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How to Apply for Passport Online in India ? (Complete Procedure)

How to Apply for Passport Online in India ?

Every Indian Citizen should have Indian Passport as it is the biggest proof of Citizenship. The Offline process to apply for Passport is really time consuming. So, with time the Ministry of External Affairs have started the Online Procedure for Passport applicants.  Nowadays, most of the people follow the Online Procedure for applying for Indian Passport. You must not entertain any Agents for this purpose. This is a simple procedure which you can follow by yourself and would just Cost you Rs.1500 whereas agents could charge you anywhere between Rs.6000-Rs.10000 or even more.

Also Read : Drive from Delhi to Thailand Via Myanmar with Indian Passport 

So, lets get started with the process of ‘How to Apply for Passport Online in India’

apply passport online in india

Step 1 :  First you need to reach the Passport Seva Website. Go to Google and type Passport Seva, click on the first link & you will reach the Passport Seva Website.

Step 2Click on Register Now at the left hand side. You will be directed to a User Registration Form.

Step 3 : Fill this User Registration Form as described below and Click on Register

How to apply for passport online in india application form

Step 4 : After successfully completing the User Registration, you will reach the Applicant Home Page. Here you need to Click on the first link i.e, ” Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport

Filling Application Form 

Step 5

Here you will find 2 Alternatives to fill up your Passport Application Form

Alternative 1 :

Downloading the Soft Copy(Pdf Format) of the Application form. Filling it up Offline and Uploading after filling it up completely (Highly Recommended)

Alternative 2 :

Filling up the form Online and Submitting instantly

We would recommend you to go with the Alternative 1 as you can take as much time as you need to fill up the form as you can do it offline.

How to Follow Alternative 1 :

  • Click on the link to download the application form i.e., ” Click here to download the Soft Copy of the Form “.
  • Once you click on this link, your form will be downloaded in a Zip Folder.
  • Please Unzip this folder to find the Passport Application Form in Pdf Fomat
  • Double Click to Open this file.

Step 6 : Filling Up the Passport Application Form :

Apply Passport Online Filling up Form

  • Select Applying for Fresh Passport ( For First Time Applicants) / Re-issue of Passport (For Re-Issuing of Passport)
  • Type of Application should be Normal . People who want a Passport in emergency may Select Tatkal
  • Select the Number of Pages you want in the Passport Booklet
  • Enter your Given Name/ First Name
  • Enter your Surname 
  • Select YES if you are known by any other names as well.Mention your Other Name(s) and Surname(s). Otherwise Select NO
  • Select YES if you have ever changed your name. Mention your Old name(s) and Surname(s). Otherwise Select NO
  • Enter your Date of Birth in DD/MM/YYYY format. Eg 22/07/1987
  • Select YES if your place of Birth is Out of India. All Indian Citizens must select NO
  • Enter the name of your Village/City/Town, State, District 
  • Enter your Gender (Male/Female) & Marital Status (Single/Married/Widow/Divorced/Separated)
  • All India Citizens must select Citizen of India by Birth
  • Enter your Pan Card Number and Voter ID Card Number (If Available). If you do not have a Pan Card and/or Voter ID, you can leave the respective box blank.
  • Select your Employment Type 
  • Select YES if your Father/Mother/Spouse is a Government Servant. Otherwise Select NO.
  • Select your Educational Qualification 
  • If your Qualification is 10th Standard or Above then you are eligible for Non-ECR Category. Otherwise NO
  • You must mention about any Mark on your Face/Neck/Shoulder which is clearly visible
  • Mention your Aadhaar Card Number (If Available)
  • Mention your Father’s Name & Surname, your Legal Guardian’s Name(If Applicable) , your Mother’s Name & Surname, your Spouse’s Name & Surname. Note : Given Name should also include Middle name (If Any)
  • Select NO if your Present Address is in India. Otherwise Select YES.
  • Select YES if you Permanent Address is same as your Present Address. Otherwise Select NO.
  • Fill out your Emergency Contact Details such as Emergency Contact Person’s Name & Address, Mobile Number, Telephone Number & Email Address.
  • Fill out the Contact details of 2 References in your City/Town/Village :  Contact Person’s Name & Address, Mobile Number & Telephone Number.
  • Enter your Previous Passport Application Details : Select YES if you have held any Official or Diplomatic Passport. Otherwise select NO. If you have applied for a passport before and it was not issued to you, then Select YES. Otherwise Select NO
  • Enter Other Details : (1) If you have charged with any criminal proceedings ever, Select YES. Otherwise Select NO. (2) In the last 5 years, if have you been convicted by any Court or been jailed for 2 years of More Select YES. Otherwise Select NO (3) If you have ever been refused or denied for Passport , Select YES. Otherwise Select NO. (4) If your passport has even been impounded or revoked, you must Select YES. Otherwise Select NO. (5) If you have ever applied for any political asylum in any other country, Select YES. Otherwise Select NO. (6) If you have ever returned to India on Emergency Certificate or have been deported by any other country, Select YES. Otherwise Select NO.
  • Read the Self Declaration & Check on I Agree
  • Mention the Name of the Place and Date 
  • Finally click on Validate and Save. This will save your Passport Application E-form in Xml Format. This completes your for filling process to apply passport online.

