Tuesday, 3 June 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE

Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
CPV Division
(Patiala House, Tilak Marg, New Delhi)

No. VIII/410/1/2013 
Dated, 9th December 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

      The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.

2. All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-compliant MRP passports.

3. Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.

4. For more details related to passport services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.
No. VI/401/1/12/2o13
Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
CPV Division
New Delhi
31st December, 2013

Subject: Listing of Banks for acceptance of address proof for Passports

References have been received from various PIAs and Passport applicants requesting for the need of listing out the name of banks whose passbook/statement is acceptable as proof of address. The issue have been raised earlier also at various levels seeking clear guidelines on this matter.
2.         Although the similar terminologies have been mentioned in respect of accepting 'bank statements/passbook' by UIDAI for Aadhaar, for opening of bank accounts and various other public services, etc., yet considering the important of Passports and the issue involved, it is found expedient in the public interest to list out the exact name of such banks whose statements are accepted as proof of Address.
3.         The Govt. of India list of such Public Sector Banks, extracted from the website of Ministry of Finance (Banking Section, Departmental of Financial services) at the link http://financialservices.gov.in/banking/ListOfCMDsOfPSBs.asp is attached. The same is being uploaded on the website for all the prospective Passport applicants.

Sd/-
(Rajesh Ranjan)
Section Officer(PV.I)


Acceptance of Affidavits sworn before/attested by Executive Magistrate.

No. V.I/401/24/2002
Ministry of External Affairs
CPV Division
New Delhi
22nd January, 2014

CIRCULAR

Subject: Acceptance of Affidavits sworn before/attested by Executive Magistrate.

It has been decided that the Affidavits (i.e., Annexure 'A','C','D','E','I' and ,L') submitted with the Passport Application form sworn before/ attested by Executive Magistrate may also be accepted henceforth as valid documents'. The consolidated list of Affidavits / Annexures with the concerned authorities before whom it should be sworn / attested by is reproduced below:
Annexure
Subject
To be sworn before / attested by
A
Affidavit to be submitted by illiterate applicants as proof of Date of Birth in case no other proof is available
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
B
Central Government employees, State Government employees, employees of statutory bodies and Public Sector Undertakings, their Spouse and Children unto the age of 18 Years
To be issued by the Controlling authorities of employee as prescribed
C
Affidavit to be submitted with the application for a passport of a minor child by either parent (who are separated but not formally divorced) or by a single parent of the child born out of wed lock
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
D
Joint Affidavit to be submitted along with application for passport by a woman applicant for change of name after marriage
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
E
Affidavit for change in name
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
F
Verification Certificate for Tatkaal application
to be issued by prescribed authorities
G
Declaration by applicant parent or guardian if passport is for minor when one parent has not given consent
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate
H
Declaration of applicant parent or guardian if passport is for minor
To be signed by parents/ legal guardian
I
Affidavit
Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
J
Verification Certificate for Apex Business Organisations
to be issued by prescribed authorities
K
Affidavit for re-issue of passport, which was obtained prior to marriage, by married applicants who are unable to provide the prescribed marriage certificate or joint affidavit with spouse due to marital discord, separation or without formal divorce decree by the court or due to total desertion by the spouse
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate
L
Affidavit for a passport in lieu of lost/ damaged passport
Judicial Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Notary Public
M
No Objection Certificate for Govt. employees, employees of statutory bodies and Public Sector Undertakings
To be issued by the Controlling authorities of employee as prescribed


The above may kindly be brought to the notice of all concerned for information and compliance.
Sd/-
(Muktesh K. Pardeshi)
Joint Secretary (PSPI &
Chief Passport Officer
1. All PIAs in India & abroad
2. All Passport Seva Kendras
3. All Sections in CPV Division

4. Passportindia Portal

Advisory Caution for Public



MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
CPV DIVISION
......
PUBLIC NOTICE
No. CPV/PMU/551/10/11
30 May, 2014


It has come to the Ministry’s notice that some private portals/individuals have been claiming that they are ‘recognised /authorised’ by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, to extend passport assistance to the public.



