Indian Passport Services
Following services are available:
Application forms should be filled in fully, legibly (in capital letters), accurately with black/blue ink only and submitted with the passport. Misrepresentation/ suppression of the facts may result in denial of passport/consular service. Incomplete/incorrect applications, applications with inadequate fee and the fee not paid in the prescribed manner will be returned without service.
An application for a new passport can be made before six months of expiry or within one year of the expiry of the passport.
The following are the requirements for issuing a new passport pages:
If the application is found to be in order and no prior reference is required to be made to the original Passport Issuing Authority, the passport will be issued within the normal period of 10 working/business days if received in mail.
This requires issue of a new Passport booklet and is returned along with the old passport. For this service, the procedure applicable for the issue of a new Passport as mentioned above is to be followed.
Every child should have a separate passport. The applicant should complete the formalities as applicable for the issue of a new passport as mentioned earlier. The child has to sign or put a thumb impression (as applicable) on the application form which should be duly counter-signed by the parents or legal guardian. In addition, a declaration is to be submitted duly signed by the parents. The validity of such a passport (for children under 18 years) will be for 5 years only and the fee is half the prescribed fee for a new passport. If the child's name has been endorsed on mother's passport, then the mother also has to fill in a miscellaneous service form requesting deletion of a child's name from her passport. If the child is born in USA, the original birth certificate and parent's passports with a photocopy of each are to be submitted with the application form.
Applications for duplicate passport are normally not accepted by mail except with prior approval of the Consular Officer. However, the Applicant may be required to come in person if needed.
Please submit your application with the following documents:
It is important to furnish full, accurate and truthful information in the form. Misrepresentation of facts may entail denial of passport facilities. Applications received with incomplete details will remain unprocessed. A duplicate passport may not be issued for the second loss/damage of passport. Habitual losers of passports will be subject to enquiry.
It normally takes three months in completing the process and duplicate passports can be issued only on receipt of clearances from the concerned authorities in India. Applicants are, therefore, requested to refrain themselves from making written/email/telephone inquiries during this period. In case the passport is required for urgent for private or business travel, please explain the special requirement to the Consular Officer.
Change of name/surname, in the passport, the change has first to be advertised in a daily newspaper, both in U.S.A. and India (circulated in the area of your permanent and present residence). Original newspaper clippings and a Court Order issued by a judicial officer not below the rank of first class magistrate in India or an affidavit by the applicant are required to be submitted. (Process for the issue of a new passport booklet is to be followed)
Change of name/endorsement of spouse name requires issue of a new passport booklet:-
For change of surname, consequent to marriage/divorce, duly completed "Application Form for an Indian Passport" along with original and a copy of divorce/marriage certificate and prescribed fee should be submitted. Photocopy of husband's passport should be submitted if wife's name is already endorsed. Otherwise, husband should also follow the same procedure simultaneously. In case either of the spouse is a foreign national, only photocopies of marriage certificate and foreign passport should be submitted along with the application form.
This facility can be utilized in cases where there is a significant difference in the appearance of the applicant in the passport (Infant/Child, Turban and Beard). In cases of turban - non-turban and vice versa, an Affidavit must be submitted (Process for the issue of a new passport booklet is to be followed).
Application for change in date of birth/place of birth is entertained only when it is accompanied by a court order issued by a judicial officer not below the rank of first class magistrate in India. (Process for the issue of a new passport booklet is to be followed)
In cases, where the passport has been issued for one year or for a limited validity, the validity of such a passport can be extended up to the normal validity of 10 years. For this, "Application Form for Extension of Short Validity Passport”, along with two photographs should be submitted. In such cases, the validity will be extended only on receipt of clearance from the original passport issuing authority. No fee is required in this case except the mailing charges. Applicants should make enquiries only after thirty days from the date of submission of the application
An Emergency Certificate (one-way travel document) which authorizes an Indian citizen to enter India, is issued to individuals who have lost their passports or their passports have been stolen or damaged and to whom new passports cannot be issued without approval from India. This document is issued primarily with the objective of ensuring the applicant's return to India in an emergency. Applicants should fill in the application form as prescribed for the issue of a new passport (Application Form for an Indian Passport) and come for a personal interview.
Regional Passport Offices In India
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