Know about : List of Documents accepted as Address & Date of Birth Proof ?

Step 7 : Now, you need to be on the Applicant Home Page again &  Click on the Link ” Apply for Fresh Passport/ Re-issue a Passport ” . In Alternative 1, there is a link to upload your e-form. Click on the link “Click here to upload the filled form.”

Step 8 : Choose your fully filled XML E-form from your Computer’s Directory Path. Click on YES if you want to go for Passport Seva Services. Otherwise Click NO. Check if you want to enrol for any other extra benefits. Finally Click on Upload to submit your E-form. This will generate your ARN Number. You can now check your Submitted Application with ARN Number at Applicant Home Page.

Step 9 : For booking an Appointment at your Passport Seva Kendra(PSK) or Regional Passport Office (RPO), you need to select your ARN Number in Applicant Home Page. Just below your details click on the link to Book an Appointment. You will get the availability of dates and respective PSK and/or RPO. You may finalize the date of appointment according to your convenience.

A fee of Rs.1500 will be charged for Booking the Appointment. Three chances are given to the person for Booking an Appointment with the payment of Rs.1500. Accepted mode of Payment is by Credit/Debit Cards, By Bank Deposit or By Bank Draft. In the process to apply passport Online and Booking appointment, this is a must process.

Apply Passport Online Girl Indian

Note : Remember to carry all your Original documents and 2 set of Self Attested Photostat copies of each. Also carry your duly signed Passport form with your photograph pasted on it.

Passport Appointment 

When you reach the Regional Passport Office or Passport Seva Kendra on you Appointment Date and Time,

1. Your Original Documents will be checked and you will be asked for the Photostat Documents.

2. After verification of your Documents, you will be asked to give your Biometric Information like your Finger Prints and Thumb Impressions of both the hands. Your photograph will also be clicked for online records. In this step also, you may be asked to show your Original Documents.

3. After completing both the above steps, you will be handed over a Final Acknowledgement Receipt, which you must keep safely.

Police Verification 

2-3 weeks after your Appointment Date, you will be intimated about the Initiation of Police Verification Request for your Passport Application File at the Police Station/Thana specified by you while filling up the Application Form.

If you did not receive any intimation, you can track the status of your Passport Application by entering your File Number and Date of Birth.

You will receive an e-mail as specified below:-

Passport Police Verification

You will go through Police Verification at the address specified by you. At the time of Police Verification, you will also be asked for the Photostat copies of all the documents which you submitted at your RPO/PSK with your Application. Also, you will be required to take Signature, Name & Addresses of 2 Witnesses on a Police Verification Form issued by the Police Department. The invigilating officer will provide you with this Form. Within 1-2 weeks after the ‘Clear’ Police Verification Report , you will undergo LIU Verification.

Important Note : If your verification is not done within 3 weeks, you should get in touch with your Police Station.

LIU (Local Intelligence Unit) Verification

Lastly, you will under LIU Verification in which you will be asked few basic questions about your Family, your profession, your permanent address, father’s /Husband’s Name and Profession etc.

