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If you have applied for an Indian passport, you can check your passport application status here. You will need to enter your 15-letter alphanumeric file number and date of birth below, and click the Get Passport Status button. Passport status is provided by the respective passport office and updated by National Informatics Centre, New Delhi.
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Disclaimer: This is not a government website and is not affiliated with The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The content available on this website is for informational purposes only. We shall not be liable for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions in our content. Users are requested to confirm information with the respective regional passport office or passport seva kendra (PSK) before taking any action. For the official website, please visit http://www.passport.gov.in.
You can also check the status of your passport application through SMS (Short Message Service). Checking passport status via SMS is especially useful when you do not have access to Internet. The Ministry of External Affairs introduced the SMS service to provide a simple way to check passport status using mobile phones.
To receive passport status on your mobile phone, all you need to do is send an SMS from your mobile phone to 55352 in the format "PPTAP FileNumber" without the double-quotes. For example, to receive the status of the passport application with file reference number HYDR01234512, you will send the SMS message, "PPTAP HYDR01234512". You can send an SMS from any mobile phone, not necessarily the one mentioned in your passport application. The message you send is not case-sensitive. In other words, "pptap hydr01234512" will be treated the same as "PPTAP HYDR01234512".
A successful SMS reply would look something like this, "RPO HYD :R01234512: Passport has been dispatched on 13-01-2012 vide Speed Post No. S123456". If you send an invalid file number, you will receive a response similar to this, "Please send your File Number as per the format HYDB00012309".
Please note that you will be charged for using the SMS facility.
After you submit your passport application to a Regional Passport Office (RPO), you can wait for a few days and then start checking your passport application status online. During the life cycle of a passport application, the status changes several times to show the progress of your application. You can view screenshots of different passport statuses to get an idea about how each status looks like.
Note: File number, name and other personal details displayed in these screenshots are fictitious and not real.
You may see the status if you have entered an invalid file number or the status information pertaining to a passport application has not been entered into the system yet.
Blank status can be quite confusing and frustrating. The appearance of the applicant's name, application date, and applicant's date of birth indicates that the application details have been entered into the system, however status information was left blank inadvertantly or due to lack of clarity at the time of entering data. Do not panic. Wait for a few weeks for the status to change.
This is usually the first status message you will see after submitting your passport applicatoin. The status simply indicates that the passport office is awaiting report from the police station in charge of police verification. After police report is received at the passport office, issuance of passport may take 4-6 weeks. If it takes longer and if you continue to see the same status message, it is advisable to visit the passport office to find out the actual status.
Missing or improper document is a common reason for delay of passport issuance. Check your passport status frequently to ensure that all is well. If you see a similar status message, submit the missing document(s) to the passport office at the earliest to avoid further delay.
Your passport application may be transferred to the Policy Section of the passport office in case of any policy conflict or violation. You need to see the Public Relations Officer (PRO) who sits in the passport office to find out the problem and possibly how to resolve it.
If you want your spouse name included in your passport, you must furnish proof of marriage in the form of marriage certificate or sworn affidavit along with a joint photo of husband and wife. You will need to submit the same proof if you want your spouse name changed or corrected in your passport.
This indicates that the police report received by the passport office shows everything green and there are no negative remarks. The concerned passport office will cross-check all documents to ensure that they are in order.
Your passport application has reached a significant milestone. Keep your fingers crossed until you receive your passport by post.
Issuance of passports may be delayed due to several reasons, the most common being a huge number of pending applications. The processing time of an ordinary passport application can be high, typically 2-3 months. It may take longer in certain cases. Please be patient.
Passports are also directly handed over to applicants in case of urgency. Do carry a proof of identity and the receipt while you visit the passport office to collect your passport.
Congratulations! Your passport has been sent to you by post. It's just a matter of time before it arrives at the address mentioned in your passport applicatoin. It is advisable to be physially present to receive your passport.
