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Renew Passport

A passport is an official document issued to an individual to keep a track of all the international travel history in book records. Although a passport is issued for a long term, one might have to reissue the same when the tenure expires. If your passport is running out of pages and you travel often to different international destinations, you can reapply your passport hassle-free. It is known to everyone that a visa cannot be issued without a passport. Hence, you need to apply for this record book.ย 

In this article, we shed light on the passport renewal process, the application procedure and documentation involved.

Difference between Reissued Passport & Renewed Passport?

At times, many people are unclear between passport renewal and reissued passport. This creates a lot of confusion while filing a passport renewal for either of the situations.ย 

  • Passport Renewal: It means that the passport needs to be updated as the expiry date is around the corner. In this case, if you do not update or renew your passport online/offline, you will face hardship to get a visa as it will no longer be valid. Hence, you should keep a check before you plan for a foreign trip. After the application, you will get a new book and therefore, your passport will be eligible for a quick visa henceforth.ย 
  • Passport Reissuing: The passport which is out of pages to get a visa on it needs to be reissued. In this case, a new passport is granted to a certain person. This book will have the same expiry date and hence, can be used just like an extended carry forward bookkeeping.ย 

Steps to Reissue or Renew Passport Online

Step 1: Register at Passport Seva Website online

  • Select โ€œNew User Registerโ€
  • Choose the nearest passport office
  • Enter your name, email ID, login ID, password, date of birth, and captcha.ย 
  • Activate the account using the credentials sent to your provided email ID.ย 

Step 2: Enter details on Online Passport Renewal Application

  • Either download the Passport renewal application form offline, fill it and submit.
  • Or, directly enter the details asked and submit on an online mode throughout.ย 
  • Required details will be your current address, two references and their basic information, and your spouse’s details if any.

Step 3: Book Slot to Get Passport Renewal Process

  • Select online payment options
  • Select a convenient date for the appointment
  • Download the receipt for further claims

Step 4: Collect the documents required for the reissue of the passport renewal process

Documents Required for Passport Renewal or Reissue Process

  • Printed out of Online Form with the Application Reference Number (ARN).
  • Original expired or soon to be expired passport
  • Address proof such as utility bills, water, telephone, electricity bills, etc.
  • If you provide a utility gas bill, PSK asks for two proofs of gas connections from the previous months.
  • Ration Cardย 
  • Bank Statement for 1 year and bank passbook.
  • Aadhar card, Voter ID card, or another national identity card

Note: The utility bill should show 2 months of statements in which one should be from the current year, and one should be from the previous year.

All the above documents should display the address mentioned in the passport renewal application form and match each other.

In case of a mismatch, you can take the photocopy of your old passportโ€™s first and last page followed by the ECNR information. Additionally, you are also required to carry all the other documents with your attestation.

If you change your spouse’s details, you can attach the photocopy of your original marriage certificate with their name and do not forget to carry the original certificate and an extra copy of the same.

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Steps for Payment for Passport Renewal Online

  • After the application form is filled, you need to click on the โ€œView Saved/Submitted Applicationsโ€ on the left side.
  • Tap on the radio button to select your passport renewal application form.
  • This will display a link shown with the form saved.
  • Select the โ€œPay and Scheduleโ€ option from the dialogue box.
  • This will route to the page for online payments
  • Select one of either options in โ€œpay onlineโ€ or โ€œpay with challanโ€.ย 

Note: It is recommended to pay online as it is more convenient and easy to claim.ย 

A bank account or UPI address is mandatoryย  to link while you are paying online. You may also use your debit/credit card to make the payment.ย 

In terms of challan, you have to reach out to your nearby passport office. You will also be required to maintain the paperwork to yourself when needed.ย 

Hence, try to make online payments that can help you download your receipt in a PDF format and can be carried anywhere, anytime.

Steps to Select an Appointment for Passport Renewal Process

  • Before the payment options, you will be asked your suitable time and date to select from the given slot options.ย 
  • When you select the above, you will be required to search for your nearby passport office or passport service centre from the options again.ย 
  • After selecting your slot, you will be offered different modes of payment.ย ย 
  • It may be possible that some of you may be asked for a walk-in appointment and not a chosen option.ย 
  • You may go through this hyperlink and learn the columns to fill the passport renewal application form here.

Renewal Passport Process Fee / Passport Renewal Charges

For applying for a fresh, reissue or renewing a passport, there are certain charges that differ with different requirements. If you require a quick passport issue then you need to pay little extra or additional charges also. Take a look to know what cost you need to pay below:ย 

Types of Services Application Fee Charges Emergency/Tatkal Fee
Applying for a fresh passport of reissuing will incorporate an additional charge for accomplishing the 36 visa pages valid for 10 years. INR 1,500* INR 2,000*
Fresh or reissue of Passport application will chargeย  an additional fee for accomplishing visa pages of 60 pages, valid for 10 years. INR 2,000 INR 2,000
Application of fresh or reissue of Passport for Minors with 5 years of validity, or till the time a minor reaches the 18 years age bracket will be charged at a certain amount for 36 pages. INR 1,000 INR 2,000
Passport Replacement if it is lost, torn or stolen will be charged a specific fee for 36 pages. INR 3,000 INR 2,000
Replacement of Passport in case of theft, loss, or damage will be issued with a chargeable amount for 60 pages. INR 3,500 INR 2,000
Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) INR 500
Replacement Passport of 36 pages for erasing ECR with a 10 year validity. INR 1,500/- INR.2,000
Passport Replacement with 60 pages for erasing ECR with a10 year validity will charge the mentioned amount. INR 2,000/- INR 2,000
Replacement Passport with 36 pages to delete the ECR for minors for 5 years validity or before they reach the age of 18, whichever is earlier will be charged accordingly. INR 1,000 INR 2,000

Steps to Track the Passport Renewal Status

You can easily check or track the status of your renewal passport process online being in your comfort zones. This is not time-restricted and can be accessed just through your login id and password.

  • Visit the official website of “Passport Seva”
passport Forms and Affidavits
  • Click on the “Track Application Status” option
Passport Track Application Status
  • This page will route you to the “Track Application Status” page
  • Then, select the required type of application.
  • ย Enter your date of birth, and 15-digit file number in the dialogue box
  • This will display the status of your passport renewal process has reached

End Thoughts

Hopefully, we have all the details that can help you gain the answer to renewing your passport online or offline. The passport renewal process is not a big deal if you have the right guide for you and your concern. Reach out to any of the nearest Passport Service Kendra only so that you do not have to rush far away in case your online modes donโ€™t help you out. Hence, try to follow every step to get your passport without any corrections and delays. And tada! Your passport renewal process is no sweat and you are all set to get it on time.

FAQ’s about Passport Renewal

Q1. Is police verification required for passport renewal?

If you need to renew your passport and not apply for a new one, you are not required to go through the police verification process. This means only in case you are applying for a fresh passport, there will be a police verification.ย 

Q2. Can we renew passports before the expiry date?

Yes, it is advisable to apply for a renewed passport online before your old passport expires. This is because the passport renewal process takes time up to 2-4 weeks and if you need to travel urgently, you will not be able to apply for a visa just because of an expired passport.ย ย 

Q3. Can I edit my details in a submitted passport application form?

No, the details entered in the passport application form cannot be edited once submitted. Each piece of information entered plays an important role in your verification. And if any such big mistake is caught, your passport application will get rejected straight away.ย 

Q4. Do we need an agent for the renewal of the passport process?

There is no need to hire an agent because everything can be done online and from your end. All you can do is research a bit from your best sources and for better guidance, reach out to passport service centres that may brief in-depth.

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