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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.

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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1,690 Comments

  1. I want to renew my passport which is due to expire in August 2017. I am currently staying in Gujrat and passport was issued from Chandigarh. Additionally I wish to have the name correction and address change in the passport along with renewal. My Sir-name was added along with the first name in Given name section and Sir name section was left blank when I applied for my old passport. Would I be able to make all these changes in one application?

    Please also advice fee applicable. Thank you so much. Anticipate your help regarding this.

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    • Rahul, You would be able to make all the changes in one application. You will need to submit proofs for everything. Call the customer service, they can advice you, if any other documentation is required as well.

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  2. 15/06/2016 my p.p going expired
    i want renew from baroda office plz rwply how much fees,how can get hardcopy of p.p which doc.required and whats the time and day to apply this application rwply its urgent

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  3. To , pass port officer / dept. : My daughters ( minors, one is 11 yrs, another 15 yers ) passport Renewal to be done in bangalore/ karnataka state , what documents to be taken , fees , any other information reqd. Pls inform to my email .

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  4. My passpost is going to expired on 22.08.2015 , request to provide all require information related to renewal of it . one more thing , My earlier address has been also changed . Last, when i have made passport it was from the hydarabad (andrapradesh) and now i am staying in M.I.D.C.Andheri( mumbai) . Please advise ,wheather i may procced for the renewal from hydarabad region ?

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  5. Passport for re-issue has been undertaken by PSK for change of personal details (address), for the same they have issued a notice in lieu of post-issuance police verification – is this normal?

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  6. My passport copy was exposed to scammers, I was told to get the passport reissued, I have still three years validity, my us visa expired, whom I have to contact for reissuing passport, what are the process to be followed ?

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  7. I have got my fresh passport two months ago…. but my signature now and that on the passport is different. it is difficult for me to  sign d same as on passport. What process will I have to take for changing the signature on passport?

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  8. My passport has expired in 2006. I have to renew it. But there is spelling mistake in my father’s name in old passport. Now in my new passport I have to correct the name of my father. Can u plz suggest me the way. Should I go for renewal or fresh passport.

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    • You should apply for renewal, indicating your old passport details. Have the proof for right spelling for your father and submit documentation ccordingly, Check the Passport.gov.in website for more details.

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  9. sir, i am working with lic of india & my passport is expiring on 16th.August,2016. Is” No Objection Certificate” mandatory.

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  10. In my passport little bit mistake in address Actual address is Flat F10 and on passport mention Flat 10 ( F is missing ) it is because of my mistake during filling the application form . what is the procedure for correction

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  11. Hi , my sons passport got damaged and have applied for re-issue the passport de a Kendra has said it cannot be done there and I need to go to RPO. Just curious as to how long will it take for it to arrive? Why no tat kal for minors ??

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  12. I have renewed my passport 10 days back. On my passport my spouse name is also endorsed. My spouse’s passport is also due for renewal. As my passport is renewed my spouse will also face police verification.
    Pls. Reply

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  13. sir
    I want renewal my passport ,I had applied from my native in Andhra pradesh now I am in banglore karnataka can renewal in bangalore

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  14. Hi,
    I am going for renewal of passport as I lost it. Appointment is on Monday 18th Aug. When can I expect my passport to be delivered to me

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    • Hello there I also went through.the same, my passport was.due.to.expire in.couple.of.months.and.I planed to.do.renewed at early,
      So.let.me.tell you.how.did.I.renewed my passport in short time.
      Ist go.through procedures as.in the.Web site apply.for.reissue.and.choose.the.tatkal.option.
      Pay 1500 by card.or.by sbi
      Then.u.may get appointment next.day followed.the.submission of.file.
      Cary.the original passport.with you and.present address proof like.bank. Pass book or other mentioned.in site

      And when.you.be asked.why you.want.passport urgent tell.them.the.reason sincerely and if.you are enough lucky then they.will not reverify from.the.police
      .and hopefully you will get c amazing and.accredible sms that your passport has.been.dispatched.on the same.day.
      Be sincere don’t.make.any fabricate stories
      I think current ministry.of.ex.affairs.are working.on fast traxk.it.is.so.wonderfull.for.this.I.gave them.10STARS **********

