Being a Parent
Written on 7 November 2017
Firstly, there is NO need to pay to an agent or anyone for this process, it is very clear and simple. I did everything on my own, without seeking anyone’s help. I received my baby’s passport in about a little over a week via registered post. I applied it as normal processing mode ( NOT Tatkaal).
Step 1: Apply for Birth Certificate
Depending on where your baby was born you would have to go the respective government body like Municipal office and apply for birth certificate. Also, the hospital your baby was born in will ask you to fill out a form and you would need to mention all the details clearly on that, as that form will be sent to the municipal office or govt body. It takes about two weeks to a month to get that. Nowadays everything is electronic. Depending on the state, you would have the state body give you a digitally signed birth certificate with an application number. I could check the details in the Govt website using the application number. You can submit your Passport copy and your spouse’s passport copy or Aadhar copy for spelling and proof. Make sure your name, your spouse name and baby name are printed correctly, if not you will have issues. I had to re-apply for my birth certificate requesting corrections for the name as the address was wrong and they messed up the surname of my baby. Eventually, I got the birth certificate of my baby in about 1.5 months. This is the most important or the only document required I would say.
Step 2 : Register Account in Passport Seva Website
First thing you need to do is register and create an account at Passport Seva Website. When you are registering a new account, you may not find the exact Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) center in the drop down as it may not be the major one and just a collection or appointment center. In that case, you select the head of the state. For instance, you will NOT see Tirupati in the list of Passport Office, when you register, you will have to Select Hyderabad. It can be very misleading, but trust me, I did exactly the same thing by selecting the head office. The process is pretty standard and ensure that all the spellings are correct. Make sure you give a valid email ID, as the link to activate your account and other status emails will be sent to the email address. Once you register you will get an email to activate your account, then you are set with registration. You can check the guide to Applying Indian Passport Online, the basic steps on the website are same irrespective of the kind of passport.
Step 3 : Walk-in Directly with Application Receipt Printed – Check with PSK
Some PSKs allow direct Walk-in appointments for some categories like Senior Citizens and Minors without prior appointment. This always depends on the PSK and you will need to check with the PSK for this by calling them. In case, they allow direct walk-in appointment, you will need to take a print out of the Application Receipt (ARN) and carry that with you. You can pay the fee online and take the appointment as well. As you are applying for minor, you may do a walk-in as well and pay it there. In my case, I paid the fee online and took appointment as written in the below step 4 as I did not know that I can walk-in. One of our readers Raju (Thanks to Raju ) shared his experience that you can do walk-in. But, we have been reported by other readers like Suresh in Delhi that you cannot do walk-in directly and need to take appointment. In any case, to avoid issues, I highly recommend getting an appointment, if you have time to avoid any confusions at PSK.
Step 4 : Pay and Book Appointment on Passport Seva Kendra Website :
After you register, activate and login to your account, you will be have options to book an appointment. Look at the left side navigation, you will have service section saying “View my saved/submitted applications”. Click on that and then you will get options to “pay and schedule appointment”. You will need to do payment before you can book an appointment. You can pay using challan or visa/master card. Only certain banks are listed like State Bank of India, if you want to use specific bank card. I recommend using any Visa or Mastercard of any bank and get through the payment, as it saves a lot of hassle. I used a visa card of some different bank and had no problems. You can just pay first and do NOT book, if you are not sure of the schedule. I first paid the fees and completed the payment process. I was waiting for the right dates to open for booking slot. Usually dates would be available at about 4 to 5 days before the actual date of appointment. So, it is pretty clear, wait for the slots to open and book the date. Take a print out the appointment receipt as you will need it for the entry at the Passport Seva Kendra ( PSK). Read all the instructions clearly on the appointment letter as it has all the information you need.
Documents Required for your Newborn Baby at Passport Seva Kendra.
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