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How To Check Passport Status In India Research Team | Posted On Friday, February 22,2019, 01:24 PM

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How To Check Passport Status In India



What Is Passport?

Passport is an official document issued to the general public by the ministry of external affairs MEA, on behalf of the Government of India. Passport is an extremely sensitive document and individuals must possess passport in order to travel abroad. Passport is considered a certification of the nationality and identity of an individual by the Government.

Passport contains photograph, full legal name, full residential address with pin code, place of birth and signature of the passport holder.

Passport applicant’s complete background verification is done before issuing passport. If there is an adverse report, then the passport will not be issued. Passport is a requisite document to travel abroad and hence the government ensures passport does not fall into the wrong hands. Obtaining passport is considered a tedious and herculean task, but thanks to TCS outsourcing, it’s relatively easy.

On successful submission of application for passport at the time of document verification at a Passport Seva Kendra, PSK or a passport camp, individuals receive a ‘file number’ which is used to track passport status.

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How To Check Passport Status Online?

To check passport status, you must have the file number. To get file number, your application for passport must be successfully submitted at a Passport Seva Kendra or a passport camp. Following are the ways of checking passport status:

  • Passport Tracking By National Call Centre: You must follow the below mentioned steps to track passport status by calling National call centre:
  • Call the toll free number 1800-258-1800
  • You can either key in your file number by interacting with IVR or speak to a passport executive.
  • Read out the file number to passport executive on call with you, they will track and update passport status.
  • Tracking Passport Status By Helpdesk: You must follow the below mentioned steps to track passport status by helpdesk:
  • Log on to
  • Find the details of your regional passport office.
  • You can call the phone number which will be answered by a passport executive who shall assist with tracking passport status.
  • You may drop an email to the email address mentioned with your file number. Your passport status would be updated by an email.
  • Check Passport Status through SMS: If you opt for premium SMS service at the time of application for passport, there’s a charge of Rs 30 payable at Passport Seva Kendra. Your passport status would be updated through SMS at each stage.

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You can also track passport status by sending an SMS to 9704100100. The SMS must comprise of the 15 digit alphanumeric file number, issued after the successful submission of passport application at the time of document verification at a Passport Seva Kendra or passport camp. 

  • Passport Status Tracking By M Passport Seva App: The Ministry of external affairs, MEA, has launched a mobile application compatible with both iOS and android devices. It can be downloaded directly from Google Playstore and the Appstore on android and iOS devices, respectively.

You can apply for passport through M Passport Seva application. You can also track your passport application status in the app with the help of your file number.

This mobile application allows you to do everything that you do on the official passport website.

  • Dispatch Of Passport via Speed Post: All Indian passports are dispatched only via speed post. It is advisable that you collect passport in person from the Postman. Postman has all the rights to deny passport delivery, if you or any of your blood relatives are not there to collect the passport.

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If there is an urgency to collect passport or if you or blood relatives are not available at the mentioned address due to various commitments, then, you can request the regional passport officer or assistant regional passport officer at the time of document verification at the Passport Seva Kendra or passport camp, to allow you to collect the passport from the regional passport office, directly.

The decision of allowing you to collect the passport directly from the regional passport office; solely lies at the discretion of the regional passport officer or assistant regional passport officer. If you are not allowed to collect the passport directly at the regional passport office, then the passport would be dispatched only via speed post, the official delivery partner.   

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