Frequently Ask Question

What is a passport?

Passport is a prime source of identification while travelling internationally, it is issued by the country’s government to verify their citizen’s identity and nationality.

What are the types of Indian passport?

There are mainly two types of Passport issued by the Government of India i.e., Ordinary passport and Diplomatic/Official passport. All citizens can apply for ordinary passport whereas, Diplomatic/Official passport is only for those government officials who are being sent on overseas official duty only.

Who qualifies for Indian passport?

If you are qualified for the citizenship of India according to the Indian Constitution then, you can apply for Indian passport i.e., By being born in India, Born elsewhere but one of the parents is Indian, or by being granted Indian citizenship etc.

What to do in case of lost/damaged passport?

In this case, you have to re-issue your passport by producing the following documents at Passport Seva Kendra:

Affidavit with details of how a passport got damaged or lost (Annexure ‘L’)

No Objection Certificate (Annexure ‘M’) / Prior Intimation Letter (Annexure ‘N’)

Current address (proof) / Address Proof / Identity Proof

Police report (FIR)

Semi-literate or literate applicants: Affidavit sworn before a notary stating the place and date of birth (Annexure ‘A’)

Photocopy of the first and last pages of the old passport (ECR/Non-ECR page), if available (optional)

Passport-size photographs

How many days it will take to get a passport?

Generally, it will take up to 30 days from the date of application

How to track my passport application?

You can simply check your passport status on www.passportindia.gov.in by clicking on “Track your application status” and then enter your 15-digit file number (provided after submitting your passport application) and birth date.

What languages are passports issued in ?

Indian passports have two languages on them, English and Hindi. There is no option to choose to have passports issued in other languages.

Can I change details on my passports ?

If you’ve changed your name because you’ve got married, or other details on your passport are incorrect, then you can apply to have these corrected.

What is tatkaal passport ?

This is the service, allowing you to obtain your passport in a shorter time. It costs twice as much as the standard passport service but is a good option for people who require their passport in a hurry.

How to make a payment?

You can make a payment online using various options like all credit/debit cards, Net bankings, UPIs, Wallets etc.