How to Get an Indian Passport Renewed (While you are in India)

If your passport is about to expire, you might be feeling the same fear, exhaustion, irritation, and anxiety that most people associate with government paperwork. The truth is that any procedure that requires a visit to a government office can be stressful. Fortunately, much of the passport renewal process can be accomplished online.

How to Get an Indian Passport Renewed (While you are in India)

The procedure can be broken down into three basic steps:

1. Scheduling an Appointment

  • Online registration through the Passport Seva website
  • Filling out and submitting your form using your registered information
  • Pay & schedule an Appointment

2. Appointment Visit 

3. Police Verification (Subject to applicability)

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you accomplish this passport renewal process without the assistance of an agent.

For those who want to renew their passport on an urgent basis, kindly skip to the Tatkal passport section. 

The Passport Renewal Process - A Step-By-Step Guide

Scheduling an Appointment 

Step 1: Register at the Passport Seva Online Portal. 

Step 2: Log in to the Passport Seva website with your registered login information, click the "Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport" link, fill out the form, and submit it. 

Step 3: On the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen, click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link to arrange an appointment. 

Step 4: Print Application Receipt 

Information and papers you'll need to fill out the passport renewal application -

  • Old Passport 
  • Driver’s licence 
  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card (If Available)
  • Voter ID (If Available)

Keep in mind:

  • If you do not visit the Passport Seva Kendra within 90 days after submitting the online form, you must resubmit the application.

Appointment Visit

Step 5: On the scheduled date, bring your original documents to the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO), where an appointment has been made. You can find the list of documents required here

Police Verification 

Step 6: Wait for Police Verification (If Applicable)

Police Verification (PV) is not necessary in case of renewal of passport if you submit the passport application before expiry or within three years of expiry of the Passport. However, the system should show clear PV and nothing adverse or negative like criminal charges to be exempt from PV. This verification takes up to 21 days to process.  

Tatkaal Passport 

You can apply for a renewal under Tatkal if you require your passport right away. Unlike a regular passport, which takes a few weeks to arrive, your Tatkaal passport will arrive within 1-3 days of visiting the PSK. Tatkaal, fortunately, does not require police verification, nor would you be required to provide a verification certificate from a Gazetted officer.

Tatkal passports, on the other hand, are more expensive. Use this calculator on the passport Seva portal to figure out how much you'll have to spend. You will notice that the tatkal cost varies with the applicant’s age, the number of pages in the booklet, and the required validity of the passport. 

Remember to check this list to see which documents you require. 

How To Track Passport Renewal Request

Using the tracking option on the Passport Seva online portal, you can simply track your passport application request. To generate the status of your application, the tracking feature would ask for your file number and birthdate.