This article was originally a post by India Miker narendra.d, and has been transformed into a community article. Per narendra.d, this is a not-so-brief document on the process for applying and acquiring an Indian passport. It is an attempt to be as up-to-date and true as possible, but it doesn't claim to be complete or error free. Nor can a whole website worth of information be summarised into a single comprehensive article. If you see any information that needs to be update, please edit the article as needed. 

Notwithstanding anything in this article, you should check the Government of India's official passport application website for the latest updates, information, and official requirements. This article is for informational purposes only. India Mike takes no responsibility for any actions taken on the basis of this article or any consequences that arise as a result of those actions.

The Basics of the Indian Passport Application Process

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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.

The Indian Passport is issued by the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) division of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Govt of India through Regional Passport Offices (RPO) in India and through the Consulates/Embassies in other countries.

You can apply for a passport either at an RPO (only certain cases), or a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or the District passport Cells (DPC) and, if outside India, at the nearest Indian Consulate. The links are available on the official passport application website to locate a nearby PSK or a DPC. An RPO/PSK/DPC will accept applications from applicants residing at the time of application within the jurisdiction of the office.

You can visit any PSK or DPC for any queries you have on the application process, fees etc. You can call 1800-258-1800 from anywhere within India between 08.00 AM to 10.00 PM and contact the Passport Seva Helpline agent. The IVRS support is available 24 hours.

Applications made at the RPO or the PSK need to be done electronically by either e-form mode or online form submission mode, so you will require access to a computer with an internet connection to fill in the form and to send the application files and get an appointment.

Applications made at the DPC currently require a paper based form. This may however change in future to the electronic mode. DPC's do not accept Tatkal Applications nor applications for the re-issuance of passport.

The applicant has to be physically present at the center where you apply at the time of application and normally cannot be made by proxy. This is true even if you decide to use an agent. A passport can be applied through a normal process or through a Tatkal (quick) process that is quicker but consequently has additional documentation requirements.

Some definitions that apply:

  • New passport means applying for a passport for the first time or applying for a passport if you have never held any passport earlier.​
  • Reissue means an application for another passport in lieu of an existing one which has either expired or is about to expire. Reissue includes lost/damaged passports/Change of Personal particulars including Name, Address, Marital Status. You may apply for a new passport upto 3 years after and 1 year before the expiry of the Passport. Though Applications for Reissue are accepted even after 3 years from expiry, the address verification was earlier not done in case the address had not changed. Now however, Address Verifications are done in almost all cases, atleast on a Post PV (Post Issue Police Verification) basis.
  • Renewal of passport means that a passport that was originally issued for a short validity of one to five years is now required to be extended to its full validity of ten years from the date of issue of the passport.

Modes of Payment and Fees for an Indian Passport Application

The fee to be paid for a passport varies depending on the age of the applicant, mode of application (online or not), whether it's a normal or a tatkal application, number of pages requested in the passport, etc. Because of the various combinations possible and because the fee may be changed without notice, the amount is not being mentioned here. The fee amount can be easily deduced from the Official website

The fee amount as of this writing  can be paid Online through net banking or Credit card while booking appointment for PSK, in cash only at the various PSK's, and in case of applications at a DPC, by Demand Draft (DD) favouring "PAO-MEA", and payable at the City where the concerned RPO is located. DPC's may insist on the DD's to be from PSU banks only.

The Not-so-Brief Process of Applying for an Indian Passport

The current procedure can be checked from the official home page under various headings Like Fresh Passport, Reissue of passport. Also check the Documents Required link on the home page and the various FAQ's under User Assistance on the left column of the official website. 

Police Verification is done in most cases before issuing a passport. However in certain cases police verification may be done after issuing as well.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) deciding to accept post-issuance police verification even for fresh applicants applying through normal category. Till now, only tatkal applicants who produced Annexure F verification certificate issued by a Class I officer with the central services or All India services could have the benefit of post-issuance verification.

The waiver, however, would not be applicable for those applying for re-issue of passport. The applicant will have to produce Aadhar card, voter ID card and PAN card, and the Aadhar data should be validated online for the applicant to enjoy the benefit.

