Indian Passport Application Process – Questions Answered

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Indian passport application process has come across a long way since I was applying for a fresh passport in India for myself on 2004.

Lot of things has changed except the attitude of the people. Even I found, that also has changed a bit at the time of reissue of passport online application before expiry. During every visit to Indian passport office Kolkata I have learnt many things and cleared many doubts by asking brokers who do their business outside PSK office. In this article I will document all such questions mostly asked by people while going through online Indian passport application process.

Indian Passport Application Process  Questions Answered

Note: As per the new passport application process, offline applications are not allowed. Means you have to apply passport via online portal only.

Indian Passport Application Process Online Questions & Answers

Most people get confused with the documents required, where to apply, various messages they got during handling online passport portal etc. The internet has made our life very easy but if you don’t understand the process and their proper meaning, then you can feel internet is a curse. Even initially I have visited passport office to query a lot of questions & procedure for applying passport online. You can do the same now by giving a phone call to passport helpline numbers. Anyway let’s start the Questions with valid answers for them.

1. Online passport application documents requirements.

Simply visit Passport India website and check document adviser tool.

2. Is there any specific time to book for the appointment?

You can check the time slot to book an appointment online in the passport.gov.in website. Accordingly you have to login with your user data in that portal. E.g. some state may have online appoint time from afternoon 4 PM onward but for some it might be 3 PM onward.

3. Any tricks to book passport appointments date online?

You can check the previous article on how to get passport appointment online – tips & tricks. But frankly speaking there is only one way to book a passport appointmentdate online, which is luck + high-speed internet. If you are ready to spend some money then hire a broker sitting outside the PSK. Provide them your login details and Rs 500. They will book an appointment for you. But think twice as providing such confidential data may not be good in all the case. I knew one of such guy personally, so choose that path only.

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4. Which police station will do my address verification?

To check passport police verification online, you can visit the Passport India website and check out the list of police stations. From there find out the nearest police station of your locality and have an inquiry there.

5. Why I am getting “Appointment exceeded for the day”?

Every PSK has fixed no. of slots to book. Once that quota is consumed by people everyone will get this message. In case you get that message, you should try every 15-20 minutes after that. Because when someone books a slot he/she has to proceed with the payment to confirm the slot. If the payment does not happen within 10 minute that slot will be open again. In such a scenario you may get in the next try.

6. Can I walk-in to PSK and ask for an appointment?

If you are applying for a fresh passport then answer would be NO, even for Tatkal also. Only you can take your minor passport appointment by visiting a PSK. I heard from couple of people that if you visit Regional passport offices and able to justify your point to not having an online appointment then you may get the minor passport without appointment. But this is not a full proof way as visiting a passport office may kill your entire day and we all know the value of a week day.

7. Me & My Wife has different address in passport, how to apply for my kid (minor)?

To make your kid’s passport application hassle free you should change anyone of your passport address and make it similar. Also check & update spouse name if require.

You can always track passport application status online or by sending mobile SMS.

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8. Is police verification required for passport of minor? How many days it takes to get passport after police verification?

If both or one of the parent’s passport has spouse name mention, then not require. For my kid we applied with my wife’s passport and we got the passport after 7 day of application. That day I realized that technology has changed the Indian passport application process in a better way.

9. Can someone Walk-In to a PSK with a valid ARN?

Yes. After online application you have to take the ARN and if you are any one of the below criteria then you can walk-in your nearest PSK

  • Senior Citizens of age 60 years & above.
  • Minor Applicants below 15 years of age, provided both parents have valid passports.
  • Minor Applicants below 15 years of age, provided both parents have valid passports, and one parent is abroad and has issued Embassy / Consulate certified No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the other parent to apply.
  • ->Minor Applicants below 15 years of age, provided both parents do not have passports, but have given No Objection Certificate (NOC).

10. Which address to provide as I have travelled couple of places in last few year?

Police verification will happen only to the address you stayed in last 12 month. In case you stayed multiple addresses in last 12 month then verification will be done for all the places.

11. Maximum number of attempts exceeded for booking an appointment at the passport office?

Again it’s like you have tried many times on a single day but not able to book a slot. You can try again later. Or else talk to passport helpline. In case every day you are getting the same message then visit the PSK and request for offline

12. How to pay passport application fee? Can I pay passport application fee offline and book an appointment?

Yes, you can. On the payment page you can find 2 options: Online Payment and via bank challan. If you select 2nd option then you can generate the challan by clicking the specific button. Take the print out and pay the amount in Bank. Bank will take part of the Challan and rest provide you back. This challan will have your ARN details so before you visit PSK they will update payment data against your application.

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13. I cancelled my appointment. So how many days are left for me to schedule my appointment?

As per the new system one will get 2 chances to reschedule a valid cancelled booking. Here from the date of first booing till one year one can reschedule an appointment 2 times.

14. An active appointment already exists

In this case you may cancel your first application and now try for reschedule, but got that message. It means system still hold your previous data. Better inform the same to PSK helpline and they will help you to reschedule your appointment.

15. Can I take the passport appointment for family?

No. With user log in at a time you can fill up one application form only. In case you have multiple system you can log in there are fill up application for other member. But there is no guarantee that all these application will be able to book appointment on the same date so if you have a big fad time.

Want to check all Indian passport application guide in one place? 

You can check all the Indian passport FAQ to resolve any passport related problems in India.

By looking at the article you may think that Indian passport application process is difficult to understand. But with the implementation of new system it has been simplified further. It could have been improved far better by including police verification process also computerized and linked with aadhaar card. Anyway I hope my effort will help you get your passport application process questions answered.

