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Q.1 Why does it take minimum 45 days for issue of a fresh passport in place of an expired one?
Ans Issue of a fresh passport in lieu of an expired one takes a minimum of 45 days as reference to original passport issuing authorities needs to be made for verification of particulars/antecedents etc. See processing times for more details.
 
 
Q.2 When to renew the passport and when to apply for a new passport?
Ans An Indian passport is normally valid for 10 years from the date of its issue. It must be replaced with a fresh passport after expiry of its validity. Application for a fresh passport can be made up to one year before the date of expiry of the present passport. It is always better to apply well in time. Similarly, if your passport is due to expire but has not lived its life of 10 years you should apply well in time for its renewal.
 
 
Q.3 The lamination on my passport has peeled off; is my passport ok to travel?
Ans If the lamination of your passport has peeled off, the passport is considered to be damaged. You will need to apply for a fresh booklet (passport) under the damaged category.
 
 
Q.4 I want to apply for my passport but I also need to travel abroad for 2 weeks, can I submit my passport later?
Ans You will need to submit your original passport at the time of lodging your application. It is recommended that you complete all required travel and then submit your application for a new passport as, once your passport application is registered for renewal, you will not be able to use your old passport. In exceptional circumstances, you can request for an interim withdrawal of your passport, at the time of submitting your application and before it has been registered, to allow for travel. You can then submit your passport after your return to commence processing of your application.
 
 
Q.5 Why do I have to submit a valid immigration status/visa status at the time of applying for an Indian Passport?
Ans An Indian Passport issued outside of India needs certain documentary evidence. One of them is proof that the applicant has a valid visa to be in the foreign country. The Indian Missions need to know type of immigration status/visa status assigned to you and this needs to be a recently issued (recommended within the month of application) document/proof if it’s not stamped in your last Indian Passport. E.g. Bridging Visas in Australia.
 
 
Q.6 I am not too internet savvy. Can I complete a manual Passport Application form?
Ans The Government of India has developed an online Indian Passport Application form in keeping with need to ensure uniformity in processing of Indian Passports across the globe by all Indian Missions. Given this requirement, we are unable to accept any manual forms for the same.
 
 
Q.7 Do I have to submit so many documents for an Indian passport? I am Indian.
Ans An Indian Passport is a valuable document and is not issued unless the authority concerned is convinced about the authenticity of the service request. To ensure that there are no processing issues, the High Commission of India in Canberra has provided checklist specific to each passport category specific to applicants resident in Australia. We hope this will help ease any confusion with regards to the processing requirements.
 
 
Q.8 Does my new born have to put a thumb impression for the issuance of her Indian Passport application form?
Ans Your new born or minor child need not put his/her Thumb Impression on the Indian Passport application form. Please ensure that there is a letter enclosed, as mentioned on the checklist, stating the reason for why there is no signature or Thumb Impressions.
 
 
Q.9 My child is just born. Which Passport Service category should I select; Fresh Passport or Passport for children upto the age of 18 years?
Ans As you child is below the age of 18 years, all India Passport Service requests made until they turn 18 years of age should be selected as Passport for children upto the age of 18 years.
 

Passport Application

Step 1
Confirm the passport category type you wish to apply for based on your individual situation. (New, Lost, Damaged etc,.)

Step 2
Complete your application online

Step 3
Download & print the form/s, read and complete checklist

Step 4
The Ministry website may provide you with an appointment time ignore this.

Step 5
Check fees payable and payment options

Step 6
Sign form/s and checklist at all indicated places

Step 7
Ensure photos are as per specifications. Incorrect photos may be rejected by the Ministry and result in your application getting delayed.

Step 8
Check processing times to plan your travel accordingly.

Step 9
Attach all supporting documents required as per the checklist

Step 10
Submit your application based on jurisdiction by Express Post/Courier in person or through a representative (where you reside determines where you need to submit your application)

Step 11
Track your application online

Step 12
Your completed application will be returned to you by the mode of delivery selected by you once processed.