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Indian Passport

Indian Passport Renewal

Lost Indian Passport

 

Indian Passport Renewal
If you hold an Indian passport , which is full or expired or expiring soon, you may need to apply for a passport reissue/ renewal. In this case you need a new Passport or validity extension.

To apply for reissue, you need to fill up a new Passport application form.

New passport can be reissued for 10 years. For minors (under 18 Years of age) its 5years.

What is required?
  • Fill up a new passport application form.
  • 4 photographs ( color, front facing, 2" X 2")
  • Copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or copy of legal status in the US such as H1B/ B1/ B2 Visa, etc.
  • Original passport.
  • Fee. ($40 for 10 years). More details
  • A letter to consulate requesting the New Passport.
Extending the validity? or Renewal of existing passport?

Normally all passports have the limit of 10 years or 20 years. In case you are holding a short validity Passport, you might apply for the extension of its validity. The validity of an Indian Passport can be extended up to 10 years from the date of its original issue.

The requirements for this are:

  • A completed Renewal application form for "Renewal of Indian Passport".
  • Fee of $16.00.
  • Your original passport, and proof of your presence in US.
Where and how to apply?

Application can be submitted either personally or via mail.

If sending by mail use Certified/Registered/overnight mail. Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope or a prepaid overnight express mail envelope. Fee can be send through money orders, bank drafts or cashier checks (by Mail) drawn in favor of Consulate General of India. (specify the name of the Embassy or Consulate applicable).

If applying in person, then the fee can be paid in cash at the counter of the Embassy/Consulate.

Following are the Indian Consulates, Embassy offices in US, where you can go and renew your passport:

 

Consulate General Of India, New York 3 East, 64th Street, New York, NY 10021,USA
Tel : 212-774-0600 Fax : 212-861-3788
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands.
Consulate General Of India, Chicago 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, #850 Chicago, IL 60611, U.S.A., Tel(312) 595-0405
Email: info@indianconsulate.com
 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
Consulate General Of India, Houston 1990 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 600 Houston, TX 77056 Tel: (713) 626-2355 Fax: (713) 626-2450,
Email :cgi-hou@accesscomm.net
 
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas.
Consulate General of India, San Francisco 540 Arguello Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94118 Tel: (415) 668-0662 | Fax: (415) 668-7968
Email: Info@IndianConsulate-sf.org
 
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Instructions taken from: http://www.cgisf.org/

Lost Indian Passport

DUPLICATE PASSPORTS (IN LIEU OF LOST/DAMAGED PASSPORTS)

If you lost your passport you will need to fill up few documents and also also need to lodge a complain with the police.

Application for a duplicate passport is normally not accepted by mail except with prior approval of the Consular Officer.
Application must be submitted with the following documents:


i) Application Form For a New Passport, Declaration in the form must be notarized

ii) 7 photographs (color, front facing, 2" X 2"). One photograph to be pasted on the application and notarized.

iii) Personal Particulars Proforma

iv) Police Report about the loss of passport

v) Copy of lost passport

vi) Copies of school certificates/ birth certificate/ Indian driving license / ration card/ Election Commission I.D./ employment letter/ any other photo-identification from India (whichever available)

vii) Letter from school / college , if student

viii) Proof of residence in USA from the date indicated in the application such as copies of utility bills and copy of lease deed of house/ flat occupied/ bank certificate/ insurance policy ix) Copy of Green Card/ Employment Authorization Card, as applicable. The Consulate may demand to see the original.

x) Letter on plain paper explaining the circumstances of loss of passport.

xi) Fee of $ 125 for duplicate passport.

xii) Applications for duplicate passports are normally neither received nor passports dispatched by post. The applicant has to be present personally before the Consular Officer while filing application for a duplicate passport except when the applicant is residing very far from the Consulate. In such exceptional cases, the photograph and signature of the applicant must be notarized on a separate sheet of paper and it should be certified by the Notary Public "Seen the person and signed in my presence". In such exceptional circumstances only, mail back charges will be accepted. No self addressed envelope necessary. Fees for passport + mailing charges can be paid together through one Money Order or Cashier’s Check or in cash at the counter.


How much time will it take for the issue of a duplicate passport ? Duplicate passports are issued only after receipt of clearance from the original Passport Issuing Authority. It may take 2-3 months or more. What can you do if you have lost your passport and have to travel to India urgently due to an emergency like serious illness or death in the family ? A short validity passport can be issued if you make a specific request, in writing, addressed to the Vice Consul, explaining the emergency and submit all documents required for issue of duplicate passport with proof of emergency and two sworn affidavits in the prescribed form from Indian nationals resident in USA, duly notarized, certifying that they know you and that you are an Indian citizen (copies of relevant pages of the passports of the two persons giving the sworn affidavits to be enclosed). Such short validity passports can be issued to only those who have submitted copies of their lost passport. In all other cases, only an EC (emergency certificate also know as "one way travel document") can be issued. Will the short validity passport be extended for full validity subsequently on receipt of clearance from India ? Yes. What are your responsibilities when applying for a duplicate passport ? You should furnish full, accurate and truthful information in the form. Misrepresentation of facts may result in denial of passport facilities. Applications received with incomplete information will remain unprocessed. A duplicate passport may not be issued for the second loss/ damage of passport. Habitual losers of passports may be denied further passport facilities.

Embassy/Consulates
Address/Contact information
Consular Jurisdiction
Embassy Of India, Washington DC 2536 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington,
DC 20008
Tel: (202) 939-9806 Fax: (202) 797-4693
Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South- Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC.
Consulate General Of India, New York 3 East, 64th Street, New York, NY 10021,USA
Tel : 212-774-0600 Fax : 212-861-3788
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands.
Consulate General Of India, Chicago 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, #850 Chicago, IL 60611, U.S.A., Tel(312) 595-0405
Email: info@indianconsulate.com
 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
Consulate General Of India, Houston 1990 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 600 Houston, TX 77056 Tel: (713) 626-2355 Fax: (713) 626-2450,
Email :cgi-hou@accesscomm.net
 
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas.
Consulate General of India, San Francisco 540 Arguello Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94118 Tel: (415) 668-0662 | Fax: (415) 668-7968
Email: Info@IndianConsulate-sf.org
 
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Instructions taken from: http://www.cgisf.org/

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