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Documents Required for Passport

Updated on March 16, 2023 , 3343 views

Do you wish to get an Indian passport? Are you confused about how to move ahead with the process of passport application? Well, that doesn’t involve much hassle and is a pretty simple process. All you have to do is take all the essential documents to the nearby passport seva Kendra (PSK) to continue with the process.

Documents for Passport

With correct documents in hand, you can easily apply online and book an appointment to get the passport application. However, if you don’t have all the documents needed for a passport, it might get a bit more time-consuming to accomplish the entire task. However, for different types of passports, there are varying documents that have to be submitted. This article contains a list of documents for passport application process.

Documents Required for Indian Passport

Here is a set of all the necessary documents for the passport of an adult. These documents are essential under the application of normal category for the Indian citizens.

Address Proof

Documents required as address proof for passport application of new passport are as follow:

  • aadhaar card
  • Electricity Bill
  • Gas Connection Proof
  • Telephone Number
  • Water Bill
  • Rental Agreement
  • Bank account passbook with an attached photograph. It is only valid for scheduled private and public sector Indian banks and the regional rural banks.
  • Passport copy of the spouse should be there (if available). It should include the first and last page and all the required details. It is essential if the present address of the applicant matches that of the spouse’s passport.

You need to submit the address proof of the current address if you have been living there for a shorter period. Also, keep in mind that all the documents are only acceptable for the passport form if they have the correct address details.

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Proof of Date of Birth

Here are the passport verification documents which acts as the proof of DOB for the new passport application:

  • Birth certificate that the Registrar of Births and Deaths issued. It can also be the one that the municipal corporation or any other authorized body issued.
  • Transfer certificate, matriculation certificate, or school leaving certificate that the last attended school-issued and any educational board recognizes.
  • PAN Card that the income tax Department issued.
  • Aadhaar card or E-aadhaar
  • Driving license that the transport department of the concerned state-issued.
  • Voter ID card or Election Photo ID Card (EPIC) that the Indian election commission issued.
  • Life Insurance policy with the name of the candidate.

Keep in mind that documents submitted as the proof of DOB for the new passport application form must contain the name of the candidate and their date of birth.

Documents Required for a Minor’s Passport

A list of documents required for passport application for minors is listed below:

  • Original and self-attested passport copies of the parents
  • Address proof for the current address under the name of parents
  • Passbook of running bank account with a photograph. It must be in any private or public sector bank or a regional rural bank
  • Birth certificate
  • Policy bond, containing the DOB of the insurance policyholder, issued by any public life insurance company or corporation
  • E-Aadhaar or Aadhaar card
  • PAN card
  • School leaving certificate
  • 10th standard marks’ certificate

Documents Required for Passport Renewal and Re-Issue

Here are all the documents mandatory for passport renewal application:

  • Original old passport
  • Self-attested copies of the first and last page of the ECR or the Non-ECR page
  • Page of validity extension, if available
  • Page of observation provided by the passport issuing authority, if any
  • No objection certificate or prior intimation letter

Here is a checklist of all the added documents required based on the reason for renewal and reissue:

Reason Documents Required
Expiry of validity or pages’ exhaustion Pension Payment Order
Short Validity Passport (SVP) renewal Pension Payment Order / Document proof that eliminates the SVP issuance cause
Passport lost or stolen or damaged Date of birth proof / Present address proof / The affidavit which mentions how and where the Passport got lost or damaged, or stolen / Original police report
Damaged passport having readable passport number, name legible & intact photograph Pension Payment Order / DOB proof / The affidavit which mentions how and where the Passport got lost or damaged or stolen
Appearance change Recent photograph with the latest appearance visible
Signature change All mandatory documents
DOB change DOB proof
Addition or change in spouse’s name after marriage or divorce or getting separated Validity extension page, if available.
Addition or change in spouse name after re-marriage Self-attested copy of the divorce certificate or Death certificate of first marriage spouse
Changing address on passport Present address proof
ECR deletion Proof of non-ECR category documents for passport
Changing place of birth Place of birth’s proof / The affidavit which states the reason for changing the place of birth. / Order of Sub-divisional or First-class judicial magistrate if the Birthplace and date change is more than 2 years or if there are any conflicting documents or the birthplace change involves changing the state or country / Citizenship certificate that MHA issued, if the birthplace involves country change
Changing the place of birth which does not involve state or country Proof of birthplace / The affidavit which states the reason for changing the birthplace
Changing gender Validity extension page, if available / Affidavit sworn for changing sex / Hospital’s certificate from where the applicant successfully got the sex changed
Changing parent’s name Pension order or service record or property documents proving that the parent(s) changed their names. / If parents are deceased, any proof proving that the names were changed in their lifetime.
Any other reasons other than the ones as mentioned above All mandatory documents

Passport Renewal Documents for Minors

When it comes to choosing the renewal of a minor’s passport, here are some of the documents that you will need:

  • A document that eliminates the issuance cause of short validity passport
  • Date of birth proof
  • Present address proof
  • Place of birth proof
  • A declaration that confirms the minor's details as stated in the Indian passport renewal form
  • Recent passport specifying the applicant's current appearance
  • Parents' passport with the new name and the self-attested copy of first and last pages, ECR or non-ECR pages, observation page, and the validity extension page.

Documents to Avail Official or Diplomatic Passport

In comparison to an ordinary passport, availing an official or a Diplomatic Passport will require different documents. Here is the list of the same:

  • Official ID card of the Head of Office or the applicant
  • PMO clearance certificate or Political clearance certificate
  • Forwarding officer's official request letter
  • The certificate that the head of office issued
  • A printed copy of the online passport application form
  • Other necessary documents

Passport Form Application Online

To apply for a new passport or to reissue a passport online, you must register on the passport official website. After registering and login to the portal, here are the steps to be followed:

  • Click on the link to apply for a fresh passport or reissue passport
  • Fill all the details accurately and submit the form
  • Once done, move on to "Pay and Schedule Appointment" and schedule an appointment at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra
  • After you book an appointment, make an online payment using the method that suits you the best, be it credit or Debit Card, internet banking, or via SBI challan
  • If needed, you can also calculate the fee for the passport service via an online fee calculator
  • You can also print out the application Receipt, which has the application Reference Number and appointment number
  • Finally, visit the Passport Seva Kendra as scheduled and carry the original documents as specified


As it would be clear by now, for different purposes and applications, different sets of documents are needed. Thus, before you apply for a passport, it is essential to check all the documents for passport in India 2021 and see whether you have accumulated everything accordingly before visiting the PSK or not.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What happens if the police verification for a passport fails?

A. If your passport application is rejected, you must check out the valid reason for it. If it is rejected due to incorrect details or incomplete documents, you must first make all the rectifications and then reapply for verification within three days after the rejection.

2. What is meant by an ECR passport?

A. ECR passport of an individual contains the Emigration Clearance Required stamp. If the ECR passport carrying person wishes to work abroad, they must get the emigration clearance from the Protector of Emigrants.

3. What is the cost of passport making in India?

A. Fresh passport or reissue of passport and added booklet with a validity of 10 years, due to exhausted 36 visa pages costs 1,500 INR. Whereas for an exhausted 60 pages and ten-year validity, it costs 2,000 INR.

4. Is it necessary to have a 10th certificate for a passport?

A. 10th mark sheet is required for an ECNR passport. If you have any other educational document of any higher degree than class 10th exams, you can use that to get an ECNR passport.

5. Is it necessary to have parents' documents while applying for a passport?

A. In the case of minor applicants, documents of present address proof in the parent(s) name must be submitted. Although, as advised, you must carry the original and self-attested copies of your parent's passport (if available) during the appointment at the Passport Seva Kendra.

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