To apply for a passport in India, follow these steps:
- Register on the Passport Seva Online Portal: Visit the Passport Seva Online Portal (https://www.passportindia.gov.in/) and create an account. Fill in the required details and register yourself.
- Login and fill the application form: Login to your account on the Passport Seva Online Portal using your registered credentials. Fill in the passport application form with accurate details. Review the information and submit the form.
- Schedule an appointment: After submitting the application, you need to schedule an appointment at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or a Passport Office. Choose a convenient date and time for your appointment.
- Pay the application fee: Pay the applicable passport application fee online through the portal. The fee varies depending on the type of passport and services you require.
- Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK): On the scheduled appointment day, visit the selected PSK or Passport Office. Carry all the required documents and the printout of the application receipt. Arrive on time and follow the instructions at the PSK.
- Biometric enrollment and document verification: At the PSK, your biometrics (fingerprints, photograph) will be captured. Your original documents will be verified, so make sure to carry all the necessary documents as per the checklist provided on the portal.
- Passport processing: After the biometric enrollment and document verification, your application will go through the passport processing stages. This includes police verification, if required.
- Track application status: You can track the status of your passport application online through the Passport Seva Online Portal using your application reference number.
- Collect your passport: Once your passport is processed and issued, you will receive an SMS/email notification. Visit the PSK to collect your passport personally or opt for a courier delivery service if available.
It's important to note that the exact process and requirements may vary based on your location and individual circumstances. Make sure to visit the official Passport Seva Online Portal for the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding passport application in India.