PASSPORT APPLICATION SERVICE
When an individual looks to apply for a passport, it is necessary to book an appointment at the Regional Passport Office or the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs). This can be done by logging into the official website of Passport Seva, filling up the passport application form and paying the requisite fees. Once the appointment is booked, the applicant must get the printout of the ARN receipt and visit the place where the appointment is scheduled to process the passport application.
If you are planning to travel abroad, either solo or with family and friends, having a passport is mandatory as without it you cannot visit other countries. However, to apply for a passport it is not necessary that you need to plan on travelling abroad. A passport can be availed by an individual at any time provided they produce the necessary documents. A passport does not guarantee entry into any country but is a prerequisite to travel. A passport in India is valid for a period of only 10 years. To continue availing the benefits of the passport, the individual needs to renew the passport before the expiry of 10 years or after the validity expires. It needs to be mentioned that a passport is widely accepted as a proof of identification, address and age. As such, having a passport is extremely useful as it comes in handy at many points in an individual’s life.
Passport Renewal Process in IndiaWhen it comes to renewal of passports in India, individuals can avail two modes. One is the online mode and the other being the offline mode. Here, we explain both the processes in a detailed manner. For applicants who wish to apply online, they need to ensure that the steps mentioned below are followed:
Registering Online for Passport Renewal ProcessThe first step in looking to applying for passport renewal through online requires the applicant to have a passport account on the official website of Passport Seva. An individual can create a passport account by following the steps mentioned below:
Filling in the Passport Renewal ApplicationNext step in the process of applying for passport renewal is filling in the form available on the website. The individual needs to provide details like current address, of his/her spouse among other basic details. The individual also needs to provide the details of two local references who can be contacted in case police verification is required to be carried out. It needs to be remembered that the individual must click ‘validate’ and save the form after he/she enters the city or village. The saved file is required to be uploaded to the same page where it was downloaded from. Thereafter, the details will automatically be entered in the form. After filling in the form, the individual needs to verify all the details to ensure that there is no mistake in the form.
Booking a Slot to Get Renewed Passport
Next part in the process is scheduling an interview. The individual can do it by clicking on ‘Schedule Appointment’. Next, the applicant needs to select an available slot which is convenient from him/her. Once confirmed, the appointment at the passport office in scheduled.
Visiting the Passport Office to Renew Passport
After scheduling the appointment, the individual must go to the passport office on the date of appointment. There he/she will be allotted a group number. The number should be mentioned on the form. When your number is called, the applicant needs to go with the group to the next room and start the application process. Once the process is successfully completed, the validity will be changed on the passport.
Documents Required for Passport Renewal
When an individual applies for the renewal of passport, there are certain documents that needs to be submitted along with the application form. The Passport Seva Kendra website has a ‘Document Advisor’ for renewal of passport. The individual needs to select the details for renew and a list of the required documents will be generated. Some of the required documents needed are as follows: