A major passport is valid for a period of 10 years and requires to be renewed before its expiry through a suitable process assigned by the Government of India. A minor passport however is valid for 5 years or till the minor attains 18 years of age, whichever is the earliest. The fees are variable depending upon the categories you are applying for. It is advisable to have passport validity of upto 6 months to 1 year when looking forward to visa issuance by the embassy.
You can apply for a re-issue for a passport with the reason "Exhaustion of pages" after which you will get a fresh passport with a new number and validity.
You can apply for a passport renewal in Mumbai and need to undergo fresh police verification for passports that expired more than three years ago of the date of application.
Following additional documents have to be submitted:-
- An original old passport with self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages, including the ECR/non-ECR pages (formerly ECNR) and observation page (if any) issued by the passport issuing authority, and the expiry date Documented evidence of any reference short term passport
- Documentary proof for any one of the Non-ECR categories like 10th certificate or matriculation certificate
In case of adults, 10-year validity passport would be issued. In case of minors, the validity of passport is restricted to 5 years or till they attain the age of 18, whichever is earlier. But the minors between 15 to 18 years of age can apply either for a 10-year validity passport or for a passport which is valid till they attain the age of 18 years. Different fees are applicable depending upon the category they are applying for . Further, most of the foreign missions/embassies insist on the passport validity of at least of six months to one year before they consider issuing visas. Accordingly, it is advisable to apply for re-issue well before time to avoid last minute rush.
You can apply for a passport renewal Mumbai up to 1 year before the expiry or within three years after the expiry of the existing passport without fresh police verification, provided there is no change in personal particulars and there is clear police report with respect to your previous passport and there is no adverse entry in the system. You can also apply for re-issue of passport if your previous passport expired more than three years ago, but fresh police verification would take place.