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Passport Renewal Application NRI in India – Present Address, Previous Address ?

In Indian Passport by KumarUpdated : 9 Comments

In case you are not sure, if you can renew/ re-issue your passport as NRI in India, when you visit for vacation…the simple answer is yes, you can do that. You can check out article Passport Renewal Process NRI In India  as shared by our readers.  One of the most asked questions, is what should I fill in for my present address and previous address, when I fill out the passport online application?  We will share the info from users who have done renewal and passport office official response in this article.

What sounds correct for Present Address in Passport Application ?

In the past, we used to recommend that you need to fill in your current address abroad for the present address in application…while it sounds logical and correct, there were confusions and at the end of the day, users were not doing that.  Many were not discussing this openly, as it sounds like you are bending the rule by not stating the current fact that you are living abroad on paper.   We reached out to passport office and below is their official email response screenshot.  What they suggested is to furnish your Permanent address in India as your present and previous address, when you fill in the application. We have also checked with our readers, who previously submitted Passport Application as NRI in India and they all said that they used their address in India as Present and Previous address.

Indian Passport Renewal NRI Present and Previous Address What to Enter

Your Address from Old Passport ( about to expire ) and Current Address Same – Police Verification ?

If your address from old passport that is about to expire is same as current address and you have Aadhar Card on the same address, then there would be no police verification and you can apply on Tatkaal Mode. Of course, it is always subject to passport officer decision on the police verification and it depends.

What if your Address in India Changed in the last 10 years ?  Basically, your present address in India is different from the address printed in your passport that is expiring – Police Verification ?

In fact, one of our readers, had similar situation and she shared that there was Police Verification.  When police came to verify her at home, they asked questions about where she lives, where she works, etc. She said that she lives in X Country and have come for holiday. They made her handwrite a letter stating where she lives and what she does in X country and also the last 2 visit date details to India and sign the same letter.  So, be prepared for Police verification and plan your time, if there are address changes. Always, these are the discretion of the passport officer.

What has been your experience ? What did you put in for Present address when you filled application as NRI ?


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Comments ( 9 )

  1. raja

    am in Saudi Arabia, my passport expire on Dec 2020, I am going on vacation Oct 2019 to India, I can renew my passport now? I need to change the address is this police verification need? I need to add my wife’s name I have the marriage certificate, what other documents needed? I have 15day’s leave only I plan to apply tatkal, I will get a passport within 15days?

    1. administrator

      Yes, you can. Well, there maybe police verification when address is changed. Sure, that is not a problem, marriage certificate should be good enough. Oh well, 15 days is about good time, if your petition is accepted in tatkaal. But, you also need to be prepared for worst case situation, in case you do not get it on time…So, factor in that as well. If you are in time crunch, you can do it in Saudi as well, so that you are not in rush.

  2. Sai T

    Hi there
    I live in USA and am planning to apply for my passport renewal soon. In my current passport, which was issued in 2010, my home state is Andhra Pradesh but since the bifurcation of the state in 2014, it is Telangana now. Everything else is the same. So my question is, do I need to select change of address too while applying?

  3. Raja M

    We live in the USA. My daughter who is a minor had her passport renewed 5 years ago at San Francisco. The address in the passport is of the US address. Now we plan to renew it in India when my family goes for a visit to Bangalore. I have applied online and taken a tatkal appointment. She has an aadhar card (which was made when we came to India sometime back). Now we do not have any permanent residence in India.
    So I am wondering if they will renew passport in India and since we do not have a permanent residence. And secondly, where will they despatch the passport, because we do not have an address proof for any address in India….

  4. shamala

    I am residing at Malaysia since 4 years. I got to know that my passport was without address verification when I applied to Reissue it here in kuala Lumpur under damage condition in september 2018 and couldn’t make time to go back India at the same time to clear that adverse condition. As it was some emergency to get passport , my request was considered by Indian high commission and approved me 2 year temporary passport on 10th oct 2018 adviced I need to reissue passport in India within this time period.
    Now I am planning to go to India to reissue passport( EXP date:9th Oct 2020)

    pls advice in this condition

    Can I apply through Tatkal?
    What documents I need to carry?
    Permanent address is same as in previous passport but which was somehow not verified:(

    1. administrator

      Well, with your situation, I am not sure. They may or may not go for address verification. it all depends on your profile and Passport officer decision. The documents are pretty much as what you see in the above article.

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