Getting your Passport re-issued (renewed) can be a cumbersome affair. By following these simple guidelines you can ensure that your passport is re-issued quickly without any hassles.
Re-issue vs. Renew
A new passport is re-issued (not renewed) when a current passport (validity of 10 years or more) is 1 year from expiration or it is less than 3 years after it has expired. A passport issued with a validity of 1-5 years under certain emergency conditions can be renewed at no additional cost. This article covers the re-issuance of a Passport that was issued with 10 years or more of validity.
The Application Form
The Application Form for re-issuing a Passport is the same as the one required for a new Passport. You can get the Application Form from any Passport Service Center/Office or any Post Office. You can also use the link below.
The application fee for reissue of a passport is the same as a new application. Passport for Adult (36 page) – Rs. 1000, Passport for Adult (60 pages) – Rs. 1500 and Passport for a Minor – Rs. 600. It is better to take extra cash with you when submitting the application as there are additional fees for Police Clearance Certificate/ECNR Reqd, etc.
Where to Apply
Completed Passport Application Forms with Supporting documents can be submitted at Passport Offices, District Passport Cells/Collector’s Office/DSP’s Office or at Speed Post Centers. Please be sure to note down the File Reference Number.
How to check status of Application
You can check the status of your application online by providing the file reference number at the Consular and Passport Division Website
In case a person has resided at more than 1 place in the past 1 year, then a separate Person Particulars form (part of the Passport Application) needs to be filled out for each address that he has resided at, for the past 1 year.