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NRIs living around the world face a common dilemma about how to get their renewal of Indian passport in India as it reaches the expiry date. The problem has accentuated due to the COVID-19 restrictions on international travel to and from India.

Reissue & Renew Indian Passport in India for NRI

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Reissue & Renew Indian Passport in India for NRI

An ordinary passport is issued for a period of 10 years, and before its expiry, it can be renewed for another 10 years. This must be done at least 12 to 9 months before the expiry date. It ensures that you have at least six months validity at the time of renewal application for seamless travel on your current passport.

Your passport number remains unchanged if your passport is renew a indian passport in time. You need to get the passport reissued if it has expired, and your passport number would also change. This will create a lot of hassles as you will have to update your new passport number at all relevant locations – rental agreements, employment records, foreign health & life insurance, foreign pension funds, NEW/NRO accounts held in India, Demat accounts, and the likes. Therefore, timely renew a Indian passport is the best way forward, to avoid all these unnecessary troubles.

However, there are other reasons, why you may go in for a renew Indian passport in India, even before it has expired. These reasons are:

  • Validity expired or less than six months to expire.
  • Change in important personal details like permanent Indian address.
  • Pages in the passport have exhausted.
  • Passport is damaged, lost, or stolen.

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Renewal of Indian passport Online in India

NRIs can apply for Indian passport renewals from any of the Missions of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India if they reside within the jurisdiction of the respective Missions. The guidelines pertaining to the fee, application procedure, documents needed, are available and updated from time to time on the websites of the respective Missions.

A complete list of addresses and websites of Indian Missions abroad is available on the MEA website through its service Locate Mission. Similarly, the Passport Seva service at Indian Embassies and Consulates portal of the MEA offers Passports services and assistance to Indian Citizens, living abroad.

Essentially, the process for an Indian renewal passport is the same as applying for a new Passport: Apply online, Visit Mission or a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK – if in India), Police Verification, and then Passport delivery. Let us understand these steps in detail.

1. Applying Online for NRI passport renewal for India

For NRIs Abroad Renewal Indian Passport in India

If you are abroad, Visit the Online NRI Passport Application portal, to start the process.

  1. Choose the Mission from the drop-down list of all active Indian Mission abroad, it will redirect you to the Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates
  2. Register as a new user by clicking on the “Register” link.
  3. Then, log in with your the registered login ID and password.
  4. In the Applicant Home Page, to file a new application, click on the link that reads “Apply for Ordinary Passport/Emergency Certificate/Police Clearance Certificate/Surrender of Indian /Diplomatic /Official Passport/Identity Certificate.” Yes, I know it is too long a title for a link, but what can we do!
  5. After successful submission of the application, take a printout of the online submitted form. There are still some columns in the application form which you will have to fill by hand.
  6. You will be provided an appointment on a designated date and time, from the available slots.
  7. Visit the respective Application Processing Centre at the Indian Mission, Embassy, or the Consulate along with required supporting documents. The list of Application Submission Centres is available on the same page at link “Embassy/Consulate” Connect.
  8. You can download the blank application form from the website to be filled in hand and submitted at the designated Indian Mission.

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For NRIs in India Renewal of Passport in India

If you are in India, visit the Passport Seva Portal to start the process of passport Indian renewal.

  1. If you are a new user, register yourself, or if an existing user, then log in. Once you are logged in, opt for Renewal/Reissue Service. while submitting the details.
  2. Specify the type of application – Normal or Tatkal.
  3. Fill the application form online.
  4. Under the Apply Anywhere scheme, you can apply for a Passport from any PSK/POPSK/PSLK, you should first check the availability of slots at all nearby centers by going to this link.
  5. Book an appointment according to the available time slots at your nearest PSK/POPSK/PSLK.
  6. To confirm your appointment, pay online or enter the bank challan details you may have submitted at designated bank branches.
  7. Print the application receipt and carry it along with other documents to the PSK on the scheduled date and time.