Hope this will help you to understand the Indian passport application process. Feel free to ask or add more such cases with proper experience to enhance this article further. Or ask your question here by putting a comment, I will try to collect the answer and update this article to make it more useful. Thanks for reading!

16 COMMENTS

  1. hi
    I am residing in my grandma home due to my studies….I am gonna complete my degree ,since my native is different place and the address which i have in my pan card, voter id all belongs to my native address.so, what shall i do if i want to apply passport?.which address i should provide?

  2. Hi,
    I have applied the passport in 2008 and it was rejected because of address issue .Now I am planning to apply new one through online it was asking about old file number. But I don’t have any details about that one.so I visited the same psk to get the information but they told we can’t get the file number giving DOB and name. How to get the File Number or how to proceed without that.
    Thanks

  3. Hi, I have applied passport with different present and permanent addresses. I have submitted a bank proof which I have opened a month ago. But the PP officers told me that it is taken just a month ago it is not accepted as proof. They are asking me to submit the proof which I have taken minimum 1yr back. So they asked me to transfer any bank account to my present address. I have a bank account which I have taken a yr back which is located in my native town. If i have transferred the account to my present address (hyderabad) now, will they accept it as my present address proof or again will they say that it has been recently transfered it is not accepted? I have so many questions but PPO people are not at all answering properly to my questions. Please suggest. Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi, I have applied passport with different present and permanent addresses. I have submitted a bank proof which I have opened a month ago. But the PP officers told me that it is taken just a month ago it is not accepted as proof. They are asking me to submit the proof which I have taken minimum 1yr back. So they asked me to transfer any bank account to my present address. I have a bank account which I have taken a yr back which is located in my native town. If have transferred the account to my present address (hyderabad) now, will they accept it as my present address proof or again will they say that it has been recently transfered it I’d not accepted? I have so many questions but the PPO peopke are answering properly. Please suggest. Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi All,
    I was applied fresh passport and police verification not clear and pending at regional passport office.

    And raised RTI request and the problem they have mentioned like my father name which is mentioned in passport was mishmash with my address proof.

    My Father Name mentioned in Passport: CHELLA VENKATA KRISHNA
    [This name as 10th class certificate and Date of birth certificate]

    My Father Name mentioned in Address Proof: CHELLA CHINNA VENKATA KRISHNA
    [This name as My Adhar address proof]

    Here what happened when i was applied passport…I applied passport with the name which is mentioned at 10 Class Certificate and Date of birth certificate.
    Now i have created affidavit saying that both names are same.
    If i submit this affidavit, will re-verification will happen…or not required for this name correction case…

  6. Good Evening all,
    Vitthal
    I apply for fresh passport in the passport application I filled permanent and present address but by mistake write the same as current address place of parmnant address where I stay form last 2 years it is rented. & present address place of parmnant address.I done my passport appointment verification done for my parmnant address. Today I visited to regional passport office Pune . They told me pay penalty of Rs.5000/- & close the file. & close the file and clear it.what can I do pls suggest me.

  7. i am married to a divorcee. she is having a kid aged 12 from her previous marriage.their divorce happened according to muslim law the verbal declaration. the child is with her brother he is the one taking care for her. They are from Bihar. and now they have shifted to hyderabad for past 2 years. now my query here is. how do one make the childs passport. should the mother apply or the childs uncle. and what documents would be required. i have already asked help from the passport india website its a long time but no reply from their side. if any one could please clarify and help me. the child is studying in Class 9th.now in Hyderabad for past 2 years. also the uncle is holding passport issued from Hyderabad. And my wife’s passport issued @ patna have my name in her passport.

  8. Hi .

    My last file was due to it was open for more than 1 year.

    Now I have applied for new passpoer, thy ask me for clarification.

    What should i clarify?

  9. I apply for fresh passport in the passport application I filled permanent and present address same as current address where I stay form last 3 years it is rented. I done my passport appointment now today a police verification officer come at my present address and he ask me the owner of the house it is on rented so he told me that ur police verification will not done without mentioning permanent address. I show him all documents on present address showing like andhar card itr copy,bank passbook it all stating my present address.but he told me give 20000 rs.and clear it.what can I do pls suggest me

  10. I applied my kids passport in December still that on hold they are asking first class judicial magistrate sign on annexureg but the judges are denying to sign on that wat should I do now where to contact and whome to say

    • This is strange. I think for kids in case both parent has valid passport they will issue passport in 7 days. Exactly same happened for my kid. After application I got the passport in 7 days. I have applied passport in PSK.

  11. Thank you for the advice. I had gone for reissue with change in address. Carried the electricity bill of one month as per the online requirement. But was asked to get electricity bill of last two years to prove validity and also asked to get a bank statement with the address proof. Either mention all the documents on the website or accept what ever is available on the website. Need to again go on a working day !

    • This is strange, as I also believe that the information provided online is enough. Anyway thanks for sharing your passport application experience, this is very helpful for our readers.

  12. Hi All,

    Just want to make everyone aware of one of the requirement for reissue of passport, For Renewal of the passport: Before going to the passport office, please check whether or not is there an ECR stamping in your passport (mostly it would on the first page. If “YES”, then please carry all your Education documents along with you. The Passport official will definitely ask for your Class 10 Memorandum (Original) one. Its better to carry all the education Docs.

    {I faced the heat yesterday and had a minor clash with them}

    Cheers 🙂

    Raja Vuttham.

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