Once you have a clear LIU Verification, Your Passport will be dispatched to your Postal Address approximately within a month’s time. You will receive an Email and SMS as soon as your Passport is dispatched with the details of Speed Post.

Important Note : During Police Verification or LIU Verification, you may be asked for some Bribe. We request you not to entertain any Bribe at any point of time during the Complete Procedure while making your Passport. Remember that Rs.1500 is the Total Fee you pay while Booking your Appointment. You do not have to pay any other fee apart from this Amount. Don’t forget to file a complaint to passport vigilance if asked for a bribe.

This is the procedure of ‘How to Apply for Passport Online in India?’. If you have any doubts or queries on the process to apply passport online, you may leave your comments below.

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About Anirudh Singh

Anirudh Singh is a passionate blogger and the man behind Amazing India Blog. He has 5 years of experience in the newspaper industry and he founded Amazing India Blog in 2015. Apart from writing and editing articles on Travel, Business and Technology at Amazing India Blog, he also contributes to other well known newspapers and online news blogs.


  1. Hi,
    I wanted to apply for tatkal passport,
    I leave in rented house, so i don’t have any address proof, can you tell me how should i proceed.

  2. In case you are living on a rented accommodation, you need to provide a Registered Rent Agreement as a proof of Address. Please note that the Registered rent Agreement will only be accepted if you are staying at the same address for more than 1 Year.

  3. -I have no birth certificate and can i apply passport based on school makesheet
    -My DOB 20/08/1993

  4. Hello Krishan,

    A Birth Certificate is a mandatory DOB Proof for all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989.
    Don’t worry ! Now also you can apply for a new Birth Certificate. Once you have it, you can proceed with the Passport Application.

    Please Refer :: https://amazingindiablog.in/indian-passport-documents-required/

  5. I want to apply for tatkal. Do I need Annexure I?
    Do I need photos that are to be pasted in docs with white background?

  6. Helo Megha,

    Thanks for Writing !

    In tatkal Application, When you submit your Photos, they should always be in White Background. Yes, Please Submit Verification Certificate as per Annexure F AND A Standard Affidavit as per annexure I OR Any 3 Documents out of the 16 Documents listed below

    a. Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC);
    b. Service Photo Identity Card issued by State/Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings, local bodies or Public
    Limited Companies;
    c. SC/ST/ OBC Certificates;
    d. Freedom Fighter Identity Cards;
    e. Arms Licenses;
    f. Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds etc.;
    g. Rations Cards;
    h. Pension Documents such as ex-servicemen’s Pension Book/Pension Payment order, ex-servicemen’s
    Widow/Dependent Certificates, Old Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order
    i. Railway Identity Cards;
    j. Income Tax Identity (PAN) Cards;
    k. Bank/ Kisan/ Post Office Passbooks;
    l. Student Photo Identity Cards issued by Government Recognized Educational Institutions in respect of full time
    m. Driving Licenses (valid and within the jurisdiction of State of submission of application);
    n. Birth Certificates issued under the RBD Act
    o. Gas Connection Bill (of one year before and current bill)
    p. Aadhaar Letter/Card

  7. Hi Anirudh

    Thanx so much for your reply.

    Actually I just browsed the passport website and they say affidavit as per Annexure I is mandatory. So do I need to visit notary and ask them to prepare it before applying for passport?

  8. i applied to passport but the transcation of creadit amount is failed for appoitment due to refresh
    Know how to pay amount for the appointment

    plz tell the procedure

  9. Also my dads name’s spelling is slightly diff in election id than other docs so out of 16 it is mandatory to bring one doc from point 1-9 and I have only ration card in name of my dad. My name is also entered in it so can I include it with adhar n driving license?

  10. Hello Megha,

    The Notary will prepare Annexure I for you in just 10 minutes. Just carry a printout of the specimen of Annexure I and ask the Notary to copy the text exactly as it is.

    Download the Specimen of Annexure I : http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/AnnexureI.pdf

  11. You must not refresh while you are making any transaction online. Make the payment at one go.

  12. i am already last the payment page tell me how to pay with opt….