2. Visiting Indian Mission or PSK

You need to be present at the designated Indian Mission/Embassy/Consulate or the PSK, as the case may be, along with your a copy of the application form, all the required documents, processing fee (in case not paid) at the time of appointment.

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Visiting Indian Mission Abroad for Renewal Indian Passport in India

  1. Visit the concerned Indian Mission, Embassy, or Consulate on the scheduled appointment.
  2. Submit the completed application form along with the fee, supporting documents – date of birth certificate, copies of first two pages of the passport, current residential address, Proof of address Indian home address, etc.

Visiting the PSK in India

At the PSK, after the initial verification of documents, your application will be processed in a three-step process at three different counters named A, B, and C.

  1. Counter A: Your Photograph and biometrics are taken or updated.
  2. Counter B: Original Documents verified.
  3. Counter C: Application status checked with guidance on further process and approvals required.

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3. Police Verification

The police verification is usually not necessary in case of passport renewal indian renewal or reissue applications. However, under certain circumstances listed below, the police verification may still be needed:

  1. If your permanent address has changed.
  2. If you have been abroad for a long time and your Aadhaar Card was issued only recently.
  3. If there is any discrepancy in your application.

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Documents you must carry at the time of visiting the Indian Mission or the PSK for renew the passport in India

  1. Original current Valid Passport.
  2. Highest educational qualification proof.
  3. Indian permanent address proof.
  4. Marriage certificate in case you recently got/already are married.
  5. Spouse passport to endorse spouse’s name in your passport.
  6. For Tatkal passport your travel tickets.
  7. Overseas address proof in the form of the latest utility bill, residence permit, etc.
  8. In case you have changed your name or permanent Indian address, then supporting documents – court-approved affidavit, and land registry or new utility bill in your name, respectively.

Charges for the passport of India renewal

If you are getting your Indian passport renewal in India, then there are no charges for the renewal of  Indian Passport for NRIs. But if you are using the services abroad at an Indian Mission, a High Commission, or a Consulate, then they may charge you service charges in local currency, which may seem to be hefty sometimes.

Renew Indian passport from USA

The Indian government has outsourced the renew Indian passport from USA to VFS Global. If you travel internationally and wish to continue using your Indian passport as a means of identification, you must keep it valid and up-to-date.

Please share your experience if you have done your NRI Passport Renewal in India. And What kind of problems are you facing while NRI Passport Renewal in India.

Published on March 27, 2023

Hemant Beniwal


Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning". 

  • Hi, I have selected my present address outside India. while entering the pin code for UK, the section allows only numeric numbers but the UK pin codes have A-Z letters as well. if anyone had similar issues please advise. Thanks

    • Hey Shribhagwan
      If your wife’s passport expired in the US, she can renew it at the nearest Indian consulate or embassy in the US. The process involves filling the renewal application, providing required documents, and visiting the consulate for biometrics and submission. Contact the Indian consulate/embassy for specific renewal procedures and appointments for a smooth renewal process.

    • Hey Annie,
      Yes, you can apply for a Tatkaal passport in India, even if your previous passport was issued in Kuwait. The Tatkaal service provides expedited passport processing. Ensure you meet the Tatkaal criteria and provide the necessary documents for the application, which can help expedite the renewal process while in India.

  • I am an nri and visiting india soon and also i have to renew my passport in india. What should i choose is your present address outside of india while filling application form?

    • Hey Suresh,
      When renewing your passport in India as an NRI, choose “Yes” for the present address outside of India in the application form. Provide your foreign address and carry the required documents confirming your NRI status and residence abroad while visiting India for the renewal. This information is crucial to reflect your current overseas residence for passport renewal.

    • Hi Sawai Singh,

      Renewing your passport while in Serbia as a foreign national will typically involve contacting the nearest embassy or consulate of your home country that provides passport services.

