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Guide to Indian Passport Renewal/ Re-issue – Documents, Process

Applying for Indian passport used to be a complicated process in the past and mostly done with the help of agents. But, things have changed in past few years with good process and technology. You do not need an agent anymore and can do it everything on your own. We cover the entire process end to end and also have user experiences too.

Indian Passport Renewal vs Re-Issue

“Renewal and Re-issue are used interchangeably by many. But, there is subtle difference. The term renewal is used, if you have a passport with Short Validity Passport (SVP) and you are applying for extending the same. In that case, you will still be getting a new book. Unlike, Re-issue relates to exhaustion of pages or passport reaching the end of 10 year validity. The term renewal and re-issue are used interchangeably in the below article for easy understanding. The process is same, so nothing to worry.

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When can you Renew or Re-issue Indian Passport ?

You can renew or re-issue your Indian passport up to 1 year before the expiration of the passport. If you are a student, you can get re-issue of your passport within two years of expiry by selecting reason ” Validity expired within 3 years/ Due to expire”. You can also renew or get re-issue of passport, if you meet any of the below :

  • Your personal details changed like name, martial status, etc.
  • Your passport expired already within last 3 years or before
  • Your passport pages are completely full and no pages left
  • Your passport is damaged or you lost the same.

Passport Document Advisor : Indian Passport Website has a document advisor, that clearly tells the required documents, you should enter your details, to get the list of documents required before you begin to process, so that you do not end up in panic after registering. You can access it at Passport India Document Advisor

Below is the step by step guide to get Indian Passport re-issue or renewed.

Step 1 :  Register Online Account at Passport Website

Since the paper based forms are eliminated, you need to fill Indian passport application online. Below are the details.

  • The very first step is to register yourself with the Passport Website. All you need to do is go to Passport Seva Website and click on ” New User Registration”.
  • You will be asked to fill basic details and email ID. This will be used to login and fill the passport application form. You can choose the passport office based on where you currently live now.
  • The second thing is to activate your account using the email you get and login.
  • After you login, you will see an option called “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport”.  Click on that and enter details.
  • Can Submit Passport Application Anywhere : Since June 2018, as per new guidance, you can apply for passport anywhere in India. You do not have to do it in the same state of your residence. There is a dropdown in the account creation page, you are free to choose the location where you are

Step 2 :  Fill Passport Application Online

After you activate your account and login, you will be presented with two options to fill out application form, the online system will show as Alternative 1 and Alternative 2 . It does not matter what you use, both work the same.

  • Alternative 1  : Using Online form to fill the application online. You will need internet.
  • Alternative 2 : Using PDF form. You download the form, fill it out and then upload it.

The recommended option is to use the Alternative 2 with PDF form as some details may not be readily available with us and we have to save info, etc. I also prefer the PDF form option as it is very detailed and clear. Either case, it is the same. You will need the below details to complete the form.

  • Your current address details and other details that are already in your previous passport.
  • You need to enter Emergency Contact Details like Name, phone number and email.
  • If you are changing any details like adding Spouse info, their info as per document

If you are using the PDF form option, you will need to fill all the mandatory fill and then hit validate and Save, it will ask you to save a file (XML file) and give it a name.

You need to upload that file in the section where you just downloaded the PDF form. All the details will be automatically created, you need to verify before saving as you cannot change the details after this step. Of course, you can change them when you are at passport office, if anything wrong.

Step 3 :   Pay and Book a Slot or Walk –in, Print Application Receipt :

Once your application is created, next step is to check for available slots and then pay for it.  There is an option on the website home page to check the slots as well or you can go to Check Appointment Availability. Anyways, once your application is submitted. you need to select it, for that see below.

  • You will have an option on the left saying ” View Saved / Submitted Applications “.  Select the application by clicking on radio button. Then you will show options with links to them. You need to click on Pay and Schedule Appointment. 
  • This will give option for payment, either online or pay with challan. Usually, it is easy to do it online way. Selected Online Payment
  • Then you will have option to select the Passport Service Kendra and the time slot. It will show the available time slots options.
  • You can select the same and then you will go for payment page. Where you can select your payment option. I used NetBanking and it was seamless.

If you are eligible for walk-in, you can cancel the appointment and then carry that cancellation page, along with the payment receipt page, you will be allowed to walk-in directly during the respective hours.

Once payment is complete, you will have to print the application receipt and carry that with you on the appointment day. It will have a bar code as well, ensure that is clearly printed and it has the payment confirmation info on it. If you find something wrong in the details, make a note, then you can tell the same at passport service kendra.

Step 4 : Documents List for Passport Re-issue or Renewal

You have a nice step by step guide to help you identify the list of documents that you need for your passport renewal. If you go to the home page and click on Document Advisor for renewal / re-issue , you will get a form to select options. Based on options it will show the list of documents that you need.  These are the documents you will need. NO Additional documents are required. In fact, I called the customer support as well and they said the same list and my experience at Passport Seva Kendra says the same.  You do NOT require additional documents.  Do NOT listen to others.

Indian Passport Renewal Documents Checklist

Below are the typical documents that you need to carry to the passport office, depending on your situation.

