Damaged Passport

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I took out my passport today after a long time. Turns out passport somehow had absorbed a lot of moisture. Now while details like Name, Number, DOB etc are visible, photo is completely gone. The pic is now just a blob of colors.

Will this be considered that the passport is beyond recognition? And what is process which needs to be followed. TIA.
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I can't imagine a passport without a picture being valid. It looks like you need a replacement from your country's authorities. One thing that was suggested to me was that I carry a copy of the passport in a plastic sleeve to facilitate the process. Of course, the old advice of keeping a passport in such is also worth mention. Fortunately lots of people take a risk and have experienced this so there must be threads on this topic here. Scroll down the page of your post and you will find a truly great feature of this site, a Similar Threads suggestion..
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The passport will be treated as damaged.

You will have to apply for reissue of passport at the PSK/RPO under whose jurisdiction you reside.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post I can't imagine a passport without a picture being valid. It looks like you need a replacement from your country's authorities. One thing that was suggested to me was that I carry a copy of the passport in a plastic sleeve to facilitate the process. Of course, the old advice of keeping a passport in such is also worth mention. Fortunately lots of people take a risk and have experienced this so there must be threads on this topic here. Scroll down the page of your post and you will find a truly great feature of this site, a Similar Threads suggestion..
Thanks found some other threads with similar queries.

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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post The passport will be treated as damaged.

You will have to apply for reissue of passport at the PSK/RPO under whose jurisdiction you reside.
I checked the page, you posted in one of the other threads:

http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlin...magedPassports

One of things which caught my attention was:


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Q1: What is the definition of damaged passport?
A: Damaged passport is classified further based on the extent of damage, i.e.:
Damaged Passport - Passport number is readable, name is legible and photo is intact
Damaged beyond recognition
The question I have is - with most of the details, except photo, being visible, will the passport fall in the 1st or 2nd category?
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I think you are reading that as 2 out of 3 and I doubt the authorities will, certainly not in other countries..
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If photo is not visible or beyond recognition, the passport will be treated as damaged. It will fall under "Damaged beyond recognition ".
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post If photo is not visible or beyond recognition, the passport will be treated as damaged. It will fall under "Damaged beyond recognition ".
The reason I asked is because I was wondering if I could apply Tatkal option. But it seems if the Passport is damaged beyond recognition then not only I have to opt for normal re-issue but also file an FIR. Now the normal re-issue is fine but getting a FIR seems over the top requirement.
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Yes, you will have to apply under Normal category. But, you will not have to go for FIR, as you have not lost it...
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Sorry I am unable to find the option to edit. I went through the required docs list on this page:
http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlin...eReissueAction

If the damage is selected as beyond recognition it tells me, the required docs are:
a. Proof Of Present Address*
b. Affidavit stating how and where the Passport got lost/ damaged as per Annexure F
c. Proof Of Date Of Birth*
d. Police report in original
e. Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR (previously ECNR) categories*Documents Required for Non-ECR
f. Self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page of old Passport

I don't understand the FIR part. What kind of report do I need to file? Currently I can easily file a lost case online with Bengaluru Police easily. But, how do I file for a damaged passport?
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Please do not provide any wrong information to the Passport Office. It may create trouble for you.

Please note, damaged passport is not a lost or stolen passport. And, as it is not lost or stolen, no FIR would be required. You will have to present current passport during interview.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Please do not provide any wrong information. It may create trouble for you.

Please note, damaged passport is not a lost or stolen passport. And, as it is not lost or stolen, no FIR would be required. You will have to present current passport during interview.
I am sorry I didn't mean to provide wrong information.

I am just confused by the information provided on the Indian passport site. It says FIR for some reason.

I am just worried of forfeiting my fees if I attend the interview without collecting all the required docs.
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No, they won't forfeit your fee. They will give you another date of your choice to submit any document (including FIR) required.
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Here's what I filled for my Annexure F

Code:
I….F.....XXX..............S/o, D/o, W/o Shri….YYYYY........…………………… residing at
…………………..........................................................ZZZZ..........................solemnly affirm as follows:
1. State how and when the passport was lost/ damaged and when FIR was lodged
at which Police Station and how many passports were lost/ damaged earlier?

Damaged due to water.

2. State whether you travelled on the lost/ damaged passport, if so state flight
number and date and port of entry into India?
Not Traveled.

3. State whether you availed of any TR concessions/FTs allowance and if so details
thereof?
NA
4. State whether non-resident Indian and if resident abroad, the details of the
residence as follows:
S. No. Name of the Country Length of residence
From…… to …….
Page Nos. of passport
bearing departure and
arrival stamps
1.
2.
3.
5. State whether the Passport had any objection by the PIA and if so the details thereof.
NA

6. State whether you were deported at any time at the expenses of the Government and
if so was the expenditure incurred reimbursed to Government of India.

NA

I further affirm that I will take utmost care of my passport if issued and the Government will be
at liberty to take any legal action under the Passports Act, 1967, if the lapse is repeated.
Date: ……XX…..
(Signature of applicant) YY
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In stead of N.A., please write either Yes or No as applicable. Also, please remove lost/ from the document.

Alternatively you may write as follows:

Please write (for 1), "My Passport no x xxx xxx was damaged due to water."

For 2, " I have never travelled using above mentioned Passport bearing number x xxx xxx."

For 3, "I have never availed travel concession."

For 4, "I am not a non-resident Indian."

For 5, "I have never lived in any other country."
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Thank you for the help. I have my appointment tomorrow. I am going to take self-attested copies of:
a. PAN Card
b. Aadhar Card
c. Old Passport - front and back 2 pages + the Comments page.
d. 10th, 12th and degree marksheet


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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post In stead of N.A., please write either Yes or No as applicable. Also, please remove lost/ from the document.

Alternatively you may write as follows:

Please write (for 1), "My Passport no x xxx xxx was damaged due to water."

For 2, " I have never travelled using above mentioned Passport bearing number x xxx xxx."

For 3, "I have never availed travel concession."

For 4, "I am not a non-resident Indian."

For 5, "I have never lived in any other country."
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