Friday, 26 August 2011

Getting a passport for a minor in Bangalore

We just applied for my son's passport, and the process, though unambiguous, was a long one. While waiting in queues, I realized that a lot of parents were making the same mistakes that we did. Hope this post will help parents who want to apply for their child's passport!

1. Get the spouse's name endorsed on one parent's passport. I would suggest adding the husband's name on the wife's passport - that is a more common occurrence. Presenting the passport officials with non-standard situations doesn't work in our favour. For this endorsement, you will need:
 - husband's passport
 - marriage certificate (or annexure d). If the marriage certificate doesn't contain names identical to the one on the passport, I suggest submitting annexure d.
 - two separate address proofs e.g., bank statement, phone bill, company letter with seal, gas connection bill, electricity bill. You may be asked to show proofs that are more than an year old also, so take along old bills/statements as well.

2. After getting the spouse's name endorsed, at least one parent's passport is up to date - latest address etc. At this point, if your child's birth certificate is correct (i.e., the child's name is spelt correctly, and both parent's names are as they appear in their respective passports), you are good to go. If not, get the birth certificate corrected.

3. Once you are ready to apply (and don't bother to apply without 1 & 2 completed), register at passportindia.gov.in, download the pdf, complete it, validate and upload the xml. Do not upload scans of supporting documents. The site is buggy, don't overload it. If you want to apply for tatkal, do so - minors, do not need annexures F and I (at least, we didn't - our baby's age is 1.5 years). You can call the passport helpline to confirm. There is also a document list generator on the passport site, that didn't list these annexures as requirements either.

4. Take an appointment for the passport at one of the passport seva kendras. Interesting fact: even though you register online for an appointment, all slots will always be unavailable. They only open appointment registration at 8am. So if you want an appointment on 4th April, logon to the website at 7:59am on 3rd April, and try to get an appointment when the slots open at 8am. Note that the passport seva kendra takes only cash - a DD is not accepted. I wasted 50 bucks making the DD, and 100 bucks canceling it - and about 3 hours to go through the process at the bank!

5. At this point, if your documentation is good, you should have it easy. Take extra parent id proofs, address proofs etc., but they shouldn't be required. You will definitely need the birth certificate, annexure h (plain paper will suffice), parent's passports. Additional address proofs may not be required since one parent's passport already contains the latest address. Take at least one self-attested photocopy of each document.

6. Lastly, take your child's photograph along. This isn't required, but will save a lot of trouble. The passport official will kindly scan it instead of trying to make your baby sit steady for a photo. If your child is very boisterous, like mine is, you will really appreciate this!

Please leave comments if you find this useful :)
Good luck!

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38 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot Mr Tread. This provides me the right direction for getting passport for my son and saving a lot of time for me.

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    Nishanth

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  2. Hi

    That was good information but my problem is my passport is from mumbai and wife's passport from kerala and my wifes name is in my passport but not the other way round do you think it be hard to get a passport for 1 month old baby

    Regards

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  3. I don't think it matters where your passport is from, as long as its valid and the names are correct. Also, as long as one parent has the other parent's name, that is enough. So your wife's name in your passport should suffice.

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  4. I am applying passport for my baby, she is just 2 months old. do i need to take her to passport office while submitting the application?

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    1. Yes, you'll have to take her to the passport office.

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  5. Thank you very much. Saved me a lot of trouble. I wanted to apply for my baby's PP and mine together, however dosnt seem like I can do it since I still have to get my husbands name endorsed in mine. Looks like a lot of work..!!! but atleast i got to know the procedure well in advance. Thanks a lot...

    Regards

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  6. Yes, it is lengthy. I don't understand why the passport department needs the endorsement. With the courts recognizing live-in relationships without a formal marriage, what happens to children whose parent's aren't married? Aren't they entitled to a passport?

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  7. Hi Tread,

    Kindly tell me how to get this endorsement done here in bangalore??? i mean to say i want to add my husband's name to my passport and change my address so wat is the procedure for it??? where do i start from???

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  8. @Pandey - you need to apply for a new passport from the website. Somewhere in the application (I don't rightly remember) there is an option to add your husband's name and to update your address as well. You then need to schedule an appointment at a PSK, and take your marriage certificate and address proofs (along with additional documents, if applicable) to the interview.

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  9. Hi,

    I have few questions in mind:

    I wish to make passport for my wife & child (3 yrs).

    Here, I already hold a passport, that was newly made post my marriage only having XX address. Now we stay at another address, although its more than 4 yrs of stay here (rented).

    Now if I submit my wife's passport & Child's passport from together, it will have the adress which is not on my passport. Will that make a difference or create a problem ??

    Secondly, if we show our present address at the rented property (4 yrs of stay) and another permenant address at another city (Home Town), then does the police verification happens at both places or only at the present residence ??

    What will be required as documents in additional, if I apply for wife and child's passport together ??

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    1. You can submit proofs for your current address when applying for your family's passports - there should be no problem about that.

      No idea about the police verification, and I don't think there are extra documents just because you are applying for your wife's and child's passport together.

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  10. Had a few questions.
    1. Are both the parents allowed to accompany the child into the PSK? I ask this because my child can tend to cry and needs his mother always, whereas the address proof is in my name.
    2. Is the Self-Attestation to be done only by the Father on each document if the proof is of his (eg address proof)? And mother's passport to be self attested by her alone?
    3. Which pages of the passport need to be photocopied? All pages? or Only first and last pages and pages where there are entries? or only First 2 and last 2 pages?

