Passport is an essential travel document for any individual who is planning to travel abroad for the following purposes- touring, education, pilgrimage, medical, business purposes, and family visits. Therefore every resident of India should know how to apply Passport online.

At the present time, Indian Passport contains details of the individual’s name, date, and place of birth, address, photograph, and signature. These details serve as identifying details. Since a passport carries most details of a person, it is considered as the complete ID. Without delay, lets’s discuss how to apply for an Indian Passport.

The Indian Passport is issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, through an efficient network of passport offices in India and the Indian embassies and consulates located abroad. We will also discuss how to apply for a passport online? As a result, it will help you to in online passport application.

Passport services in India are provided by the various Consulars, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA), Government of India. The services are provided centrally through the Central Passport Organization (CPO) and its network of passport offices, and popular Passport Sewa Kendras (PSKs).

Do you Know that Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can also avail passport and other related services through the 185 Indian missions or post. 

Types of Passport issued by the Indian Government

  • Ordinary passport: Passports issued to general resident individuals.
  • Tatkal Passports: Also ordinary but issued in a quick time owing to an urgent requirement or emergency.
  • Official/Diplomatic Passport: Issued to people traveling abroad on official duty.

How you can apply for Passport online

You can also apply for an online passport through the Passport Seva website or mPassport Seva app. The government has mandated online applications only. Passport application documents are to be provided. You can also get regular updates through the mPassport Seva app for status.

Online Passport application fees

Application TypeFee Amount(36 pages)Fee Amount(60 pages)
Fresh Passport/Re-issue of passport under normal scheme15002000
Fresh Passport/Re-issue of passport under tatkal scheme35004000

*source:portal1.passportindia.gov.in

For Indian Passport renewal fees, you may visit the website.

Step by Step guide on How to Apply for Indian Passport Online

Step 1:

Login to https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/

Passport application login page is a simple step by step process and the below steps will guide you in your pursuit of how to get an Indian passport. For passport application form online registration you may follow the below process.

  • Click on New User Registration
  • If you are an existing user, click on Existing User Login ( valid if login made earlier for a period of 3 months)
  • Also select your preferred city- Passport office
  • Provide details- Name, DOB and Email ID, etc.
  • Finally, provide your login ID, password and security question and click “Register”

Another key point: Your passport application login is valid for a period of 3 months

Step 2:

Choosing the correct Application Type

Once you are logged in, you have multiple options on the screen to choose from. You have to select the relevant options in order to proceed. Below are the options.

  • Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Apply for Background Verification of GEP
  • Apply for Diplomatic/Official Passport

Above options reflect on the screen. Select the first option. You may also opt for passport PCC online for verification.

Step 3:

Filling the form to apply for Passport online

On clicking “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue” you get below options.

  • Filling the form online
  • Downloading the soft copy of the form and uploading it on site.

After selecting online option you have to select the State and District. At this instant, you are directed to the next page as below. As can be seen the online passport application filling process is a simple one.

passport pcc online apply

Since you are applying for a fresh passport and checking the other details as mentioned in the above picture and click Next.

Finally, fill in your basic information. You will have the screen below to complete the information.

how to apply for indian passport

Another key point:- Aadhar Number is mandatory information while PAN is optional (Helpful for You: How to apply for a PAN)

  • adhar number requires validation, so click on “Validate Aadhar Number” and wait for a few seconds for the system to validate.
  • Check the Yes box in the declaration. (Helpful: How to Download Aadhar Card Online )

You may save details and use it later to submit. It is also advisable to check the form again to avoid any information errors before submitting it. The process of form filling is same for all people. So, if you are a resident applying for an online passport in Bihar the formalities are the same.

Step 4:

Pay and Schedule Appointment

Now, that you have submitted the application form, you also need to schedule an appointment with your nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or relevant passport authority office.

Following the below simple steps you can easily book your appointment. 

  • Go to the ‘Applicant Dashboard’ section & click on the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’. 
  • The application form is displayed on the screen. Select the ARN of the form you have submitted. 
  • Select ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’.
  • Finally, select the mode of payment option. You have an option between Online payment and Challan payment. 

Another Key Point: Online fee for Tatkaal and regular appointments is the same. The remaining amount for a tatkal appointment is paid at the PSK on the appointment date.  