  13. Hello Megha,

    They will usually have more focus on you name and not on your dad’s name. It will work according to me and there are 99.9% chances of it. However, if you are really cautious about it, you can get your father’s name updated in your Voter ID Card. Remember, this could take at least 2-3 months or even more. I would suggest you that you must apply with your current documents and I suppose all will be fine. Don’t Worry, Go Ahead !

  14. Suryakant Bhargava

    Hi Anirudh, there is very useful information you have provided in your blog. I also want to apply for the Passport and i have following documents:
    1- Voter ID.
    2- Birth Certificate.
    3- Bank Statement for more than a year.

    The only thing i am worried about that my 10th Marksheet has the name printed as “Surya Kant Bhargav” instead of “Suryakant Bhargava”.

    You can see there is extra space in first name and the last does not have “a”.

    Do i need to make this correction first in my 10th Marksheet OR it will be okay and other documents will be sufficient for the application??

    Kindly let me know.

  15. Hello Suryakant,

    You will have to correct your Name in High School Marksheet only.

    If you had same name on Birth certificate and High School Marksheet, then just by providing an Annexure E, the documents would have been Sufficed. Nowadays, the procedure to make correction on High School marksheet is quite easier as it can also be done online, at least for ICSE, CBSE and a few state boards.

  16. What is police clearance certificate.who has to submit that.can we avoid police verification if we submit that form.

  17. You need a PCC when applying for visas of certain countries and in certain cases while applying for a passport.

  18. I need a passport for my wife. Her name has changed after marriage and is not as per the 10th mark sheet. However, her Adhar Card & Driving license has the new name. Will I require a marriage certificate or affidavit for the same before applying for the passport. Should I mention the name change in the application form. Kindly advice.

  19. Hi Raji,

    Yes you need to mention the new name of your wife on the application as you have already changed her name on documents like Aadhaar card and DL. Yes, your wife will need a Joint Affidavit of Name Change (Annexure D) or a Marriage certificate. I would suggest you to get an Affidavit from a Notary, which will not take more than 10 mins. Rest all is fine !

  20. yesterday i recived message regarding police verification so i approach my two witness to come with me but unfortunatily one of my witness had gone abroad two days back only so what is alternative for me .

  21. Hello Ali,

    You can find another witness in your locality. Verification Officer will just need their name, address and signature and nothing else.

  22. I want to apply for passport-reissue in India with the same address. The address in my passport is still my permanent residence in India, however I dont stay in India now. I am planning to re-issue when I come and stay there for vacation. So should I mark yes or no for the field “is your present address in India”. Should I mark yes or no for “is your permanent address the same as present address”

    Thank you very much!!

  23. Hello Sandhya,

    As it clearly states, your present address is not in India. You must mark NO for it. Also, where it says “is your permanent address the same as the present address” is not true in your case, so you must mark NO here.

  24. Thanks for your time and response. So for people who stay outside the country, what are the options for re-issuing passport in India? If they are not able to re-issue in their country of residence? It is still our own home so I assumed it will always be my permanent residence.

  25. You will need to mention your current address where you are staying right now(your present address which is out of India). However, you also need to mention you permanent address(which is in India). And the condition which says ” is your present address the same as permanent address” is not true. Hope you are getting my point.

  26. Thank you very much for the clear response. I understand. I was confused whether there were separate rules for people who stay outside India while maintaining a permanent residence in India. Thanks.

  27. You’re Welcome sandhya, Good Luck !

  28. Hi … Can we submit driving license as address proof ..because in my votor I’d date of birth is not matching with the birth certificate and 10 th marks card

  29. Hi Arpitha,

    Driving License is not accepted as an Address Proof. Click on the link below to Find the list of documents accepted as Address Proof while applying for a passport.


  30. Thanks a lot Anirudh for such clear and concise information. The only problem is I tried to renew my passport before going through your tutorial and now I am stuck.

    I basically tried using Alternative 2 i.e. fill the application form online.

    I have only filled in the details that were readily available with me and was planning to fill in the rest of the details later. I did not note down the generated reference number and now I am unable to access the saved information.

    As per the link : http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/procFormSubOnl
    I should be able to see a “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport” link but it’s not visible now. I am unable to edit saved details. Please note that I am yet to submit the application.

    Can i go for alternative 1 now?

