Passport Issuance

Types Of Passport Issued In India

There are two main types of that are issued to individuals by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. They are:

  • Ordinary : Ordinary passports are issued to ordinary individuals. These are for general purpose which enable the holders to travel to foreign countries on business or holidays.
  • Official/Diplomatic: Official or Diplomatic are issued to people travelling to foreign countries on official duties.

Documents Required

When an individual applies for , he/she is required to submit certain documents:

  • Application form
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories

1. For Proof of Address

  • Passbook of running bank account having the photo of the applicant
  • Landline or postpaid mobile bill
  • Rental agreement
  • Electricity bill
  • Voter ID card issued by Election Commission of India
  • Water bill
  • Income Tax Assessment order
  • Proof of Gas connection
  • Aadhhar Card
  • Copy of the first and last page of parent’s passport, in case of minors
  • Certificate from employer of reputed companies on their letterhead
  • Copy of the first and last page of the spouse’s passport mentioning the applicant’s name as spouse of the passport holder.

2. For Proof of Date of Birth:

  • Aadhaar card/e-Aadhaar
  • PAN card
  • Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • Driving license
  • A declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care Home confirming the date of birth of the applicant in its official letterhead.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Transfer certificate/school.
  • The copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only for government employees) or pension order (retired government employees) which is duly attested or certified by the officer of the concerned department of the applicant.
  • The copy of the policy bond that is issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporation/Companies having the date of birth of the holder of the insurance policy.

New Application Rules In India

  • All the recent Indian passports contain the personal details about the holder on the second page of the document.
  • The new passports have the applicant’s picture on the right side of the passport’s second page.
  • Emigration check is required for all people who hold ECR passports.
  • ECNR passports can be availed by:
    • Indians holding at least the matriculation certificate
    • Indian born in a foreign country
    • Official or Diplomatic passport holders
    • Gazetted Government servants
    • All individuals who pay income tax
    • The professional degree holders and graduates like lawyers, doctors, engineers, scientists, chartered accountants, etc.
    • Dependent children and spouses
    • Seamen in possession of CDC
    • All individuals above the age of 50 years
    • All nurses who possess qualifications that are recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act of 1947
    • All children above the age of 18 years
    • All individuals who have stayed in foreign countries for more than 3 years
    • All people who have diplomas from SCVT (State Council of Vocational Training) or NVCT (National Council for Vocational Training)
  • Both Hindi and English languages are printed on the Indian.
  • If the applicant is separated or divorced, they would not be required to enter the name of the spouse in the passport application form.
  • The name of either the applicant’s mother, father or legal guardian must be provided in the application form.
  • Some of the annexes in the Rule, 1980, have been merged and brought to nine from the existing 15.
  • The annexes must be provided by the applicants on plain paper which is self-declared. Going forward, no attestation or swearing by executive magistrates would be required.
  • For a child not born out of wedlock, only Annexure G must be submitted while making the application.
  • Applicants who are married need not submit Annexure K or marriage certificate.
  • Submission of registered deed of adoption is not required anymore for domestically adopted kids. Orphaned kids can submit authorized letter from the orphanage.
  • Sanyasis and Sadhus can apply for Indian passports with their spiritual Guru’s name on the application.