How to Reissue Passport?

How to Reissue Passport?: Reissue of Passport is required when the old passport has completed its validity from the date of issue. One can also apply for re-issue of when a new booklet on account of change in basic particulars like name, address, change in birthdate, etc. or when all the pages have been used.All passports have a given period for which they are valid, and after the expiry date, the passport is considered invalid for travel, or as a recognizable, legal identification.

Reissue or Damage Passport

Following are Reason Why You Need to Reissue Passport?

Changes required in personal details:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date Of Birth

Exhaustion of pages:

  • Once the passport booklet’s pages are all full, the passport holder must apply for the reissue of the passport.
  • Once all the pages in the passport booklet are filled in with stamps, inoculation certificates, etc., the booklet can no longer be used for travel.

Lost Passport:

Your passport is considered damaged if the passport number is unreadable, a name is illegible, a photo is not intact, or it is otherwise damaged beyond recognition, mutilated or smudged entries or washed out or torn or apparently visible damaged.

  • If a passport is lost, passport holder has first to file FIR in the nearest police station and submit FIR with an application for reissue at the Passport Office.
  • If the passport has been lost/stolen overseas, the passport holder must approach the Indian Mission, or Post, or Embassy and report the situation.

Validity due to expire or has expired 3 years ago:

  • If the passport has expired less than 3 years ago or is due to expire within a year or so, it is recommended that the passport holder applies for a reissue.
  • If the passport has expired already, but 3 years have not yet passed, the passport holder can apply for a reissue through this same process.

Reissue Passport Documents

Following are a list of documents required to apply for a passport reissue.

  • Identity proof: Document that contains your Full Name. Like Election Card, any other government proof.
  • Age Proof: Your Birth Certificate.
  • Photographs: 2 recent passport size photographs
  • Old passport booklet: In cases of a reissue of passports, the passport office will demand that the applicant submits his/her old/expired/damaged passport.
  • Self-attested copy of first and last pages of booklet
  • Appointment application receipt

How To Reissue Passport Online?

For applicants who want to apply for passport online, a reissue of passport is 5 steps process. Following are the process of Reissue Passport Online.

Login Or Register to Passport Seva Kendra Website

  • Go to the Passport Seva website.
  • Click on Register Now, If you are new User, Otherwise Click on Log in Now
  • Now fill the form to create an account on the Passport Seva website. You need to select the passport office of the city you’re living in now, not your native place.
  • Click on Register for filling form details.
  • Now that you have created your account return to the Passport Seva website.
  • Click the Login button.
  • Enter your email address and click Continue.
  • Enter password and characters in an image. Click Login.

Choosing Application Type

  • Click Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport.
  • You can apply for a Reissue of a passport using two alternatives:
    • You can download the soft copy of the form. Fill offline and upload to a website.
    • You can fill the application form online.

Filling Application Form.

  • Enter your personal information like name, address, education qualification, etc.
  • Enter Your Family Details. Click Next
  • Enter Your Resident Address. Click Next
  • Enter Emergency Contact Detail. Click Next
  • Previous Passport Detail. Click Next
  • Click on I Agree Button and Click on Submit Form Button.

Schedule, Pay and Book Appointment.

You will then have to schedule an appointment to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where you will have to present yourself.

  • Click View Saved/Submitted Applications.
  • You’ll see the application you just submitted. Click the radio button next to it and click Pay and Schedule Appointment.
  • Select your mode of payment. You can choose from two payment methods
    • Online Payment
    • Challan Payment
  • A list of Passport Seva Kendras from your city will appear on screen along with the date and time of the earliest available appointment.
  • Select one of these from the drop-down menu next to Passport Seva Kendra  Location.
  • Click Pay and Book Appointment.
  • This will now take you to the payment gateway. Complete your payment, and you’ll be redirected to the Passport Seva website.

Reissue Passport Police Verification

As per recent news, police verification is not required for reissued of passport application.

No police verification is required for reissue of passports, the government said today. “For reissue of passports, police verification is not required, provided the first passport had been issued on the basis of clear police report,” Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

As per existing provisions, minors, government servants and senior citizens (65 years and above) are exempted from police verification subject to certain conditions, he said. Singh said there was no proposal under consideration to discontinue ‘Tatkaal’ system for issuing passports for urgent travel needs.

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But in a case of the application contains a different address, name, etc. the Passport Office will require a pre-Police Verification to ensure that the applicant has furnished correct details in the application.

Frequently Asked Questions About Reissue/Damaged/Lost Passports

Q1. What is a damaged passport?


  • Passport is damaged, but the number can still be read, a photograph is intact, and a name is legible.
  • Passport is damaged beyond recognition.

Q2. What to do if my passport is lost and I need to come back to India due to some emergency?

Ans: You can travel to India with Emergency Certificate, for which you need to contact the post/mission of the country you are in at that point.

Q3. If my old passport is damaged or lost, what are my responsibilities while applying for another one?

Ans: If you lose your passport, Must be reported to the Police Station and the Passport Office. In case you are abroad, you will have to report it to the Indian Mission. For reissue of passport, you will have to contact the nearest PSK (Passport Seva Kendra).

Q4. How can I apply for a duplicate passport if the passport I have is damaged or lost?

Ans: Apply for reissue of passport if your passport is lost or damaged.

Q5. I lost my passport in the U.S. and had been sent to India on Emergency Certificate. Can I be issued a new passport? If yes, what are the documents needed to get a passport?

Ans: In a case of lost passport, you need to apply for re-issue of passport. Following documents must be submitted along with the application:

  • Proof of Present Address
  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/damaged (Annexure ‘F’)
  • Police report in original
  • Self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page of an old passport, if available.

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