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Passport fees and charges

When you apply for an Indian passport, the passport-issuing authority charges a certain fee. The amount you need to pay varies depending on the specifications of your application. That includes the mode of application, the number of pages in the passport booklet, and in some cases your reason for wanting a passport.

Mode of application

As a passport applicant, you can apply for a passport under two schemes:

  • Normal
  • Tatkaal

The normal passport is issued within around 30 days of submitting the application. The Tatkaal passport speeds up the process and is used by those who want the passport urgently. It is also known as the out-of-turn passport. By opting for the Tatkaal scheme, you could receive your passport within seven days of application. 

(Read more: All about Indian passport)

Size of booklet

The passport charges also differ according to the number of pages in a regular passport booklet. You can choose between a 36-page booklet and a 60-page booklet.

There is a common misconception that a 60-page passport has a longer validity than a 36-page one. In reality, however, the validity of both types of passports is the same. The number of pages does not matter in this regard.

A person who travels abroad often (more than twice a year) should perhaps choose a 60-page passport booklet. This booklet has 55 pages for visa and immigration stamps. A 36-page passport booklet has only 33 pages for visa and immigration stamps.

Rebate

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced a 10% cut in passport application fees in June 2017. This rebate is applicable to:

  • Minors under eight years of age
  • Senior citizens over 60 years of age

(Read more: Minor passport and Passport for senior citizens)

The following table lists the application fees for a regular passport under the normal scheme:

Category

Validity

Fees for 36-page booklet

Fees for 60-page booklet

Fresh or new passport

10 years

Rs 1,500

Rs 2,000

Renewal of passport

 

10 years

Rs 1,500

Rs 2,000

Fresh or new passport

or

renewal or reissue of passport

for minors aged 15 to 18 years

10 years

Rs 1,500

Rs 2,000

Fresh or new passport

or

renewal or reissue of passport

for minors

5 years (or until reaching the age of 18)

Rs 1,000

 

Adding a booklet in case all pages in the current booklet have been used

10 years

Rs 1,500

Rs 2,000

Duplicate passport in case existing passport has been stolen, lost, damaged, or misplaced

 

Rs 3,000

Rs 3,500

Duplicate or replacement of passport in case personal information has been updated

 or

ECR status has been removed

10 years

Rs 1,500

Rs 2,000

Duplicate or replacement of passport for minors in case personal information has been updated

 or

ECR status has been removed

5 years (or until reaching the age of 18)

Rs 1,000

 

 

(Read more: Passport renewal, changes, and reissue)

The following table lists the application fees for a regular passport under the Tatkaal scheme:

 (Note: There is an extra charge of Rs 2,000 over and above the regular fees)

Category

Validity

Fees for 36-page booklet

Fees for 60-page booklet

Fresh or new passport

10 years

Rs 3,500

Rs 4,000

Renewal of passport

10 years

Rs 3,500

Rs 4,000

 Fresh or new passport

or

renewal or reissue of passport

for minors aged 15 to 18 years

10 years

Rs 3,500

Rs 4,000

Fresh or new passport

 or

renewal or reissue of passport

for minors

5 years (or until reaching the age of 18)

Rs 3,000

 

Adding a booklet in case all pages in the current booklet have been used

10 years

Rs 3,500

Rs 4,000

Duplicate passport in case existing passport has been stolen, lost, damaged, or misplaced

 

Rs 5,000

Rs 5,500

Duplicate or replacement of passport in case personal information has been updated

 or

ECR status has been removed

10 years

Rs 3,500

Rs 4,000

Duplicate or replacement of passport for minors in case personal information has been updated

 or

ECR status has been removed

5 years (or until reaching the age of 18)

Rs 3,000

 

 

(Read more: Tatkaal passport)

Note:

  • There are no fees or charges for diplomatic or official passports (Read more: Diplomatic passport)
  • You need to pay Rs 500 for a police clearance certificate (PCC).

