport cancelled. For my case the officer forgot and I had to revisit to get the cancel stamp done..
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Originally Posted by trahul View Post 1) We need to apply for a slot even for Tatkal.
It varies from PSK to PSK. There are a lot of PSKs where time slot is not required to be booked.
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2) Photocopy for a passbook is a must at least for Tatkal.
Not a mandatory item.
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4) **Always carry the photo copy of your highest education proof to get the Emigration Check Not Required status.** Note that this is not listed in Narendra's checklist at least for Tatkal. It was not explicit to me as well. Nor did my agent told.
It depends on the person attending the counter at that time. They do believe on the entries done on the form also.
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Originally Posted by trahul
1) We need to apply for a slot even for Tatkal.
It varies from PSK to PSK. There are a lot of PSKs where time slot is not required to be booked.
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2) Photocopy for a passbook is a must at least for Tatkal.
Not a mandatory item.

>> This is mandatory at least at GHZBD PSK.

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4) **Always carry the photo copy of your highest education proof to get the Emigration Check Not Required status.** Note that this is not listed in Narendra's checklist at least for Tatkal. It was not explicit to me as well. Nor did my agent told.
It depends on the person attending the counter at that time. They do believe on the entries done on the form also.

>> No- even the granting officer raised the same point along with the front desk person.
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SO, if a guideline is being created, as least the above should be added as caveat. These are very recent and real experience. Preparing for these may save time and energy for applicants.
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@trahul: SOme RPO's do not require Tatkal applicants to book appointments and can walk in. Some Do. Personally I believe there should be an appointment for all.

Regarding the documents required: The Entire Passport issuing machinery has standardised requiremments and those are mentioned on the passport website for each category/type of applicant. The Above Guide is NOT comprehensive, but mentions the most common types only. It is already adviced and required that you check the documents required for each specific case from the Official Website. Also many RPO's/Officials implement these standardised requirements in various ways which is not possible for us to guess or to be mentioned here.

ECNR is a universal requirement for all and applies for all normal or Tatkal. Your point that it is not mentioned for Tatkal is being corrected.
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Is it mandatory to submit a Bank Statement as a Proof ??

Am pursuing B.Tech final year and I doesn`t have any bank account.

I have voter-id card , aadhar card , Pan-card , electricity/water/gas bills , ration-card , Custodian & Bonafide Cerificate from our College and required Educational Certificates.

Does these documents are quite enough for getting a passport or is it mandatory to submit a bank account statement??

Help me out guys!! Waiting for your reply...!!

Thanks in advance!!
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You don't have a Bank Account? Do you not get Scholarship?

Bank statement/passbook is not mandatory.

If you are staying in a Hostel kind of accommodation, it will not be difficult. Numerous Students acquire a passport while still in College and staying in hostels. You will need current proof of address. If its a college hostel, a college issued letter would suffice in addition to the other docs that you have.

Please look at the first post above and the official website as well for details of docs needed. It is indeed a simple procedure.
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