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  15. sir i am working in Malaysia my company and my agent citing with me now i working with out passport and visa . if have any way to get new passport and visa

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  16. Hi , I applied for reissue of passport expiring on 15/03/2016, at kolkata PSK, got address proof and Spouse name to be added. I was doing it under tatkal scheme, all went well until I reached c section. At c section I was told that there is a box notification against your name (possible court case etc) and you have to meet APO, I met APO and he told me that you have to see RPO as there is some security concern about some pending court case against you! I do not have any pending court case rather never had any. They told me to visit RPO after two days. So planning to visit RPO Thursday. I very disappointed as I need passport urgently. I don’t have any idea from where they found any court case pending against me. I don’t know what this could be?

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  17. O +

    I have taken my passport in Bhubaneswar in the year 2006. It expires on 01/11/2016. Now ,I am in Chennai from 2011 onwards. I would like to go abroad during November2015 and stay there for about six months, for which visa document is there for sufficient period. Now, what is the time requirement for renewal of my passport from Chennai? I am a resident Indian.

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  18. Hi , I applied for reissue of passport expiring on 15/03/2016, at kolkata PSK, got address proof and Spouse name to be added. I was doing it under tatkal scheme, all went well until I reached c section. At c section I was told that there is a box notification against your name (possible court case etc) and you have to meet APO, I met APO and he told me that you have to see RPO as there is some security concern about some pending court case against you! I do not have any pending court case rather never had any. They told me to visit RPO after two days. So planning to visit RPO Thursday. I very disappointed as I need passport urgently. I don’t have any idea from where they found any court case pending against me. I don’t know what this could be?

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  19. Please any one can explain about reissue passport becouse i am going to change address in my recent passport. After change address under passport reissue there will change passport number or it will remain same number ?

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    • You will very likely get a new Passport Number. The new passport will have an indication of the old passport number in it.

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      • Dear rahul.
        I have work visa for kuwait with mention old passport .is there will be problem for visa stamping if i will sbubmit new passport with new number. Please explain.

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  20. hi all,
    my passport verification has done successfully but at the time of receiving passport it has been returned due to my postal address couldn’t found.
    what should i do now because i am shifted to new city is there any facility to apply it online please let me know

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  21. Hi, my parents are in India and their passports are going to expire in 9 months. I am in US. planning to fill online and send them docs. but here my question is . Can my father go alone and submit my mother’s passport renewal too..?
    TIA.

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  22. hi

    i want to apply for h1b visa ,i am an indian, present i am working in malaysia, wht is the process to apply h1b visa from malaysia , if we apply from malaysia do we get malaysia quota for h1b

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  23. Hi Kumar

    Thanks a lot for this valuable info. I am in bit strange situation. I am NRI staying abroad since last 5 years. My Indian passport permanent address no more exist. I don’t have any permanent address proof in India. Except I have my brother who own flat staying in Mumbai. How does it work ? Kindly advise –
    P.S: I have been roaming in different countries so I don’t have permanent address in abroad as well

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  24. My passport will expire on 9th month of 2015. Now I am in Liberia (West Africa) Here is no Indian embassy. So could you pls help me to advice how can I renew my passport.

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    • Hi Sachin,

      1) As per Indain Gov. website there is a mission – @Liberia – Monrovia. Check there also raise query on MOE / passport website.
      2) write to nearest country – Indian HC (nearest country IHC/CGI) and advise if you could apply by sending your application there.
      3) At last resort; you need to go there apply under Tatkal and come back – I really hope you don’t need to excercise this option

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  25. can u pls tell me how to re-issue appointment date?? last time i wasn’t able to reach on time and they told me to re-issue the date

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  26. is there any change in passport number after re-issue of passport or it will remain same as of old passport number?