If you are making an online payment, you can immediately proceed to book an appointment. Also, for challan related payments you have to follow the below steps: 

  • To begin with, take the printout of the challan to your nearby SBI branch and make your payment. Obtain a copy of the challan from the bank personnel. 
  • The bank generally takes 2 days to verify the ARN details. 
  • Successful payment of the fees is tracked on the website in the section ‘track the payment status’. You will also be notified via email.

Scheduling the appointment 

  • To begin with, select the PSK of your choice on the ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’ page.  
  • Select a convenient time slot and date from the available dates. An applicant needs to select a PSK basis available date.
  • Confirm the appointment slot accordingly.
  • Select Pay and Book the Appointment.
  • Details of Name, ARN, application type, payment amount, contact info, and the appointment date will be displayed.   
  • If you chose to pay online, you are redirected to the payment gateway. 
  • Finally, you have completed the process.

After successful payment, you will receive an appointment confirmation with an appointment number. In the meantime, SMS with the details will be sent to the registered number. Print a copy of the application receipt for reference. Simultaneously, PSKs also accept SMS as appointment proof.  

Must be remembered:The passport appointment can be rescheduled twice in a year. You can’t reschedule the appointment in the event of missing it. 

Documents required for Indian Passport

When an individual applies for a passport, he/she has to submit certain passport application documents:

  • Passport application form
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Documentary proof for the Non-ECR categories

1. Address Proof

  • Aadhaar Card (UID)
  • Voter ID issued by Election Commission of India
  • Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant
  • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
  • Rental agreement
  • Electricity bill
  • Water bill
  • Proof of Gas connection
  • Income Tax Assessment order
  • For minor applicants- Copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport.
  • Certificate on letterhead from the Employer of a reputed company.
  • Copy of the first and last page of the spouse’s passport mentioning the applicant’s name as the spouse of the passport holder.

2. In the case of applicant age below 18 years, he/she has to submit any of the below-mentioned documents:

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

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

Current Prevailing Passport Rules

VALID DATE OF BIRTH PROOF

  1. Applicants born on or after 26th January 1989 had to submit their birth certificate as mandatory proof. As per the current rules following documents are accepted as proof for date of birth.
    (i) Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other relevant prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India;

    (ii)School leaving/Transfer/Matriculation Certificate as issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board mentioning the DOB of the applicant;

    (iii) Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of the applicant;

    (iv) Aadhar Card or E-Aadhar containing the DOB of applicant;

    (v) Service record copy can be produced by a Government servant. Pay Pension Order of the retired government servants attested or certified by the officer-in-charge is also accepted provided it carries the DOB details.
    (vi) Driving license issued by the State Transport Department.
    (vii) Voter ID(VID) card issued by the ECI containing the DOB of the applicant.

    (viii) Any Policy Bonds issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies which contain DOB of the holder of the policy.

Report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee

A committee of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Women and Child Development officials to study various issues related to passport applications where the mother/child doesn’t want to include the father’s name on the passport. Henceforth, passport issues of children with single parents and adopted children are discussed.

With this is mind, following policy alterations made on the basis of the recommendations of this Committee:

(i) The online passport application form asks the applicants regarding the name of the mother or father or a legal guardian, i.e., only one parent’s name is required and not both. This enables single parents to apply for passports for their children and it also ensures that passports are issued where the name of either the father or the mother is not required.

(ii) Also reduction of annexures from 15 to only 9 now.

(iii) Earlier the annexures were attested by a gazetted officer. No attestation required now.
(iv) At the same time, married applicants are not to provide a marriage certificate or Annexure K.

(v) For separated and divorced couples the Passport application does not require the name of the spouse to be mentioned.
(vi) For Orphaned children DOB confirmation a declaration can be provided by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care Home on their organization’s letterhead. In other words a simple letter will do.

(vii) In the event that the children not born out of wedlock, the passport applicants should only submit Annexure G.

(viii) For domestically adopted children, registered adoption deed not required. Applicants can provide a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.

(ix) Government servants urgent passports granted through a self-declaration Annexure-‘N’.
(x) Sadhus/ Sanyasis can also apply for a passport with their spiritual guru name in place of their biological parent(s) name(s) subjected to fulfilling the condition of providing at least one document such as VID  issued by the Election Commission of India, PAN card, Adhar Card, etc containing the name of the Guru.

Conclusion

We hope that the article has provided you with a detailed understanding of how to make an Indian passport. We would suggest opting for online mode as it is indeed the best way to apply for an Indian passport without any hassles. All things considered passport is an important document. Not to mention it serves your need to visit abroad.