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Every Indian Citizen desiring to travel abroad must hold a valid Indian Passport. A passport is usually the proof of the citizen’s nationality. In India, Consular Passport & Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, is responsible for issuing Indian passports to all eligible Indian citizens.This office functions as the central passport organization in India and operates through various regional passport offices in India and Indian missions abroad.
In India, the following are the types of passports issued.
- Regular (Ordinary) Passport – A regular passport is issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips and it consists of 36 pages. Frequent travelers can opt for 60 pages. A regular passport has a blue cover with the Emblem of India appearing in the center of the cover. The words “REPUBLIC OF INDIA” are inscribed below the Indian Emblem
- Diplomatic Passport – A diplomatic Passport is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and other diplomatic couriers and it has a maroon cover
- Official Passport – An official passport is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business and it has a white cover on top
Indian Passport Application Forms
Indian Passport Application Forms can be downloaded online, printed, filled and submitted at the district passport cell. You can also register for an Indian Passport Application online, schedule and visit the passport seva kendras along with all necessary documents!
Indian Passport Application Status
If you had submitted your passport application form, you can check the status online here.
You can check the application status at various regional passport offices in India by selecting the city, passport file reference number and the year of submission.You should be selecting the city where you applied for the passport and enter the file reference number in your acknowledge slip for having submitted the passport application form. Then click submit and you will know the status of your passport application.. Tracking the application status has been made much simpler. You will have to just enter the file number and date of birth for obtaining the status!
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If you are planning to visit India, you can also check out the details for obtaining India Visa.