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Apply Online Passport (Normal & Tatkal)

Embarking on international travel? Your first step is securing a passport. The good news is that the process has been streamlined, and you can now apply for your passport from the comfort of your home through the Indian online passport portal. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for both Normal and Tatkal passport applications.

Applying for Passport Online – Normal Process:

  1. Visit the Passport Seva Website: Head to the official Passport Seva website (www.passportindia.gov.in) to initiate the application process.
  2. New User Registration: If you’re a first-time user, register on the portal by creating an account. Existing users can log in with their credentials.
  3. Select the Passport Type: Choose the type of passport you need – Ordinary or Regular Passport for routine travel.
  4. Fill in the Application Form: Complete the online application form with accurate personal details, address, and other required information.
  5. Upload Documents: Scan and upload the necessary documents, including proof of identity, address, and date of birth. The portal provides clear instructions on the document requirements.
  6. Pay the Fee: Pay the applicable passport fee using online payment options. The fee varies based on the type of passport and the number of pages.
  7. Book an Appointment: Schedule an appointment at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or the Passport Office for document verification.
  8. Visit the Passport Office: On the scheduled date, visit the Passport Office with the required original documents for verification.
  9. Track Application Status: Keep tabs on your application status through the online portal. Once processed, the passport will be dispatched to your registered address.

Tatkal Passport Application Process:

For those in need of a passport on an urgent basis, the Tatkal scheme provides expedited processing. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Eligibility Criteria: Ensure you meet the Tatkal eligibility criteria specified on the passport portal.
  2. Select Tatkal Option: While filling out the application form, choose the Tatkal option.
  3. Pay Tatkal Fee: Pay the additional Tatkal fee along with the regular passport fee during the online payment process.
  4. Book a Tatkal Appointment: Schedule a Tatkal appointment at the Passport Seva Kendra. Tatkal appointments are available in limited numbers, so book promptly.
  5. Visit Passport Seva Kendra: Attend the appointment at the designated Passport Seva Kendra with all necessary documents.
  6. Track Application Status: Monitor the status of your Tatkal passport application online for real-time updates.

Important Tips:

  • Document Verification: Carry original documents to the Passport Seva Kendra for verification.
  • Be Punctual: Arrive on time for your appointment to avoid any delays.
  • Check Application Status: Regularly check the application status on the portal for updates.

By following these steps, you can smoothly apply for your passport online, whether through the normal or Tatkal process. The Passport Seva website is a valuable resource for information and updates on the application status, making the entire process efficient and user-friendly. Safe travels!