To render faster and more secure passport services for the benefit of citizens, the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to implement a new procedure for issuing fresh passports. There would be no additional fee, and three documents and an affidavit about the criminal record would be enough to issue the passports. Police verification would take place post issuance.

The application process is similar for new passports and re-issuance of passports, and for normal and tatkal process, though the documentation requirements may vary.

The time taken for issue of passport is at the discretion of the RPO, varies widely by RPO, by applicant and by time of year. No guideline or normal time frame for issue can be given.

Those applying at a DPC need to use the Passport Application / Instruction Booklet. This is available at all DPC's, many Post Offices and Citizen Service centers as well. Photographs need to be recent, in colour with a white background and with dimensions of 4.5cm by 3.5cm. For those applying at a DPC, the fee is to be paid through a Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of "PAO-MEA" and payable at the City where the concerned RPO is located. Mention the applicant's name, application number on the back of the DD. The amount varies and should be confirmed from the DPC.

The process involves :

  • Step 1: Having all Documents ready before application.
  • Step 2: e-Form Submission/Online Form submission. (ONLY for applications at RPO/PSK).
  • Step 3: Scheduling an Appointment at a PSK/RPO. (ONLY for applications at RPO/PSK)
  • Step 4: Visit the PSK/RPO/DPC with the Documents, Submission of Form.
  • Step 5: Track your application till receipt of passport

Step 1: Documents Needed when Applying for an Indian Passport

The documentation requirements are quite simple. 

The list of documents required in each specific case can be checked from the Documents Required link on the home page.

The documents required may vary or additional documents may be required depending on the mode of application (normal/tatkal), where applied (eg DPC or PSK), applicants profile (for instance an infant / child or adult over 65 years of age), marital status, an employee (incl retired) of Govt/PSU/Defense/Statuary body etc. Residents of Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland, family members of serving or retired Govt/PSU employees, official or diplomatic passport holders, and students staying away from normal home have additional requirements. If you fall in any of these categories, it is prudent to check the official website Documents Required link to know what documents you need. Additional annexures or affidavits might be required in certain cases.

This article assumes that an e-Form/Online application is being made for an adult person in the normal mode.

One set of photo copies of each of the below documents should be submitted along with the application form and the originals should be available for cross checking during submission.

Organise all the documents neatly and in order. All photocopies need to be on a full A4 sheet. All documents to be submitted (photo copies or originals) need to be self attested. Photos if submitted are not be signed.

The following documents are required:

Proof of Date of Birth (DOB)

As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all the applicants born on  or after 26/01/1989, in order to get a passport, had to, hitherto, mandatorily submit the Birth Certificate as the proof of Date of Birth (DOB). As per press release of Passport Seva dated 23rd December 2016, it has now been decided that all applicants of passports can submit any one  of  the  following  documents  as  the  proof  of  DOB while  submitting  the passport application:

  1.  Birth  Certificate  (BC)  issued  by  the  Registrar of  Births  &  Deaths  or  the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India;
  2. Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board containing the DOB of the applicant;
  3. PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant;
  4. Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar having the DOB of applicant;
  5. Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government  servants)  or  the  Pay  Pension  Order  (in  respect  of  retired Government  Servants),  duly  attested/certified  by  the  officer/in-charge  of  the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant, having his DOB;
  6.  Driving  license  issued  by  the  Transport  Department  of  concerned  State Government, having the DOB of applicant;
  7. Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant;
  8. Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.

Proof of Address

You are required to submit atleast 1 of the documents listed below.

  1. Water Bill
  2. Telephone (landline or post paid mobile bill)
  3. Electricity bill
  4. Income Tax Assessment Order
  5. Election Commission Photo ID card
  6. Proof of Gas Connection
  7. Certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letter head
  8. Spouse's passport copy (First and last page including family details), (provided the applicant's present address matches the address mentioned in the spouses passport)
  9. Applicant's current and valid ration card
  10. Parent's passport copy, in case of minors(First and last page)
  11. Aadhaar Card
  12. Registered Rent Agreement
  13. Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks and Regional Rural Banks only)


Applicants are required to submit the proof of address of the present address only, irrespective of the date from which he/she has been residing at the given address. However, he/she is required to mention all the place of stay during previous one year in the Passport application form.

