How to Apply For Passport of a Minor
Ministry of External Affairs has simplified its procedures for issuing passport for minor children. The procedure for applying passport for minor children at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) with regard to presence of parents is as follows:
If both the parents are able to visit the Passport Seva Kendra, the passport application with prescribed documents along with Annexure H is enough for applying passport, signed by both the parents, and presence of both the parent.
It is not mandatory for both parents to have a passport but having one or having a valid passport with a spouse’s name endorsed on it will ensure that the child will not have to go through a Police Verification Process. In case name of the spouse is not endorsed, then this must be done by applying for a re-issue of passport and get the necessary changes done.
In case, one of the parent of the minor is living abroad, consent of the spouse who is living abroad is necessary for a minor’s passport. This will have to be in the form of a Sworn Affidavit that has been duly attested by the Indian Consulate or Embassy that is located abroad, as per Annexure ‘H’.
Either parent with passports of both the parents. Annexure H could be submitted in plain paper in the prescribed format. If only one parent is able to visit the PSK, Annexure G should be submitted in the form of an affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper of minimum value duly attested by a judicial magistrate or an executive magistrate. The application can be accepted in the presence of one parent.
If both the parents are residing abroad, they need to appoint a local guardian who can submit the application. The parents need to make a joint sworn affidavit duly attested by the Indian Mission/Post abroad.
Besides the local guardian of the minor child, if he or she is not the grandparent of the child, one has to submit an affidavit with two responsible persons. Annexure C is applicable where the details and whereabouts of the other parents are not known. The single parent with whom the child is residing may submit Annexure C. Annexure G is applicable in all cases where the parent submitting the application is unable to get the consent of the other parent for obtaining passport of the child. This will include physical unavailability of the other parent at the time of submission of the application.
However, for applications submitted along with Annexure C and Annexure G, passport could be issued only based on police verification report.
Procedure to follow in order to apply for Passport of a Minor –
- Register and create an account at passport Seva Website : http:// passportindia.gov.in/
- Every individual will be given a unique ID and password. Login with your ID and password.
- Enter the account and fill in the application form.
- Submit the filled in form online and complete the payment procedure.
- Print out the receipt of online payment.
- Book an appointment at the nearest Passport Service Kendra (PSK)
- Visit your RPO or Passport Seva Kendra as per fixed appointment with print out of receipt. Also carry all documents in original and self-attested photo copies.
Visiting the Passport Seva Kendra –
Take all the documents required and go to the Passport Seva Kendra at the time of your appointment. You can go just 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Parents with minor children are given preference and are allowed to go through without waiting in long lines. The passport process is smooth with a few rounds of verification and collection of bio-metrics and the photograph. You will receive a receipt at the end of the process.
Documents required for passport – If you are applying for Passport of a Minor
Depending upon who is applying for the minor’s passport, the following are the documents that will have to be furnished by them –
- Passport of a minor with consent of parents – Annexure H
- Minor with a single parent – Annexure H
- Single parent of a child born before marriage – Annexure C
- Legal guardian – Annexure G
- Application by one of the parents when consent of both parent cannot be obtained – Annexure G
- Parents live separately but are not divorced – Annexure C
‘Annexure- I’ (when a minor between 15-18 years of age applies for a full validity 10 year passport OR in case either parents who do not hold valid Indian passport while applying passport for their minor child), as the case may be.
Unless specified, it will be assumed that both parents have given their consent for the same.
- Current address proof in the name of the parent(s) will have to be provided
- Proof of date of birth
- Original and self-attested copies of the parents’ passport will have to be provided to the Passport Seva Kendra for verification of particulars in case both parents possess the passport
- Documents of minors will have to be attested by parents
- Until the minor is 18 years old, he/she will be eligible for Non-ECR passport wherein Emigration check is not required
- Sworn affidavit by parent abroad attested by the Indian consulate with affidavit from a parent in India (Annexure H)
- Standard affidavit (Annexure I)
- Original documents along with a set of self-attested photocopies of the originals will have to be furnished at the Passport Seva Kendra for processing
Passport Application for Adopted Children:
In case of Adopted Children the following documents are to be furnished:
i) Valid adoption deed registered as per Indian laws.
ii) In the case of Christians, Muslims and Parsis, a court order granting guardianship and allowing the child to be taken out of the country.
iii) Copy of the guarantee executed before the Court concerned.
