A passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country’s government, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder primarily for the purpose of international travel. Standard passports may contain information such as the holder’s name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other identifying information
Passport is a very basic need of a person who wishes to travel out of country , it is the identity . We provide assistance in the documentation and form filling , there is an intermediate body known as the Passport Seva Kendra in Major cities where the passports can be submitted in the given manner.
The New/ Fresh Passport usually takes 20-25 days (these times vary please check with the Seva Kendra website for the updated details.
There are certain basic documents needed for the same and on the basis of which the passports can be issued , Passport is a Government Document and once issued always need to be preserved safe whether it is an current one or an expired one, the manhandling of the same could be attracting government penalties.
The prescribed passport application duly filled in should be with all prescribed documents and fees. Merely submission of an application, however, does not constitute a claim for issue of a passport. It remains a request/requisition for a passport, which may be rejected due to deficiency in the supporting documents, not following the prescribed procedures or any other reason.
The basic supporting documents required with passport application include:
- Proof of Date of Birth i.e. Birth Certificate, etc
- Identity proof with photograph (to be verified by Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) Officials from the address proof and other documents)
- Proof of residence
- Proof of nationality (to be verified by Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) Officials from the supporting documents submitted).
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India provides passport services through Central Passport Organisation (CPO) and its network of Passport Offices and Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs); and consular, passport and visa services to overseas Indians/foreign nationals through the Indian Missions and Posts abroad. Indian passports are issued through a network of 37 Passport Offices, CPV Division (only for Diplomatic and Official passports) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration. This network has been expanded by addition of 77 Passport Seva Kendras as extended arms of Passport Offices. For Indians living abroad, passport and other miscellaneous services are rendered by 180 Indian Missions/Posts.
An applicant may confirm the jurisdiction of Regional Passport Office and Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) before submitting an application.
Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointment to visit a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). Online Payment can be made through any one of the following modes: Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa), Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks only) and SBI Bank Challan. Applicants applying under Tatkaal service need to pay only the fee as applicable under the Normal service while making Online Payment. The balance fee as applicable for Tatkaal will be payable in cash at Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Passport Office, once Tatkaal application is accepted by Officials. Online Payment will remain valid for one year from the first appointment date. The fee will be forfeited if applicants do not submit application at Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) within this period. No claim for refund, return or exchange of fee will be entertained for passport-related services. In case of multiple payments for the same Application Reference Number (ARN), for Passport-related services including miscellaneous services, the claims for refund will be dealt with as per the extant policy governing them.
Applicants with confirmed appointments and if unable to visit Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) due to some reason, are advised to reschedule/cancel their appointments. Appointment rescheduling/cancellation for an application are allowed up to two times only within a year of the first appointment date.
Under Passport Seva, new measures and procedures have been introduced in order to improve governance in Passport Offices. The new measures and procedures are aimed at ensuring citizens' comfort, improvement in delivery of passport services, transparency and enhanced security. Applicants are now required to present themselves at the respective Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for enabling the Passport Issuing Authority to obtain applicants' photographs, biometrics and granting decision in their presence.
The Online Appointment system has been introduced to ensure avoiding congestion at the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) and cutting down the waiting time for applicants. Appointments are allotted according to handling capacity of a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and are based on an Electronic Queue Management System. The following steps are involved in applying for a passport: online registration, filling up and submitting online application form, (alternatively, download e-form, fill up and upload the same at the Online Portal), scheduling an appointment and finally, visiting a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
For more details, please refer to section by clicking the 'Appointment Booking Process' link under 'Quick Guides' on the Online Portal Home Page.
Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) with requisite original documents and their photocopies. Photograph is not required. The list of requisite documents is available at the website. Applicants who, despite booked appointment, have been 'refused token' due to non-availability of required set of documents can revisit the same Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) as 'Walk-in' within next three working days from the date of appointment and as per the time mentioned in the appointment slip. Online appointment is not mandatory for these applicants.
The Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) provides a world class ambience. Amenities in every Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) include helpful executives, Self-Service Kiosks, photocopying, food and beverage facilities, public phone booth, baby care, newspapers, journals and television in a comfortable air-conditioned waiting hall. The Electronic Queue Management System ensures the 'first-in-first-out' principle in application processing.