From 25th January 2016 onwards, it has  been decided  that henceforth  normal  passport  applications  of  all first  time applicants furnishing Aadhaar, Electoral Photo   Identity   Card   (EPIC), Permanent  Account  Number  (PAN) Card and  an  affidavit  in  the format of Annexure-I will be processed on Post-Police Verification basis,  enabling  faster  issue  of  passport,  without  payment  of  any additional  fees,  subject  to  successful  online  validation  of  Aadhaar number. In  addition,  EPIC  and  PAN  card  may  also  be  validated,  if required, from the respective databases

Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services. Acceptance of Aadhaar as PoA and PoI would be subject to successful validation with Aadhaar database.

  • For Minor: For minor applicants, present address proof document in the name of parent(s) can be submitted.
  • For Document No. 1, 2, and 3: Atleast 2 bills are required - one bill should of be of last year and the other bill of current year
  • For Document No. 7: Only public limited companies can give address proof on company letter head along with seal. Computerised print-outs shall not be entertained.
  • For Document No. 9: If any applicant submits only ration card as proof of address, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address out of the given categories.
  • For Document No. 10: If any applicant submits only ration card as proof of address, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address out of the given categories.
  • For Document No. 11: Aadhaar Card (issued by UIDAI, Govt of India) has become an important document. With a view to making the Passport issuance process simpler, more secure and reliable, the Passport Seva Project has taken the initiative to digitally integrate with the UID database for validating the Aadhaar number, submitted by the passport applicant, as a Proof of Identity and Proof of Address. For  an  applicant  who voluntarily gives the  Aadhaar number on his/her passport application, the Aadhaar number along with the biometric data, captured at the Passport Seva Kendra, are sent to UID’s e-KYC Service platform. The demographic details along with photograph returned by UID are displayed to the Verification Officer/Granting Officer - thus helping in validating identity of the applicant based on the Aadhaar number.
  • For Document No. 12: The Registered Rent Agreement duly registered under Section 17 of Registration Act, 1908 and executed in favor of the tenant by the landlord, may be accepted as a valid document for the proof of address t the time of submission of passport application. 
  • If the document chosen as proof of address from the above list is not in the applicant's name, then any document that shows the applicant's relationship with the document holder will also be required.

Documents required for Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)

Though the list is quite long, any educational certificate that is equivalent to matriculation (Class 10) or above is sufficient. For the full list please refer the official website. This is required for Tatkal applicants as well.

ECNR stamps are now NOT affixed. Only certain categories of applicants may have Emigration Check Required (ECR) stamp on their passports.

Tatkal Applicants

Those applying in Tatkal need to submit a few additional documents:

  1. Standard Affidavit as per Annexure 'I'
  2. Documents for ECNR as above.
  3. Verification Certificate Annexure 'F' OR (according to a few posters some RPO's accept only a VC and not the 3 docs while some ask for both) any 3 out of 16 documents listed as under:

List of 15 Documents

You are required to submit at least 3 out of 15 documents listed below.

  1. Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
  2. Service Photo Identity Card issued by State/Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings, local bodies or Public Limited Companies
  3. SC/ST/OBC Certificates
  4. Freedom Fighter Identity Cards
  5. Arms Licenses
  6. Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds etc
  7. Registered Rent Agreement
  8. Pension Documents such as ex-servicemen's Pension Book / Pension Payment order, ex-servicemen's Widow/Dependent Certificates, Old Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order
  9. Railway Identity Cards
  10. Rations Cards
  11. Birth Certificates issued under the RBD Act
  12. Student Photo Identity Cards issued by Government Recognized Educational Institutions in respect of full time courses
  13. Driving Licenses (valid and within the jurisdiction of State of submission of application)
  14. Bank / Kisan / Post Office Passbooks
  15. Income Tax Identity (PAN) Cards
  16. Gas Connection Bill (of one year before and current bill)
  17. Aadhar Card issued by UIDAI, Govt of India


  • At least 1 out of 3 documents must contain applicant's photograph.
  • At least 1 out of 3 documents must be amongst the documents (1 to 9)
  • Name in all 3 documents must be same.

