Are you bored wasting time and energy in standing lengthy queues at Passport offices in India to apply a new passport or renew it? Indian Government Passport Office has an online portal that lets you apply for new passport or renew your expiring passport by filling details online. By filling the details online you can complete half of the required formalities sitting at home and the rest of tasks like submitting required proofs, paying money etc at your regional passport office. Saves lot of time.
Advantages of Applying For Passport Online
Ask anyone who already obtained a passport by visiting the passport office, they will narrate stories of spending long time in queues. In certain office, the length of queues may require you to stand 3 to 4 hours. And sometimes by the time your turn comes, the officers may break for lunch, coffee or the day if your time is very bad. The main advantage of applying for passport using this online portal is – we can skip the process of standing in long queues to obtain tokens for submitting tokens and also we get a pre booked appointment with passport issuing officer for submitting the proofs and paying fees. When you submit the application online, an appointment will be booked automatically for submitting the required documents and fees so that you can just walk-in to passport office 15 minutes ahead of your appointment.
List Of Passport Offices Accepting Online Application Forms
I know that you are excited and all set to apply online, but hold on. The online Passport application submission is supported in 37 regional passport offices across India as I write this post. If you are residing in any of these cities, then only you can apply online – Ahemdabad, Amritsar, Bareilly, Bhopal, Bhubneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Madurai, Malappuram, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Srinagar, Surat, Thane, Trichy, Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam. Others should approach the passport office directly. Government is trying to expand this to other locations, so please check if place accepting online registration by visiting registration page(link given below).
Types Of Applications Accepted Online
The online system accepts following types of passport applications
- Fresh Passport / Renewal
- New Passport in lieu of Damaged/Lost Passport
- Passport for Children up to 15 Years of Age
- Re-issue of Passport / Additional Booklet
Indian Govt. Passport Office Website And Online Application URL
To apply for passport online visit the url https://passport.gov.in/pms/Information.jsp using Internet Explorer browser. This site may not work on your Firefox, Chrome or other browsers as the site request users to use Internet Explorer.
Here are few other links that will help you get more details on passport application
- Govt. Of India Passport Office Website
- Passport Application Fee Structure Information
- Passport Application Filling Guidelines
- Passport Application Check List
URL For NRIs To Apply Online
If you are an NRI then the above links and the list of supported Passport offices are not for you. NRIs should use the URL http://passport.gov.in/nri/OnlineRegistration.jsp for applying passport related services online. For more details you can visit special NRI section on Passport website.
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