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Alteration or Correction in Passport in India: A Comprehensive Guide

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow

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Published on: 1 Aug, 2023

Passports are pivotal identity documents that permit international travel. However, occasionally errors occur, either due to oversight by the applicant or during the issuance process. Sometimes, personal details change after the passport has been issued. In such scenarios, alterations or corrections are required. If you’re an Indian passport holder who needs a change in your passport, this post will guide you through the process.

1. Reasons for Passport Correction:

There could be several reasons for making changes in your passport:

  • Typographical errors: Errors in personal details such as name, date of birth, or other particulars.
  • Change in personal status: Examples include change of name after marriage or divorce.
  • Expiry of short validity passports: These passports are issued in special circumstances and need regularisation after the problem is rectified.

2. Documents Required:

The documentation varies based on the change:

  • Change of name due to marriage or divorce: Marriage certificate/divorce decree and old passport.
  • Change in date of birth: Affidavit stating the reason for change, newspaper publication notice, and documentation evidence of the correct date of birth.
  • Other changes: Relevant documentary evidence supporting the change.

3. Process of Alteration/Correction:

a. Online Registration:

  • Visit the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
  • Register online and choose the “Re-issue of Passport” option.
  • Fill the required details and submit the form.

b. Paying the Fees:

  • After submitting the form, proceed to the payment page.
  • Choose your preferred mode of payment and make the payment.

c. Booking an Appointment:

  • After successful payment, you can book an appointment at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra.

d. Visit PSK/POPSK:

  • On the day of the appointment, ensure you reach on time with all necessary documents, both originals and photocopies.
  • The passport authorities will verify the documents. After verification, they’ll capture your photograph and fingerprints.

e. Police Verification:

  • Once your application is accepted, police verification will be initiated.
  • The police will verify the details provided and, upon successful verification, forward their report to the passport office.

f. Passport Issuance:

  • After a successful police verification report, the passport will be printed and dispatched to your given address.

4. Points to Remember:

  • Always ensure that the details filled in the online application form are accurate to avoid further corrections.
  • The fee for re-issuing the passport varies based on the type and age of the applicant.
  • The passport delivery may be delayed if there are discrepancies during the police verification process.

Conclusion:

Having a correct and up-to-date passport is crucial for international travel and identification. If you encounter any discrepancies or need to update details in your Indian passport, the process, though systematic, is straightforward. Make sure you have all the required documents and follow the steps diligently. Safe travels!