​Addtional Documentation Required when Applying for an Indian Passport

The online passport application form requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e. only one parent. This would enable single parents to apply for their children and to issue passports where name of father or mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicantthe  name  of  the  father  should  not  be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues to children with single parent and to adopted children.

  1. The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e., only one parent and not both. This would enable single parents to apply for passports for their children and to also issue passports where the name of either the father or the mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicant.
  2. The total number of Annexes prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been brought down to 9 from the present 15. Annexes  A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and certain Annexes have been merged.
  3. All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants would be in the  form  of  a  self  declaration  on  a  plain  paper.  No  attestation/swearing by/before  any  Notary/Executive  Magistrate/First  Class  Judicial  Magistrate would be henceforth necessary.
  4. Married  applicants  would  not  be  required  to  provide  Annexure  K  or  any marriage certificate.
  5. The Passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name  of  her/his  spouse  in  case  of  separated  or  divorced  persons.  Such applicants  for  passports  would  not  be  required  to  provide  even  the  Divorce Decree.
  6. Orphaned  children  who  do  not  have  any  proof  of  DOB  such  as  Birth Certificate or the Matriculation Certificate or the declaratory Court order, may now  submit  a  declaration  given  by  the  Head  of  the  Orphanage/Child  Care Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.
  7. In case of children not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.
  8. In case of issue of passport to in-country domestically adopted children, submission of the registered adoption deed would no longer be required. In the absence  of  any  deed  to  this  effect,  the  passport  applicant  may  give  a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.
  9. Government  servants,  who  are  not able  to  obtain  the Identity  Certificate (Annexure-B)/  No-Objection  Certificate  (Annexure-M)  from  their  concerned employer  and  intend  to  get  the  passport  on  urgent  basis  can  now  get  the passport  by  submitting  a  self-declaration  in  Annexure-‘N’  that  he/she  has given  prior  Intimation  letter  to  his/her  employer  informing  that  he/she  was applying for an ordinary passport to a Passport Issuing Authority.
  10. Sadhus/ Sanyasis can apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual Guru mentioned in the passport application in lieu of their biological parent(s) name(s)  subject  to  their  providing  of  at  least  one public  document  such  as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India, PAN card, Aadhaar Card, etc wherein the name of the Guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).

Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees should submit “Identity Certificate” in original.

  • In case of infants or minors under 18 years, copies of parent(s) passports and affidavits from both parents consenting for issue of passport. The parent(s) passports should have the spouse name endorsed. For any other case please refer to the official website.
  • Photographs: Photos are not required to be submitted as photos will be taken at the PSK. Infants and children under 4 will need to submit photos. Those applying at a DPC will require 4 passport sized photos. Photographs if required need to be recent, in colour with a white background and 4.5cm X 3.5cm in dimensions
  • Any others Annexures and Affidavits depending on specific case: 
  • Affidavit of Date of Birth to be submitted by illiterate Applicants (Annexure "A")
  1. Identity Certificate (Annexure "A")
  2. Verification Certificate as per the specimen (Annexure "B")
  3. Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports (one parent not given consent) (Annexure "C")
  4. Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports (Annexure "D")
  5. Standard Affidavit (Annexure "E")
  6. Specimen Affidavit for a passport in lieu of lost/damaged passport (Annexure "F")
  7. No Objection Certificate (Annexure "G")
  8. Prior Intimation Letter (Annexure "H")
  9. A Declaration affirming the particulars furnished in the application about the minor. (Annexure "I")

Step 2: e-Form Submission OR Online form Submission

e-Form involves filling in details into a fillable PDF form. This is the preferred and recommended method. The form can be downloaded from the Government of India's official passport application website. You will need Adobe Reader for this.

Online submission involves submitting all the details online on the official website and is not a recommended method by the RPO.

  1. Download the e-Form through the Download e-Form link on the Home Page. This is a compressed or zip file that needs to be extracted using a compression utility like Winzip or similar.
  2. Fill the downloaded e-Form. After filling in all details, click the "Validate & Save" button. This will generate an XML file which will be required later. Names ALWAYS need to be filled without any initials. ALL initials need to be expanded irrespective of how your name appears on other documents or certificates.
  3. Register through the Government of India's official passport application website and create a User ID. Click on Register link under the Online Application Filling section on the Home Page. Please remember, this User ID would remain active for two months only from date of its creation.
  4. Login to the Passport Seva Portal with the User ID created in above.
  5. Upload the XML file generated in #2 through the "Upload e-Form" link. Do not upload the PDF form at this stage as only XML file is accepted by the system.