  • I have to get my daughters passport renewed as less than 6months is left for expiry. We were living in Dubai 2months back. My husband moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from Dubai some 2months back and has residency permit and rented house in Riyadh.However, we moved to India 50 days back so that we can get our Saudi Arabia visa done from India because as per Saudi Arabia rules and regulation one has to get the Visa done from the home country. But we are unable to get my daughters Saudi visa because her passport has less than 6months for expiry. Pls advise what should I do and how should I apply for her passport renewal. We do not have our own house in India therefore I do not have any India address proof. But my father has a house which is his own house. Can I use my father’s address for updating the address on my daughters passport as the passport will be sent on the address mentioned in the passport. If I renew her passport without address change then it will go to the old address which was a rented house and someone else stays in that house.

    • Hi Shruti,

      It’s typically necessary to provide a valid address proof when renewing a passport in India. If you do not have your own address proof, you can use your father’s address as long as you can provide supporting documentation to prove the address’s authenticity.

    • Hello Jay,
      If you’re in New Zealand and looking to renew your Indian passport, you should reach out to the nearest Indian diplomatic mission for accurate information. In New Zealand, the Indian High Commission is located in Wellington. They should be able to provide you with details on the passport renewal process, required documents, fees, and whether you can complete the renewal process in Tauranga or if you need to travel to Wellington or another designated location.

    • Hi jay,

      Yes, you can renew your Indian passport in New Zealand, but the process typically involves contacting the Indian High Commission or Embassy in Wellington, as they handle passport-related services for Indian citizens in New Zealand.

  • I want to renew my passport as i am running out of pages. i also want to add my husbands name and will have to change my address as well. i want to get my passport within a month.

    • Hey Nishant,
      Follow these step,Completed passport application form.
      Current passport (if available).
      Proof of legal presence in Cyprus, such as asylum seeker certificate.
      Valid residence permit (if applicable).
      Passport-sized photographs.
      Any additional documents required by the Indian Embassy/Consulate in Cyprus.

  • My husband currently living in Port Sudan (Sudan). His passport will get expired next month (August). So can he renew his passport from port Sudan

    • Hey Sheerin,
      Yes, your husband can renew his Indian passport from Port Sudan. The Indian Embassy or Consulate in Port Sudan is responsible for passport services for Indian citizens living in Sudan. He will need to submit a passport renewal application along with the required documents, including the current passport, photographs, and proof of residence in Sudan.

    • Hello Karan,
      Visit the official website of the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and register online for passport services.
      Complete the passport renewal application form and upload the required documents, including your current passport, photographs, and residence proof in UAE.
      Schedule an appointment at the Indian Embassy/Consulate in Abu Dhabi for biometric verification and document submission.
      Pay the applicable fee and attend the appointment on the scheduled date to complete the renewal process.

    • Hello Karan,
      A valid address proof for an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) to renew their passport can include documents such as an overseas residential address proof, utility bills in the NRI’s name, a bank statement or passbook, or a valid residence permit or visa in the foreign country.

    • Hey Istkar,
      Yes, you can. Just simply visit the nearest Indian embassy or consulate and submit the required documents, including the application form, passport-size photographs, and the current passport.

  • I had applied for renewal of my Indian passport however, the police verification did not go through as no one presently stays in my house which is my permanent address and the printable address on the passport, so the papers are still stuck back in India and has not come back to Perth for renewal of passport and I have no relative around to verify my identity back in India, please advise

    • Hello Beth,
      If the police verification cannot be completed due to no one currently residing at your permanent address in India, and you have no relatives available for verification, you may need to explore alternative options like provide additional documentation or proof of your identity and address, such as utility bills, rental agreements, or bank statements, to support your passport renewal application. However, it is advisable to consult with the Indian embassy/consulate for specific instructions and alternative options in your situation.

    • Hello Rajeev,
      Yes you can renew your Indian passport while you on leave in India. You can visit the nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Regional Passport Office (RPO) in India to initiate the passport renewal process.

  • I am in bangalore now. My permanent address in passport is in Kerala. Can I give to renew passport here in bangalore if I do not have a address here in Bangalore

    • Hello Geeta,
      Yes, you can renew your passport in Bangalore even if your permanent address in your passport is in Kerala.

