Understanding the Passport Application Form

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

The passport application form is used for a number of purposes in the country like applying for a fresh and new passport along with renewal and reusing of passports. One is required to submit the Passport Application Form No. 1 for all the above mentioned purposes and all the details regarding the form fill up method is available from the website of the Regional Passport Office. One might also get help to fill up the forms against a nominal fee in any of the passport offices and the passport application form is available against a value of Rs. 10.

Some Important Tips

Here are some important points that one might do better to keep in mind while filling up the passport application form.

  • Read the passport booklet properly before filling up the form.
  • Use capital Letters along with blue or black ball point pens only.
  • Paste a copy of unsigned recent colored photo with a size of 3.5cm X 3.5cm.
  • Providing incorrect information may lead to penalties and cancellation of application
  • Producing all the original documents while submitting the form is a must.

The passport application form is available in both English and Hindi and both can be downloaded from the website of the external affairs ministry or can be personally collected from the Regional Passport Office.

Documents to be Submitted

Applying for passports in India requires its citizens to submit a number of details and two copies of the following documents are required to be attached with the passport application form while the originals must be produced while submitting the form.

  • Address proof is one of the preliminary requirements and the candidates ration card along with water, telephone and electricity bill statement, tax assessment report and Election Commission ID card are accepted.
  • Birth certificate issued by the municipal authority or by the Registrar of Births and Deaths. For candidates born on or after 26.01.1989 birth certificates issued only by the two authorities mentioned above are acceptable.
  • If the applicant is a citizen of the country by means of naturalization or registration the citizenship document must also be submitted.

Apart from the few documents mentioned above a number of other related documents may also be needed depending upon the information provided in the application form. The whole process of filling up the form properly and arranging all the attached documents in proper order may not be an easy task for a number of people and in that case professional help which is available at all the regional passport centers can prove to be really helpful. The types of documents that one is required to attach while applying for a renewal and reissuance of passports are quite different and following the information brochure is of real importance to fill up the form properly.

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