Passport Application Status

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 we are 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 (RPO) or passport seva kendra (PSK) before taking any action. For the official website, please visit http://www.passportindia.gov.in.

Passport Status thru SMS

Now passport applicants can get regular alerts and updates about the status of their application right on their mobile phones through SMS service. This is offered to passport applicants as an optional service with effect from November 16, 2013.

An applicant needs to enrol for Passport Seva SMS service at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or the Regional Passport Office (RPO) where he/she applies. The applicant will receive progress status of his/her application, and alerts for pending actions through text messages. Also, the applicant can send a text message at any time to know the current status of his/her application. The enrolment of SMS service is optional. The one time enrolment charge of Rs 30 is not included in the passport application fee.

An applicant needs to select SMS Services while submitting application, and he/she needs to pay the one time enrolment fee at the PSK. An applicant can enrol for SMS service at the time of filling out the application form or uploading the electronic form at the online portal. In case an applicant has already submitted the application form online or has uploaded the electronic form, he/she can enrol for SMS services using Enrol for SMS Services link under Services section after login.

An applicant can track the status of his/her passport application by sending an SMS to 9704100100 in the format STATUS , for example, STATUS GZ1060620484012.

Passport Status through SMS

Passport Seva SMS Service: http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/PspStaticContent

Passport Status Explained

After you submit your passport application at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or a Regional Passport Office (RPO), you can check your passport application status online. If you applied at a location other than a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or a Regional Passport Office (RPO), please ensure that your passport application has been sent to the respective PSK for data entry. Please wait for at least 5 working days after your passport application is sent to a PSK. You will be able to track your passport application status online or through the call centre only after your application is processed by a PSK.

During the life cycle of a passport application, the status changes several times to show the progress of your application. The most common status descriptions are listed below in no particular order. Most of these descriptions are self explanatory.

Status SummaryStatus Message
Application submittedPassport application has been submitted along with applicable fees and supporting documents.
Application under reviewPassport application is under review at Passport Seva Kendra.
OR
Passport application is under review at Regional Passport Office.
Application under review with reasonYour application is under review with Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where you submitted the application. Please visit the PSK with all relevant documents.
OR
Your application is under review with Passport Seva Kendra, where you submitted the application for the following reasons: null
OR
Your application is under review with Passport Seva Kendra, where you submitted the application for the following reasons: Data Entry Modification Required
OR
Your application is under review with Passport Seva Kendra, where you submitted the application for the following reasons: Document Re-submission Required
OR
Your application is pending with Passport Seva Kendra for the data entry modification.
Police verification pendingPending for physical police verification at <police-station-name>, <city-name>.
OR
Pending for physical police verification at your respective Thana under Commissioner of Police, <city-name>.
OR
Pending for physical police verification at your respective Thana under DCSC Office, <city-name>.
OR
Pending for physical police verification at your respective Thana under SP Office, District <district-name>.
Police verification initiatedPolice verification (PV) has been initiated and a PV request has been sent to <police-station-name>, <city-name>. Your passport will be dispatched after 'Clear' Police Verification Report is received at Regional Passport Office. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the passport is dispatched.
OR
Police verification (PV) has been initiated and a PV request has been sent to Commissioner of Police, <city-name>. Your passport will be dispatched after 'Clear' Police Verification Report is received at Regional Passport Office. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the passport is dispatched.
OR
Police verification (PV) has been initiated and a PV request has been sent to SP Office, <district-name>. Your passport will be dispatched after 'Clear' Police Verification Report is received at Regional Passport Office. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the passport is dispatched.
OR
Police verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to <police-station-name>, <city-name>.
OR
Police verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to Commissioner of Police, <city-name>.
OR
Police verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to SP Office, <district-name>.
OR
Police verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to SP Office, <district-name>. Your passport will be dispatched after 'Clear' Police Verification Report receipt. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the passport is dispatched.
OR
Police verification has been initiated on Post PV basis to <police-station-name>, <city-name>. Printing of your passport is in progress at the Passport office.
Police report submittedPolice report has been submitted by <police-station-name>, <city-name> and sent to Commissioner of Police, <district-name> for review.
OR
Police report has been submitted by Commissioner of Police, <city-name> and passport printing is in progress.
OR
Police report has been submitted by DCSC Office, <city-name> and passport printing is in progress.
OR
Police report has been submitted by SP Office, <district-name> and passport printing is in progress.
OR
Police report has been submitted by SSP Office, <district-name> and passport printing is in progress.
OR
Police report has been submitted by your respective Police Office and is under processing at Regional Passport Office <rpo-city>.
OR
Police report has been submitted by your respective Thana and is under review at Additional SP Office, <district-name>.
OR
Police report has been submitted by your respective Thana and is under review at Commissioner of Police, <district-name>.
OR
Police report has been submitted by your respective Thana and is under review at Commissioner Office, <district-name>.
OR
Police report has been submitted by your respective Thana and is under review at SP Office, <district-name>.
Police report under reviewPolice Verification Report for your passport application is under review at Regional Passport Office. After Police Verification Report is found clear, passport will be dispatched. You would receive an sms/e-mail once the passport is dispatched.
Police report not clearPolice Verification Report is not clear and application is under review at Regional Passport Office.
Passport grantedPassport application has been granted to applicant on <dd/mm/yyyy>. Your application is under processing. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the passport is dispatched.
Passport printedYour passport has been printed and You would receive an sms/e-mail once the passport is dispatched.
Passport dispatchedPassport <passport-number> has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy> via Speed Post Tracking Number <tracking-number>.
Passport returned undeliveredPassport delivery status as on <dd/mm/yyyy> is 'Returned Undelivered'. Please contact the Regional Passport Office.

