Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding
Passport Rules and Regulations
Question 1: I got my passport from Delhi. Now I have shifted to Bangalore. Should I
change my address in the passport? If change is required, what are
the documents required and how much time will it take?
Ans. It is up to you to change the address. It is always better if your
passport indicates your current address. For this purpose, you need to
fill up form-II and submit it along with valid proof of your residential
address at Passport Office of the area of where you reside.
Question 2. My Passport has been
issued by one Passport Office. Can I apply for services in another
Ans. Yes. You can apply for miscellaneous services at Passport Office
where you are presently residing.
Question 3. I don’t have ECNR
stamp in my Passport. Can I get it on the basis of my provisional
matriculation or above certificate issued by the University/Board
Ans. We are no longer affixing ECNR stamp in passports. Currently, ECR
stamp is only being put in passports. However, you are entitled to ECNR
status if you possess qualification of Matriculation or above. Even you
can get ECNR status on the basis of provisional matriculation
certificate if the mark sheets of all semesters of your course are
available with you.
Question 4. I have downloaded the
application form from your website. Can I fill it up & submit?
Question 5. I have downloaded the
application form for passport from the website. However in the column
where specimen signatures of the applicant are required it says put the
signatures also on the stickers option, which is not available on the
net. What should I do in this case.
Ans. In this case, you need to put your signatures only below column 19
of the application form.
Question 6. Is Identity
Certificate mandatory for State/Central Government/PSU employees?
Ans. Yes. Identity Certificate issued by the competent authority on
prescribed Performa is a must for these employees for getting their
passports, without police verification.
Question 7. I am working in ICICI Bank?
Am I required to furnish the Identity Certificate?
Ans. Only those persons working in companies, which are owned by the
State/Central Governments, need to submit “Identity Certificates.
Employees of Private Banks are not required to submit “Identity
Certificates” for getting passports.
Question 8. I got my passport 2 years ago. I got married
recently. Should I include my spouse’s name in my passport? If so, what
is the procedure?
Ans. It is better to include your spouse’s name in your passport. For
this, please file up EAP-II form and submit it along with marriage
certificate, photocopy of spouse’s passport (if she has one) and proof
of stay (if the present address is different from the one in the
passport). Note : The procedure is the same if one wants to include her
husband’s name in the passport.
Question 9. I have a one-month-old baby? Does the baby
require a separate passport Or his/her name can be endorsed in one of
the parents’ passport?
Ans. Endorsement of child’s name in parents’ passports is not allowed
anymore. As per the amended law, minors should have separate passports.
Question 10. In case of a minor child passport, whose
father is abroad, whether consent is to be obtained to apply for a
passport? If so, what is the procedure?
Ans. Yes. Consent of the father is required for submitting the
application. It should be in the form of a Sworn Affidavit duly attested
by the Indian Embassy/Consulate abroad.
What is the difference between Re-issue and Renewal of a passport?
Ans. Passports are Re-issued after the expiry of their 10-year validity
period.If you had been issued a Short Validity Passport (i.e. a passport
of validity less than 10 years) apply for renewal to extend the normal
validity of the existing passport to 10 years.
Question 12. My passport expired 4 years ago. Can I renew
it? What is the procedure for it?
Ans. In such a case, you have to fill up EAP-I form and submit it along
with original/photocopy of your expired passport and proof of your
residence/address. However, since the passport expired 4 years ago,
fresh police verification will be required in your case.
Question 13. I am a student staying away from my parents.
Where do I apply for passport and what proof of residence shall I have
Ans. For instance, if you are a student staying in Rohtak (which falls
under the jurisdiction of RPO, Chandigarh) and your parents are staying
in Hissar. You can apply at RPO, Chandigarh. For this purpose, along
with your form you have to provide four Personal Particulars forms.
Please also indicate your hostel address/the place where you are staying
in Rohtak as present address and your parent’s address as Permanent
In case your college falls under the jurisdiction of some other Passport
Office, you can either apply to the Passport Office in whose
jurisdiction your hostel/place of stay is located or in the Passport
Office in whose jurisdiction your parents’ address (permanent address)
For proof of residence at your hostel/place of stay, either you should
provide a letter from the Principal/Warden or proof of residence of the
guardian with whom you are staying along with the guardianship
affidavit. You should also provide proof of your parents address (i.e.
permanent address). For more details, please read instructions in the
Question 14. What is the difference in procedure between applying in
person and by Post?
Ans. While you apply in person, two copies of all the documents duly
self attested have to be handed over at the counter along with the
originals, which will be returned after verification at the counter
immediately. While applying by post, you have to submit two copies of
all the documents duly attested by a Gazetted Officer bearing his name
seal and address of his office.
Question 15. I am a salaried person and Income tax is deducted from
salary. What are the documents I need to submit for ECNR status?
Ans. Form 16(a) for the last 3 years along with copies of
acknowledgement of your returns.
Question 16. I shifted to Delhi 7 months back from Bangalore. I have
to apply for a passport. As per instructions, one should have stayed for atleast one year at a given address. Can I apply for a passport at
Passport Office, Delhi? If so, please let me know the procedure.
Ans. Yes. You can apply at Passport Office, Delhi. For this purpose, you
have to submit proof of seven months’ stay in Delhi and also mention the
previous address in the application form. You are also required to
submit 2 extra Personal Particulars forms along with the application.
Question 17. I have to travel to the UK next week on a company
assignment. I don’t have passport. Can I get a new passport under the Tatkal Scheme?
Ans. Yes. You can apply under Tatkal scheme and pay the Tatkal fee of
Rs. 1,500/1000 as the case may be, and a Verification Certificate or
three documents as mentioned under Tatkal Category of Passport
Question 18. What documents are
required when there is a change in name on account of Divorce.
Ans. (i) Divorce deed duly authenticated by Court Or (ii) Deed Poll or
Sworn Affidavit as per specimen in Annexure –D given in the Passport
Information booklet attached to the application.
Question. 19. Is it mandatory to submit Birth Certificate in cases of
those who are born on or after 26.01.1989.
Ans. Yes, Birth Certificate issued by Municipal authorities only is
acceptable for those born on or after 26.01.1989.
Question 20. In a case of Muslim passport holder, whether entry of
second wife name is allowed on passport.
Ans. Yes. But the entry of first wife name will remain intact if divorce
is not obtained.