One of our readers, Phani, has recently renewed his Indian passport at Hyderabad in India and received it in 3 Days. Congrats to Phani on successful Renewal/Re-issue ! Thanks to him for taking time to share his experience with us ! You can share your experience with our readers here
Background – Indian Passport Re-issue to add Wife’s name and Expiring within a year
I recently applied for renewal of my passport from Hyderabad, Tolichowki Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). It was a fantastic experience. The process took just 1 and 1/2 hours at the PSK, as opposed to 10 hours in a queue when I first applied. I got my passport within 3 days.
Reasons for my renewal:
- Passport due to expire within a year
- Spouse’s name to be added
Preparing for Indian Passport Renewal – Checking Process, Filling Online Application
First, to start off with, I opened the Indian passport website and tried to gather as much information as possible before applying. The website gives all the necessary information one needs. I registered myself with the website, downloaded the e-Form, filled it, generated the XML file, and uploaded the XML file.
(For those who do not know, it is just another file that gets generated once you fill the e-Form PDF and click the ‘Validate and Save’ button).
Paying fee for Indian Passport Renewal, Booking Appointment Date
After the Upload was done, I paid the money online via Net banking (Rs. 2000/- for Normal and 60 pages) using the “Pay and Book Appointment” button. I applied on Saturday and the appointment date it gave was 3 days later on the next Tuesday at 9:30 am.
Documents Required for Indian Passport Renewal:
The documents I needed to provide for passport renewal were
- Photocopy of first and last two pages of my earlier passport
- Proof of Present address (Bank statement)
- Photocopy of my marriage certificate duly attested by any gazetted officer. ( self attestation works as well )
- Appointment letter (Document containing the Application Reference Number)
I signed on all the photocopies of my documents.
(Tip: For the documents one needs to provide, the Document Advisor link on the website will tell those that need to be submitted, based on the options one selects. Mostly, only those documents are required to be submitted).
Arriving at Passport Seva Kendra(PSK) on Appointment day for Renewal / Re-issue
I was required to be present at the PSK 15 minutes before the appointment time. I was there a little before 9:00 am. I stood there in a queue, waiting for the PSK to be opened (It opens at 9:00 am). The security people outside checked the appointment date and time on the appointment letters of each and every one, and made us stand in a separate queue based on the timing. I was there in the first queue and the security person allowed me in, after checking my appointment time.
Step by Step Process at Passport Seva Kendra for Indian Passport Renewal
Once I was in, there was a step by step process as listed below.
Step 1 : Token generation
First I went to the first counter, where they checked if I had got all the required documents. I got my bank statement without getting it stamped and signed by the Bank Manager. They asked me to provide another proof of address, which I didn’t have. So they wrote on the same paper saying that the bank statement was not stamped and signed. And they put all the documents in a file and asked me to go to the next counter. I went to the next counter, where that person generated a token and gave the slip to me, along with the file and my passport.
Step 2 : Section A ( TCS Verify documents, Photo Capture )
Then I was asked to go to section A, where this guy greeted me nicely and asked me to sit. He took my documents, asked me why I was going for a renewal. I said, due to expire and addition of spouse name. When he saw that I applied for 60 pages, he said that it would take a very long time to get my passport, based on the availability of 60 pages. After I agreed for 36 pages, he made me write a letter on a white paper to the Regional Passport Officer (RPO) stating to give me 60 pages if available, otherwise give 36 pages only. (Waste of Rs. 500/- as I have already paid Rs 2000/- online). Then he asked for my earlier passport, and my original marriage certificate, which I provided to him. He verified them, scanned the photocopies and uploaded it to the system. He then captured my photo (make sure you are at your glamorous best 😉 ). Then I was asked to sign on a form in a box, which he later scanned and uploaded to the system. Once it was done, he gave me the fee paid receipt and then he pinned the file with all the documents and asked me to wait in the section B. All it took here was just 15 minutes.
Step 3 : Section B (Govt. Document Verification Section)
The government takes control 🙁
I waited for 10 minutes in section B, after which my token number appeared on the television screen. I went to the verification officer. He asked for my passport and my original marriage certificate. He checked them and asked me to wait in Section C. This took just 3 minutes.
Step 4: Section C (Passport Renewal/Re-issue Granting Section)
I waited, waited and waited (not because of queue, but for the government officers to come to office).
After 30 minutes of waiting, one guy called my name (finally). He took the entire file, and all the original documents. Verified the originals and gave them back to me. He then checked his system for my file and asked me if I had paid the penalty for rejection of my passport earlier in 2001, when I had applied again later in 2004. I said I don’t remember if I had paid or not. He also asked why there was no stamp and signature of the Bank manager on the Bank statement. I said that’s what they gave. He then did something on his system and asked me to go to the acknowledgement counter
Step 5 : Acknowledgement Section.
This guy took my passport. He stamped cancelled and extended and then gave back my earlier passport along with an acknowledgement paper.
That’s it , process completed at Passport Seva Kendra ! It took about 1.5 hrs..
Indian Passport Delivery by Mail after Renewal
3 days later, I got my passport home.
Since I was not at home, the postman asked my mom to show my ID to him to give the passport. He verified my photo and then gave the passport.
That’s all folks
Happy Passport Renewal 🙂
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