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  27. Sir. My passport expired on 19 September 2011.can renew my passport.last time renewed in Mumbai. I got ration card and driving license from mumbai. Can I renew the passport.plz guide me sir.with lnformation

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  28. Hello everybody
    I live in Oman and my kids are in India. Their passports are going to expire within six months and I cant b India any sooner than that. So my query is that, can I renew them after they get expire?!. Or will it b not valid?!. Plz help me with this

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    • You can easily renew passport one year before expiry to 3 yrs after expiry. If your passport is expired beyond 3 years, you can still renew but it requires more documents.

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  29. I am a Thane ( Maharashtra )based guy, at present on a project i am in south india. My passport is getting expired in 6 months time. Can i renew my passport from Kerala/chennai. My passport was issued from thane passport office and my address on it is the same on which i will be renewing my passport.
    Please inform.
    Thanks.

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  30. My mother’s passport has stolen with valid visa of UAE( But near expiry), now we are reapplying for new passport but there is a big hurdle that we don’t hv marksheet nd birth certificate. What should we do in such case. Plz help us.

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  31. HI
    i have applied for my wife’s passport there are following changes required :-
    Name
    Surname
    Address
    Addition of Spouse Name
    Signature

    can you tell me what all documents ll i need to carry at her appointment..

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  32. Hi,
    I need to get my spouse name updated in my passport. My address in my passport is of my native which is my own house and my parents dwelling there. But I stay in bangalore. Wanted to know will there be police verification for change if maritial status and spouse name addition? Or can i goahead and get it added with my old address even if its not my current address please advice..

    Thanks in advance

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  33. This is not a complaint. .this only..doubt. .
    How many time for give passport in case of normal level after enquery..?

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    • If all the documents are correct, and police verification is ok, passport comes to house by post in 15 to 20 days. Police can hold up verification for a month if you do not go and see them… In tatkal scheme it can come within 7 days if all details are fine.

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    • Not a good idea as passport office can verify correctness of present address and if found wrong, you will be fined thousands of rupees and waste time re-applying all over again. Since passport officials now adays get bonus for detecting and imposing fine, they have become very smart in detecting incorrect and clever tricks.

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      • additional info : if you have stayed in chennai less than a year, submit bangalore addr proof for part of the year before going to chennai and chennai addr proof for actual duration of stay in chennai.

        If you are working for a reputed company in Chennai, ask the HR to give addr proof letter in company letter head, if you require passport for this company work they will help otherwise no.

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  34. hi,my passport and my wife is getting over on 22/6/15 and i need to renew the same,what documents will be required by me to carry in original and self attested copy at mumbai and do i need police verification done pre or post issue and will i need to submit my bachelor of commerce degree cerificate for non ecnr stamp?

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    • My passpost is going to expired on 15.07.2015 , request to provide all require information related to renewal of it . one more thing , My earlier address has been also changed . Last, when i have made passport it was from the Ranchi (Jharkhand) and now i am staying in Jamnagar ( Gujarat) . Please advise ,wheather i may procced for the renewal from Jamnagar region ?

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      • You *must* apply from Jamnagar. Passport office can detect if anyone apply from different place from where he is actually staying and he will get fined heavily and a record will be entered under his name permanently for wrongful application details.
        Passport office is not like other central govt dept and have lot of data to cross check via software systems nowadays.
        All info you need is here : passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink
        Register for new user and apply ! Good luck !!

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  35. This is useful blog – thanks for the info . Another one that details the same steps that I found…The one below looks to be specific to hyderabad.
    routineblabber.blogspot.in/2015/04/how-to-reissue-your-passport-in-india.html

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  36. It pleasing to note the experience of such a simple and nice way to get the passport renewed without involving any agent. I remember the days of 1973 when several months have taken to get a passport and difficult part was police verification. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experiance

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  37. Already applied for passport on 09.09.2013. But police varification not issued till date,but the passport is urgently required. may i apply for tatkaal?

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    • sir , if i not make it to reach psk office due to illness so what should i do ? i already did 2 times rescheduled my appointment .please help me .

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