The citizens of India are provided with the Indian passport for international travel and they are also the proof of an individual’s Indian identity. The Consular Passport and Visa division under the external affairs ministry are responsible for issuing passports to eligible Indian citizens and there are 37 locations inside the country and 162 missions abroad from where Indian passport can be procured.
Types of Indian Passport
There are three different types of passports issued by the Government of India and they are
- The Regular Passports with deep blue or black cover which are issued for the common citizens of the country for travel or business purposes and generally carry 36 or 60 pages in each of them.
- The Diplomatic Passports come with a maroon color cover and are issued to top most government officials and diplomats of the country.
- The white color official passports are issued in case an individual represents the government of the country on some official business.
Apart from these types the Indian government also issues regular India-Bangladesh passports and India-Sri Lanka passports to the residents of a few particular states and these passports are valid for travelling to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka only and cannot be used for travelling to any other country.
Personal Application Process
Any eligible citizen of the country can personally apply to the Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) or Mini PSKs that is under the jurisdiction of his residence for different types of passport related services. To submit a form at any of the PSK one may be required to go through the following steps
- Show the filled passport application form along with the original copies of the supporting documents at the Token Issuance Counter and collect a token.
- When the display board displays the token number submit the filled application form attached with self attested photocopies of the supporting documents along with the token to the Citizen Service Executive at the counter.
- Compete the other formalities required at the counter such as signing, photograph and fingerprint capturing and fee payment.
- From the citizens collect the acknowledgement receipt and one will be required to produce all the original documents at the verification counter for verification when the counter display board displays the token number.
- After the verification counter one is required to go to the Granting counter for further processing of the application form and also to collect the final application form status print out.
After all the above mentioned steps are successfully carried out, the passport will be issued within three working days when a police verification is not required as is in the case of Tatkal passport services and within three days of the receipt of the Police Verification Report in cases when a police verification is required.