How to Apply for an Indian Passport

Posted by admin on April 2nd, 2012 — Posted in Passport

You can apply for an Indian Passport either online through Online Registration ( or get an application form from the Regional Passport Office and submit it directly. Alternatively, you can also download the form from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India website (

Things to remember while filling the application form:

  • The form must be filled in block letters only. The particulars filled in the form will be printed on the passport, so please make sure there are no mistakes.
  • Only blue and black ball pens must be used to fill the form. Pencils, ink-pens and sketch-pens are not acceptable.
  • Be sure to leave spaces between different words so as to enable distinguishing between them.
  • Adjust information to fit the allotted space. Any information written outside the boxes will not be considered.
  • Write within the limits of the box, without touching the boundaries.
  • The form is scanned by machine, so please don’t make any unnecessary and/or accidental marks on the form. It may cause your application to be rejected.
  • Incomplete applications are not accepted.

Documents to be Submitted

Two photocopies of the following documents need to be submitted with the application form:

  • 6 passport size photographs (3.5 cm x 3.5 cm)
  • Address proof (ration card, utility bills, etc.)
  • Proof of Date of Birth (Birth Certificate)
  • Citizenship Document required if the applicant is a citizen by Registration or Naturalization
  • Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employees need to submit copies of “identity card”

Additional documents required for Passport Applications for Minors:

  • A Declaration, confirming the veracity of the particulars submitted for the Minor Applicant, signed by both parents/guardians.
  • Attested photocopies of passports of both parents/guardians.
  • Original passports of both parents/guardians must be submitted at the time of submission of application for verification of particulars.

Once the form has been completed it must be submitted at the Regional Passport Office, by the applicant, or a representative carrying an authority letter. You will be given a token at the Regional Passport Office, and applicants will be called by token numbers. When you’re called, submit the application and documents to the designated government officer, and complete any other formalities required. The passport will be delivered to the address mentioned in the application form within 30-45 days after the application is processed.


  • There is a ‘Tatkal’ facility available for emergencies. For more information about getting a procedure under the ‘Tatkal’ facility, please check this website:
  • Do not attempt to jump queues at the Regional Passport Office. Misbehaviour with the officials is likely to get your application rejected.
  • Don’t believe bookies/touts who claim to be able to get your passport done for you faster. You might end up losing all your money, and not getting the passport eventually.

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