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  11. 1. I think its at the PSK's discretion. I remember that both of us went in, but my wife says that some others were refused. So it may depend on the child's age - I'm sorry, I don't know the answer.
    2. Dunno.
    3. Don't remember - you'll have to check the passport website.

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  12. I got the answers at the PSK in outer ring road BLR.
    1. They allow both parents
    2. Self attestation need to be done by only one - father
    3. first and last pages and any observation pages only. But get a clear copy (high contrast). If not, they will ask you to get it again. Thankfully, they have a photocopy service within the PSK.

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  13. How to get appointment online.. it always says unavailable

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  14. Rishab, you will have to check for the appointment online exactly at 6PM. Within a few minutes, all appointment slots will be taken. you will have to be real quick with un-interrupted internet.

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  15. Thanks Mr. Tread.. You have really provided valuable information. I really appreciate it. Soon, I will be applying for passport for my one and half month old son. However, I have some question if you could clarify those.

    1. You mentioned about endorsing spouse's name on one of the parents passport. I did not get it. My wife's passport already has my name as middle name mentioned in her passport. Do we need anything else mentioned in her passport?

    2. I want to apply my son's passport in tatkal scheme. What is the exact process? Thanks in advance.

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    1. #1 - Probably not - but I don't know for sure.
      #2 - Don't think you need any additional documents except the higher fees.

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  16. Dear thread..this is helpful and awesome... Can you provide any pointers on the following

    1. We are both Indian citizens working abroad, our passports were expiring so the india high commission abroad have issued us the latest passports. We still are indian citizens.
    2. We both belong to different states in india and is being reflected so as well in our passports in the address column.
    3. My name is appended in my husbands passport.
    4. Our child will most probably be born in a different state in india itself later this year

    Need any pointers or advise on
    1. Is it important to get my husbands name appended on my passport as well as i will be applying for the passport for the infant from my state
    2. How long does it typically take for getting a pp for an infant
    3. Is the anything i need to take care beforer hand so we can go back to join my husband abroad. Kindly advise...

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    1. It may be a good idea to get your passport updated with your husband's name. I'm not really an authority on this :) but suspect you may run into trouble.

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  17. Hi Tread,
    I have few question regarding minor passport.
    See our case like,
    1.My spouse name is endorsed in my passport but with my surname ( surname after marriage)
    2. My spouse is holding passport with her parent surname but my name is endorsed on her passport.
    3. address is not the present address in both's passport.
    question is do we need to mention mother's name is my daughter Birth certificate as in her(spouse) passport or as in Marriage certificate ??. or it is ok to mention as endorsed in my passport?

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    1. Not sure I understood the question really ..

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  18. Thanks alot for the valuable info.

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  19. Hi,

    I have submitted my kid's details in website. do we need to take appointment or can we go directly to PSK(Tirupati). please reply.

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    1. You need an appointment, at least in Bangalore. No idea about Tirupati.

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  20. Hi Tread,
    I've twins, 2 yrs old. Do i have to take appointments differently or can i take appointments on the same day? do you have any idea, if we can do walk in (in BLR) with both of them. I read https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/Advisory.pdf, that for minors if you have ARN, we can do a walk in.
    Your inputs would be appreciated.

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  21. Hi,

    Which Form I need to fill for applying passport for my daughter. she is 9 months old. I visited http://www.passportindia.gov.in. from that I have downloaded a form for fresh passport. In that, I didn't see any column for infants. While saving it is asking me to add Education, etc. Please help me out.

    Thanks,
    Shyam Agrawal.

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  22. Don't really know the answer to the question above - it's been more than one year since I did my kid's application. Publishing the question anyway in case some other reader can provide an answer.

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  23. @Shyam Agrawal - The application for infants is the same. Choose appropriate options in q's like education etc from given list. (though it may sound a bit ridiculous, like not educated etc).
    Even in today,s, 12th feb, 2013, TOI, it mentions that for children/infants we can do walk in. Someone real time experience for the same can be real help!

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  24. i liked this thread ..and Mr thread ..all information was very usefull and simple ..thanks

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  25. Hi,

    Our baby will be born in June, I will not be present when my wife applies for the baby's passport since I will be abroad. Is my original passport also required while applying for the baby's passport or will the photocopies do?

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    1. Absolutely no idea. Putting the question up here, in case some visitor to the blog knows the answer.

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  26. Hi,
    Nice information.
    My husband is in UK.
    for Annexure H, is it signed by both parent or either parent is allowed?

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    1. Looks like both need to sign - but you can check with the passport office.

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  27. Hi,
    My kid is 4 months old now, my passport is issued from Mumbai (my permanent address is Mumbai), my wife's passport is from Ranchi. Since we have not changed my wife's passport address yet nor has endorsed each other's name to each other's passport either after marriage...now i want to make my kid passport from Mumbai (on father's address, which is my permanent address)..does Passport official will ask address proof of both parents individually or father's address proof is sufficient....secondly, does endorsing spouse & husband's name on each others' passport is mandatory before applying passport for kid?
    please guide me..need to prepare kid passport urgently as i stay abroad and wish to bring kind here.

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  29. Hello,

    Thanks for your valuable information.

    My question is "Does both parents original passport is required while we apply new passport for infant?"

    Or self attested passport copy of Father and Original passport of Mother will do?

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    1. No idea. Maybe some other reader might be able to help.

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