Passport Application for Children of Divorced parents –
Certified copy of the court order for custody of the child in favor of the applicants parent
Fees for Minor Passport Applicants–
- ₹1000 – Fresh passport or Renew passport for Minors (below 18 years of Age) with 5 year validity or till the minor attains the age of 18, whichever is earlier (36 pages).
- ₹3000 – Fresh passport or Renew passport for Minors with expedited (‘tatkal’) service.
Time mostly depends on whether Police Verification is required or not. If police verification is required then it normally takes around 3–4 weeks. If police verification is not required then generally it takes around a week to get passport for a Minor.
How to apply for passport of a Senior Citizen
A senior citizen is anyone who has attained the age of 65 years or above. Senior citizens are not issued special passports. An ordinary passport will be issued for a validity of 10 years. Senior citizens should follow the same procedures and rules as the general adult category. However, the government has made provisions to give special preferences to the aged population. There are many facilities in place to speed up the process for the older folk so that they don’t have to bear standing in long lines, waiting, and getting delayed.
The person must also be present at the Passport Seva Kendra along with the Application and documents required. There is no provision available for another person to be present on your behalf.
How to apply for senior citizen Passport online –
- Now you can apply for senior citizen Passport
- However for this you first go to official website of Passport
- http://www.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink – this link takes you to official website
- Here you register yourself
- And after registering you can fill Passport Application Form
- Next you make online payment of Passport fee
- However booking appointment slot is not necessary for senior citizens
- Therefore you can directly go to Passport Seva Kendra
- But you must take ARN number
- Finally you go to Passport office to complete application procedure
- In addition, applicants should also refer to any advisory issued by the concerned Passport Offices from time to time.
List of documents required for passport of Senior Citizen –
For first-time applications, if you have furnished your Voter ID, Aadhar card, PAN and an affidavit in the format of Annexure -I, the passport application will be processed on Post-Police Verification basis. This enables faster passport issuance. There will be no additional fees required, but this is subject to online validation of the Aadhaar number. PAN and EPIC might also be validated from the respective databases if required.
Proof of Date of Birth –
- Municipal body issues birth certificate
- Affidavit that you swear before magistrate or notary
- Additionally affidavit must have place and date of birth
- And this is according to Annexure A
- Finally you may submit Secondary School Leaving certificate also
- Or a certificate that recognized board issues
Other documents for Indian Passport of senior citizen –
- Voter ID card
- Income Tax Assessment Order
- Aadhaar card
- Water or telephone or electricity bill
- Gas connection proof
- Registered rental agreement
- Photo passport of bank account
- Certificate form employer on a letter head
- You must submit affidavit according to Annexure I
- Verification certificate according to Annexure F or copy of child Passport who stays abroad (child must be above 18 years)
Apart from above documents. You may submit any three documents listed below. Thus it becomes easy for you to collect documents.
Important documents –
- Freedom fighter identity card
- Aadhaar card
- PAN card
- Driving License
- Voter ID or Election card
- Arms License
- Property documents
- Pension documents
- Registered rental agreement
- Service photo identity card that Government or Public companies give
- Caste certificate
- Birth certificate
- Bank or Post Office or Kisan passbook
- Student photo identity card that recognized institutes issue
If you are born after 1990, then you can produce your birth certificate as your age proof. It is essential and compulsory for everyone who is born after 1990, to produce birth certificate as age proof to get fresh passport. People born before 1990 are expected to produce Aadhar Card or PAN card as age proof.
- Standard Affidavit as per Annexure -I is mandatory.
- You may submit any one of the following:
- Verification Certificate as per the specimen as per Annexure ‘F’
- Copy of the passport of the child who is staying abroad. A copy of the page bearing the parents’ name is required. The child should be at least 18 years old.
- ₹1500 – Fresh or Renew passport (36 pages, standard size) with 10 year validity.
- ₹3500 – First time applicant or renewal with expedited (‘tatkal’) service (36 pages) with 10 year validity.
- ₹2000 – Fresh or Renew passport (60 pages, ‘jumbo’ size) with 10 year validity.
- ₹4000 – First time applicant or renewal with expedited (‘tatkal’) service (60 pages) with 10 year validity.
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj recently announced a 10 per cent cut in passport fees for citizens either under the age of eight or over 60.
The foreign office currently charges Rs 2,000 as fees for passports – whether new or for renewal – of 60 pages, and Rs 1,500 for 36-page passports. The beneficiaries of the rule declared by Sushma will need to pay Rs 1,800 for 60-page booklets and Rs 1,350 for the 36-page passports.
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