  •  You must print out the online form that you printed out with the Application Reference number ( ARN ) and carry with you. It is mandatory to have this document with you.
  • Original Old Passport that is expiring or expired
  • Same Address as in your Old Passport :
    • You do NOT need anything other than photo copy of your passport first page, last page and the page with ECNR info. You will do self-attestation ( your own signature)
    • You may carry current address proof like a utility bill or Bank statement or Voter card, etc… see below for some of those documents.
  • Change in Address – Different one from your Old passport address
    • Just like above,  first, last and ECNR page photo copy with self attestation
    • Address proof of change in address – Any one of the below is acceptable.
      • Any one of the  Utility bills like Water, Telephone, Electricity Bills –  You need at least for 2 months  of which one should be of current year and other should be of previous year.
      • Proof of gas connection. If you are submitting utility gas bill, PSK will ask for two of those from past two months. Make sure you carry two of them. This was shared by our reader Karthik.
      • Ration Card with address .
      • Bank Statement  for 1 year, Passbook of the bank account with address on it.
      • Any of the cards like Aadhar card, Voter ID, etc.
  • Add Spouse Name, Change
    • If you would like to add your spouse name, carry original and photo copy of your marriage certificate. It is required. You need a photo copy that needs to be self attested.
    • If you plan to change any details like names, etc, you need to carry original with photo copy signed by you.

There may be other set of documents that you may be asked from the website, if some exceptions for your case. That’s why always check passportwebsite.

Step 5 :  Go to Passport Office (PSK) for Appointment

If you have got a slot, go at that exact time or 15 min before, no need to go there and wait outside.  If you are eligible for walk in, you can do that.  The process at PSK is very straightforward and they have clear steps for the process. For process at PSK, read Process at a Passport Seva Kendra and some key pointers .

Indian Passport Renewal Experiences

Below are real experiences shared by our readers A G Bhat,  in Bangalore and Mrinal from Mumbai. Thanks to them for sharing his experience. Also, we have many other experiences in the comments, do check them out.

Passport Re-issue Experience at Mumbai

I had my Indian Passport renewal today in Mumbai(Andheri PSK) as my passport was expiring within 1yr. Got appointment for 9.15AM IST and was asked to report at 9am. (Under Regular processing) . Process was very smooth and straightforward and I was complete in 1hr time (primarily due to preparation and early slot).

Passport Re-issue Process at Mumbai

1. I had actually downloaded the PDF first and filled it and kept so that any trials errors needed were done on that.
2. I was having minor difficulty uploading it probably because i renamed etc. However I used the filled PDF as entry for Online application (Which also can be saved and filled over multiple attempts like for any college /visa application).
3. The form was submitted.
4. I have just moved back from US so I wrote my current Indian address which was also in my Aadhaar card . Mentioned US address for previous in last 1yr stay without state or county.
5. I had even uploaded PDF copy of all documents though not sure if it was any help today.
6. Paid online and booked appointment

Documents Required On Passport Appointment Day

1. Originals: Passport(old), Aadhaar (both top and bottom part: for Address proof and ECNR), 10th Marks card (for ECNR)
2. Copy of first 2 pages, last 2 pages and Page number 2 of passport which would either not mention anything or ECR. ( I had not taken page 2 and was asked to take photocopy at Passport Seva Kendra)
3. Copy of 10th marks card and Aadhar both top and bottom part. ( Had not taken copy of top part and had to take at PSK.)

Process at PSK for Passport Re-issue

At the PSK try to reach early for your reporting time. The entry is not based on sequence number assigned but based on your arrival for your reporting time. Once you enter, the originals, photocopy and application receipt are checked once and after all documents are confirmed you are asked to wait till they generate token number. After token number is generated you are asked to go inside and wait for 1st step in A counter.

At the A counter documents are scanned, photo taken, biometrics verified and signatures taken. Also they check if you want to enroll in Mobile Seva(Sms updates for Rs 40). If yes you pay in cash exact amount. Once done you are asked to goto B counter.

At B Verification Officer (VO) validates the entries again and puts his ticks & sign in the application. Once B is complete, one proceeds to C counter for Granting Officers approval who again verifies documents and stamps both the old passport ( Cancel & returned) and approval stamp for application,

Once that is done you are asked to proceed to exit counter where you are given acknowledgement receipt and asked to fill feedback form. The acknowledgement ideally mentions your passport approved post police verification.

Passport Renewal Experience  at Bangalore

My passport had expired three months back. I read the articles in this site and understood the procedure to be followed. After understanding the same clearly, I applied online and selected the slot at Bengaluru (Lalbhag) PSK. I applied on a Saturday and slot was available for very next Monday. However, I opted for a slot on Wednesday which I got. So there was no necessity for me to cancel the same and go for “walk in”. On Wednesday, my time was at 10.45 AM and I went there exactly at 10.30AM.

The process at PSK was exactly the same the Hyderabad PSK explained in this site. Courteous people, proper guidance at every stage, no confusion at all and no hassles. After successfully finishing the entire process I came out from PSK at 11.15AM, in just 30 minutes for whole process. I gave my feedback as “Excellent” for the service but I feel that this is too less a grade. World class experience indeed. Thanks to the vision of the External Affairs Department of Govt of India. And my thanks to all concerned, from Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister to TCS and every one in the PSK.

Along with my wife also had applied for re issue of her Passport. We both selected the same slot and went inside together and we both came out together. She could not believe that such things can happen in our country.

