Document required for passport application

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1. If the applicant 18 years and above can submit any two of the mentioned below documents:

  • Ration card.
  • Voter ID issued by the Election Commission of India.
  • Self-passport that is unrevoked and undamaged.
  • The birth certificate that is issued under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act.
  • PAN card.
  • Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Caste certificate.
  • Driving license
  • Identity card issued by the state or central government, public sector undertakings, local bodies or public limited companies.
  • Identity card issued by an educational institution.
  • Arms license.
  • Pension document such as Ex-servicemen’s pension book or Pension Payment order, ex-servicemen’s widow/dependent certificate, and old age pension order.
  • Bank/Post office/Kisan passbook.

2. If the applicant is below 18 years, he/she needs to submit any one of the documents that are mentioned below:

  • Photo Identity card issued by an educational institution.
  • Ration card.
  • Birth certificate issued under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act.

Note: For both 18 & below 18 years of age, addition to the above documents, a copy of the Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar/28-digit Aadhaar enrolment ID printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip issued by UIDAI and a self-declaration prescribed in Annexure-E of the Passport rules, 1980 are required.

3. Applicant for out-of-turn passports under Tatkaal scheme

The documents required to be submitted are the same as the ones that are needed to be submitted if the application is filed under the normal scheme. It needs to be mentioned that no proof of urgency needs to be submitted by the applicant for issuance of out-of-turn passports under the Tatkaal scheme. Apart from that, another thing that applicants need to know is that police verification will be carried out after the passport is issued to the applicant under both the normal and Tatkaal scheme.

4. Applicant for out-of-turn passports under Lost and damage passport  scheme

Passport Issuing Authorities and Collection Centers

As mentioned earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs works through the Central Passport Organization (CPO) and its network of Passport Offices, Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in the country and through embassies and consulates outside India for the issuance of passports and other passport-related services.

  • MEA – The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the government arm that takes care of the issuance of passports, re-issue of the document or other miscellaneous services, the ministry is in charge.
  • CPV – The Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affair works for the issuance of passports. The CPV at Patiala House, New Delhi, processes applications for Official and Diplomatic passports.
  • DPC, SPC, CSC – District Passport Cells, Speed Post Centers and Citizen Service Centers can only process applications for fresh passports and not reissue, Tatkaal or other cases.
  • PSK – Passport Seva Kendras are extensions of POs through which front-end passport-related processes and services are carried out. It is the physical space where applicants must physically present themselves after getting an online appointment. This is where required documents are submitted, photographs taken and applications are reviewed before being passed on to the Passport Office for processing. There are 77 PSKs in India functioning under the PPP model under which human and technological resources are provided by TCS.
  • PSLK – Passport Seva Laghu Kendras are also extensions of POs providing similar services as PSKs, except that these were set up to cover certain areas such as eastern and north-eastern areas. They help ease the burden of PSKs in these regions who handle applications from a large jurisdiction. There are 16 PSLKs in India but these do not function under the PPP model. They are entirely set up, operated and controlled by the government.
  • PO/RPO – Passport Offices/Regional Passport Offices issue / deny issue of / impound passports. POs carry out back-end passport-related processes and services. They exercise authority over PSKs. They process applications, and print and send out approved passports. They deal with the MEA, state police and state administration. They also handle financial, legal and RTI activities. There are 37 passport offices in India.
  • Indian Missions Abroad – The MEA works through about 180 Indian Mission / Posts for issuance of passports outside India. These include Indian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.


1. How to check the Indian Passport Application Status?

It needs to be mentioned that once the application is filed it goes through various stages like under review, printed, dispatched etc. Tracking the status shows which stage of the process the passport application is in.

2. Procedure for Police Verification of Indian Passport

There are a few cases where police verification is not required. If the applicant wants to know what he/she is required to do in order to get the police verification done, applicants can log into the passport seva website.

3. How does the processing of Indian Passport Applications at Passport Seva Kendras works?

While applying for a passport, an individual is required to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) on the date of appointment to finish the last part of the application process. Final verification and approval of the passport application takes place at Passport Seva Kendra.

4. How To Check ECR/ECNR Passport Status?

The ECR and ECNR denotes whether the passport holder needs emigration clearance for travelling to the specific 18 countries listed by the Government of India. The information regarding the status of ECR/ECNR is provided on the second page of the passport.

5. How To Change The Address in the Indian Passport Application Form?

The passport holder can update the address by applying for a re-issue of the passport. The person can do it online or offline according to their convenience.

6. How can Government Employees Apply For an Indian Passport?

The individual has to first send ‘Prior Intimation ‘(PI) letter to the controlling authority before applying for the passport. This is required to be done to speed up the whole application process. The rest of the process is mostly similar to the process followed by ordinary citizens of the country.

7. How many days does it take to get an Indian Passport?

When a normal application is filed, the passport is issued to the applicant within 30-45 days while if the application is made under the Tatkaal mode, the passport is issued within 7-14 days.

8. What are Type P Passport in India?

Type P passports are regular passports which are issued to ordinary citizens of the country. The passport can be used to travel to foreign countries for personal trips, business trips, educational purposes, etc. In Type P passports, ‘P’ stands for ‘personal’.

9. Is having a permanent address necessary while applying for an Indian passport?

Having a permanent address is not mandatory while applying for an Indian passport. However, the applicant needs to provide the current address which will be endorsed in the issued passport.

10. What is a Red passport in India?

The Diplomatic passport which is issued to Indian diplomats, top-ranked government officials and diplomatic couriers is known as a ‘Red Passport’ in the country. The passport has a maroon cover and is also known as ‘Type D’ passport.

11. Which is the passport issuing authority in India?

The passport issuing authority in the country is the concerned Regional Passport Office(RPO) where all the important decisions with regards to the passport are taken.

12. What is the validity of the Indian passport?

The Indian passport which is issued to the ordinary residents of the country is valid for a period of 10 years. For a minor, the validity is restricted to a maximum of 5 years.

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