The Ministry hereby makes it clear that the passport portal (www.passportindia.gov.in) is the only Government portal offering passport services to citizens within India. The portal is web-based and can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere for seeking passport services. There is no system in place to ‘recognise/authorise’ any individual or any travel agency in this regard in the country. Any one dealing with such fraudulent portals/advertisers/claimants, will do so at his/her own risk and consequence.

SMS SERVICE: Alerts and Updates

SMS SERVICE: Alerts and Updates
Get regular updates on your mobile phone for your passport application!
This is an optional value-added service for applicants.
W.e.f. 16th Nov, 2013, (OPTIONAL) Premium SMS Service is enabled for PSKs under all RPOs across the country.
Opt and enrol for Passport Seva Short Messaging Service (SMS SERVICE) to receive alerts and updates on your application. From the time of enrolment until the passport/miscellaneous service is rendered, you will receive the progress status of your application and alerts for pending actions through the SMS SERVICE. You can avail the SMS SERVICE from any mobile phone, not necessarily from smart phones.
You may receive up to nine SMS on alerts and updates on your application based on its status and actions needed. Also, you can send an SMS query at any time to know the current status of your application.
Please note that enrolment of SMS SERVICE is purely optional and Enrolment Charge is not a part of Passport Fee. If you choose not to enrol for SMS SERVICE, you will continue to receive the standard communications from Passport Seva (e.g. SMS on dispatch of your passport).
You can enrol for SMS SERVICE by paying a one-time enrolment charge of Rs.30/- (THIRTY ONLY) inclusive of all taxes, payable in cash at the Passport Seva Kendra. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling for the SMS SERVICE.
Simple steps to enrol:
STEP 1:Select 'SMS Services' while submitting application
STEP 2:Pay the Enrolment Charge in cash on visiting Passport Seva Kendra
You can enrol for SMS SERVICE while filling the application form or uploading the e-Form at Online Portal.
OR
In case you have submitted the application form online or uploaded e-Form, you can enrol for SMS SERVICES using the link 'Enrol for SMS Services' available under 'Services' section after login.
On enrolment of SMS Service, PSP will send the following on the registered Mobile Number:
  1. ALERTS: For submission of documents, respond to notifications and collection of passport/PCC. For exceptions or errors in processing at any stage, penalty and Show Cause Notices.
  2. UPDATES: On police verification and Passport Printing/Dispatch
In addition to the above, you can track the status of your application by sending an SMS to 9704100100 in the format '<< STATUS >><< SPACE >><< File Number >>', for example, STATUS BNG071268435013.
Any query/feedback related to SMS Services may be registered with the category 'SMS Service' in the User Assistance -> Information/Feedback/Grievance -> Feedback section.
As per regulatory requirements, SMS services are available only to Postpaid subscribers in state of Jammu & Kashmir.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. Passport Seva Short Messaging Service (SMS SERVICE) is offered by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) (Service Provider for Passport Seva Project (PSP) under its contract with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India) through SMS service provider viz. by Unicel Technologies Private Limited (UNICEL). 'SMS' stands for Short Messaging Service.
  2. ''SMS'' referred herein are the SMS meant for the applicant enrolling for the Passport Seva SMS SERVICE and reference of 'you' herein is to the applicant enrolling for the Passport Seva SMS SERVICE. SMS will be sent only to the mobile number you have given in the application form.
  3. SMS will be sent from the time you enrol until the passport has been dispatched or rejected. In cases where follow-up action is initiated for a given passport, the applicant shall receive additionally the corresponding SMS update/alert for such initiated follow-up action.
  4. SMS provided to Passport Seva applicants is a service entirely at the option of the interested applicants and provides the applicants with information on pre-defined stages of their passport application. The information provided by SMS is based on the information available in the PSP system.
  5. You may not receive SMS in case there are issues/problems with your mobile phone, mobile network reach and technical issues with your mobile network provider. In order to receive SMS, you must ensure that your mobile phone is switched on, is in working condition and connected to the mobile network of your mobile network provider at all times. If your mobile phone is switched off or is out of coverage for a period of 4 hours or more, your mobile network provider may delete any SMS messages to be received by you.
  6. The time to deliver the SMS is dependent upon the traffic on the mobile network and whether your mobile phone is within reach and switched on and cannot therefore be guaranteed by UNICEL/TCS. UNICEL/TCS is not a mobile network operator and does not in any way guarantee the delivery of SMS text messages.
  7. By enrolling to the Passport Seva SMS SERVICE, you confirm that you have provided the accurate mobile number to be reached via SMS and that you are the owner or its legitimate user of the mobile phone being used for Passport Seva SMS SERVICE. You acknowledge that using another person's mobile phone or providing inaccurate mobile phone number or unauthorized use of mobile phone number for receiving the SMS may entail disclosure of your confidential information which disclosure shall be at your sole risk.
  8. Passport Seva SMS SERVICE is provided with no warranties, express or implied. UNICEL/TCS is not responsible or liable or otherwise have any obligation to you for any loss, damage or expenses incurred directly or indirectly due to non receipt of the SMS for any reasons whatsoever. In no event shall UNICEL and TCS be liable for any indirect or consequential damages. The maximum liability of UNICEL and TCS shall not exceed the fee paid under this receipt.
  9. For any SMS sent by the passport applicant to 9704100100 may be chargeable to the applicant by the applicant's mobile network provider as per the SMS service plan existing between the applicant and the mobile network provider.
  10. UNICEL/TCS may change the features of Passport Seva SMS SERVICE and/or the enrolment fee payable by the applicant from time to time
  11. Passport Seva SMS SERVICE may be discontinued at any time without prior notice.
  12. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the law of India and applicant by enrolling for Passport Seva SMS SERVICE submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi.
  13. By enrolling to the Passport Seva SMS SERVICE, you specifically acknowledge and agree to the aforesaid terms and conditions.