Here is a list of status descriptions that are less common than the ones mentioned above.

Status SummaryStatus Message
Show cause noticeAdverse PVR SCN possible refusal notification has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy>
OR
SCN - Others notification has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy>
Applicant reply receivedApplicant reply has been received on <dd/mm/yyyy>.
IFC notification dispatchedInitiate File Closure notification has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy>
Objection letter dispatchedObjection Letter notification has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy>
Reminder letter dispatchedReminder Letter notification has been dispatched on <dd/mm/yyyy>
PCC application forwardedPCC application has been forwarded to Regional Passport Office (RPO) for further action. Please visit RPO in person along with original documents.
PCC grantedPCC application granted on <dd/mm/yyyy>. Police Verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to SP Office, District <district-name>. After 'Clear' Police Verification Report is received at Regional Passport Office, PCC needs to be collected from the Passport Seva Kendra where you applied. You would receive an e-mail/sms once the PCC is ready for collection.

Remember that the online status of your passport application may not always reflect the current status. Sometimes the status is simply not up-to-date or not entered correctly into the system due to human error.

City Codes of Passport Offices

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 two letters of a file number consists of a city code. You can find your city code in the tables below.

CityCode
AhmedabadAH
AmritsarAS
BangaloreBN
BareillyBL
BhopalBP
BhubaneshawarBH
ChandigarhCH
ChennaiMA
CochinCO
CoimbatoreCB
DehradunDD
DelhiDL
GhaziabadGZ
CityCode
GoaGO
GuwahatiGU
HyderabadHY
JaipurJP
JalandharJA
JammuJM
KolkataCA
KozhikodeKO
LucknowLK
MaduraiMD
MalappuramML
MumbaiBO
NagpurNG
CityCode
PatnaPA
PunePN
RaipurRP
RanchiRC
ShimlaSM
SrinagarSG
SuratSU
ThaneTH
TrichyTR
TrivandrumTV
VishakapatnamVS

Regional Passport Offices

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.

RPOWebsite
AhemadabadClick to visit
AmritsarClick to visit
Andaman and NicobarClick to visit
BangaloreClick to visit
BareillyClick to visit
BhopalClick to visit
BhubaneshawarClick to visit
ChandigarhClick to visit
ChennaiClick to visit
CochinClick to visit
CoimbatoreClick to visit
DehradunClick to visit
DelhiClick to visit
RPOWebsite
GhaziabadClick to visit
GoaClick to visit
GuwhatiClick to visit
HyderabadClick to visit
JaipurClick to visit
JalandharClick to visit
JammuClick to visit
KolkataClick to visit
KozhikodeClick to visit
LucknowClick to visit
MaduraiClick to visit
MalappuramClick to visit
MumbaiClick to visit
RPOWebsite
NagpurClick to visit
PatnaClick to visit
PuneClick to visit
RaipurClick to visit
RanchiClick to visit
ShimlaClick to visit
SrinagarClick to visit
SuratClick to visit
ThaneClick to visit
TrichyClick to visit
TrivandrumClick to visit
VishakapatnamClick to visit

Information provided through these websites are informative in nature, and should not be construed as a statement of the law.

Passport Seva Portal

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:

  • Online application for fresh passport
  • Online application for reissuance of passport
  • Online application for police clearance certificate (PCC)
  • Online submission of any feedback/grievance

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

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

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.

Why PCC

  • Required only for immigrant visa or other non immigrant visa such as K and V
  • PCC is required for each visa applicant aged 16 years or older

Validity

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.

Documents Required

  • Valid Passport in original
  • Proof of residence
  • A set of three completed Personal Particulars Form if the applicant has not stayed at the present address for the last one year
  • Application fee of Rs 300 (subject to change in the future)

How to Apply for PCC

http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/pccOnlineApp

Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)

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.

Right to Information (RTI)

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:

Applicatoin Format

Make a request to the Chief Public Information Officer/Public Information Officer, preferably in the prescribed application format, in writing or through electronic means.

Application Fee

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.

Additional Fee

In case it is decided to provide the information, the applicant shall be informed of any additional fees required to obtain the information.

Appeal

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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