In a move to streamline passport services and provide greater convenience to applicants, the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced a camp-mode office at the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Pune.
Effective from June 5, 2022, this initiative aims to reduce waiting times for passport appointments. Additionally, all Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) under the jurisdiction of RPO Pune will now remain open on Saturdays, starting from May 20, 2023, until further notice. These measures are set to enhance accessibility and efficiency for individuals applying for passports in the region.
To book a fresh appointment, applicants need to fill out the online application form available at https://www.passportindia.gov.in/ and make the required payment online. Afterward, applicants should log in again to the portal to verify the payment status and schedule their appointment. Once confirmed, applicants can download the appointment confirmation receipt from the portal.
When attending the appointment, applicants must provide the following original documents along with one self-attested photocopy for each category:
Date of Birth Proof: Acceptable options include PVC Aadhaar Card, complete original Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar issued by UIDAI, PAN Card, driving license, EPIC (Voter ID), or birth certificate, among others.
Address Proof (in self-name): Valid documents include PVC Aadhaar Card, complete original Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar issued by UIDAI, EPIC (Voter ID), rent agreement (notarized if not registered, with witness signatures), electricity bill, landline or post-paid mobile phone bill, water bill, photo passbook of a running bank account with the latest transactions updated (limited to scheduled public sector banks, scheduled private sector Indian banks, and regional rural banks), and more.
Non-ECR (10th standard or higher education) Proof: Applicants can provide their 10th or 12th class mark sheet or certificate from recognized boards or a graduation/post-graduation degree from recognized universities, among other acceptable documents.
It’s important to note that small cut-out Aadhaar cards or smart cards printed by non-government entities will not be accepted. In cases where the QR code on the Aadhaar letter cannot be scanned and verified, applicants will be requested to submit physical copies of e-Aadhaar or PVC Aadhaar for scanning and verification. Additionally, officials may request additional documents if necessary to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the applicant’s information.
Applicants must ensure that the details mentioned in all documents, such as their complete name, date of birth, and the names of their father/mother/spouse, are consistent and identical.
While the provided information covers general requirements for most cases, it is essential to visit the official passport website at https://www.passportindia.gov.in/ for more detailed information and specific document requirements. This is particularly relevant for complex cases, including single parents, adopted children, lost passports, individuals with ongoing criminal cases, and others. The website offers comprehensive guidance and assistance to ensure a smooth passport application process.