Step 3: Scheduling an Appointment at a PSK/RPO

Appointments are given for a specific date and time.

  1. Click the "Manage Appointment" link on Applicant Home page to schedule an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
  2. Click the "Print Application Receipt" link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN) and Appointment Number. You will need to carry a print of this along with all the documents.

Update: From 01-June-2013, Passport Department has changed the procedure for taking appointment. Earlier it was required to slect a date, but now the website will allot date. As perthe new process, appointments at the earliest date/time will be automatically allotted by the system as per the availability of appointment slots at the desired PSK, on payment of Passport fee Online. An applicant will be able to cancel/reschedule the appointment only twice within one year of first appointment date.

Details could be seen at:

Five Day Appointment Window for citizen’s convenience

The  applicants  for  passport  related  services  have  to  fill-up  their  personal particulars online, pay requisite fee and schedule appointment through Passport Seva system before they physically visit a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for further processing of  their  application.  Currently,  the  appointment  is  assigned  by  the  Passport  Seva system based on its availability and on First-In-First-Out (FIFO) basis.

To further facilitate the applicants, the Ministry has implemented a solution, whereby applicants can book their appointment as per their choice. The new provision would  allow applicants to  choose any  appointment  date  from  the  earliest  five available  dates (working  days), while scheduling/rescheduling an  appointment  for Passport related services.

To avail the facility, applicants may fill-up their personal particulars online and click on “Pay and Schedule Appointment link”. After the selection of payment mode either  through  debit/credit  card/netbanking  or  through  challan  mode, an applicant will be redirected to Appointment screen. They may choose any of their preferred PSK under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  respective  Regional  Passport  Office  (RPO).

At  the next step, applicant will be redirected to Pay and Book Appointment Screen allowing them to choose a date from the displayed Calendar. The Calendar will highlight latest five days available for the selected PSK.

Step 4: Visit the PSK/RPO with the Documents and Submission of Form

Visit the PSK/RPO on the scheduled date and time of appointment along with printed application form, photocopies of documents above and the originals.

Step 5: Track your application till receipt of passport

You can track your application status from the Track Application Status link on the home page.

Quite often on this forum, the common question is why do the status messages on the tracker not seem to flow in a logical order. Applicants seem to get worried about their application if that happens. 

The reason for the not-so-logical flow of status messages is that the processes at the RPO are run in parallel to save time and the status messages for these parallel actions do not indicate the logical flow that they need to indicate within the short status message displayed. In most cases there is nothing to get worried over the seemingly random and conflicting status messages on the tracker.

What happens at the PSK during interview?

rajkamalmohanra has given a detailed information here to inform us what happens at the PSK (which is common at all the PSKs). It could be a great guide to all the applicants.

He writes:

"Mode : Normal/Re-issue (Reason: Address Change)

Below is the detailed explanation of how I got my passport reissued.

At the PSK:

1) Booked an appointment for the 30th of March 2015 at the PSK, Coimbatore (3:00 PM appointment)

Went to the PSK at 2.15 PM and the guard outside wouldn’t let me in. I waited outside the gate till 2.45. The person outside checks my printed appointment form and then joined the queue to get inside the premises. The PSK at Coimbatore, is well maintained, I must say. Air-conditioned and clean. Not like other government offices.

When I went in, there were hell a lot of people there making a lot of noise. I had to wait in a LONG queue to get a token so that I could get started with the process. Some people didn’t bother about the queue and they tried to join in the middle which seriously pissed me off. Retards. A guy from the queue nearby asked me if he can join my queue because his queue was moving slow and I said NO. We all have work, he is nothing special. So, at last, I was at the counter and the guy asked me if it was for a fresh passport or a reissue. I told him it was for address change. He started filling up some form and asked me for the original address proof. I gave him my voter ID and my old passport. He checked all the details, put that filled form into a folder and asked me to go further inside.

