What is a Passport?
Passport is an approved travel document issued by a country’s government. It is essential to have a passport if you want to travel to any other countries without any difficulties. A passport confirms the identity and the nationality of a person during international travel.
If you are thinking to travel to another country, the primary thing you must do is apply for the passport. Whenever you land in a different country, you are asked to hand your passport over to immigration, which will stamp one of the passport pages with their country’s official seal.
Passport also acts as an address proof and identity proof and can be used to avail government and private services. In India, a Passport is issued by the President of India through Passport Seva (Passport Service) unit of the Consular, Passport, and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. Moreover, applying for a new passport or reissue of passport can be done both offline and online.
What is Tatkal Passport?
There are two types of application for a passport specifically, normal and Tatkal. Most of the people favour normal application as it is the standard application method. The Tatkal application is normally preferred by those people who need a passport urgently and are willing to pay an extra amount to get the application processed. The Tatkal service can be availed on both cases, new and renewal of existing passports. The Tatkal service can be availed by just those citizens who have a genuine reason for getting the passport instantly.
If you apply for the passport under the Tatkal scheme, it will be dispatched within 1-3 days from the time you submit the required paperwork at the Passport Seva Kendra.
Who can apply for Tatkal passport?
Passport under the Tatkal scheme is issued depending on the urgency and some other relevant factors. Applicants who fall under the following category are not entitled to apply for a passport under the Tatkal scheme.
- Residents of Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir are not eligible for the Tatkal scheme.
- An individual who is born to Indian parents outside India, cannot apply for a Tatkal passport.
- A person who has been deported to India from other nations cannot get a Tatkal passport.
- In case an applicant’s passport is stolen or lost.
- Minor children with a single parent.
- In case of a change in individual credentials like a signature.
- A major change in the applicant’s name.
- Children who have been adopted by foreign and Indian parents.
- Short passport validity renewal.
- In the case of gender change operation and appearance.
- If the passport cannot be identified due to damage.
Documents required for Tatkal passport:
- PAN card
- Ration card
- Arms License
- Driving license
- Birth certificate
- Student’s Id card
- Gas connection bill
- Pension documents
- Property documents
- Certificate of SC/ST/OBC
- Railway Photo Identity card
- Identity cards of Freedom Fighters
- Verification Certificate as per Annexure F
- Passbook of a bank account with any private bank, PSB or regional rural banks (RRBs)
How to apply for Tatkal Passport?
- First, you need to register yourself at the official portal of the Passport Seva.
- After registration, you will provide a unique ID and password. These credentials can be used while logging in.
- While applying for the passport, you will be available two options, Fresh and Re-Issue. You require to choose the appropriate option.
- You must prefer the “Tatkal’ option in the scheme type.
- After filling all the necessary information, you need to download the form and fill it up.
- You must submit the form and finish till the payment procedure.
- After making the payment, book an appointment at the nearby Passport Service Kendra.