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How to apply for a passport

A passport is mandatory to travel abroad. It is fairly simple to apply for a passport in India.

Kavitha Vijeyavelan

There are two methods for passport application. The first one is where you can download the e-form and upload at a later time. The second one requires you to fill up your application form online.

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Is this your first time applying for a passport? Don’t worry — the process is quite a simple one. Here is a look at a very basic step-by-step process for starters.

The Ten Passport Commandments!

  • Step 1: Visit the Indian Government’s official Passport Seva Portal. This portal will give you all the details that you need to know to obtain a passport as an Indian citizen.
  • Step 2: You should go ahead and register yourself with a user Id, as you are a new user.
  • Step 3: Start filling in all the details online in the User Registration page and click on Register. It is mandatory for you to provide your e-mail id so that you will be able to receive the registration confirmation e-mail.
  • Step 4: With all of your details, now log into the Passport Seva Portal. (Enter your user ID, password, and the Captcha characters on display and click on ‘Login’.)
  • Step 5: Next, in the ‘Applicant Home’ page, click on the appropriate service among the listed, i.e. ‘Apply for Fresh Passport.’
  • Step 6: There are two methods for passport application you can make use of. The first one is where you can download the required e-form and upload at a later time. The second one requires you to fill up your application form online. Which one do you prefer? Whichever method you follow, ensure all details provided are accurate.
  • Step 7: The next step for you is scheduling an appointment. Some Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) or your passport office will charge you an online payment for booking of appointments.
    As soon as you have submitted the application, you will reach the page with a green caption reading: "Your form has been submitted successfully" and below this line, you will find listed below the option: ‘Schedule An Appointment’ — click on this.

    For the PSKs that don’t require any fee for appointment:

    • Choose your Passport Seva Kendras and schedule an appointment for your visit. And you’re done!

    For the PSKs that require you to make a payment for appointment:

    • Check for the earliest appointment available and to book an appointment on this date, click pay.
    • Click on the payment mode you would like to use and pay the required fee. You will have the option of paying using MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards, through internet banking, or an SBI Bank Challan.

    You will then be taken to the Appointment Confirmation page; take a print out of these details by clicking on the ‘Print Application Receipt’ link.
  • Step 8: Make a note of the time and date from the receipt and go to the passport office two to three hours in advance with all the materials required. You should take your originals and a set of photocopies of the same documents for processing.

    Here’s a quick look at what you will be required to take.

    • Your birth certificate
    • Your identity proof with photograph
    • Your address proof, etc.

    Visit the portal for more in-depth details. Note if you have an Aadhar card; it simplifies things by quite a fair bit; as it stands for both identity and address proof along with your election identity card. You will generally have three rounds at the passport office. In the first round, they will check your documents and you will be given a token number. Look for this token number to appear, for your next round. For round two, your photo will be taken for the passport and your document details will be uploaded into the system — if you have any questions you should speak up now. And round three they will run a final check to ensure you are who your documents say you are. Be prepared to answer all questions you are asked and speak clearly if needed.
  • Step 9: Alongside this process, you must obtain the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). You will be required to fill the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) Application Form online via Online Form Submission or preferably via e-Form Submission.
  • Step 10: A police officer will pay you a visit your mentioned residence to run a background check and might call you on the number that you have provided for verfication. So get ready to answer the door and your phone.

If you perform these steps right, you shall see your passport soon! It will have a blue cover and either 36 or 60 pages and be valid for a period of ten years.

Have any questions about the process or any tips you would like to share? Feel free to leave us a comment below — we would love to hear from you!

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