Indian Passport Information

Indian Passport Information
If you are a citizen of India and plan to travel abroad, you will need a valid Indian passport.

Where to Apply

Within India, you must apply for a first-issue passport or passport renewal in person. You can go to a Regional Passport Office, Speed Post Centre, District Passport Cell or Passport Collection Centre. Outside of India, you will need to contact your nearest embassy or consulate for renewal information.

Documents Needed

For a first-time passport, you will need to show proof of address, proof of date of birth, citizenship documents if you are a naturalized citizen and documentation for special circumstance if applicable (deportation to India, repatriation at government expense, etc.). You will also need a completed application form that can be accessed at http://passport.gov.in/cpv/Forms.htm.

Renewal

Indian passports for adults are valid for 10 years. If you need to renew your passport, you must apply in person or with an authority letter. You will need your old passport, photocopies of the first four and last four pages, a completed application form, any address change, status change or name change information, and any documentation for special circumstances that was needed the first time you applied.

Minors

Children younger than age 15 are granted passports with 5-year validity for a fee of 600 rupees.

Fees

Fresh adult passports with 36 pages cost 1,000 rupees in 2009. Indian citizens who travel often are encouraged to get a 60-page passport for 1,500 rupees. Duplicate passports, in case of loss or theft, cost 2,500 rupees for a 36-page booklet and 3,000 rupees for a 60-page booklet. In case of name change, a fresh passport costs 1,000 rupees.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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