Common FAQs

Do I need an agent  for Passport Renewal ?  Any value ?

In the past, there were few things that were not clear. Now, with online process and outsourcing the process is fully online and no need for agent. You can do everything on your own.

How long does it take for Passport Renewal ?

It usually takes anywhere from 10 days or so to 30 days. In many cases with the new system, many were able to get passport within 10 days. But, if there are some delays in police verification or other things, it can take time.

Delays with Passport – More than 30 days – What can I do ?

If for some reason, there are delays, you can reach out to Regional Passport Officer and take it from there. You can check RPO Process to Speed up Indian Passport Processing

How do I know if I am ECR vs Non-ECR Category ?

If you have passed 10th, then you are Non-ECR category. You can read complete details at ECR vs. ECNR(non-ECR) Indian passport Differences

Also, if you are an NRI, not living in India and plan to renew passport during your visit to India, check out Process for NRI to renew passport in India 


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  1. sir,we r planning to visit USA and CANADA next year.we have been told USA AND CANADA issue visa for 10yrs or up to date of passport expiry.my question
    my passport is expiring on Dec 2022.so i will be getting these visa for only 4 years.and when i visit these countries i will again have to apply visa by paying again for visa fees and ofcourse hassles of going to embassy etc.
    is there any provision where we can either renew our passport before 4yrs of expiry date.or they can issue new passport.means any other option on this issue.we will thankful for getting advice from learned person like u.tks.
    satpal singh

  2. Is it possible to renew Indian Passport 9 months prior to expiry? My passport expires in 9 months and I would like to renew it now since I will be leaving to USA in October (visa is still valid until 2024).

    If yes, how?

  3. Greetings,

    My passport expired Dec 2016. I didn’t renew ASAP as I had no plans of working abroad again. Now my boss wants to get it done in a month so that I can travel to sites on short visits.

    My problem is my permanent address, the one in old passport, Aadhaar PAN etc.. are for my old home in Chennai. It’s under demolition and re-construction now, and we live in an adjacent flat. The flats owner is an NRI and a friend who let us stay there without any official rental agreement. The new flat is adjacent building to my old home ( I can see the construction going on by opening the window). However I do not have any proof for current residence.
    Is there an option to pick up the passport from the PSK or any other options? I don’t want this address to reflect as a temporary address and will be moving back to old home address once the construction is done. Please advise. Also I have some Typo’s in Aadhaar where 22/1 is mentioned 22/1 (a) & apartments speller as appartments.

    Please advise.. thanks

    • Well, some proof has to be with the current address as a legal compliance for the passport office. Couple of options, you can get a letter from your office stating that you live in your current address, you can update your bank address details and have the passbook with the same info or have a post paid mobile line for the same. FYI, the address in passport really does not matter, so don’t be hung upon that…

  4. Hi.
    My. Passport. Place of birth Chang so. Re issues passport. 23. July. check The documents. Not change status. Regional Passport under the processes. Today. So help. Me. Sir

  5. my son’s passport made by agent and issued in 2000 when he was minor as DOB XX.XX.1996 on Kolkata municipality certificate . later his DOB corrected to xx.xx.1999 from kolkata municipality by suppressing earlier one . in 2015 my son was re issued passport on expiry of earlier one but authority did not corrected DOB in passport as xx.xx.1999 whereas his PAN , BANK ACCOUNT , AADHAR CARD , SSC Certificate DOB is as per xx.xx.1999.
    RPO Mumbai dispatched letter to issuing birth certificate authority to reconfirm authentic but they did not replied & application is pending .
    Tell me how I can correct DOB in passport & reissue legally .

    • It is considered a major change, apply for a re-issue with option saying ‘Change in particulars’. It should be straightforward, you carry the new birth certificate and other proofs, where the new date of birth is present like Aadhar, etc as additional proof. Process is same as above, nothing specific.

      • Thank u . I have done same . Rpo mumbai deputy passport offices holding passport and send letter to revised DOB issuing authority at Kolkata municipality for authencity letter which earlier rpo did but no reply . This time also I am expecting no reply from municipality . How long rpo mumbai can keep hold this and what next ?

  6. Dear Sir,

    I have got my Indian passport renewed 3 years ago. I have this passport damaged as on first page the stitches have come out. this is my second passport. i have USA visa on my first passport valid till 2024 though my first passport got cancelled 3 years ago. Now my second passport which issued 3 years ago which is damaged have many other visa (i am a frequent traveler and though it doesnt have any long term valid visa). i want to know when i request for re issue of my damaged passport, will i get my damaged passport back with canceled stamp?
    will i be still able to travel with my 3rd passport to USA with a valid usa visa on my first passport (i have been traveling to USA with my current second passport).

    • Yes, you can travel with your third passport as long as the visa in first passport is still valid. Yes, they will give the damaged passport back to you.

  7. helo sir,

    my passport expiring 05 Nov 2019 can I apply for re issue in Oct 2018 .and I have to add spouse name on my passport which documents I need for that can i apply for Tatkal .

    • You can apply for re-issue to add your spouse’s name anytime, even now, dont need to wait. But, in general, you can apply upto 1 year before expiration. You need marriage certificate, Aadhar Card, other current address proofs.

  8. Hello Sir,

    I need to renew my passport… my present address is of Pune and permanent address is of Jammu. But i don’t have any address proof of the present address. The rent deed is in my husband name. Can i use the same rent deed for my present address proof with an affidivat. My name is already added in my husband’s passport.