There was a locked door that could only be opened using an access card. A guard there saw my folder and opened the door for me. I went in and there was a medium sized screen where the token numbers were displayed. I waited for my turn and when they called out my token number I had to go to counter ‘A’.

Counter A:

There was a lady sitting there. She asked me for my folder and checked the details. She asked me to sit down so that my photograph can be taken. After taking my photograph, she asked for my email ID and my mobile number. She then typed my new address into the computer and then took my fingerprints of all the 10 fingers. She then wrote something on my file and asked me to proceed to counter B.

Counter B:

There was a lady sitting in this counter who was screaming at the guy before me. She sent him back and he had to get some more documents and wait in the queue again to get in. I was a little nervous. It was my turn and she asked to see my old passport. She then asked for my original address proof and photocopies. She then asked me to sign a couple of forms. Then, she stamped those forms and placed a CANCELLED seal on the front and last page my passport. She then asked me to proceed to counter C.

Counter C:

There was a guy here, he was about 45 – 50. This guy was staring into my file and then into my old passport. He then asked what my educational qualification is. I told him and he told me he is granting my application and I’ll get my passport after police verification is done. For some reason, this guy decided I should have a pre-police verification (police verification before passport is issued) instead of a post-police verification. It was just a reissue.

After this, while exiting counter C, a guard asked me to fill a form and then gave me a sheet of paper that contained my file number. I exited the premises. The entire process took around 1 hour.

Since this was a reissue, the only documents I needed were my Voter’s ID and my old passport.

Police Verification :

I had to go to the police station on the 12th of March, 2015. I went there with minimal documents and because of that I was not able to complete it on the same day. I had to go back the next day to get it done. The following were the documents required for the police verification :

  1. Old Passport – Original and 1 photocopy.
  2. Driver’s license – Original and 1 photocopy.
  3. Voter’s ID – Original and 1 photocopy.
  4. Birth Certificate – Original and 1 photocopy.
  5. 10th and 12th standard Mark Sheets – Original and 1 photocopy each. (Or School/College TC)
  6. 2 reference letters from neighbors stating that they know you and the duration (should be a minimum of 1 year) along with photocopies of their Ration Card/Pan Card.
  7. 2 recent color passport size photos.

They arrange all the forms in order and staple them. After this, they fill up like 5 forms and you have to sign in 3 – 4 places and place your fingerprints on one of those forms and on the ledger for police records.

The police asked me questions like these :

Have you ever been abroad before, Do you have any court case on you?

I said NO and Hell, No! I was good to go. The guy told me that he’ll be sending the report to the Commissioner’s office the very next day. I thanked him and came back home.

(Note: In ideal situation a police personnel should visit the applicant's residence and do the verification and meet the referees.)

After the report went to Commissioner’s office, it took about a week for them to send it to the RPO.

After the Commissioner’s office sent the report to the RPO, the printing, signing, lamination, quality-check and dispatch of passport took less than 2 days. It was very quick and I am very happy."

His advise is "to have as many documents as possible. Please be available for police verification, do not miss it or give them excuses. They might send back a report telling that you are not available at that address and that is going to be a big headache for you."

Frequently Asked Questions when Applying for an Indian Passport

This FAQ contains answers to the frequent queries that are asked on the Passport and Visa forum on India Mike. In addition you should check the FAQ's on the official website that answer a lot of the basic questions.

1. I currently live in XXX city/town, while my hometown/permanent address is YYY. Can I apply in XXX with address of YYY. Or Can I apply in YYY with YYY. Can I have permanent address mentioned though I do not currently stay there.

The address that needs to be filled in needs to be the current one and one cannot use an address that one is not currently true. So you need to apply in XXX with current XXX address.

2. I applied in XXX RPO and the application is still pending. Can I apply in another city or RPO or apply again in the same RPO?

No, you can not apply in another RPO/PSK while an application is still pending or unresolved. You need to either get the old application resolved and passport issued, or closed and get a closure report. Alternatively you can also get the application transferred from one RPO to another.

3. I applied under Normal, but now want the passport urgently. Can I apply again under Tatkal.

An application under Normal can be converted to Tatkal by speaking to the RPO/PSK staff. Under no cicumstances should another application be made for any reason while another is pending at any RPO.

