A passport is an essential travel document for those who are travelling abroad for education, tourism, pilgrimage, medical attendance, business purposes and family visits. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched Passport Seva services to ensure applicants can procure a passport online as well as offline.

How to apply for a passport online in India: Documents required, steps to follow and more
How to apply for a passport online 

Passport Seva enables simple, efficient and transparent processes for delivery of passport and related services. Apart from creating a countrywide networked environment for Government staff, it integrates with the State Police for physical verification of applicant’s credentials and with India Post for delivery of passports.
All Indian citizens who depart or intend to depart from India are required to be in possession of a valid passport or travel document. Under the Passports Act 1967, the Government of India may issue different types of passports and travel documents such as Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport, Official Passport, Emergency Certificate and Certificate of Identity for the purpose. 

Steps to apply for an ordinary passport online:

1.Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on the ‘Register Now’ link on the Home Page).

2.Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id.

3.Click “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport” link. 

4.Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment. Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras/Passport Offices. Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes: Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard and Visa) Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks and Other Banks) SBI Bank Challan.

5.Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number. Note: Carrying a printout of Application The receipt is no longer required. An SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to the Passport Office. 

6.Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where the appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Documents required when applying for a passport:

The following documents are valid for proof of birth
1.Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal A corporation or any other prescribed authority, whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India.

2.Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board.
Policy The bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.

Copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant.

3.Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar. Also Read: How to do aadhar card update online and offline.

4.Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India.

5.PAN A card issued by the Income Tax Department.

6. Driving The license issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government.

7. The declaration was given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letterhead of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.

The following documents are valid for proof of address:

1.Water, telephone or electricity bill.

2.Income Tax Assessment Order.

3.Election Commission Photo ID card.

4.Proof of Gas Connection.

5.Certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letterhead. 

6.Spouse’s passport copy (First and last page including family details mentioning the applicant’s name as the spouse of the passport holder), (provided the applicant’s present address matches the address mentioned in the spouse’s passport).

7.Parent’s passport copy, in case of minors(First and last page).
Aadhaar Card.

8.Rent Agreement.

9.Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks and Regional Rural Banks only).

It usually takes up to 8 business days for an appointment to be scheduled at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra. Once all the formalities are processed, it takes around 3 more weeks for the passport to reach the applicant. Under the Tatkal system, a passport is dispatched strictly within 3 business days.