    • Yes, your husband’s rent deed will work for proof of address. You can carry marriage certificate as additional proof to establish the relationship, in case they ask.

  9. Hello
    My sister has to apply for a re-issue of passport due to minor changes in her name. Her permanent address is Jammu but currently she is residing in Pune city. If her police verification happens in Pune, will they print her current address as her address in the passport?

    Thank you!

  10. First of all a big thanks for this informative forum. This is so much helpful.

    My query is, I need to re-issue my Passport under Tatkal Scheme with below mentioned changes.

    1. Change in Address
    2. Add Spouse Name

    Now in order to add Spouse Name, I got my Marriage Certificate this week.

    However while processing Marriage Certificate formalities, I realised “ONE ISSUE” that my “ADDRESS DETAILS IS INCOMPLETE” in Aadhar Card. Aadhar Card doesn’t show my “Building Premise Name”. Apart from that every correct detailed is there.

    Now since, marriage certificates are also driven by Aadhar Card details hence the Marriage certificate I received also depicts the same detail i.e. without “Building Premise”. However, my wife’s address is fine in Aadhar and so on Marriage Certificate as well.

    E.g below as in marriage certification.

    This is to certify…
    MR ABC residing at H.No – XXX, Sector – X, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad
    Smt XYZ residing at H.No – XXX, ABC Apartment, Sector – X, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad

    1. Would it be a problem in Marriage Certificate without my complete address? Marriage certificate has mine and my wife’s photo along with Registered Date and Gazetted Officer Seal and Signature.

    2. I have to apply this ASAP next week, hence don’t have time to update the address in Aadhar Online (assuming this will take approximate 5-7 days) and then get the Marriage Certificate rectified with Affidavit (assuming it will take 1 day).

    3. I have “Postpaid Mobile Bill” and “Canara Bank Photo Passbook” in original as Proof of Address. Would these documents help in case any objection is raised with regards to Marriage Certificate address validity and Address in Aadhar Card as well?

    Looking for your quick help on this.

    • 1 .Address in Marriage certificate does not matter or even other passport. If it is correct with photo, seal and other stuff, it should be fine.
      2. No need to change it, you can just apply with the current details.
      3. For current address, Yes, you can use Postpaid mobile bill and also the Bank Photo passbook works too.

  11. Hi there, thanks for the post. Indeed helpful.
    One thing which has caused a lot of confusion is around re-issue EXACTLY one year before its validity expires or as per online application thing.

    Can you please suggest if there are chances that it can be reissued a year before?

    • Sorry my question was somehow lost between tags. What i meant by online application is one of the options which indicates one wants to reissue because [ Validity Expired within 3 Years/Due to Expire ].

      My question was is there any possibility to reissue passport before one year considering there are no special circumstances like name change etc. etc.

      • Yes, you can re-issue passport up to 1 year before expiry without any special circumstances. Means you can go for re-issue anytime within the one year before expiry.

  12. Hello,
    This has been a very insightful link. I am seeking clarification for my father’s re-issue of passport (due to expire in july 2019)
    On his last passport his name is captured as “M L” where Surname is “L” and Given name is “M” ( i am only using initials for his name as reference).
    While on his Adhaar and Pan Card his name is “M L K”
    For the new passport, since I have providing address proof as Adhaar and DOB proof as PAN – both of which has his name as “M L K”.
    Hence, I am selecting his name in new passport as “M L K” where Surname “K” Given name “M L”

    My questions are:
    1. do i need to select “Change In Existing Personal Particulars” as well when I apply along with “Validity Expired Within 3 Years/Due To Expire”

    2. Will this be considered a minor or major change? Do i need to furnish any other documents?
    His Spouse’s passport (my mom’s) also has him name as “M L K”

    A3. lso I have already filled an application, and have not made the payment yet as I had not selected “Change In Existing Personal Particulars” .
    Can I cancel that application and fill another one?

    Thank you in advance!

    • 1. either is fine as they both are correct. But, I would take the name change as it is a bigger change.
      2. probably a major change as you are changing the surname.
      3. You do not need to cancel it, you can use the same.

      • Thank you Kumar.

        For point #2, my father is >60 years in age, what documents would be required for getting the surname updated?

        For point #3, I am unable to edit the application now. Any insights on how to edit the application?

        Thanks & Regards,

        • #2 would be same as general. Speak to customer service, if you cannot get some of them.
          #3 speak to customer service, if they can override it.

      • Hi Sir,
        I was filing the PCC for my husband , and there was a question “Change In Existing Personal Particulars”. We got married in Nov 2019 and both of us had not added the spouse name on the passport. Do I need to select “YES” for Chane in Personal Particulars”?
        Is it mandatory to add the spouse’s name on the passport for PCC?

        • Rajdeep,
          I am not sure about PCC. If I were you, I would do it as your status got changed from single to married. You can call the customer service or email them.

  13. Hi,

    I Have Applied passport re-issue on 22/June/2018 at PSK Vijayawada, still the status showing as “Passport application has been submitted along with applicable fees and supporting documents.”

    Till today same status no change, anyone have idea how many days it will take for reissue?


    • It usually take anywhere from few days to few weeks. If nothing happens in a week or two, You can reach out to Passport office to know the status, if something is missing.

