Or How I got passport for my child in India
July 14, 2017
I wanted to get a passport for my four and a half year old daughter. I found that in order to get her passport, I had to do the following –
- Online Procedure
- Appointment at the Passport Seva Kendra
- Police Verification
- Receiving the passport
- Go to passportindia.gov.in
- Register as a new user
- On your home page, click on “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport”
- Fill the form online
- Pay the fees
- Get an appointment at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra (usually available the next day)
I selected Passport Seva Kendra at Sai Arcade, Survey No. 56/P, Devarabisanahalli, Marathahalli Outer Ring Road (Opp to INTEL), Bangalore.
Before the Appointment at Passport Seva Kendra –
- Printout of Application Form
- Printout of Appointment
- All original documents as mentioned in the Document Advisor (on home page of website)
- 1 self attested photocopy of each original document
At the Passport Seva Kendra –
Using Google maps, I chose my destination as Passport Seva Kendra, Sai Arcade, Parking.
Along with my wife and my daughter, I drove down to the place in my car. Traffic in Bangalore is unpredictable. Hence, I started a bit earlier to reach the destination on time.
I parked my car at the parking lot behind the Passport Office. I saw a board that read the parking charges were ₹20 for every 2 hours for cars and ₹10 for every 2 hours for 2-wheelers.
I used a small pedestrian bridge to cross over to the passport office from the parking lot. As soon as I crossed the bridge, a security check post greeted us and we had to ours and our car’s details on a notebook. After this, we approached the main gate.
The security at the main gate verified our appointment details and allocated counter 1 for my daughter since she was a minor. There were 6 checking counter in total.
We stood there in a small queue and saw that the first counter was document presence verification counter. After verifying the presence of documents, the lady at the counter issued a token number for the next stage.
I realized at this stage about the need for preparation before the appointment. Even well educated people were fumbling there because they were ill-prepared. I saw that people mainly had the following 3 issues –
- They did not have attested photocopies of all originals
- They did not have the originals
- They never had an idea what all documents are required
Soon, my turn came and the lady at the counter observed that I was prepared for the appointment. She issued a token no. N72 for us. I then learnt that there were different token types –
N – Normal
T – Tatkal
W – Woman
S – Senior Citizen
P – Police Verification
We entered the main waiting area after a security check. The waiting area has toilets and a snack counter as well. The snack counter was closed. There are many TVs displaying the token number for managing the queue. After waiting for around 10 minutes, our token number N72 came up. We had to go to the A16 counter for next stage.
At the ‘A’ counter, the person normally scans all the documents and captures photographs. They also verify the facts in the application form with the actual documents submitted. Signature or fingerprints are captured digitally.
After another 10 minutes wait, we proceeded to the ‘B’ counter. This is the officer zone and the officer verifies the application information with the originals. If there is any issue with the application, the applicant is sent back to the ‘A’ counter for correcting the errors.
If the application is good, ‘C’ counter. We had to wait for 15 minutes for the ‘C’ counter. It is the final approval stage. The person there again asked for the originals and told us to collect the acknowledgement from the exit counter.
We presented the token page at the exit counter to get the acknowledgement receipt. They also made us fill the feedback form. We stopped for a coffee near the parking entrance before starting back home.
Since the passport was for minor, there was no police verification. We received the passport in a couple of days at our home. Overall, my experience in getting passport for a minor in India was smooth and took 5 days under Normal Category.