How Indian citizens can obtain a passport

A passport is a document without which you will not be able to travel internationally. A passport for a citizen of India will be issued by the Government of India.

Previously, obtaining a passport was a lengthy and heavy-duty process. But with the computerization of the passport centers, it has now become much easier.

Documents required for obtaining a passport

  • Proof of Address (any two) – water bill / telephone bill / electricity bill / bank passbook or one year bank statement / income tax assessment order / election commission voter id card / certificate of employment if working for a reputed company / spouse passport copy / current ration card / Aadhar card
  • Proof of Date of Birth
    Case I (if born after 1989)  –  birth certificate issued by Municipal authority
    Case II (if born before 1989) (any one) – birth certificate issued by Municipal authority / school leaving certificate or college leaving certificate or certificate of recognized educational boards / affidavit sworn before a magistrate or notary stating date and place of birth

Applying a passport at District Passport Cell (DPC)

  1. Download passport application form and fill in the correct details.
  2. Go to your respective DPC and submit the completed application form along with two self attested photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm), documents listed above (both original and self attested photocopy) and a demand draft. Here is the list of District Passport Cell.
  3. After submitting the above, collect the acknowledgement letter, which contains a file number. You can use this file number to track the status of passport application.

Applying an Indian passport online

  1. Register your application on Passport Portal Service and log-in, using the registered log-in id.
  2. Click on “Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport” and fill in all the correct details and submit.
  3. Click on “Pay and Schedule Appointment” where you can schedule a date and pay the fees. Print the application receipt.
  4. On the appointed day visit the Passport Seva Kendra along with the application receipt, two self attested photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) and documents listed above (both original and self attested photocopy). Here is the address of Passport Seva Kendra.
  5. Track the status of application – Same as Step 3 in the above.

Cost of passport application in India

  • Normal Scheme – INR 1500 (36 pages) and INR 2000 (60 pages)
  • Tatkal Scheme – INR 3500 (36 pages) and INR 4000 (60 pages)

The following video is instructions for filling the form online.

Disclaimer – All the information provided above are as of today and holds good only for a person born in India and 18+ years of age. For more information visit the passport seva website. The application procedure/cost might change by time and we are not responsible for any liability caused by use of above information.