  14. Hi ,

    I have applied for Passport renew which is due to expire in October. I had already gone for a round of check at the Sai Arcade Passport office but was rejected at Counter B as I didn’t carry the original gas connection bills for the last two months (of the current address). I have booked another slot and so would like to be prepared on what other documents should be taken along to be verified at Counter B & C..most importantly C. Is showing the bank statement a mandatory thing as my bank statement still shows the permanent address (different from my current one). The address proof I have mentioned is Gas connection which is on my name. Appreciate youe help.

    Thanks ,

  15. Hello, I am from Bengaluru and my passport validity is soon to expire. I have finished the formalities of online filling and booked an appointment with PSK in Bengalurur. As it is renewal with change in address, is Police verification required? If so, how long would it take to process the Passport?

    • Kavya,
      It is up to the discretion of the passport officer. Police verification may or may not happen. If no verification, you should get passport in a week to 10 days.

  16. I got married 2 years back but still have not got my marriage certificate made. Is it mandatory for me to get marriage certificate made in order to get my wife’s name added in my passport

  17. Hi kumar/ Team,
    First of all,i would like to say thanks for this artical.I appreciate your prompt reply for every user queries. My old passport will expire
    I have gone through this artical before submitting my passport reissue form.its helped me alot..

    I submitted my application through online n i have not booked the slot and not paid the amount also due to current address proof and marriage certificate.

    I dont have current address proof and which is rental house and marriagr certicate also..
    I will get addres proof from my organization anyway but for marriage certificate i need to travel to my home town that is not possible now.
    Here is my queries :
    1) Is there any alternative
    without marriage certificate to add my spouse name in passport..
    2) How long my application will be active after submitted and if slot is not booked r amount is not paid even after 6 months r 1 year.

    Can you please clarify my doubts.

    Thanks in advance..

    • 1. Well, you may get a letter from court that indicates the same…honestly, it is better to get the marriage certificate to avoid complications.
      2. I am not sure. Please check with customer service.


  19. Select reissue of passport and in the reasons mentioned, click on Change of Address. Now fill the form completely and schedule an appointment. Carry your Aadhaar card with you as proof of address and you will be issued a new passport with the new address.

    I believe that’s the correct process, if wrong I would be happy to be corrected.

  20. HI,
    I Need to change the address in passport, where previous address we are not staying ,NW we are staying in new address,how to renival and my passport expiry is 2022, and i have a new address Adhara card,residential address and voter id,could you suggest me the process ,can i approach Agent or can i directly visit passport OFFICE.

  21. Hi,
    I want to add my surname in the passport this time when I get it reissued. Can you tell me what is the process.


    • Geeta, You just need to carry the correct proof of the same, either birth certificate or X class mark sheet and Aadhar Card as well.

  22. Great read, I was looking for this kind of a thread to guide me as my passport is due for renewal as well. Although I still have a few questions-

    1 – My passport have a valid US Visa, I am looking for an option for any valid visa on passport in the renewal application but can’t find it, do they have such option or not? If not, how can I be sure that they won’t make any error say stamping cancelled on visa which renewal etc.

    2 – My previous passport was issued before marriage, now I am married and it’s asking for spouse name so do I need to carry the marriage certificate as well?

    3- My passport is ECNR but after the issue of previous passport, I have lost my 10th Marksheet. Do I need to show that again to them on renewal or the photocopy of ECNR page old passport will work?

    4- My spouse visa was erroneously issued with ECR and I am planning to get it corrected along with my passport renewal, any affidavit or annexure I need for that? Or the 10th Marksheet will suffice?

    5- Anyone here from small city who have used services of Post Office Passport Kendra? How’s the experience, are they TCS employees or post office employees? I visited them once but they behaved rudely and didn’t help, any experience to share?


    • Amit,
      1. When you renew or re-issue passport, they do not stamp anything on the visas, they will just cut one corner of the page and put it on the home page.
      2. Yes, you should get your spouse name added and need marriage certificate for that.
      3. You can carry your Inter / 12th or higher education certificate for backup. In general, they don’t ask for X class details again. You can carry a copy.
      4. you need X class marks sheet or higher, I think that’s it.
      5. It is the same, my cousins got it renewed in a very small town last year and it was same TCS and it was fine. Just it was crowded.
      There is nothing they need to help you with, you just carry relevant documents and you are set to go, you do not need any help from anyone.

  23. need to get me husbands name added to my passport during reissue- it says I need to carry a copy of his passport- does he need to sign on this?

    • Yes, you need to carry a copy of it. They may ask for self attested, not sure. Better carry two copies, one with sign and without to avoid issues in last minute.

  24. is Addhar card is mandatory for minor passport. I am unable to submit the online document without Addhar number. Please help

    • Well, as per document advisor, it is not mandatory document. You can reach out to customer service via email for phone and get it clarified.

  25. Kumar and redbus2us,
    First thing first I want to say thanks for such concise instructions.
    It really helped me.

    Essentially we had 3 passports to deal with:
    Mine for renewal and my mother and sister for fresh application.
    I must say now passport application has become very streamlined and transparent process.
    And offcourse above article helped.

    There was bit of a snag later at police verification. There was confusion about my mothers Maiden name.
    But we took an appointment at Regional Passport Office Mumbai and worked it out.
    Again process for any issue/grievance redressal at RPOC also very smooth.

