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.
Passport Application: Basic Requirements:
The prescribed passport application duly filled in should be submitted to Regional Passport office with all prescribed documents and fees. Merely submission of an application, 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:
- Proof of D.O.B (Birth Cerificate, Mandatory if born on/after 26.1.89)
- Proof of Education (5th, 10th, 12th and Higher Qualification)
- Identity proof with photograph (to be verified by Passport Seva
Kendra (PSK) Officials from the address proof and other documents)
- Proof of residence (Ration Card, Voter Card, Aadhar Card, Bank
- Proof of nationality (to be verified by Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) Officials from the supporting documents submitted).
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.