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Apply for Passport

A passport is proof of identification issued by the government to travel all over the world. This official travel document not just enables the holder to travel from one country to another but also to avail of consular assistance while being overseas.ย 

Letโ€™s learn the process of how to apply for a passport and submit a passport form in the below article:

Online Passport Application

You can apply for a passport online at the official portal of Passport Seva. All passport applications are processed online by the Ministry of External Affairs. Thus, if you are planning to apply for a new passport or for its renewal, you will have to go through the online application process.ย 

How to Apply for a Passport Online?

Looking for a passport to apply online? Below are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Go to the official portal of Passport Seva and click on the โ€œApplyโ€ button.

Step 2: Use your user ID and password to log in if you are an existing user.

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Step 3: Register and create an account if you are a first-time user.

Step 4: Go to the link and click on the button โ€œRegister nowโ€.

Step 5: Fill in the details like your login ID and password. Enter the captcha code and click on the button โ€œRegisterโ€.ย 

Select the Application Type

Once logged in, the applicant needs to select the relevant service from the options mentioned below. Here are the options available:

  • Fresh Passport or Passport Reissue
  • Diplomatic Passport or Official Passport
  • Identity Certificate
  • PCC or Police Clearance Certificate

Fill out the Application Form

The applicant can fill out the application form online as well as offline. Below are the steps to be followed to fill in the application form:

Step 1: Click on the link available to download the application form.

Step 2: The screen will display a link of an electronic copy of the above-mentioned forms. Download the relevant application form.

Step 3: Fill out the details in the application e-form and then click on the link – โ€œupload e-formโ€.

Step 4: Upload the filled application form.

The applicant can also fill out the application form online and submit it. You also have the option to fill out the form partially and complete the entire process sometime later. Please check the form before you submit it.ย 

Step 5: Schedule, pay and book the appointment.

The applicant will have to pay a fee once the form is filled out. Pay the fee either online or offline by visiting the nearest branch of the Passport Seva office, where the application form and the documents need to be submitted. Further, the applicant needs to schedule an appointment at the nearest branch of PSK or Passport Seva Kendra or the relevant passport authority.ย 

Steps to Book an Appointment

Step 1: Visit the page – โ€œApplication Homeโ€ and click on the button – โ€œView Save or Submitted Applicationโ€.

Step 2: Then, the screen will display the submitted application form details. Select the โ€œApplication Reference Numberโ€ of the submitted form.

Step 3: Click on the option – โ€œPay and Schedule Appointmentโ€ among others.

Step 4: Now select the mode of payment from the โ€œOnline Payment and Challan Paymentโ€ option.

Note: The online fee for tatkaal appointments is the same as a regular passport fee. The applicant needs to pay the balance amount at the office of PSK on the appointment date. The online payment options include debit card, net banking, credit card and SBI Bank challan.ย 

If the payment is being made online, the applicant can book an appointment instantly. In case the payment is being made through challan, the applicant needs to follow a few things as mentioned below:

  • Visit an SBI branch along with the challan and make the payment through cash. (Remember that the payment can be made after 3 hours once the challan is generated, for which the validity is 85 days.)
  • Then, meet the receiving bank personnel to collect a copy of the challan.
  • It takes 2 days for the bank to verify the ARN details mentioned on the challan.
  • Once the verification is done, the website will display the successful payment of the fees. Here, the applicant can track the payment status. Finally, the applicant will receive an email update as well.ย 

How to Schedule a Passport Appointment?

Check the below-mentioned steps to schedule an appointment:

Step 1: Go to the โ€œPay and Schedule Appointmentโ€ page and choose the โ€œPhase-shift keyingโ€ of your preference.ย ย ย ย ย 

Step 2: Select a convenient slot among the available dates. The applicant needs to choose a PSK according to the available date.

Step 3: Enter the CAPTCHA code to confirm your appointment.

Step 4: Then, choose the option โ€œPay and Book the Appointmentโ€.