    And now all 3 us we have shiny new passports YAY 🙂

    Thanks again.

      • One thing I would like to add is,
        While going to RPOC with my mother’s issue resolution I was bit worried if I will be allowed to accompany and help her, since access is strictly for passport applicant.

        However you can officially accompany Senior citizen / Minor / Disabled person.
        So that was sorted.

  26. Hello,
    My passport is expiring in June,2018. I am currently living in Bangalore but have permanent address (maharashtra) on my passport. Please let me know how do I proceed if I don’t want my rented flat’s address (in Bangalore) on my passport.

    Along with Renewal, I also want to add my Wife’s name on my passport (I believe she will also have to add my name at the same time on passport).

    Please suggest how to proceed as I am confused to keep Bangalore (rented flat’s address) and at the same time I need to add Wife’s name on my passport.

    For my name on Wife’s passport, whose address proof she will need to provide when submitting her application or my address would automatically reflected on her address on new passport ? Her passport is not expired yet, so still she will receive new passport or what ?

    Please suggest.

    • 1. You will very likely get your current address on passport as that is the process. Other option is you can go to your permanent location and apply there, but there will be police verification and you have to declare everything where you currently live and address for verification…
      2. Yes, you can, you need to carry marriage certificate
      3. You will need to carry your current address proof. Frankly address on passport does not matter…Now-a-days everything is Aadhar card driven, so I would not focus on that part. For your spouse’s address, she can show your current address proof along with the marriage certificate for spouse proof. Yes, she can apply for change of particulars, before it is expired as it is considered correction or change of details.

      • Kumar,
        Thank you for your suggestions. I would go with the current address rather than going to Home town.

        I would like to opt for below cases:
        1. Change of Address
        2. Validity Expired within last 3 years
        3. Addition of Spouse name
        4. Tatkal

        For above cases, do we need any kind of affidavit ?
        I have read different forums but confusion about affidavit all over. I tried Document Advisor, but there it didn’t show up affidavit needed.

        Do you have any idea if above cases would need affidavit or when it is needed.

        Thank you.

  27. Hi kumar
    . My daughter applies for re issue. Her adhaar card has pondicherry permanent address. But right now she is employed in chennai in a IT firm temporarily & staying in a PG girls hostel from where she is not able to get rental agreement. So she has opted pondicherry PSK. Will there be any problem?
    Thank you for your advice

    • Bala,
      She can get letter from her employer for address proof or also, she can update her bank address by showing the same letter. That is considered an option for address proof. Well, regarding your case, I do not know…she has to give details for police verification…and if they come in for verification, it can be an issue…hard to say…

  28. Hello Sir,

    Thanks for your valuable suggestions & Clarity about the process.

    I want to renew my passport which is expiring in Dec-2018.

    1) Address is changed , & I have only AADHAR card with my present address.
    Will it be enough.??

    2) What additional address proofs are required, if I apply in TATKAL???

    Please suggest.

    • You can re-issue by normal, if you have Aadhar Card. But, if you want to apply for Tatkaal, you will need two additional documents like PAN Card, Voter ID or Bank passbooks with photo. You can check document advisor for more details.

    • Hi

      If you have adhar card bearing your present address  in it, then you are blessed

      For renuing under Normal process—-

      1.You can renew your passport very easily with adhar ….as it will work as both your address proof and photo ID proof.
      (2 birds with 1stone)

      You won’t need and other addres proof

      you should carry your original passport  with self attested copies of first two and last two pages.

      3.For ECNR they are asking a self attested copy of 12 th std marks sheet.
      ( can check document advisor link on the passport India website for other options for ECNR

      That’s all.

      For renuing under tatkal

      1. for tatkal also you will need the same documents ; as above may ask for PAN
      ( b coz in your case adhar card shows your present address …so won’t ask anything else for residence proof)

      2.However you have to go to your local  PSK.. … show ur passort copy …they will tell you …
      —based on your place of previous issue if you should/can apply under tatkal or not

      …..if previpus place of issue is outside India.. they’ll suggest you to go for normal to avoid being rejected etc

      —if it was previously issued within India…..they will check; if it is clear enough to be issued under tatkal

      Moral of the story …your local PSK can only tell you if you could apply under tatkal

      Plzz ask them before you go ahead and apply under tatkal…

      (Saying from my very recent experience. )

      Don’t worry …in your case with adhar card bearing present address….things will go smoothly under normal…

      (That important Adhar has become now.)
      Good luck

  29. My passport is going to expire on September 2018. Which option of re-issue should I opt for among the below option:
    —-Change In Existing Personal Particulars
    —-Validity Expired Within 3 Years/Due To Expire
    —-Exhaustion Of Pages
    —-Damaged Passport
    —-Lost Passport
    —-Validity Expired More Than 3 Years Ago
    Also Need to know the time frame between which I can carry out the re-issue procedure

    • second one(-Validity Expired Within 3 Years/Due To Expire). You can do it anytime within 1 year from the date of expiry. So, you can do it now.

  30. My Indian passport is expiring on 05-06-2018. I am senior citizen born in 1941.I want my new address to be included in my renewed passport. I have Aadhar card with new address and Gas utility bills in my name and my present address.Three bills of 2016,2017, and 2018. I am elgible for Walk In at PSK,lalbagh, Bangalore. Will these be sufficient.please let me know.

