All Indian citizens who depart or intend to depart from India are required to be in possession of a valid passport or travel document. Under the Passports Act 1967, the Government of India may issue different types of passports and travel documents such as Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport, Official Passport, Emergency Certificate and Certificate of Identity for the purpose.
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:
(1) Proof of Date of Birth i.e. Birth Certificate, etc
(2) Identity proof with photograph (Aadhar Card , Election Card , Pan Card ,Ration Card)
(3) 10th , Higher Education Marksheet
(4) Proof of nationality (to be verified by Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) Officials from the supporting documents submitted).
Requirement of Passport
Passport Issuing Authorities
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.
Cancelling / Rescheduling a Visit
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.
Passport Applicants : General Obligation
Statutorily, all passport applicants are required to submit their applications with correct information and valid and genuine documents. As per provisions of the Passports Act, 1967, an applicant should not furnish any false information or suppress any material information with a view to obtain passport or travel document. Any such action shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term up to two years or fine up to Rs. 5000/-; or both.
Carrying corrosive substances or explosives, arms, cudgels, sticks or lathis, or any sharp objects, which may cause physical harm or violence, is prohibited inside the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). Carrying electronic devices such as Laptop, iPad and cameras, is also prohibited inside the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Easy to Track Application Status
A multi-lingual National Call Centre operating in 17 Indian languages enables citizens to obtain passport service-related information and receive updates on their passport applications, round the clock, seven days a week. An e-mail based helpdesk besides a mobile based application 'mPassport Seva', provides information on passport services