Step 5: Now, the screen will display application details like ARN, name, application type, contact number, the amount that needs to be paid and the appointment date.ย 

Step 6: Those who have chosen to pay online will be redirected to the payment gateway.

The applicant will receive the confirmation of the appointment along with an appointment number once the payment is successfully completed. He or she will also receive an SMS with the details. Take a printout of the application receipt. Note that all PSKs also accept the SMS for proof of appointment.ย 

In case someone mistakenly made multiple payments for the same appointment, ARN or application, he or she will get a refund of the excess amount paid by the RPO. The appointment for a passport can be rescheduled twice within a year from the original appointment date. But, if someone misses out on the appointment, he or she cannot reschedule the appointment.ย 

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How to Apply for Diplomatic Passport or Official Passport?

Those who possess diplomatic status or are appointed by the Indian Government to travel to foreign countries on official duty are being issued Diplomatic or Official passports. This passport can also be used as an identity or address proof. The applications for these passports are generally taken care of only at the CPV or Consular, Passport, Visa Division and Patiala House in New Delhi. ย ย ย ย ย 

To apply for a Diplomatic or an Official Passport, the applicants need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the official website of the PSK or Passport Seva Kendra and click on the link – โ€œRegister Nowโ€.

Step 2: Now, you will receive an ID to login to the online portal of Passport Seva.

Step 3: Next, you need to click on the โ€œApply for Diplomatic Passportโ€ link.ย 

Step 4: Now download the necessary form and fill it out and submit it along with the documentary proof as required.

Step 5: Take the printout of the application through the link – โ€œView/Print Submitted Formโ€ which is available on the page โ€œView Saved/Submitted Applicationsโ€.ย 

Step 6: Take the printed copy of the application form to the Consular Passport and Visa Division passport office along with the required original documents and current address proof and submit the same.

Procedure for Submitting Passport Form

Below are the steps you are required to follow to submit your passport form:

Step 1: Go to the official portal of Passport Seva.

Step 2: Click on the link – Download the e-Form from the homepage.

Step 3: Fill out the accurate details in the form.

Step 4: Now click on the โ€œValidate and Saveโ€ button (this will generate an XML file that is required to be uploaded later).

Step 5: Click on the โ€œRegister Nowโ€ link that is present on the homepage.

Step 6: Log in using your registered ID.

Step 7: Now click on the option โ€œUpload e-Formโ€ and choose the XML file generated earlier.

Step 8: Go to the page โ€œView Saved or Submitted Applicationsโ€ and click on the option โ€œPay and Schedule Appointmentโ€. The payment options include debit cards, credit cards, internet banking of SBI, associated banks and SBI challan.

Step 9: Now click on the link for โ€œPrint Application Receiptโ€ (though this printout is not mandatory since the SMS comprising the application details can also be shown at the office).

Step 10: Go to the office of Passport Seva Kendra or the Regional Passport Office on the date you have booked your appointment. Carry your original documents with you.

FAQ’s about Apply for Passport

Q1. How can I apply for a passport online?

You need to register through the online portal of Passport Seva to apply for a passport. Once you have registered, log in to the website with your registered login ID, fill in the application form, schedule an appointment and pay the fees as required.

Q2. How to cancel a submitted passport application?

A submitted passport application can be cancelled three days before the appointment date. You need to log in to the PSK or Passport Seva Kendra portal and click on the option – โ€œSubmitted/View Save applicationsโ€ on the home page. Next, you need to proceed to the option – โ€œSchedule Appointmentโ€ and click on the option โ€œCancelโ€ for the cancellation of your passport application.

Q3. How many days does it take to get a passport once applied?

It takes around 30 to 45 days to receive a passport when a normal application is applied. However, if you apply under the Tatkaal mode, it will be issued within 7 to 14 days.

Kanika Arora A well-accomplished content writer, Kanika intertwines her thoughts with exploration and empathy. When she isnโ€™t pulling her socks up for deadlifts, youโ€™ll find her guilt tripping on a cheesecake whilst planning her next adventure.
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