    • Hello vikas,
      if you haven’t received your passport you should contact to Passport Seva Kendra or Regional Passport Office.

  • Hello, My Indian passport expired and I am renewing it. This is the second time I am renewing outside India. The first time tjere was no police verification and now I am intimated of a police visit in my permanent address in Delhi. I have been abroad for the last 21 years.

  • In my Indian documents I have my maiden name and i wish to keep the name the same way. I m married and my green card carries my married name…can i keep my passport name without any issues??

    • Hello Asma,

      If you wish to keep your maiden name in your Indian documents, you can do so. However, if your passport and green card have different names, it may cause confusion and potential issues when traveling or during other official processes.

      If you decide to keep your maiden name in your Indian documents, you can apply for a new passport with your maiden name and use it for travel purposes. However, it’s important to note that you may need to provide additional documentation to support the use of your maiden name, such as your marriage certificate.

    • Hello Madan,
      Please visit the Passport Seva website (www.passportindia.gov.in) and do the following steps.

  • I am a Canadian PR with Indian citizenship, currently in India and passport expired, coming to India after long time, no adhaar card or voter ID, no proof of residence, how to renew my passport?

    • Hello Shefali
      It is advisable to consult the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra or seek guidance from a qualified passport agent for specific guidance on the process for renewing your passport.

    • Hello Parthasarathi
      It is advisable to consult the official website of the Passport Seva Kendra or seek guidance from a qualified passport agent for specific guidance on the process for renewing your daughter’s passport.

    • Hi Arvind,

      To renew your passport in Poland, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Indian Embassy or Consulate in Poland. Here are the steps you can follow:

      Visit the website of the Indian Embassy or Consulate in Poland to check their specific instructions and requirements for passport renewal.
      Gather all the necessary documents, including your old passport, proof of address, and any other documents required by the Embassy or Consulate.
      Check the availability of the appointment slots on the website of the Indian Embassy or Consulate in Poland.
      If the slots are available, book your appointment online.
      Attend the appointment in person, and bring all the necessary documents with you.
      Please note that the availability of the slots, required documents and the process of booking an appointment may change due to current situation and it is best to check the embassy website for the latest information.

  • We are NRI. We are planning to go to India and during our visit I have to renew my daughter’s passport in India. What are the documents should I provide?

    • Hi Tamilarasi,

      As a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) renewing your daughter’s passport in India, you will need to provide certain documents as part of the application process. The specific documents required may vary depending on your individual circumstances, but generally you will need to provide the following:

      A completed application form (Form No. 2A) for the renewal of a passport for minors, along with your daughter’s current passport.
      Two recent passport-size photographs of your daughter, taken against a white background.
      Proof of your daughter’s birth, such as a birth certificate.
      A copy of your valid passport and valid visa.
      Proof of your residence abroad, such as an NRI certificate or an Indian Bank account statement.
      An Affidavit of undertaking for both parents(if both parents are not travelling)
      It’s always best to check the official website of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs or your nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate for the latest information, as the requirements may change over time.

    • Hi Vaishali,

      As a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) renewing your Indian passport, you will need to provide certain documents as part of the application process. The specific documents required may vary depending on your individual circumstances, but generally you will need to provide the following:

      A completed application form (Form No. 2A) for the renewal of a passport.
      Your current passport, along with a photocopy of the first, last and observation page, ECR/Non-ECR page and any other page containing any observation.
      Two recent passport-size photographs, taken against a white background.
      Proof of residence abroad, such as an NRI certificate or an Indian Bank account statement.
      A copy of your valid visa or the valid residence permit of the country where you currently reside.
      An Affidavit of undertaking for both parents(if both parents are not travelling)
      It’s always best to check the official website of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs or your nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate for the latest information, as the requirements may change over time.

    • Hi Jyoti,
      The Renewal process is as follows:
      1. Fill the application form online on Passport Seva Portal as a new user (if not registered as existing user) and opt for Renewal/Reissue while submitting the details.
      2. You need to be present at the PSK along with all the required documents at the selected time slot
      3. Police Verification

    • Hi Jyoti

      Essentially, the process for an Indian renewal passport is the same as applying for a new Passport: Apply online, Visit Mission or a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK – if in India), Police Verification, and then Passport delivery.

