Following our post on Renewal of Indian Passports while in Doha we received many queries from our readers. Even though we have tried to answer every question, here are the answers to the most asked questions that might be helpful to more readers.
1. When can I apply for renewal / re-issue of passport?
You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry. Our advise is to renew 6 months before expiry (if you have travel plans to a foreign country) or at least 3 months before expiry (if you have no travel plans).
Reason is that most countries would insist on the passport validity of at least of six months for issuing a new visa. Accordingly, it is advisable to apply for renewal well before time to avoid last minute rush.
2. My passport expired 1 month ago. Can it be reissued? What is the procedure to re-issue it?
The procedure is same as applying for renewal. But please mind this is a very risky situation if you are staying in Qatar with an expired passport. So try to avoid such situations and renew well in advance. Fresh police verification will be required if the passport has expired more than three years ago.
3. I have a one-month old baby? Does the baby require a separate passport or his/her name can be endorsed in one of the parents passport?
Endorsement of child’s name in parent’s passports is not allowed anymore. As per the amended instructions, a minor should have a separate passport.
You have to apply for a new passport with these documents : EAP- I Form + EAP- 1D Form + Form I + Passport & ID of both the Parent’s (original + copy) + Two Passport size photographs + Birth Certificate (original + copy). You can find more details here.
4. What is the process to endorse my wife’s name on my passport?
To endorse the spouse’s name (wife / husband) on your passport, you have to apply for a re-issue of passport with these documents : EAP-I Form + EAP- 1D Form + Applicant’s passport (Original & Copy) + Two photographs + Marriage certificate issued by Registrar of Marriages (If it is not issued by Registrar of Marriages, it should be attested by an Indian Government authority)
5. How do I change the address on my passport?
To change the address in the passport, you have to apply for a re-issue of passport with these documents : EAP- I Form + EAP- 1D Form + Applicant’s passport (Original & Copy) + Two photographs + Proof of new address (Electricity Bill / Water Bill / Telephone Bill / Election ID / Aadhar Card / PAN Card / Pass Book of public sector bank etc are accepted. It is better to have at least 2 of the above)
6. What is the process to change the date/place of birth in the passport?
To change the date/place of birth in the passport, you have to apply for a re-issue of passport with these documents : EAP- I Form + Data sheet – EAP- 1D Form + Applicant’s passport (Original & Copy) + Two photographs + Order from first class Magistrate regarding the correct date / place of birth OR Original certificate of date / place of birth on the basis of which entry in the first passport had been made.
7. What do I do if I lose my passport?
Loss of passport should be immediately reported to the nearest Police Station and to the Indian Embassy. You can apply for re-issue of passport and submit the required documents along with your passport application form. The new passport will have a new passport number, with a fresh validity of 10 years.
8. What can I do if I have lost my passport and have to travel to India urgently due to an emergency like serious illness or death in the family?
You need to contact the Indian Embassy. An Emergency Certificate (EC) may also be issued for returning to India after verification of Indian nationality/origin/particulars.
9. My passport is nearly full but is valid for another 4 years, is it possible to add extra pages?
Additional pages are not added to a passport booklet. If the pages in the passport booklet have exhausted, you need to apply for re-issue of passport. A new passport booklet would be issued to you.