    • You cannot walk-in, you need to do the online application, take appointment and then go on that day. You have all the required documents, that should be sufficient.

  31. sir, my passport is expired in january this year and I want to renew the same. Will you please help me what are the application forms, fee required and documents to be attached with the application or photographs.


  32. Hi, First and foremost, thanks a ton for the wonderful article which shows detailed instructions and helps clear many doubts. My mother and my passport is expiring in July 2018 and I am in process for re-issue. All address and other details are remain the same. Have filled and submitted the form online and also uploaded supporting docs. Have to still book an appointment. Just wanted to know if the following will suffice: Old passport, Aadhaar Card, Birth Certificate, Printout of Passport Application form filled online. Do we need to fill any more documents or will this be sufficient? Request to please clarify if possible. Thanks 🙂

  33. Hi Sir,
    My passport is going to expire in August 2018 and i have filled the online application as well for re-issue of passport due to expire.
    While booking the appointment slots it showing the options to select from Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and PostOffice Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) both.

    kindly advise whether i can book appointment slot at POPSK for re-issue of my passport due to expire? OR must have to book appointment slot only at PSK?

    • Madhu,
      I am not very familiar with POPSK, cannot say. I would suggest PSK is standard option and you cannot go wrong with that…

  34. Dear sir,

    Thank you for providing such a great source of knowledge on the matters of passport. I have a question please:

    My appointment date for L1 visa interview is after 1 month. However, I just realised that I need to add my wife’s name to my passport so that I can get my minor child’s passport made. (For some reason, my wife is not able to get my name added to her passport). With tatkal service, I am confident that I can get my newly issued passport within 1 week. But in the visa application, I have given my existing passport number, and now I will be having a new passport with new number. Will that create problem during my visa interview process?

    Best regards,

    • It should be fine. But, you can fill out a new DS-160 form with new details and carry that. You can call customer service and check, if other options exist. You should give your wife’s passport a try and get her passport to have your name added. In fact, you can do both adding spouse name and minor passport on same day. Read Apply Minor passport without Spouse Name on same day

  35. Hello,

    My passport validity is going to be expired by July 2018. Presently, I am living in a rented house in Bangalore and planning to move to another rented house soon. Can I apply for the renewal/re-issue of my passport citing my permanent address only (as I might be changing rented houses, I don’t want my passport having a temporary address on it)?

    • Well, it can be tricky as they may have police verification depending on the case. It is always recommended to have the place that you currently live to avoid issues.

  36. hello,

    my name is Sweta. my passport expires in July 2018, i am applying for re-issue in USA. i want to change my Indian address , i have aadharcard as proof of Indian address. my question is whether i should enter Andhra Pradesh or Telangana in STATE column? as my aadhar card was issued before Telangana formation.

  37. Hi My Spouse Reissue Passport was applied April 4th,but still not received and status are showing under review of RPO,please update the same .

  38. Hello I stay really close to Regional Passport Office Mumbai (which is at BKC Bandra).
    However while trying to schedule online slot for application if I select RPO Mumbai I get error saying “no service available”.
    If I try to select Paasport Seva Kendra for ex: Andheri etc. It shows me available slots.
    Does it mean you can take appointment only at Passport Seva Kendras and NOT at Regional Passport Office?

  39. I have applied for reissuance of passport from RPO Ghaziabad, residing from the last 14 months with all the proofs, and permanent address of Jammu.
    My police verification is done in Ghaziabad and also got a call from police person from Jammu, he has asked to provide proof of Jammu, which we have already done.
    Now I am in urgent need of passport, and there is no tatkal service for reissuance of passport.
    My status is still showing pending police verification under SP office.
    Please suggest as I need my passport at the earliest.
    Dheeraj Anand

    • It is just that system update could be slow. Just give it a few more days or a week for it to update. If not, then reach out to customer service or visit passport office. You can also check with Police station because, they do not send the records right away sometime…

  40. Hi there,

    Thanks for the page very informative. I have a few clarifications, actually need suggestions.

    I am actually from Trichy, Tamil Nadu and currently working in Guwahati, Assam. I had my passport issued from Tamil Nadu with local address. It is about to expire. I am now in Guwahati, where i do not have any address proof -documents except the institution ID from IIT G ( i am a project staff here). Will that ID card be enough to used as address proof. And, will there be an police verification?

    Thank you.

    • You can get a letter from IIT G regarding your employment and use that as address proof. Just ID will not be sufficient. Yes, there maybe police verification, it totally depends.

    • You can get a letter from IIT G regarding your employment and use that as address proof. Just ID will not be sufficient. Yes, there maybe police verification, it totally depends.

  41. I renewed my Indian passport last year in Australia but old passport not given back to me, so I’m traveling with new passport so austerlia emigration will ask for old passport? I have a visa on my email please advise. Thanks in advance

  42. Hello Kumar thanx for such an elaborate mail -answered all most all my queries regarding reissue of passport.
    I have 2 questions .hope you’ll be able to answer
    Today I applied for reissue/renewal of passport under tatkal for my 22 yr daughter,who is away on a short study abroad but will be back by next month.