4. I missed my passport Appointmnet made at the RPO/PSK due to (any) reason. Can I just walk in or do I need a new appoitment or do I need to complete a new application.

It is not a good idea to miss an Appointment. If you do miss one, You can not just walk in, you need to fill the entire applicatiion again under a new ID and make a fresh appointment. The data already entered is apparantly deleted.

5. How long does a Normal passport application take from application to passport in hand.

While no timelines can be promised (no one here works for the RPO) and a lot depends on the specifics of each applicants case, as also RPO applied at, time of year etc, the RPO advices that it endeavours to issue a passport in 45 days time. Going by the timelines posted on this site, It generally takes between 2 and 3 months in practise however in most RPO's.

6. My pasport was refused or is pending because of wrong info furnished by the agent/me as I was unaware of the procedure. Or I had an adverse Police report. Or I have been penalised for falsification. How to resolve this.

The best way is to be honest and truthfull on the passport application form and with all officialdom. And ignorance is no excuse. Deal with the issues as soon as possible and with honesty and humbleness (if you have made a mistake). That is the only advice that can be given in general on a general website/forum.

7. I do not have a Birth Certificate. What is the alternative. My BC does not have my name, will it be accepted.

Now it is not mandatory. You may submit one of the 8 documents mentioned above.

8. I do not have any Proof of Address on my name. What is the alternative.

THe Proof of Address need not be on the name of the applicant. However you need to provide a document that proves how you are linked to the name on the Porof of Address. E.g If proof of address is in Parent's name, a Birth cerificate or Education certificate with that parents name.

9. I am married. I do not have a Marriage certificate.

All passports issued to married persons are required to now have the name of the spouse mentioned on the passport. Those married in the past decade or so, will need a Marriage certificate for a passport. However there does not seem to be a fixed cut off date like one exists for the BC. For those whose passports were issued before marriage, renewal/reissue will be with the spouse name.

10. I am recently married. Do I need to change my name/surname to my husband's before applying for passport. If I already have a passport, do I need to apply for change of name after I get married.

It is not mandatory to change either the name or the surname or both after marriage. However the choice is entirely yours and if you decide to do so, you should get the passport reissued under your new name, as well as the other documents like PAN card etc that you have.. 

11. I want to apply for a passport for my Baby/minor child. What do I need.

In addition to the regular documents required for a minor, Annexure H is required to be submitted. Although the Official FAQ clearly mentions that the parent(s) need not have a passport before making an application for a Minor's passport, practical experience shows that in most cases atleast one parents passport is required to be available. Most RPO's insist on the spouse name to be endorsed on both passports of minor's father and mother. If either of the parents does not have a passport, it is a better to apply for minor's and spouse's passport together. If either of the parents is not currently in India, they should provide an Affidavit permiting the other parent to apply for the minor's passport. The affidavit should be certified by the nearest consulate of India.

12. I am separated from my spouse. Can I get the spouse name removed.

Spouse name can only be removed in case of death or a legal court issued divorce.

13. The passport tracker shows XXX status and has not changed for YYY days. What does it mean.

The resons could be many or none at all. Some steps in the process do take time due to the nature of the activity and the multiple levels of beuraucracy involved. For example, the Police verification involves the RPO sending the request to the Area SP of Police office who in turn sends the request to the concerned local area Police Station. The verification report, once completed once again returns through the step way back to the RPO. 

Unless you have any reason to believe that the process is stuck or it has indded taken an inordinate amount of time, there may not be much to do than wait.

14. Mobile Application "mPassport Seva" has been launched to to offer a wide variety of services to smartphone users such as Passport Application status tracking, locating the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and general information on various steps involved in obtaining a Passport. This will help people in getting anytime anywhere information on basic Passport-related procedures and services.

mPassport Seva has been made available first on the android platform. The latest version of the application could be downloaded from Passport Seva Portal "".

15. Status messages on the Passport Application tracker do not seem to make sense or do flow in a linear order.

See Step 5 "Track your Application"above.

16. Is Aadhar Card accepted for Passport Applications?

Yes, Effective Jan '2013, Aadhar Card is now accepted both as a Proof of Identity and as a Proof of Address.