All you need to know before Passport Renewal

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Carrying or possessing a passport is a must when traveling abroad, as the Passport serves as one of the main identification documents. Whether you travel to any country with an ‘On arrival’ visa, or to the one where you have to apply for a visa beforehand, having a passport is the least you are asked for! Indian passports are valid for 10 years, on completion of which comes the time for Passport renewal. So get your passport renewed if the clock is ticking!

How to get your passport renewed? 

You can get your passport renewed in two types of applications: Normal or Tatkaal. You can even select the number of pages in your passport from: 

1. 36 pages

2. 60 pages

Online: Gone are the days when you had to make an appointment with an agent who would get all your formalities done and charge good fees. Thanks to the advancements in technology that you can save the agent fees and hustle and can easily book your appointment at your convenience. 

The passport renewal form can be filled online and submitted on the official website. All you have to do then is to visit the Passport office as per your appointment date and time, with the required documents.

Offline: Not a tech-savvy? No need to worry. You are in safe hands. You can easily visit your nearest Passport Seva Kendra in the city, and fill out your application form then and there.

Documents required at the time of Passport Renewal:

In case of any queries you can check out the ‘Document Advisor’ link mentioned on the Passport Govt. website. The documentation might vary in the case of Tatkaal appointment. Rest you can sit back and carry the following documents with you at the time of your appointment: 

  • Old passport original
  • Printout of the application form filled online.
  • Two Self-attested copies each of the first and last two pages of your old passport
  • Two self-attested copies in case of the ECR/Non-ECR
  • Valid address proof like Aadhar card/ electricity bill, etc.
  • One self-attested copy of the observation page, if any.
  • One self-attested copy of the extension of the validity page. (Only in case of Short Validity Passport)

Note: All the applicants are required to furnish all the original documents along with one set of self-attested photocopies each at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for processing.

Fees

  • · Rs. 1500/- in case of Normal reissue of the passport with 36 pages. 
  • · Rs. 3500/- in case of Tatkaal reissue of the passport with 36 pages.

*The amount may vary with the number of pages in your passport with the type of application.

Conclusion

Passport is an essential document, required for traveling out of the country and also serves other important purposes. Getting your passport renewal done will now take a few simple steps. Book your appointment online or offline and turn up at the Passport Seva Kendra with all the necessary documents and photocopies. The fees for the renewal of passport varies with the type of your application. So, get your passport renewed to avoid the last-minute hustle and start planning your next vacation.