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How to get a New Passport – Process to Apply for Indian Passport

Apply for a New Passport with step by step guide for applying passport and all steps involved online and offline – Application Procedure for Passport in India

The Passport Seva Kendra has been set up by the government to facilitate the application and the verification of potential Passport Applicants. This branch of the government are is the extended arms of the Passport Offices and has been authorized to render front-end services related to the issue of passports. These Seva Kendras cover all the functionalities right from token issuance to granting the application of a new passport of a renewal of a passport.


Process to Issue Passport

Process to Issue Passport

You need a Passport office to issue you the document as they are the vested authority to issue them, or to revoke or impound them and exercise control over the Passport Seva Kendras under them. This is the place that handles all the back-end functions that are involved in passport applications. The passport offices are responsible for printing, dispatch, lamination, legal cases, RTI (Right to Information) matters or financial matters. One can apply for issue or re-issue of a passport and apply to get the Police Clearance Certificate online all with the help of the Passport Seva Kendra. To apply online, you need to be a registered user on the portal. You will have two options when it comes to applying online, one can download the e-Form that you can film offline and upload later on. For this variant of the process, you need not be a registered user, but to upload it later on, you need to register online. So in short, you need to register online to start this process. Documents are required to submit the form, so you need to keep scanned copies of your documents handy and attach them with the completed form.

Passport Formalities

Basic Formalities and Documents Required

The documents that you need when applying for an Indian Passport vary depending on the mode, location, marital status or the applicants’ profile. In the normal mode for an adult, you need to have a document stating your date of birth (age proof) and proof of address (residential proof). For age proof you need a birth certificate issued by a Municipal authority, a school leaving certificate or an affidavit sworn before a magistrate. 

For the residential proof, you will need a scanned copy of your water bill, telephone or electricity bill. Other documents that can fulfil this requirement are a 1 year statement with transactions and passbook, an income tax assessment order , certificate from employer (on an official letterhead) or the newly issued Aadhar Card. For marital status documentation, you need a scanned copy of your marriage certificate so that the name of your spouse can appear on your passport. In the case of minors, you need passport copies of the parents/guardians or affidavits from both parents to be considered.

The documents requirement is the most essential part of this application process, so it must be very much clear among the applicant to avoid the rejection of their passport application which may cause loss of time, missing some important meeting or task due to travelling unable abroad. So you can give a single click here to know: What are the Documents Required to Apply for Passport.

Passport Police Verification

Passport Police Verification

You need to get a Police Clearance Certificate to go ahead in the process of getting a passport and this is an important step towards getting clearance for your passport. To get this form, you need to log in as a user on the portal and fill up the form and submit it to get the Police to do verification.

This is just the easy part when it comes to getting your passport. All the waiting and the Police Verification will be best part about getting that important document.

Passport for Minor

You can get a new passport for your children below the age of 18 years, the application process in case of minor is quiet different than the application for adult in respect of the validity, document requirement and fees structure. In our site we have a separate post on How to Apply for a New Passport for a Minor, where you will get all the essential requirements and complete steps to apply passport for minor.

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