Download and Print Application Form

Download and Print Application Form
  •  To download the main passport application form for Fresh or Re-issue of Passport  click here.
  •  To download the supplementary passport application form for Fresh or Re-issue of Passport  click here.
  •  To download the Instructions Booklet for main and supplementary passport application form  click here.
  •  To download the application form for Diplomatic/Official passport for applicants submitting Diplomatic/Official
     passport application forms at RPO offices  click here.
  •  To download the application form for Diplomatic/Official passport for applicants submitting Diplomatic/Official
     passport application forms at CPV HQO  click here.  till further order.
  •  To download the form for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)  click here.
  •  To download the Identity Certificate form (applicable to Tibetan Refugees and Stateless People)  click here.
  •  To download the form for LoC Permit  click here.
  •  To download Surrender Certificate form   click here.
Note:
  • The downloaded form should be printed back to back on standard A4 size papers.
  • You must have the latest version of Acrobat Reader (9 or above) to read and print these Forms.   
  • Diplomatic and Official passports are issued to people holding diplomatic status or deputed by the Government of India for official duty abroad.

Annexures/Affidavits

Annexures/Affidavits
  • Affidavit of Date of Birth to be submitted by illiterate Applicants (Annexure "A")
  • Identity Certificate (Annexure "B")
  • Affidavit for a Passport of a Minor Child by either parent (who are separated but not formally divorced) (Annexure "C")
  • Affidavit for Lady applicant for change of name after Marriage (Annexure "D")
  • Change in Name/Deed Poll/Sworn Affidavit (Annexure "E")
  • Verification Certificate for Tatkaal Passports (Annexure "F")
  • Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports (one parent not given consent) (Annexure "G")
  • Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports (Annexure "H")
  • Standard Affidavit (Annexure "I")
  • Specimen Verification Certificate (Annexure "J")
  • Specimen Affidavit for Re-issue of passport, which was obtained prior to marriage, by married applicants who are unable to provide the prescribed marriage certificate or joint affidavit with spouse due to marital discord, separation or without formal divorce decree by the Court or due to total desertion by the spouse. (Annexure "K")
  • Specimen Affidavit for a passport in lieu of lost/damaged passport (Annexure "L")
  • No Objection Certificate (Annexure "M")
  • Authority letter

Download e-Form

Download e-Form
  • Fresh or Re-issue of Passport click here.    Updated on 01/06/2014
  • Diplomatic/Official Passport click here.    Updated on 01/06/2014
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) click here.    Updated on 01/06/2014
  • Identity Certificate e-Form (applicable to Tibetan Refugees and Stateless People) click here.    Updated on 01/06/2014
  • Surrender Certificate e-Form  click here.    Updated on 01/06/2014
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