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How To Change The Address In Passport?
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A passport is a crucial document, and all citizens should have it. It not only serves as identification proof but is also widely accepted for all purposes. This document enables one to travel out of India and visit other countries.  It is a mandatory document for overseas travel. This government-issued document states one's identity and nationality. A standard passport contains the holder's name, the place and the date of birth, along with the person's photograph, signature, and some other identifying information.

Change Of Address In Passport: Why?

In case an individual has changed the address or is relocating, he/she must update the information in the passport. This involves an application for the reissue of passport which gets one a new passport booklet with a new number.

The Procedure of Passport Re-issue for Address Change

The need to change one's address is under the “change in personal details” category. One may thus apply for passport reissue. It is a simple process which is similar to applying for a fresh passport. One may visit the Passport Seva Kendra office and make a direct application by paying the fees in cash at the PSK. Alternatively, one may apply and make the payment online to schedule an appointment.

Here is a detailed guideline for changing the address in the passport.

  • The initial step in applying for passport renewal through the online portal requires the applicant to have an account in the Passport Seva portal. If you don't have an account already, here's how you can create one:

  • Visit the official website of Passport Seva at www.passportindia.gov.in/

  • The left side panel of the page contains an option to login - existing users can just login using their ID and password

  • New users should register by clicking on 'New User? Register Now' box.

  • The website will ask for specific information, and then you may create a username and password.

  • An activation mail will be sent to your email id which will help you activate your Passport Seva account.

Application form for changing the address: Having logged into the online portal, you may either download a PDF version of the form, fill it up offline and submit by uploading it or directly fill in the form available online. Enter all the necessary details and update the address as required. Verify all the provided information and then click on “Submit.”

Payment Mode

After submitting the form successfully, click on “view saved or submitted applications.” You will get the option to pay for and schedule an appointment. A successful online payment will let you book an appointment. Passport fees are non-refundable. If the passport fees have been paid, but the applicant hasn't booked an appointment within a year, the paid amount will be forfeited. In case of multiple payments made for the same cause, the RPO will refund excess amounts. Here are the payment options available:

  • Credit Cards (VISA or MasterCard) - It has an additional charge of 1.5% + service tax

  • Debit Cards (VISA or MasterCard) - It has an additional charge of 1.5% + service tax

  • Internet Banking - It can be done through SBI and Associate Banks at no extra charge

  • SBI Challan - The money can be deposited through any branch of SBI at no extra cost (after 3 hours and within 85 days of generating the challan).

Making an Appointment

  • Once the payment is successfully done, click on “Schedule Appointment.”

  • If the payment is yet to be processed, click on “Track Payment Status.”

  • Challan payments typically have a waiting period of 2 working days from the date of depositing the money.

  • Once the payment status shows "Success," you can schedule your appointment.

  • Choose the passport office of your preference and a convenient slot.

  • Confirm the appointment.

Fees

Applicant’s Age

Validity Required

Normal Charge

Tatkal Charge

Below 15 Years

All

Rs. 1000

Rs. 3000

15 years - 18 years

5 years or till 18 years

Rs. 1000

Rs. 3000

10 years (36 pages)

Rs. 1500

Rs. 3500

10 years (60 pages)

Rs. 2000

Rs. 4000

18 years and above

10 years (36 pages)

Rs. 1500

Rs. 3500

10 years (60 pages)

Rs. 2000

Rs. 4000

Once an appointment is scheduled, you should report to the PSK with the required documents and follow the usual passport issuance procedure to get your address rectified on your passport.

Documents Required For Changing Address In Passport

These are the documents you might require for changing your address on the passport:

  • Old passport (in original).

  • Self-attested photocopies of both the first and the last two pages of the old passport.

  • ECR/Non-ECR page.

  • Page of observation (in case any observation made by Passport Issuing Authority).

  • Page of validity extension (if applicable).

Address proof (anyone):

  1. Passbook of an active bank account which contains a photograph.
  2. Rental agreement.
  3. Aadhaar card.
  4. Election Photo ID card.
  5. Certificate from the Employer on the letterhead of reputed companies.
  6. Proof of Gas Connection.
  7. Electricity Bill.
  8. Income Tax Assessment Order.
  9. Water bill.
  10. Landline or Postpaid mobile bill.

Documents required for Minors: Apart from the documents listed above, minor applicants need to submit a copy of either parent's residential proof and a declaration confirming the particulars provided in the application as per Annexure H.

Documents required for Government Employees: Government employees must submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) as per Annexure 'M' or a Prior Intimation Letter (PI) as per Annexure 'N' in addition to the documents listed above.

Documents required for Retired Government Employees: Retired Government Officials must submit their Pension Payment Order in addition to the documents listed above.