  31. Hi Anu,

    It is always recommended to Use Alternative 1 as you can take as much time as you want to fill up the application form. Do check all the information before uploading the form. Do remember that till the time you do not make payment for an appointment, that particular application will not be considered. So, make sure you make payment for your appointment corresponding to the new application.

  32. Hi,

    Thanks for this wonderful article. I read few replies for present address is out of India but still they are not clear. First, can a person with present address out of India apply for renewal of passport in India during short visit to his permanent address (passport has Indian address) ? Second, if yes, then how the present address (abroad address) will be verified by police for PCC as it is mandatory when address too is changing during renewal ?

  33. Hi Aslam,

    Indians residing abroad and visiting India for a short period: SVP(Short Validity Passport) can be issued immediately, valid for one year, on production of return ticket to the country from which the applicant came and/or a document of identity such as driving license, Green Card, employment permit, social security card, health card, labour card etc. indicating the applicant’s identity and nationality.

  34. Hi Anirudh,

    First of all a beautifully described article.

    I have applied my passport in Chhattisgarh state and now after marriage i have shifted to Karnataka. So if i have to apply for re-issue of passport having the changed name, can you please let me know the procedure and what all documents i need to submit?

    I have the marriage certificate with me.

    Actually i am more interested to know about the police verification procedure, where it’s is going to happen?

  35. Hi Charu,

    Thanks that you liked the Article !

    For re-issue of passport with changed name, the procedure is same as you apply for fresh passport application. Just that you would need to select the option of Re-issue. You will need to provide (a) Copy of First 2 and Last 2 Pages of your Passport (b) Marriage Certificate (c) Address Proof (For your current address)

    Police verification happens at all the addresses where you have stayed in last 1 year (which you fill up in the application form).

  36. Hi,
    I am applying for passport for me as well as my parents. I have registered myself and created an account on the passport seva office. Do I need to create seperate accounts for my parents or I can apply for them from my account only?

  37. Hi Abhay,

    You can apply from the same account, you dont need to create separate accounts.

  38. What if i select no on ecr category i know that means those who r not 10 pass but i want to k now that what was the difference between this non ecr and ecr is that means I can’t able go to some country’s or i can’t do job in foreign countries or what I didn’t understand that plz thell me

  39. Hi Monty,

    It stands for, “Emigration check required” status. It is endorsed in passports in case if a person is leaving from his/her native country to another country for job/employment. The ECR stamp is endorsed to the passports of those people who have no educational qualifciations or who have educational qualification below 10th standard. It is required for the safety of our Indian citizens in abroad due to the legal conditions of other countries and is based on different conditions or situations.

    Read : https://amazingindiablog.in/what-is-non-ecr-category-in-passport/

  40. Hi,
    I have created an account on Passport Seva. My permanent address is of Buldhana, and I have been living in Mumbai for my studies since the last 1 and half years.
    I stayed at a place in Mumbai for around 10 months, and have now shifted to a new room. I have still not completed an year at my current place of residence.
    What all addresses am I required to mention in the form?
    Where will the Police verification be done at Buldhana or in Mumbai?
    Do I need to select a PSK in Mumbai or near my permanent residence?

  41. Hi Rahul,

    1. You need to mention all the addresses where you have lived in last 1 year. Verification will be done on all the addresses where you have stayed in past 1 year. However, you need to provide the address proof of only the current residence.
    2. You must choose a PSK where you are staying right now.

  42. In my 10th memo In my father name there is now space in Mohammad abdulraheem/ but in my birth certificate there is now space in my father’s name /Mohammad Abdul raheem /so its an any issue

  43. I want to applied for fresh passport, tell me how many documents required

  44. there is one option upload documents, it is necessary

  45. Hi Tushar,

    You will need :

    1. Address Proof
    2. DOB Proof
    3. NON-ECR Proof

  46. That is not mandatory. Even if you upload the documents you will be asked for documents at the PSK.

  47. Hi Rashad,

    An affidavit supporting the same will solve the issue.

  48. H!!
    I am from assam . Now curently residing in jaipur. So whether i need to apply from assam passport regional office or i can apply same from jaipur

  49. Hi Manish,

    You must apply from your current address only.