Fee and charges calculators

The Government of India has introduced three fee calculators related to:

  • Passports
  • Identity certificates
  • Surrender certificates

These calculators make it convenient for citizens to work out the amount payable for each service. You can find them on the official website of the Ministry of External Affairs. You will need to go to the CPV (Consular, Passport, and Visa) section of the website.

These tools calculate various costs associated with passport applications. It is important to remember that the costs may differ from case to case. The fees would depend on the type of passport service being sought, whether you are applying through the normal or Tatkaal scheme, and so on.

To use the calculator, you need to key in your requirement: for example, issue of a fresh passport or reissue of an existing one. The calculator will then compute the fee for the service you need. The details of the process are outlined below.

Passport fee calculator

First, the calculator tool will display the following options:  

Application type:

  • Passport
  • Police clearance certificate (PCC)
  • Identity certificate
  • Surrender certificate

Now, select the applicable option from the above. Choose the type of service from the following options:

  • Type of service
    • Fresh
    • Reissue
  • (If reissue) Reason for reissue
    • Validity expired/due to expire
    • Delete ECR/change in personal particular
    • Exhaustion of pages
    • Lost/damaged passport

(Read more: Lost/damaged passport queries)

In the next step, choose from among the following options:

  • Applicant’s age
    • Less than 15 years
    • Between 15 and 18 years
    • 18 years and above
  • Required validity
    • (For applicants between 15 to 18 years) 5 years/till the age of 18
    • 10 years
  • Number of pages in booklet
    • 36 pages
    • 60 pages

(Read more: Passport fee calculator)

Identity certificate fee calculator

Suppose you want to calculate the fees for an identity certificate. Select the identity certificate option. The fees will vary depending on the specifics of your case. The following options are available:

  • Type of service
    • Fresh
    • Reissue
  • (If reissue) Reason for reissue
    • Validity expired/due to expire
    • Delete ECR/change in personal particulars
    • Exhaustion of pages
    • Lost/damaged passport

Surrender certificate fee calculator

This tool helps you calculate the fees for a surrender certificate. Select the surrender certificate option. Then you can choose from the following:

  • Foreign nationality acquired before 1 June 2010
  • Foreign nationality acquired on or after 1 June 2010

Other options

You can also use the calculator tool to check the fees for:

  • Police clearance certificate (PCC)
  • Background verification for GEP

The standard fee for both is Rs 500.

(Read more: Documents required for background verification for GEP)

Remember the following key points related to the payment of passport fees:

  • Suppose you have paid the passport fee for an appointment but have not booked the appointment. In such a case, the passport office will not refund the fee amount.
  • It could be that you end up making multiple payments for the same passport transaction. The Regional Passport Office (RPO) will refund the excess amount.
  • When you visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for your appointment, you must carry:
    • The receipt (either printout or SMS)
    • The application reference number (ARN)
    • The application form with the necessary supporting documents (Read more: Know about passport reference file number)
  • Suppose you pay the passport fee online. Then, you must click on Print Application Receipt to generate the receipt and ARN.
  • If you pay the passport fee through a challan, there are no applicable bank charges.

Payment for SMS services

If you wish to receive passport-related SMSes, you need to make a one-time payment of Rs 50. You will get reminders for your appointment as well as regular updates.

How to pay passport fees

There are two modes of paying your passport fees:

  • Offline
  • Online

Offline payment of passport fees

In the offline mode, you can pay passport fees through:

  • Cash
  • Demand draft (DD)

Guidelines for cash payment:

  • You can make the payment at any PSK.
  • Under the Tatkaal scheme, you can make the full payment at one go. (Note: This is not the case when you pay for a Tatkaal passport online)
  • Please be wary of agents and touts at PSKs.
  • PSKs only accept cash payments. This is also applicable to mini-PSKs. All PSKs have ATMs, so you can easily withdraw cash and pay your fee.

Guidelines for payment through a DD:

  • You can make your payment through a DD at a district passport cell (DPC). (Read more: Form Submission at DPC)
  • You have to draw the DD in favour of the Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) of the MEA. This will be payable at the RPO.
  • You can also make a payment through a DD or cash at a Speed Post Centre (SPC). As in the above, you have to make out the DD to the PAO-MEA.

