How to apply and get Passport in India within a week? A Step-by-Step Guide

Cover Photo: How to apply for Passport in India
How to apply and get Passport in India within a week?
A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are Indian planning to travel outside India or abroad and visit foreign countries, then the first and most important document you must have is a Passport. According to Wikipedia, “a passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country's government that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder primarily for the purpose of international travel.”

Passport is issued to an Indian Citizens as a travel document of their identity such as name, date of birth, sex, place of birth and Nationality by the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division, which comes under the Ministry of External Affairs. The Passport is issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and can be issued from more than 37 RPO's/PO's across India and over 170 Indian missions abroad.

Without a valid passport, one cannot travel to foreign countries. Though there are few countries where Passport is not mandatory for Indian citizens, this list is very few. So you must have a passport so that you can travel to all the countries.

You just come to know that Passport is an important document to travel abroad. But now you must be having a question in your mind about how to get a Passport in India?

Don’t worry; this article will help you with the step-by-step guide of applying for a passport and getting it. After reading this post, you will clearly understand the entire process and also find how easy it is nowadays to get the passport. So I recommend you to read this article carefully. And, if you have any questions regarding passport you can write them in the comment section, I’ll surely help.

Types of Indian Passport:

Before jumping right into knowing the passport application process, let’s first understand the types of passport the government of India offers to its citizens.

The Indian government basically gives three types of Indian Passport to the citizens, they are:

Photo: Types of Indian Passports

• Regular Passport:

Regular Passport is also known as an Ordinary Passport. It has a Navy Blue cover and is issued to ordinary citizens for ordinary travel, such as for vacation, study and business trips (36 or 60 pages). It is a "Type P" passport, where P stands for personal.

• Official Passport:

Official Passport has a White cover and is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business. It is a "Type S" passport, S standing for service.

• Diplomatic Passport:

Diplomatic Passport has a Maroon cover and is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers. It is a "Type D" passport with D standing for diplomatic.

Note: From June 2018, there is an additional cover for the Regular type passport. This is to differentiate the ECR and Non-ECR category and make it easy to recognise. The ECR category people will get the Orange cover passport, while the Non-ECR category people will get the same Navy Blue cover passport.

Photo: Orange cover Indian Passport for ECR category
Orange cover Passport for ECR category

Step-by-Step Guide:

The application process is quite easy. Everything is online now, which is good. From filling the application form to booking an appointment, you needn’t run too much for it. Thanks to the technology and of course, the Internet.

If you understand this article properly, you don’t need to consult an agent to do this for you. Hence, you will save your money.

Alright, let’s start this step-by-step guide.

Official Website for applying for Passport in India:


Photo: Passport Seva - Indian Passport Official Website
Passport Seva - Indian Passport Official Website

Eligibility Requirements:

Indian Citizenship

Online Form Submission:

Step 1 - Go to the Passport Seva website:

Photo: Passport Seva Website
Passport Seva Website

Type the URL mentioned above of the Passport Seva website in the search bar or just search for Passport India on Google or other search engine and click enter. Visit the Passport Seva website.

Step 2 - User Registration:

First, you have to register yourself through the Passport Seva Online Portal. Click on “New User? Register Now” link on the Home Page to create your login id and password.

Photo: Click New User - Passport Seva

‘User Registration’ page will open. Fill in all the details correctly and click Register.

Photo: User Registration - Passport Seva
User Registration - Passport Seva

Now the Registration Confirmation page will open along with the message “Thank you for registering on the Passport Seva Portal. To activate your account, please click the link in the email sent to your email id. This link will be active only till ‘given date’.

You have to do the confirmation now. To do this log into your email and you will see the email from Passport Admin with the title Registration Confirmation. Open that email and look for the following text “Please click the link below to activate your account”.

Once you find the link click on it. Then it will redirect you to the Passport Seva website and ask for your user id. Enter your user id (registered login id) and click Submit. If you do this correctly, the new page will open with the message “Your account has been activated successfully”.

Now you can click the link “click here to login” or visit the Passport Seva Portal for further details.

Step 3 - Logging In:

If you have already registered yourself as a user and created your account on Passport Seva, then click on “Existing User? Login” link on the Home Page to login into your account.

Photo: Click Existing User - Passport Seva

A Login page will open. Enter your registered Login id and click Continue.

Photo: Existing User Login
Existing User Login - Passport Seva

Now the main Login page will appear. You will see that your Login id is already being entered. So enter your Password and enter characters displayed in the captcha as it is and click Login.

Photo: Main Login - Passport Seva

Step 4 - Applying for Passport:

After logging in, you will reach Applicant Homepage. Click the first option "Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport" link for the Regular passport. If you want to apply for the Diplomatic or Official passport, then Click "Apply for Diplomatic/Official Passport" link.

Note: Diplomatic and Official passports are issued to people holding diplomatic status or deputed by the Government of India for official duty abroad.

Step 5 - Filling the Form:

There are two alternatives or methods for form filling. Both the alternatives are good and work well.

Let’s understand both.

First Alternative:
The first alternative is easy. You can fill a passport application form online and submit it. The problem arises when the internet connection is not good or gets disconnected. In such a scenario you may need to re-fill the entire application form again.

Note: Internet connection is required to fill the form online.

Second Alternative:
The second alternative is a little technical and involves a number of steps. In this method, you can download an e-form (the soft copy of the form) on your computer. Even with the bad internet connection, this works offline. You can fill the form offline and subsequently connect to the internet, upload the filled form and submit it.

Note: Internet connection is not required to fill the form offline. But you will need Acrobat Reader 9.0 or a more recent version to use and fill the form offline. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer, then there’s a link to install it on the Download e-form section.

