Passport application: How to apply for a passport online

By | December 25, 2023

Over time, going abroad has become more popular due to globalization. However, in contrast to domestic travel, overseas travel necessitates the possession of a passport. Because of this, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs consistently gets a massive volume of passport applications.

The government developed the Passport Seva website in response to the rising demand for passports. It makes it easy for people all around the country to make appointments, pay costs, and submit passport applications. We’ve outlined the procedures in this post to assist you in applying for an Indian passport.


How to apply for an online passport in India

These are the many stages for filing an online passport application in India.

1. Open the Passport Seva website and log in.
You must first access your Passport Seva online account by logging in.

Step 1: Go to the Passport Seva website and, depending on your registration status, select either “New User Registration” or “Existing User Login.”
Step 2: You can proceed with the registration procedure as a new user. (Present users can go to the following stage.)
Step 3: To log in, use your login ID and password and do the captcha verification.

2. Decide on a passport application type.
After logging in, choose from the choices below to begin the passport application process.

  • New passport or passport reissue
  • Diplomatic or official passports

3. Complete the online application.
The processes for applying for a passport online are as follows.

Step 1: Select the kind of passport application that you wish to submit.
Step 2: Accurately fill out the necessary information.
Step 3: Carefully review all the information, then click “Submit.”

4. Make an appointment and pay the costs.
You can pay the required fees and make an appointment by following the procedures listed below after submitting your online application.

Step 1: Return to the main screen and choose “View Saved/Submitted Applications.”
Step 2: From all the options that are now shown on your screen, select “Pay and Schedule Appointment.”
Step 3: Make an appointment and choose the PSK or Passport Seva Kendra.
Step 4: Use your preferred online payment method to pay the process’s specified costs.
Step 5: Print the application receipt or consult the text message that was delivered to your phone with your Application Reference Number (ARN).

Documents needed to apply for a passport online

The following paperwork must be submitted, either online or offline, with a new passport application.

Proof of address, such as a utility bill, rent agreement, or Aadhaar card
Proof of age (birth certificate, PAN card, voter ID, Aadhaar card, etc.)
Non-ECR: No Need for an Emigration Check written evidence, if any

Eligibility Criteria to apply for a passport

An individual can apply for a passport in India if they meet the following requirements.

  • The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
  • A passport may be applied for by adults who are 18 years of age or older.
  • In India, individuals under the age of eighteen (18) may also apply for a passport. A minor’s passport (those between the ages of 15 and 18) can have a full 10-year validity.

Validity of Passport

Here is a summary if you would like to know when your passport expires or becomes invalid.

  • A standard passport has ten years from the date of issuance to renew itself, whether it has sixty or thirty pages.
  • A juvenile’s passport is valid for five years, or until the minor turns eighteen, whichever comes first.
  • A minor’s passport (for those between the ages of 15 and 18) may also have a 10-year full validity period.

How to track the status of your passport application

Once everything is finished, you may follow these procedures on the official webpage to find out the status of your passport application.

Step 1: Go to the Passport Seva platform’s main page.
Step 2: Press the “Track Application Status” button.
Step 3: Enter information such as your “Application Type,” “File Number,” and “Date of Birth” on the next screen.
Step 4: To see the status of your application, click the “Track Status” option.