  50. Hi,
    1. Can I apply passport online for 6 months old baby??
    2. As a father I am living abroad what documents should I send from my side to India.
    3. Is Police clearance certificate required for baby passport?

    Thanks for your reply in advance.

  51. Hi Prakash,

    1. Yes, offcourse you can apply for your 6 months old baby under minor category.
    2. For minor applicants, present address proof document in the name of parent(s) can be submitted. As you are out of India, your wife’s address proof will be considered. She will also need to submit a copy of her passport. For minor applicants, copies of documents can be attested by parents.
    3. No police clearance will be required, however you would need Annexure H (http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/AnnexureH.pdf) & DOB Proof(A Birth Certificate can be submitted)

    Do remember that the minor applicant is eligible for Non-ECR till he/she attains the age of 18 years. Once your child attains the age of 18 years, he/she needs to re-issue the passport by submitting the Non-ECR proof.

  52. Hi Anirudh,

    I need ur valuable advice. I need to get my husband’s name on my passport but I don’t have the marriage certificate. Is there any other way to get the spouse name on the passport without the marriage certificate?

  53. Dear Anirudh Singh,

    Thank for your prompt reply & kind explanation.

    I have input all the information in the online form and submit it successfully.
    Now, when I view the input information I find a minor mistakes but I am not able to edit it.
    Could you please advise me how to edit once submit button is pressed??

  54. Hi Prakash,

    If you have already submitted a form and you have not booked your appointment, you can ignore that application and fill another form. But if you already have booked an appointment, dont worry minor mistakes can be corrected in the PSK during your appointment visit.

  55. Hi Gogi,

    Yes there is very simple way with which you can get your husband’s name in your passport (but only if you have changed your name or surname after marriage). Get an Annexure D(Joint Affidavit) by any Notary.

  56. Hi I am syda,I don’t have ‘date of birth certificate’, is there any process without ‘date of birth certificate’ apply the passport.plss tellme,without date of birth I have all other documents.

  57. Hi Syda,

    If you are born after 26.01.1989, it is mandatory to submit a Birth Certificate. Don’t worry you can get a Birth Certificate within 7 days from your local municipal/nagar nigam office.

  58. Hi,
    Thanks for this wonderful blog.It has lot of valuable information.

    I have a valid passport which is expiring in 2017, so i just plan to renew it. I got married in 2013 and my wife’s name in her passport is the name which she was using before marriage. I also wanted to include my spouse name in my passport, so what all documents are required for the re-issuance and for the addition of spouse name.
    Also, the address which is mentioned in my passport is my permanent address of Madhya Pradesh where i am currently not staying and i am currently staying on a rented apartment in Pune( From last 3 years on the same apartment)As an address proof i need to produce Registered rent agreement or Gas -connection bill would suffice. Once this process is done i would like to go for my daughter’s passport or it can be done simultaneously.

    Awaiting for your reply. Thanks in Advance!!

  59. Hi Ankur,

    First of all, if you want to include your wife’s new name in your passport you must make sure that she has her new name in her Address Proof Documents like Bank Passbook, Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card etc. Get her name changed in at least 2 documents. Once this is done, you can make an Annexure D(Joint Affidavit) by a Notary with your and your wife’s joint photo and signature on it. Your Rent agreement and gas connection bill will be considered if they are on your name.

    Remember that once you have your passport with the new address and your wife’s name on it, It will also be considered as an address proof document for your wife. Also, using your passport she can endorse your name on her passport. It will be good if you apply for your daughter’s passport after you get your passport.

  60. Hi Anirudh,

    I need ur valuable advice. I am going to apply new fresh passport , I need to get my wife name on my passport but I don’t have the marriage certificate. Is there any other way to get the wife name on the passport without the marriage certificate?

  61. Hi Alagendran,

    A gazette notification for change of name or annexure D will also do.

  62. Hai I am applying for passport but there is one problem. I won’t get thumb print by biometric machine.what can I do now???? Bez my fingers are so sensitive and I have sweating problem.. What I should do plzzzz tel me????

  63. Hi Humera,

    You can confirm it by calling Passport Helpline

  64. My present address is different from the address which is written in my voter id card. Will I face any problem? If yes then what is the solution? Plz help me.