Passport

A passport is a travel document, usually issued by the Government of a nation, that certifies the Identity and Nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. A passport specifies nationality, but not necessarily the place of residence of the passport holder.

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.

Passport Application: Basic Requirements:


The prescribed passport application duly filled in should be with all prescribed documents and fees. Merely submission of an application, however, does not constitute a claim for issue of a passport. It remains a request/requisition for a passport, which may be rejected due to deficiency in the supporting documents, not following the prescribed procedures or any other reason. The basic supporting documents required with passport application include:


  • Proof of Date of Birth i.e. Birth Certificate, etc
  • Identity proof with photograph
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of nationality