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Where to Apply for Passport?

Where to apply for passport


During the last few years, the growing economy and spreading globalization have led to an increased demand for Passport and related services. The passport demand is estimated to be growing by around 10% annually. This increased demand for passport and related services is coming from both large cities and smaller towns, creating a need for wider reach and availability. To augment and improve the delivery of passport services to Indian citizens, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched the Passport Seva Project (PSP) in May 2010 through Passport SevaKendras.

Passport SevaKendras are extended arms of Passport Offices and render front-end services related to passport issuance.Passport Seva enables simple, efficient and transparent processes for delivery of passport and related services. Apart from creating a countrywide networked environment for Government staff, it integrates with the State Police for physical verification of applicant's credentials and with India Post for delivery of passports.These Kendras cover functionalities from token issuance to granting of application for passport issue/re-issue and other services.


Passport Offices (PO) are vested with the authority to issue passports, besides revocation and impounding and exercise control over the PSK(s) under them. They handle all back-end functions required for processing all passport applications.

The POs are responsible for -

  1. Printing
  2. Lamination
  3. Dispatch of Passports
  4. Liaison with Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters, State / Union Territories administration and police
  5. PVR review
  6. Besides attending to (a) establishment matters, (b) legal cases, (c) RTI cases and (d) financial matters.

The following types of applications are processed at a Passport Office (PO):

  1. Special purpose passports for visiting countries like Israel/Taiwan
  2. Diplomatic and Official Passports
  3. Processing of District Passport Cell applications and cases sent by respective Passport Seva Kendra
  4. Processing of complex cases escalated by Assistant Passport Officer at Passport Seva Kendra to Regional
  5. Passport Officer at Passport Office
  6. Normally applications for diplomatic and official passports are entertained only at the Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division, Patiala House, New Delhi.


You need to be a registered user to apply online. When you apply online, you also have the option to download an e-form that you can fill out offline and upload later. For downloading the form, you do not need to be a registered user, but for uploading the form, you need to register yourself.

You can also upload scanned copies of the documents required for applying for the passport. On confirmation of appointment, carry the application receipt to the PSK on the date of appointment at the time mentioned. You'll get your passport after police verification is complete.