    1)I gave present address as our indian address will that make a problem if so how can i make changes? or can i resubmit again a fresh application once she’s back .
    2) through out the application process i did not get any coloumn asking about -previous stays. i was ready with dates and addresses.
    I successfully uploaded without those questions and went till payment n booking.but stopped there b coz the tatkal dates I wanted were for next month while at display were just till next week.

    ——~so where exactly should we mention about the previous one year stay details?

    hope you or some one who has uploaded recently will be able to answer me

    Thank u once again

    • I suggest you read article this Abroad and India Address to get idea, this applies to your daughter.
      Well, you may have to manually add them, check again..Not sure, if it changed recently. it is in the PDF form, when you do drop down and change dates, it gives option. If not try updating or calling customer service.

      • Thank u Kumar. That Info by u and the article were a great help.
        Once I am India I ‘ll call my local RPO clarify my doubts.

        Once I am done with the entire renewal process I too will share my experience.
        Thanx once again.
        Keep up ur gud work

          • Hi Kumar as I said I ‘ll share my daughter’s passport renewal experience in pune.
            I must congratulate the external affairs ministry & passport authotity and pune police (hinjewadi police station) for expediting the whole process
            This was our experience-
            —Unloaded online application on 21st May 2018
            —Got appointment for 23rd may 10.30am
            —–entered the venue at 10.15am
            —- came out by 12.30 with approved for renewal with post police verification
            —- by 1.30 same day received sms saying
            Your application with File No. PN—-has been granted on Post Police Verification basis
            —— by 2.30 pm same day got sms
            Passport printing initiated for your file no—‘.You will receive SMS once your passport is printed.
            —–‘May 24th —- passport printed
            Police verification initiated
            —-‘May 25th -‘passport dispatched
            —-May 29th—we
            received passport.
            Were relieved
            —May 30th—- visited police station for verification which was completed without any hassles in 15 mins.
            Feeling so relieved and am sharing this immediately coz I know like me there are many out there feeling very anxious about this whole passport issuing/ renewing process.

          • Thanks. Would be great, if you can share little more details, so that I can post it as article. I have sent you an email.

      • Sir i hv filled application for passport renewal from newzealand on 13 th February and i hv to travel india in april as my merrige fixed in april’s last week..sir it’s been one month now but i hvnt received my passport..i made calls in india high commission newzealand they said your passport sent to india for renewal

  43. Hi,

    I need to renew my passport.My old passport was issued in Mumbai . However my Aadhar card was obtained in surat as I was living there for a while.Now I am back to mumbai and would like to renew my passport in Mumbai.will it be an issue with address different on aadhar card and passport.kindly assist

  44. Hi, I filled out and submitted my passport re-issue form and also took an appointment. At no stage of filling the form did it ask for the references of 2 individuals. Did I do something wrong? Where does the references section appear? I’ve filled up 3 forms in total for me and my family and there was never a column for references. Please help?

    • Aayush,
      You are right, the updated application form does not have section of references of two individuals, it used to be there in the past. You have done it right, nothing to worry. Aadhar has become mandatory and you authorize Passport Office to take details of Aadhar, that’s the change.

  45. Hello Kumar,
    This is very concise information and will help me renew my Passport (Expiring in Aug 2018)

    While renewing mine I am also planning to apply for my sister and Mom’s fresh passport .

    My question is : Can I apply for all 3 through my same login on Passport Seva Website?
    That way I can help them and also book same slot for all 3 of us.

    Thanks in advance.

  46. Hi I have apply my passport on 15th of March but still shows that application under review at the regional passport. So can anyone help me out of this issue.

    • Rajesh,
      Dont worry, it can take few weeks sometimes…some users reported they got update after a month, dont worry…If nothing happens after a month or so, then check with passport office.

  47. Hi

    i need to get my wife’s passport renewed … it is going to expire in a month now…

    her passport has address of surat… but now we are in bangalore for job and stay in a rented apartment

    and am planing to get the passport renewed in bangalore psk… will the adress on passport change…?

    can i keep the adress same as old passport eben if i am getting it renewed in bangalore…
    the thing is indont want to get a rented apartment address in her pasport

    the surat adress whichnis already in passport is our own house … so…

    please help. thanks in advance….

    • Yes, you will get current address. Well, I do not think you can get that address as you do not live there anymore. Frankly, many are in misconception that you need to your home address, but it does not matter…

  48. my parents are residing in US and i am seeking for the passport renewal and mine is the minor case.
    is the presence of either parent mandatory at the time

  49. Hello, I would like to know about fresh passport for my toddler of 3years old.. Is there a different application form for minors, if no then what do i fill in the places of employment type, educational qualifications as i dont c an option to choose.. I wish these wer greyed by default once u choose as minor or dob.. Please advice… I couldnt find proper guidance online for filling for minors.. Also please help me documents needed for minor fresh pp in general.. Thank you

  50. Hi,

    Applied passport re-issue for my daughter(Minor) on 12/March/2018 at PSK Vizag, still the status showing as “Passport application has been submitted along with applicable fees and supporting documents.”

    In Passport reissue application Address change is there from old passport to new passport. So any one help to let me know, will the RPO initiate Police Verification ? for reissue passport for Minor.

    Till today same status no change, anyone have idea how many days it will take for reissue?


    • It has been little under 2 weeks, maybe give it another week or so. If nothing moves after a month, then you can try calling customer service or RPO and inquire.


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