Indian Passport rules and regulations

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The passport is an essential document that is required for International Travel.  In India it is issued by the passport department that functions under the ministry of external affairs. There are set of rules that are applicable to obtain a passport. First condition being that you should be an Indian Citizen.  

When you apply for a passport you need by an application form for a fee from the nearest office dealing with this matter. You can also download a form from passport website on the Internet. This form has to be filled as per the instruction given. Then along with the necessary document you have to submit the documents to the RPO (Regional Passport Office).

There have been many instances of rejection due to improper filling of the form. All documents pertaining to the application have to be submitted with photo copies duly signed. If you fail to do this your passport will be rejected. Hence when you are applying for the passport you have to be very careful. In case of confusion you can visit the RPO and clarify the matter.   

You have to submit photo identity, address proof as well as age proof. Your bona fide may also be check with relatives’ neighbors and friends.  Police verification is the first step and you have to comply with all documents they ask for. In case of a criminal record or pending cases in the court your application may not be cleared.  

Some of the proofs that are acceptable are the voter card, driving license, pan card, UID card and ration card. For birth proof a birth certificate or school leaving certificate can be submitted. An affidavit attested by a competent authority is also acceptable. For address proof electricity or telephone bill can be submitted. A number of colored photographs in a mentioned size is also required to fill the application form. The photographs should be recent and self attested.  You need to carry originals at the RPO for verification. The copies may be required to be attested by a gazetted officer.  A prescribed fee has to be paid as well.

On many instances a minor has to hold passport as well. Hence you should be careful and apply for passport of the minor and your wife if all are traveling together. In case of urgency with a valid reason one can also apply for a Tatkal Passport which has a high fee structure.

If the application has been filed in the right manner the instrument is issued in 12 weeks. The delivery by registered post is sent to the applicant on the address mentioned.  There many agents who assist in the application process many people go through them but the process is not very complicated hence you should do it yourself.  

Using the website you can keep tab of the position of your application. There is a search tool available on the site for you to regularly check the status.

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Uday Patel has 16 articles online

Uday writes often on travel hence this article on Indian Passport application. He also writes on Tatkal Passport procedure in India. Uday writes on many legal instruments.  

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This article was published on 2012/05/21