2. Important information about filling the form
Since the Passport Application Form (or at least some part of it if you have chosen the online registration method) is Machine Readable, there are certain things to keep in mind while filling it.
If you have any doubts about filling the form, you can check the guidelines mentioned here.
3. A checklist of documents to be attached:
You must keep these documents ready to take along with the printout of the passport application.
I. Three copies of recent passport size color photographs are required showing frontal view of full face. One photograph is to be pasted in the space provided at the start of the passport application form, while the other two need to be pasted on the PP forms to be filled in duplicate. Sign across the photographs on the PP forms, but DO NOT sign across the photograph in the passport application form. The following list of documents has to be attached to the passport application form during submission.
II. Proof of address (one of the following): Your ration card, certificate from Employer of reputed companies on letter head, water /telephone /electricity bill/statement of running bank account/Income Tax Assessment Order /Election Commission ID card, Spouse's passport copy, parent's passport copy in case of minors. (Please note: If you submit only ration card as proof of address, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address out of the above categories).
III. Proof of Date of Birth (one of the following): Birth certificate issued by a Municipal Authority or district office of the Registrar of Births & Deaths; Date of birth certificate from the school last attended by you or any other recognized educational institution; or an Affidavit sworn before a Magistrate/Notary stating date/place of birth as per the specimen in ANNEXURE A by illiterate or semi-illiterate applicants. (Please note: In the case you were born on or after 26.01.89, only Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or the Office of the Registrar of Births & Deaths is acceptable.)
IV. Citizenship Document if you are a citizen of India by Registration or Naturalization.
V. If you are a Government/Public Sector/Statutory body employee, then you should submit "Identity Certificate" in original ANNEXURE B along with Standard Affidavit ANNEXURE I.
VI. If you are eligible for "ECNR" attach attested copy of supporting document as stated in Column 15 of the guidelines link given earlier.
VII. If you were repatriated at Government cost, enclose documents to show that the expenditure, if any, incurred by the Government of India on his/her repatriation has been fully refunded to the Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs.
VIII. If you were ever deported to India, give details of Emergency Certificate/Passport.
Note: All original documents are to be shown at the time of submission of the passport application and the Original Passport Application Form (printout) with self-attested copies of all required documents attached needs to be submitted. You need to furnish two additional photocopies of the Personal Particulars form for each additional place of stay, in case you have stayed at more than one address during the last one year.
4. Where to apply:
After you fill the online registration form and click on Save; you can print the saved document as soon as possible. You then need to take this printout along with the required documents to the respective passport office at the appointed date and time mentioned in the printout. If you have taken a printout of the PDF file, then you need to submit them at the following places.
a. The counter of the Passport office, click here
b. The Speed Post centers, click here
c. District Passport Cells, click here
d. Passport Collection Centers
5. A fee of Rs. 1,000 is required to be paid at the time of submitting your passport application.
6. Once the registration is complete, you must visit the appointed passport office to submit the completed form along with the fee and supporting documents on the appointed day and time. Ideally, you must arrive 15 minutes before the appointed time and proceed to the respective counter. The benefit of filling the online form is that you do not have to wait in a long queue.