Now, get your passport issued in a week with just four documents
Good news! Indian citizens can receive their passport in a week’s time by submitting just four documents according to the changes announced by the government. A statement issued by External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted in twitter.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that a passport would be issued if an application is submitted with copies of the ..
- Aadhaar Card
- Voter ID
- PAN Card
- Affidavit of no criminal case (which includes family details and citizenship)
It said passport will be issued subject to successful online validation of Aadhaar number. EPIC (Electro’s photo identity card) and PAN (Permanent Account Number) card may also be validated, if required, from respective databases.
Besides above documents, applicants will also have to sign an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I (declaration of citizenship, family details and no criminal records).
Earlier, the police verification process would cause a long delay in finally acquired the passport. The new procedure will skip the police verification till after the passport is issued, provided the submitted documents are validated.
However, the time taken to issue the document would depend on the approval from a granting officer.
Swaraj further added that an appointment can be chosen from the first five available dates for passport related services. So far, the Passport Seva system fixed appointment based on availability and first-in-firstout (FIFO) principle.
The statement issued by the ministry said no extra changes were applicable under the new procedure.
In addition to the above, the ministry has also launched mPassport Police App for speedy submission of Police Verification Report (PVR).
The App would facilitate the field level verification officers to directly capture the PV report into the system digitally.
Earlier, police verification for passport took 49 days, which was reduced to 42 in 2014, 34 in 2015, and 21 the same year. In 2015, the passport offices in India and the Indian missions and posts abroad rendered nearly 1.2 crore passport-related services. On December 31, 2015, nearly 6.33 crore Indians held valid passports.