  • I am an Indian passport holder (Ordinary passport blue color cover booklet) living in New Jersey. My passport is about to expire in the next seven months. I am applying for my renewal of passport. The Indian address in my passport is going to be different from what it was last time. Will I have to physically travel to India from the United States for the police verification process as my Indian address has changed from the last time?

    • Hi Srijankumar,
      The Renewal process is as follows:
      1. Fill the application form online on Passport Seva Portal as a new user (if not registered as existing user) and opt for Renewal/Reissue while submitting the details.
      2. You need to be present at the PSK along with all the required documents at the selected time slot
      3. Police Verification

  • For NRI passport renewal in India which address needs to be present adress ?Which address neeed to be permanent address

    • Hi Jom,
      Your present address should be your overseas address and the permanent address will be your home country

  • Hi I wish to renew my son’s passport (11 yrs old) during our Indian trip which address to use on passport website Indian or Canadian?

  • My daughter lives in Australia and having Indian passport which is expiring next year so how can she get it renewed

    • Hi Kishan,
      to start the process, Visit the Online NRI Passport Application portal.
      Please read the above article to know the steps to get it done.

  • I want to renew a passport in India during our holidays in India – we are NRI and passport is due to expire in 4 months

  • My address in India is changed since my parents shifted to a new location. My Aadhar address is my parents old location. Can I give my parents new address in my application for renewal ?

  • My parents previous address in India is my address in my Aadhar card. Now my parents have shifted their location in India. I am in UK and need to renew my passport . Can I give my parents new address as my address in the application ?

  • HELLO SIR/MADAM,
    I AM WORKING IN OMAN. I WANT TO CHANGE MY PERMANENT ADDRESS IN MY PASSPORT AS PER MY AADHAR AND I DONT WANT THE PASSPORT NO TO BE CHANGED. IF I APPLY THROUGH REISSUE OF PASSPORT THROUGH PASSPORT SEVA PORTAL FOR NRIS WILL THE NO BE CHANGED?

  • I am presently employed in Switzerland & would be in India in December 21 would like to apply for reissue of the passport while in india

  • Hi,

    I need to travel to India from Canada urgently and would also want to get my passport renewed in India (due to expire in 6 months). I will be in India for 6 weeks.

    Current Printed address on my passport is my permanent address and also the same address is on my Aadhar.

    I have a couple of quick questions:

    For Present Address:
    Should I add Canadian Address or Permanent Indian Address on for this field (Same as on my Aadhar and current passport) ?
    If I add Canadian Address, then would Canadian Drivers License and Utility bill along with Canadian Permanent residence card copies suffice for proofs ?

    For Permanent Address:
    This will be same as address currently printed on my passport. (Same is on Aadhar as well)

    With the above information, can I apply for the passport under tatkal ? Again, permanent address has will not change.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • I am Indian and married to American man and have green card of USA. Now this time I came back to India and my Indian passport is going to be expired on this coming 16 October 2021. So I want to know how will I do renew or reissue my passport?

    • Hii Sr. Mary Paul Ji
      To fill up online renewal application form for Indian passport, if you are abroad you can visit the Online NRI Passport Application portal, to start the process.
      If you are in India, visit the Passport Seva Portal to start the process.

    • Hii Leelaben Ji,
      As per my knowledge, NRI can apply for renewal of their passport from any of the Missions of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India if they reside within the jurisdiction of the respective Missions. The guidelines pertaining to the fee, application procedure, documents needed, are available and updated from time to time on the websites of the respective Missions.

    • Hello Leelaben
      NRIs can apply for renewal of their passport from any of the Missions of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India if they reside within the jurisdiction of the respective Missions

  • I renewed my passport online with USA address. The police verification is not clear because I am no more residing at the address given in my Aadhar Card. I however received the passport.
    Can I travel to India ?

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