Apply for Passport

The Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) provides passport and consular services to Indian citizens through the Central Passport Organisation (CPO), and consular and visa services to foreign nationals and Indians residing overseas through the passport, visa and consular wings of Indian Missions and Posts abroad.

There are 37 Regional Passport Offices (RPOs)/Passport Offices (POs) under the CPO which deal with passport matters in India as per provisions of the Passport Act, 1967 and the Passport Rules, 1980 as amended from time to time. Besides the 37 RPOs/P.Os there are also 15 Passport Application Collection Centres (PACC), mostly located in remote areas. In addition, there are 495 District Passport Cells and 1154 Speed post centres which serve as application collection centres.

All information pertaining to the issuance of Passports can be availed from the website passportindia.gov.in (External website that opens in a new window). All the Passport offices (External website that opens in a new window) located in India have an online Status Enquiry Service (External website that opens in a new window), whereby one can check the status of a passport application by entering the File Reference Number available in the receipt. Applicants can also avail the facility to submit their grievances online (External website that opens in a new window), in case there are any.

How to Apply For a Passport (External website that opens in a new window)

Passport can be applied on two ways, one is through online application (External website that opens in a new window) where applicant can submit its online application and get prior appointment for personal appearance with the required documents and in second case applicant can directly obtain form from the designated Passport seva Kendra (External website that opens in a new window) in the city and can submit the filled in application form directly along with proof of residence, date of birth, change of name, documents for ECNR, passport size photographs etc.

All self-attested copies of certificates/documents would be checked against originals at the Passport Office at the time of submission of application. The normal time taken for issuance of a passport is five to six weeks. However in case of an emergency you can apply for a fresh or duplicate passport under the 'Tatkaal' scheme.

This allows passports to be issued on payment of additional fee over and above the normal passport application fee. The 'Tatkaal' Scheme would only be applicable in cases where either the police verification report is not required (minors less than 15 years of age) or where a passport can be issued on post police verification basis (duplicate passport/re-issue of passport without change in address, Government servants with NOC and their spouses and applications with Verification Certificates).

Click here for the detailed eligibility rules and instructions for filling up the form (External website that opens in a new window).

For further information and details, kindly visit www.passportindia.gov.in (External website that opens in a new window).

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