NEW: Look at the new rules. Hopefully, this helps out many with document issues.
If you filed your application at an RPO that does not fall under the jurisdiction of your present address, and if the above happens, you must apply to close the application and apply afresh at the RPO of your current address.
- water bill
- electricity bill
- telephone bill (landline/post paid mobile)
- 1 year bank statement/passbook (list of acceptable banks)
- proof of gas connection (carry 2 gas receipts 1 yr apart, or gas voucher + latest receipt)
- income tax assessment order
- voter ID card (issued by the Election Commission)
- Aadhar card
- certificate from employer on letterhead, if employer is a public limited company
- ration card
- minor applicants may submit parents' passports as address proof, if current address is same
- spouse's passport
- registered rent agreement
Step 3: Visiting the application centre
If you're visiting a PSK take along the original documents and 2/3 photocopies of each (including of old passport, for a reissue).
Step 4: Police Verification
Here it is...this can be the most irritating and time-consuming part of the application. I will now describe the theoretical procedure:
The police is supposed to visit your home and verify the documents you submitted during the passport application procedure. You will be made to fill a form and sign something and may have to submit a few passport-size photos.
In practice, however, the police may ask you to come to the police station with a list of documents, often many more than the required number for passport application. It is known that sometimes they ask for a bribe.
You should try to be patient and respectful. Never lie about any detail!
Usually every passport application needs to go through police verification, fresh or reissue, exceptions being reissue of undamaged/not lost passport with same address or minor's passport when at least one parent has a valid passport with spouse name endorsed. Most normal applications are on pre-police verification (police verification (PV) done before issue of passport) while most tatkaal applications are on post-PV method (PV done after passport is issued). If you receive a passport on post-PV and need to travel soon, inform police and RPO in writing and take acknowledgement. PV will be done later.
That is the end of your passport application procedure. When your passport is dispatched, you will receive an email/SMS. If you're not at home you will get an intimation and must visit the post office to collect your brand-new passport.
MY PERSONAL PASSPORT REISSUE EXPERIENCE
My passport was expiring in Apr 2015 and I decided to get it reissued in normal mode. Here is the timeline.
27/07/2014- Registered online and filled the form.
03/08/2014- Getting an appointment can be time consuming. Paid fees online and finally got an appointment for 5 Sep.
05/09/2014- Went to PSK, Sai Arcade, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore. There is paid parking behind the building. You will only be allowed to enter exactly at your reporting time. When you go inside, the first step is the issuance of the token. Keep your documents handy. In my case, I needed my current passport, parents' passports, and my address proof and class X certificate for non-ECR. Passport was granted with pre-police verification mode. As of that night, the status was "Police verification has been initiated and a request has been sent to Kadugodi Police Station, Bangalore".
06/09/2014- Status changed to "Pending for physical police verification at Kadugodi Police Station, Bangalore".
07/09/2014- Visited police station for the verification process. Photocopies and originals of current passport, gas connection voucher and latest gas bill were needed. I also had to present my school ID card and a school bonafide certificate. Besides, 2 passport photos and a letter from a neighbour were needed. Note that the police verification process differs from city to city, and from police station to police station.
09/09/2014- Status changed to "Police report has been submitted by Kadugodi Police Station, Bangalore and sent to Commissioner Office, District Bangalore for review".
10/09/2014- Status changed to "Police report has been submitted by Commissioner's office, District Bangalore and action for passport printing is initiated, to be followed by lamination, signing, quality check and dispatch".
12/09/2014- Status changed to "Your passport has been printed and You would receive an sms/e-mail once the passport is dispatched".
16/09/2014- Status told me the passport had been dispatched.
17/09/2014- Passport received.
All in all, a much better experience than few years ago. Pre-police verification in 12 days was not something one could expect even 2 years ago. So, my advice is to be proactive: if you sense that there's something wrong, take steps to correct it. Finish PV as soon as possible.
1. Where to apply from
Q I live in Chennai presently. Until four months ago I resided in Pune. Where should I apply from?
A You must apply from Chennai and present address proof for the last 1 year, so that includes address proof of both Chennai and Pune addresses.
Q My present address is in Kolkata but my permanent address is in Bihar. Where should I apply from?
A You must apply from Kolkata.
2. Passport for minors
Q Does my child need a separate passport or can his name be endorsed in my passport?
A The child will need a separate passport.
Q I am 16 years old. Can I get a 10-yr validity passport?
A Yes, minors from 15-18 can apply for a 10 yr passport. Fresh police verification will be done for this.
Q I am 17 and am applying for a 10 yr passport. Can I get a 60 page booklet?
A No, minors can only get a 36 page booklet.
Q How long is a minor's passport valid for?
A 5 years or till the day before their 18th birthday, whichever is earlier. However, minors aged 15-17 can apply for a 10 yr valid passport at extra fees.
Q Can address proof for a minor's passport be in parent's name?
Q What documents for date of birth must I submit for minor passport?
A Only a birth certificate is accepted for proof of DOB for fresh passport or lost/damaged passport reissue.
3. Reissuing a passport
Q My passport expired 4 years ago. Can I reissue it or apply for a fresh passport?
A You must reissue it.
Q My passport is out of pages but valid for 4 more years. Can I get more pages added?
A No, you must apply for reissue. A new passport booklet will be issued.
Q I lost my passport. Should I apply for reissue or fresh?
A Reissue, submit reason as lost passport, and submit documents for the same.
4. Documents required
Q I live in my present address since 8 years. However my address proof is only since 4 years. Can I apply for a passport?
A Yes, as address of more than 1 yr is available, you may apply for a passport.
Q I was born on 01 Jan 1989. I do not have a birth certificate. What document can I submit for DOB proof?
A As you were born before 26 Jan 1989, you can submit a 10th pass certificate/school certificate.
Q I was born on 12 Mar 1990. My birth certificate does not have my name. What must I do?
A Along with your BC, you will need a declaration from your parents stating what your name is. It would be helpful if you have other documents as well, such as educational certificates.
5. Police Verification
Q My status says "Pending for police verification." What to do?
A Visit the local police station to complete police verification procedure.
Q In my application form I mentioned the wrong police station. What to do?
A Most likely, even in the above case, your file will arrive at the right police station. Check with them.
Q I applied under tatkaal mode. I have not received my passport but am being called for police verification. What to do?
A In a minority of cases, PV may happen before passport issuance even in the tatkaal scheme. Please complete PV.
If you have a question, please do not hesitate to post it as a comment.