The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India holds the authority to officiate Indian passports. In below article, we will discuss the different documents required for passport application.

Who Can Get A Passport?

There are primarily four types of passport applicants in India. These are first-time applicants, re-applicants, minors and tatkal. A first-time applicant must submit identity, age and address proof documents along with police verification. Re-applicants need not do police verification but will be required to submit their old passport. Parents will have to file and apply for a passport if the applicant is a minor and thus, the consent of both the parents is required.  

  1. Passport for first-time applicants/reapplicants
    • Address proof
    • Date of Birth proof
    • Proof of Non- ECR category
  2. Passport for minors
  3. Tatkal passport

Documents required for Passport – First-time Applicants

a) Address proof

It is advised to submit more than one form of address proof because having the same address will reduce the risk of an application getting rejected. Below is a list of the different documents accepted as address proof for an application:

  1. House/Utility bills which include water bill, gas bill, telephone bill or electricity bill
  2. Aadhaar Card
  3. For a married person, the spouse’s passport copy will suffice (a copy of the first and last page of the passport is required)
  4. A legally registered rental agreement
  5. For minors, a parent’s passport copy
  6. For all Public Limited companies, an employer’s certificate is accepted on the company’s letterhead and company seal (It is important to note that Digital seals and signs are not accepted in print form)
  7. Current and active Ration card, although, this form of proof needs to be accompanied by another form and is usually not accepted as the sole form of address proof
  8. Assessment Order Form from your income tax department
  9. Photo ID card election commission
  10. A photo passbook of a bank account in use (from a bank authorized by the Reserve Bank of India) that is either: a Regional Rural Bank, a Scheduled Public Sector Bank or a Scheduled Private Sector Bank

b) Date of birth proof

When providing the date of birth proof during a passport application, the date of birth proof required is dependant on whether an individual is:

  1. Born before 26th Jan 1989, the following is acceptable for proof of birth:
    • Date and location of birth mentioned in an affidavit, approved by a magistrate or notarized by a notary
    • A graduate of school, or leaving a school certificate. A date of birth proof by a recognized institution attended by the applicant (only for applicants who studied below 5th Grade and/or illiterate)
    • Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or the Office of the Registrar of Births & Deaths
  2. Born after 26th January 1989, then the Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or the Office of the Registrar of Births & Deaths is required

c) Proof of Non-ECR

Non-ECR means emigration check not required. Different countries have different rules and levels of clearance when it comes to emigration. Non-ECR is applicable to Indian citizens between the age of 18 years and 50 years, those having an educational qualification of matriculation (or anything above), paying income tax or having a professional degree under the Non-ECR category.

The NON-ECR categories and documents which qualify as proof of Non-ECR are as follows:

  1. Professional Degree certificate: Examples of qualifications being that of a Doctor, Lecturer or teacher, Scientist, lawyer or advocate etc.
  2. Nurses possessing a qualification certificate that is recognizable and issues by the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947
  3. A copy of Immigration Visa, if a person has a permanent Immigration Visa or a Permanent Resident card of the country of stay
  4. Certificated issued for passing in recognized institutions such as a Diploma, Polytechnic or similar degree
  5. 10th or SSLC pass certificate/Matriculation pass certificate
  6. Proof shown for Income Tax payment or assessment is also acceptable

2. Documents required for Passport – For Minors

The legal guardian or parents (both) of the minor (under 18 years of age) must give their consent for a minor to get a passport. The acceptable documents for a passport for minors are:

  1. Form Annexure H – application by a legal guardian, application for minors with a single parent and application for a minor with the consent of both parents
  2. Annexure C – application by a single parent for children born out of wedlock and application by parents not divorced but living separately for a minor
  3. Annexure G – application (by one parent) for passport of a minor when the consent of one of the parents is not available

Although an applicant will have to present a letter from an MP/MLA, a marriage certificate or proof of divorce, etc. if applicable.  

3. Documents required for Passport – Tatkal

An applicant can get a Tatkal passport within 2-3 business days.  At present, it is the fastest way to get a passport in India. Police verification for the same also happens within a week of the said appointment. In conclusion, people use tatkal for emergency cases. The tatkal process of the passport issuing requires you to submit all documents we’ve discussed above. The other documents an applicant has to submit are:

  1. Passport Annexure I
  2. Passport Annexure F: Verification Certificate or any three of the documents listed below:
    • Driving License (although, within the jurisdiction of the State of application submission)
    • Railway Identity Card
    • Bank/ Kisan/ Post Office Passbook
    • Income Tax Identity (PAN) Card
    • Ration Card
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Birth Certificate provided issued under the RBD Act
    • Certificates such as SC/ST/ OBC
    • Freedom Fighter Identity Card
    • Arms License
    • Student Photo Identity Cards issued by any Govt.-recognized educational institution
    • Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
    • Service Photo Identity Cards such as those issued by the State or Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings (PSU’s), Public Limited Companies or local bodies
    • Pension Document such as an ex-servicemen’s Pension Book or a Pension Payment order additionally, an ex-servicemen’s Widow Certificate or Dependent Certificates, Old Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order, etc
    • Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds, etc.

Source of Information: Official Indian Passport Website

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