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₹299/- Online RTI Application for Status of Passport in India

If you are a citizen of India and want to visit place outside the country then passport is the essential document which you need to carry with you. However, you don’t need it to travel to Nepal. You can apply for passport online and offline which is issued by Ministry of External Affairs. There are 37 passport office in India where you can submit documents. If you are not in India or are a Non Resident Indian (NRI) then there are 180 embassies and consulates located all over the world where you can deposit documents. Once, you have applied for the passport online you will have to select time for the appointment as per availability. On the designated time you have to reach at your chosen office. Once there, your documents will be verified, you will be photographed and they will also take your fingerprints.

Drafting and filing of Online RTI application through us is available for Rs 299/- + Tax.

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These 37 offices are called as Passport Seva Kendras and process of online application to processing of documents is all managed by private party called Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Types of Passports

Government of India issues two types of passports through Passport Seva Kendras. These are:


• Ordinary passport: For people in general this class of passports are issued to fulfil their travel plans abroad. This category of passports are blue in colour.
• Official/Diplomatic passport: Government officers or diplomatic staff who wish to travel abroad only for official reasons are allotted this category of passports. This category of passports are white in colour.
Difference between ECR and ECNR

However, if you do not belong to that vulnerable class then you can ask for ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required) stamp on your passport. You are eligible for this if you are educated 12th standard or more. You qualify for this if you file income tax return or meet any other parameter.

Processing time


• Normal Scheme: Under this scheme passport is issued within 30 days time and fee charged is Rs 1500 for 36 pages and Rs 2000 for 60 pages.
• Tatkal Scheme: under this scheme passport is issued within 1 day’s time and fee charged is Rs 2000 extra above Normal scheme. Example Rs 3500 for 36 pages and Rs 4000 for 60 pages.

Procedure to apply a Passport Online

Procedure to apply online is quite smooth. You can go to website Passport Seva or download their app on your smart phone. Steps to follow are as given below:


• Go website or app and create user id and password. If you already have user id and password then login to your account.
• Once logged-in click on ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/ Re-issue of Passport’ link.
• There are numerous fields asking for information. Please fill them as per the relevance.
• You need to provide two references from your neighbourhood who can come to your home when person from police department comes. They will need to verify your credentials in front of police personnel.
• After that you need to make payment. You can pay using your debit or credit card. Next, you need to schedule appointment at PSK office for documents verification and biometrics. Please select one of time slot as per availability and your convenience.
• You need to take print out of the receipt which has ‘Application Reference Number (ARN) on it. Once the payment is made and the appointment is booked, the applicant needs to click on the ‘Print Application Receipt’ link and print the application receipt that contains the Application Reference Number (ARN). If you do not have printer, no need to worry, generate PDF file and take print out later on.
• Finally, you need to visit chosen PSK on the designated time for further processing of your application.

If you wish to apply offline then you can download blank form, take printout, fill all the relevant fields and then submit it at the designated centres. You have the option to pay application fee in cash.

Fees Structure for Indian Passport
Documents for applying Passport

For applying Indian passport you need to submit Application form (online or offline), proof of address, proof of date of birth and evidence to prove non-ECR category.

1. Documents accepted as Proof of address any one of following:


• Copy of bank Passbook having the photo of the applicant
• Mobile (post paid) bill or Landline bill
• Rent agreement with land lord
• Electricity bill in your name or parent’s/sibling’s name.
• Voter ID issued by Election Commission of India
• Water bill in your name or parent’s/sibling’s name
• Income Tax Assessment order
• Gas connection bill
• Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar
• In case of minors, copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport.

2. For Proof of Date of Birth:


• Birth certificate issued by municipality
• Certificate of 10th standard
• Aadhaar or e-Aadhaar
• PAN card
• Voter card issued by the Election Commission of India
• Driving license
• Life insurance policy issued by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
• Transfer certificate issued by school.

3. Additional documents for Tatkal Passport, any THREE of the following:


• Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar
• Copy of bank Passbook having the photo of the applicant
• Mobile (post paid) bill or Landline bill
• ID card issued by office if Government employee
• Schedule caste or Schedule tribe certificate
• Copy of old/expired passport if applying for re-issue of passport
• Copy of old/expired passport
• Rent agreement with land lord
• Electricity bill in your name or parent’s/sibling’s name.
• Voter ID issued by Election Commission of India
• Water bill in your name or parent’s/sibling’s name
• Income Tax Assessment order
• Gas connection bill
• In case of minors, copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport.

Police verification

Given the security conditions in our country, police verification is essential part of issuance of passport. Process of police verification starts once you have visited Passport Seva Kendra for verification and biometrics. In case you have applied passport under Normal scheme then verification can happen before or even after issuance of passport. However, if you have applied passport under Tatkal scheme then passport is dispatched within one or two days, therefore, there is no time for verification to happen before issuance, hence, it is done after issuance.

Usually, police person will call to fix mutually agreed time for the visit to your home. Once, he is at your home he will ask for the documents to be produced before him. You will also need to bring two references from your neighbourhood who can verify your credentials. They will also have to bring their voter or Aadhaar card along with them.

Police person visiting your place is, most of the time, from your local police station. In case when he visits your place and you are not at home, you may call him to reschedule appointment at your home. If you do not have his/her contact number then you may visit your local police station and find out where the passport verification staff sits. After this you may locate him and take the matter forward. Most of the time these guys move out early from their offices for their field tasks so it is better to locate them early in the morning. You may also call 100/112 helpline number to find out phone number of your local police station and call that police station. There are chances you may talk to him in this way.

You can check status of your passport application online and see if police verification has been cleared or is pending. If police verification is showing pending for no reason then also you may need to contact him to sort out the matters.

In most of the cases it seen that people consider that paying bribe is necessary part to get the verification done but this is not true. Verifying your documents and giving true feedback on your case is duty of the police officer. If in any case he harasses you have multiple options to raise complaint against him. If he has given negative feedback and that is found untrue on your complaint then this may cost him his job.

Validity of Passport

Validity of passport issued by Indian government is 10 years if applicant is above 18 years of age and 5 years if applicant is a minor (less than 18 years). Rest of all the rules are same for both the categories.

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