Note: You don’t need to submit both the online application form and the e-form. You should either fill the online application form or fill the e-form offline and upload it. If you submit both the forms, it can lead to some confusion in the system.

Tip: Print a copy of the application form from the computer and fill the form on the paper first. So you will not have to think much while filling the form online. And this way you can submit the form quickly online.

Step 6 - What all details to fill in the form:

You have to fill all the required details in the form correctly.

First, you have to fill the Present Residential Address Details. Enter your state and district here.

Then on the next page, you have to select the Passport Type and click Next.

Now the Applicant Details page will appear. You have to fill all the basic details here of you. Your name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, state, district, marital status, employment type, educational qualification details, etc.

One important thing you’ll notice here in Applicant Details is, “Is applicant eligible for a Non-ECR category?” You have to tick yes or no here.

Let’s understand what this is!

The full form of ECR is Emigration Check Required. So, Non-ECR means Emigration Check not Required. In simple terms, if you are a 10th pass or more than that, then you fall under the Non-ECR category. If you have not passed class 10th, so your passport will come in ECR (Emigration Check Required) category. It means you have to get clearance from the immigration office whenever you are going out of India. Simple, isn’t it?

After filling the Applicant Details, click Save My Details and then click Next. Now, the Family Details form will appear. Fill your Father’s and Mother’s name. Click Save my details and then click Next.

In the next page, you have to fill your Address details and click Save and Next.

Then you have to fill the Emergency Contact Details. Here fill the name, address and contact of your parents, relatives or any person you know. Click Save and Next.

Next, on the References page, you will need to provide two references. Fill in the details of two people here. These can be your neighbours or relatives. These are people who will serve as witnesses to certify that the details that you have provided are genuine.

Note: When the Police come to your residence for verification they will contact these references.

Next, you have to fill in some other details and answer questions related to criminal proceedings. Please read the questions carefully before responding your answer with yes or no.

After you have done all this, your virtual passport will appear for you to verify and check the fields that you have entered.

Next is the Self Declaration. Enter the Place and after reading the declaration carefully, tick I Agree. Then finally, click Submit the application form.

Step 7 - Payment & Booking Appointment:

Click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link on the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen to book and schedule an appointment. You can select the slot, date, timing, location, etc. as per your convenience. The choice here is all yours.

Note: Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras/Passport Offices.

Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:
• Online Payment (Internet Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card)
• Challan Payment (Pay in Cash at SBI Branch)

Step 8 - Print of Application Receipt:

Click the "Print Application Receipt" link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.

Note: Carrying the printout of Application Receipt is no longer required. An SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to Passport Office.

Step 9 - Visiting the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) Office:

Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where you have booked your appointment, along with your original documents on the scheduled date and time.

Tip: Save your Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number on your mobile as well as on a computer. You never know when you’ll need it during the entire application process. It’s important! So, note it down!

Fees:

Following is the price list of a standard passport in India:
• ₹1500 – Fresh issuance or renewal of passport. 36 pages, standard size with 10-year validity.
• ₹2000 – Fresh issuance or renewal of passport. 60 pages, 'jumbo' size with 10-year validity.
• ₹3500 – First-time applicant or renewal with expedited ('Tatkaal') service. 36 pages with 10-year validity.
• ₹4000 – First-time applicant or renewal with expedited ('Tatkaal') service. 60 pages with 10-year validity.
• ₹1000 – Fresh passport issuance for minors (below 18 years of Age) with 5-year validity or till the minor attains the age of 18, whichever is earlier.
• ₹3000 – Duplicate passport (36 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport.
• ₹3500 – Duplicate passport (60 pages) in lieu of lost, damaged or stolen passport.

Indian passports can also be issued outside India, for which fees vary by country.

Expiration:

As mentioned in the fees structure, ten years after acquisition for those aged 18 or more; otherwise five years.

Documents Required as a Proof:

If you have your Aadhaar Card, then you need not require any other document as a proof of identity, address, etc. If you don’t have an Aadhaar Card, then you can submit other such documents as well.

Let’s look at what all documents are accepted as a proof.

Following documents are required for Proof of Address:


Photo: Documents Required for Proof of Address

Following documents are required for Proof of Date of Birth (DOB):


Photo: Documents Required for Proof of Date of Birth (DOB)

Following documents are required for Non-ECR:


Photo: Documents Required for Non-ECR

Now that you have done submitting an online application form for a passport, what happens next?

Well, you will receive an email confirmation that your form has been submitted.

The next step is that you will need to bring your original documents to the passport office at your scheduled appointment date and time.

Your documents will be verified there, and the passport officer will scan and attest your documents.

The next step is that they take your photograph, scan fingerprints and add to the database.

In a few days, there will be a police verification done at your residence from a neighbourhood police station. You will receive a message regarding this from the Passport office or a call from the police officer of your area. The verification is to confirm whether your address is correct and to verify the length of residence. Also, they will cross verify all these details with the two references that you have provided in the form.

Once these steps are completed satisfactorily, your passport is sent to your residence via registered post.

Note: Once you receive the passport, please check that all your details are accurate.

Conclusion:

It is extremely easy to apply for a passport online, make a payment, schedule an appointment, and thus avoid a lot of inconveniences.

After reading this guide, who all are applying for the Passport?

Tip: You can view the Passport Seva website in the Hindi language as well. If you click on the Hindi option at the top right corner of the home page, the entire website will be displayed in the Hindi language. All the forms and tabs will be in Hindi. If you are more proficient in Hindi, you can use this feature of the site.

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