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How to renew passport in India? Here is the guide

Passport is the first and foremost requirement for a person travelling out of the country. A maximum number of countries need a Visa before departure from the source nation, while, there are about 40 countries which offer Visa
after arrival. But a passport is mandatory for visiting the countries which are offering Visa on arrival. Passport is considered as an international ID and is valid for 10 years in India. A person is required to renew the passport before the expiry date in order to continue using it for foreign travel.

Any person can obtain a passport from the eligible Passport Seva Kendra which comes under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. There is an application form for the renewal of passport which is required to be filled and submitted online. However, a person is required to visit the Passport Seva Kendra after submitting the renewal form and booking an appointment along with all requisite documents.

Please note that only emergency/medical cases and pre-approved categories may visit Passport Seva Kendra without an appointment. Further, the services will be provided at the discretion of Passport Seva Kendra in-charge/Passport Officer. If the applicant didn’t visit the Passport Seva Kendra within 90 days from the online form submission, the individual is required to re-submit the application form. 

Step by step process to submit passport renewal form online for new users

Step 1: Visit Passport Seva Kendra online portal,
Step 2: Register by clicking on ‘Register Now’ on the home page. 
Step 3: Generate the login ID and password. 
Step 4: Activate the account by clicking on the link sent on registered email. 
Step 5: Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered login ID and password.
Step 6: Click on "Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport" link.
Step 7: Download the passport renewal form.
Step 8: Fill the form with the necessary details and upload the document.
Step 9: Click on the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link on the "View Saved/Submitted Applications" screen to schedule an appointment.
Step 10: Select the nearest Passport Seva Kendra from your location and book the slot. 
Step 11: Click on the "Print Application Receipt" link to print the application receipt containing the Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.
Step 12: Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Online payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras/Passport Offices. A person is not required to carry a printout of application receipt as an SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to the Passport Office. Keep all the necessary documents ready with you (original and photocopy) and carry the recent passport size photograph (4.5 X 3.5 cm) with white background in case of minor applicants of age below 4 years. 

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