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How to Apply For a Passport Online?



What is an Indian Passport?

An Indian passport is an official document issued by order of the President of India to Indian citizens for the purpose of travelling abroad. The passport is a mandatory document for people travelling internationally. It enables the individual to provide proof of Indian citizenship according to the passport act, 1967. The Ministry of external affairs is responsible for issuing passports to its citizens. The passport Seva unit is authorized with the task of issuing passports on demand to eligible Indian citizens.

Types of Passports issued in India:

There are three types of passports that are issued by the government of India. They are as follows:

  • The regular Indian passport: This type of passport is issued to common citizens and even VIPs and is used for regular or ordinary travel on personal grounds. Also called as Type P where P is indicative of personal, this passport comes in booklets of either 36 or 60 pages. These passports do not provide any special privileges to the holder.
  • The official Indian passport: This type of passport is issued to Government employees who are travelling on National duty to represent the country. These passports are not issued to individuals travelling on overseas assignments, but only to people who travel internationally on official state business. No special privileges are enjoyed by the holder of an Official passport.
  • The diplomatic Indian passport: Probably the most elite kind of all passports, the Diplomatic Indian Passport is given to top ranking officials of the Indian Foreign Service travelling on duty, their dependents and essentially, anyone appointed with the status of a Diplomat.

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How to Apply For a Passport Online?

Passport Application Online:

1. Logging in:

  • Visit the official website of the passport Seva and find the section ‘Apply’
  • Existing users can login using the user ID and password.
  • Register and create an account if you are a first time user.
  • To register click on ‘register now’ under the ‘new user’ tab.
  • The applicant is then redirected to the page for user registration where the user must fill in the necessary details.
  • In the first field, the applicant will have to choose where they are registering i.e. either CPV Delhi or the Passport Office. (CPV is for application of diplomatic/official passports. However, these passports can also be applied through Passport Seva Kendras).
  • The applicant must choose the passport office based on his/her current address of residence.
  • Select the login ID and enter the password and confirm.
  • Provide a hint question and answer and enter the captcha code and click on ‘Register’.

2. Choosing the application type:

  • After the log in, applicant has access to the site and the user is redirected to the ‘applicant home page’.
  • On this page the applicant can choose the kind of passport he/she wants to apply for. The options are – fresh passport/ passport reissue, diplomatic passport/ official passport, police clearance certificate (PCC) and identity certificate.

3. Filling the application form:

  • The user has to fill the application form. The application can be filled either online or offline.
  • To fill the application form offline, first click on the link provided to download the application form in soft copy.
  • The applicant is redirected to a page ‘Download e-form’. There is a link to the electronic form that provides these choices - Fresh/reissue, Diplomatic/Official, Police Clearance Certificate and Identity Certificate
  • Click on the appropriate link to download the form.
  • Fill the online form and click on the link that mentions ‘upload e-form’.
  • Finally upload the duly filled application form.
  • To fill the passport application form online the user/applicant click on the link provided on the homepage on the passport seva website.
  • By clicking on the link the user is redirected to the ‘passport page’ where the applicant must choose from the options -  Fresh passport or reissue of passport, Normal/Tatkal, Booklet of 36 pages/60 pages and Validity of 10 years/up to 18 years of age/not applicable.
  • After selecting the correct option choose the ‘next’ icon.
  • On doing so, the applicant will be taken to the subsequent pages that denotes different sections of the application that need to be filled.

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4. Proceed to Pay and book appointment:

  • The applicant must go to the ‘application home’ page.
  • Click on ‘view saved/ submitted applications’.
  • A page will be displayed containing the details of the application submitted.
  • The applicant needs to select the ARN of the form submitted.
  • A table containing some options will be displayed. The user/applicant is required to click on ‘pay and schedule appointment’ from the options provided.
  • This initiates the payment process. Next, the applicant is required to choose the mode of payment from among the two provided, viz. Online payment and Challan payment.

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Fees Structure for Indian Passport:

The details of the fees that need to be paid are mentioned in the application form at the time of filling. The table shows the fees that must be paid for issuing new passport under the regular passport (P-Type) category:

Serial number







Fresh passport of 10 years validity containing 36 number of pages ( including minors between 15 to 18 years of age)



Fresh passport of 60 pages of 10 years validity



Fresh passport for minors below 15 years of age



Duplicate passport containing 36 pages in case of lost, damaged or stolen passport



Duplicate passport containing 60 pages in case of lost, stolen or damaged passport



Police clearance certificate/ ECNR/ Additional endorsements



In case of change of personal details mentioned in the passport


Why is an Indian passport Necessary?

Passport is an essential official document that a citizen is required to carry while travelling to other countries. It enables the bearer of the passport to travel internationally and the passport authenticates the bearer identity and citizenship. A passport must always be complemented with a travel visa, which is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country you are visiting.

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