Planning to visit abroad and don’t have a passport yet? Don’t worry! The ministry of external affairs has made it very simple for Indian citizens to obtain a passport.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has announced two major changes to fast track the process of obtaining fresh passport under the normal category and to secure an appointment at the local passport seva kendra more conveniently. Read on to find out four documents which you will be required to submit to get your passport within a week.
The new process will skip police verification which is accepted as the main cause of delay in obtaining the passport. Under the new process, police verification will be skipped until the passport is issued. The passport will be issued after validation of documents and will also depend on approval from granting officer.
Here is the list of four documents which you will be required to submit to obtain your passport within a week:
- Aadhaar card
- Voter ID
- PAN card
- An affidavit of no criminal case, in the format of Annexure-I (which includes family details and citizenship).
To apply for a passport, the applicants will first, have to fill-up their personal particulars online, pay requisite fee and schedule appointment through Passport Seva system. It is to be noted that no extra charges are applicable under the new process. Moreover, applicants can now book an appointment as per their convenience. The applicants can choose any appointment date from the earliest five available working days at selected Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Under the new procedure thus, applicants can choose appointment as per their choice and will get passport in a week with just four documents. The fast-track process will however, not compromise with security. The passports may be impounded and revoked later, if the police reports come out to be adverse.
“There are plenty of inbuilt safeguards in our system which can instantly spot fake identities and forgeries. Most importantly, our system is linked to the Aadhaar database which helps conduct real-time verification of the applicant while s/he is still at the passport seva kendra,” said Anil Kumar Sobti, director of the passport division in the ministry.