Finally please remember that the online status of your passport application may not always reflect the true status. Sometimes the status is simply not up-to-date or not entered correctly into the system due to human error.
Passport applications are processed according to the jurisdiction to which an applicant belongs. Each jurisdiction is served by a Regional Passport Office (RPO) located in a prominent city of India. For example, Mumbai and Greater Mumbai, Districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and the Union Territory of Daman & Silvassa are under the jurisdiction of Regional Passport Office, Mumbai.
The first three letters of a file number consists of a city code. You can find your city code in the tables below.
A Regional Passport Office (RPO) is a subordinate office of The Ministry of External Affairs under the supervision of the Joint Secretary (CPV), who functions as Chief Passport Officer, The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. India is divided into more than 35 jurisdictions each corresponding to an RPO. All RPOs accept submission of fresh and re-issue passport applications and miscellaneous requests like name change, address update, correction etc. Each RPO has its own website to cater to the information needs of the applicants belonging to the jurisdiction.
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Information provided through these websites are informative in nature, and should not be construed as a statement of the law.
Given the changing demographic profile and economic liberalization, the number of passport seekers has been growing rapidly. Passport offices have strived hard to keep pace. However the existing infrastructure and manpower is not adequate to handle the requirements of Indian citizens.
The Ministry of External Affairs initiated the Passport Seva Portal to facilitate availing passport services online. The website allows you to apply online for a passport or police clearance certificate (PCC). You need to have a user account on the portal. After registering yourself, you can log into your user account and apply for any passport-related service.
The Passport Seva Portal currently provides the following services:
Application can be submitted online in two ways. You can either fill the application form online or you can download the e-form, fill it offline and upload the filled e-form to the website.
Passport Seva Portal: http://www.passportindia.gov.in
PCC is a certification issued by the concerned police authorities covering the whole period of the applicant's residence in that locality. It also notes whether any time the applicant was arrested, along with the reason for and the nature of each case for which there is an evidence/record.
A PCC is valid for one year from the date of its issue and it must be valid on the day your visa is issued.
All Indian passports are divided into two categories - Emigration Check Required (ECR) and Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR).
As per the Emigration Act, 1983, certain categories of Indian passport holders require to obtain Emigration Clearance before going to certain countries. In this case, emigration means leaving of India with the intent of taking up employment in a foreign country. ECR is for the safety of Indian citizens due to the legal conditions of other countries and is based on various situations/conditions.
For passports issued before January 2007, no notation in the passport means ECR. For passports issued in or after January 2007, no notation in the passport means ECNR.
The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 was enacted by The Government of India and came into effect from October 12, 2005. The RTI act empowers Indian citizens to access information under the control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in these organisations. The RTI act also provides for appointment of a Chief Public Information Officer (PIO) to deal with requests for information.
Indian passport applicants desiring to obtain information from the Central Passport Organization (CPO) or the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of The Ministry of External Affairs, may make an application to the Public Information Officer (PIO) assigned to the concerned Regional Passport Office. You can find complete details of the Right to Information Act at http://righttoinformation.gov.in
Key points aobut RTI to keep in mind:
Make a request to the Chief Public Information Officer/Public Information Officer, preferably in the prescribed application format, in writing or through electronic means.
The RTI application must be accompanied by prescribed application fee drawn in favour of Accounts Officer, The Ministry of External Affairs payable at New Delhi, or the Regional Passport Officer, payable at the place where the application is being submitted.
In case it is decided to provide the information, the applicant shall be informed of any additional fees required to obtain the information.
In case the applicant does not receive a decision within the time specified in the act, or is aggrieved by a decision of the PIO, as the case may be, may within thirty days from the expiry of such period from the receipt of such a decision, prefer an appeal to the Departmental Appellate Authority.
Learn more about Right to Information Act (RTI): http://www.passportindia.gov.in/apponlineproject/pdf/RTI.pdf
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