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Indian PassportThe Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian Passport to the Indian Citizens. This document is issued from 37 locations across the country and the various Indian missions in abroad. The passport can be applied in the passport office, having your present address area in its jurisdiction.

To apply for a passport, you have to fill and submit an online application form along with the proof of residence, date of birth, change of name, documents for ECNR, expired passport (if any), passport size photographs etc.

All self-attested copies of certificates/documents would be checked against originals at the Passport Office at the time of submission of application. The normal time taken for issuance of a passport is five to six weeks. However in case of an emergency you can apply for a fresh or duplicate passport under the ‘Tatkaal’ scheme. The Tatkaal Scheme allows passports to be issued on payment of additional fee over and above the normal passport application fee. The ‘Tatkaal’ Scheme would only be applicable in cases where either the police verification report is not required (minors less than 15 years of age) or where a passport can be issued on post police verification basis (duplicate passport/re-issue of passport without change in address, Government servants with NOC and their spouses and applications with Verification Certificates).

Note: Mandatory Pre Police Verification cases such as J&K and Nagaland subjects would also need additional processing time.

Generally passport application are submitted to the respective regional passport office .Considering the convenience of the citizens , ministry of external affairs has extended the passport service through the various Passport Seva Kendra (e.g. district Police Superintend offices, Head post offices )

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:12 )  

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