(Read more: Apply for passport offline)

Note:

  • You will have to pay any penalty charges in cash.
  • You can submit applications only for fresh passports at collection centres.

 

Online payment of passport fees

You can make online payments for passport fees through:

  • Debit/credit cards
  • Internet banking: State Bank of India (SBI) and associated banks

Online payment is compulsory when you are making an appointment at a PSK. Suppose you book an appointment under the Tatkaal scheme. You will have to pay the regular fee under the normal scheme. You will also have to pay the extra Tatkaal charges. You can pay through your debit or credit card at citizen service centres (CSCs).

Note: When you pay through your debit or credit card, the bank charges you 1.5% interest plus service taxes on every transaction. This is not applicable for SBI and associated banks.

Your online payment is valid through one year from the date of the first appointment. You must submit your passport application within this period. If you fail to do so, you will lose your money. You will then have to make a fresh payment.

(Read more: Apply for passport online)

Important guidelines for passport fees and charges

  • You can check the fees for your passport application by visiting the Passport Seva official website. Click on the link Fee Calculator on the homepage. You can choose from the various service options. The calculator tool will let you know the fee you need to pay. This tool is applicable only for normal or regular passports. There is no fee associated with diplomatic or official passports.

 

  • Only online payments are accepted for booking an appointment at a PSK. Accepted modes of payment are:
  • Credit or debit cards
  • Internet banking (SBI and associated banks)
  • SBI bank challan

(Read more: PSK passport applications)

  • There is a charge of Rs 500 for a PCC.

 

  • Suppose you wish to cancel your appointment. Log into the Passport Seva website. Select the option for cancelling or rescheduling your appointment. However, there is no refund once you have paid for the appointment booking.

        (Read more: How to cancel or reschedule passport appointment online)

  • Suppose you have made the payment but not yet booked the appointment slot. In that case, there will be no refund.

 

  • It is not possible to transfer payment from one ARN to another.

 

  • If you do not have an SBI account, you can pay online for your passport application via a debit or credit card of another bank. You can also make the payment through an SBI challan.

 

  • Suppose you have made multiple payments for your passport application by mistake. Then, you will get a refund of the excess amount from the RPO.

 

  • The fee for your passport application is valid for one year from the date of payment. If you make an appointment at the same time as the payment, your fee will be valid for a year from the date of appointment.

 

  • It is compulsory to carry your ARN receipt when you go to the PSK on the day of your appointment. You can print the ARN from the Passport Seva website by logging into your account.

 

  • The SBI gateway is used for making online payments for passports.

 

  • Suppose your online payment has been made and processed successfully. However, you have not yet booked an appointment. Go to the link Schedule Appointment on the Passport Seva website and book an available slot.

                (Read more: How to make online appointment for passport)

  • You can make an online payment while booking an appointment under the Tatkaal scheme. You will need to pay the regular fees only. Then, when you visit the PSK for your application, you have to pay the balance amount. You can do this at the PSK once the passport officials accept your Tatkaal application.

 

  • Suppose there is an emergency and you cannot make it for your scheduled appointment at the PSK even after paying for it. You can reschedule your confirmed appointment twice in one year from the original appointment date.

 

  • If you use your credit or debit card to pay for your passport application online, you will have to pay an extra 1.5% service tax. However, if you pay via Internet banking using SBI and its associated banks, you will not have to pay anything extra.

 

  • Wait for some time in case of an error during the online payment process. Do not refresh the page or go back to the previous page. If the problem persists, it is better to try again after a while.

 

  • All SBI branches accept challan payments for passport application fees.

 

  • There are no extra charges for challan payments.

 

  • For making a challan payment at an SBI branch, you have to deposit the fee in cash three hours after the challan has been generated at the branch.

 

  • The challan will expire after 85 days. So, you must deposit it within that time. If you try to make the payment after 85 days, the bank will reject it.

(Read more: Passport fee queries)

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