We are dealing with the Government, renewal of passport is officially called â€˜re-issueâ€™. Always keep this in mind.
Renewal (ok, re-issue) can be done 1 year before the expiry of passport or 3 years after. Beyond 3 years, police verification will be done, even if there is no address change. Police verification is always done if there is any address change.
Some documents are required. Check itÂ here.Â Take 2 copies of all documents.
If you need to add the name of your spouse, there is a special clause â€“ if the husband wants to add the name of his wife, no marriage certificate is needed if the wifeâ€™s passport has husbandâ€™s name. However, if the wife wants to add her husbandâ€™s name, marriage certificate is always needed. Confused? Ok, get the marriage certificate also! (remember 2 copies)
Go to theÂ official site â€“ https://passport.gov.in/pms/Information.jsp
Click on Submit to get to the online application form
Fill in your details and click Save
You will be allotted a slot with date and time â€“ usually in the next 3-4 days
The date is important, the time is not. Everyone gets in the queue irrespective of the time allotted. However, since the number of applicants per day is limited, you wonâ€™t probably have to wait for more than one hour in the queue, even if you arrive by 1130.
On your D-Day, arrive at the passport office (opposite Karalkada â€“Â locate here) with all your documents in original and 2 copies. Bring in your old passport for renewal. There is hardly any parking space for cars, so avoid coming by it.
Go to Anu Photostat Store opposite the office. If applying for a new passport, ask for a yellow file; if you are renewing, ask for a brown cover. Get a couple of file tags (the one used to tie files in government offices)
Stand in queue at the passport office and wait till you get in the office
There are counters where authorized ex-service men will help you taking only Rs.10 as service charge. ALWAYS, take their help to arrange everything in order. If they ask you to take photostats, go out and get it â€“ this time, there is no need to stand in queue
Once they arrange everything, get your token number from the Information Counter
Sit and wait. Remember, there are four counters for general applications and tokens are announced in multiples of 10, say from â€¦120-129, 130-139 etc.
All counters close for lunch from 1PM-2PM. So, no new tokens will be called from around 1245 PM. Once the office close for lunch break, you are not allowed to wait inside the hall during this break.
Come back after lunch. If your token number is beyond 300, you can safely come back after 3PM.
You may have to meet the officer for Tatkals and new passports. For renewal, this is not needed; and you are handed back your old (now canceled) passport