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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FAQs - Tatkaal Passports

Q1:What is the fee for issue of Tatkaal Passport?
A:To know the fee details, please click on "Fee Calculator" link on Home page.
Q2:How long will it take to get a Tatkal passport?
A:After successful application form submission, with final status as "Granted", you can expect your passport to be dispatched as follows:
Type of
Type of Police VerificationExpected Time To Dispatch Passport
  1. In complex cases, such as adoption, application on behalf of a minor from single parent, major change in name, duplicate passport, doubtful documentation, the processing time will be approximately 30 days excluding the date of submission of application. Mandatory Pre Police Verification cases such as Indian citizens of J&K and Nagaland would also need additional processing time.
  2. Issue of passport is subject to data check in the system and finding no adverse entry/report.
Q3:Can I apply for passport under the Tatkaal scheme?
A:The final authority for the issuance of passport under the Tatkaal scheme lies with the passport office. But there are list of applicants who cannot apply for passport under the Tatkaal scheme. To check the list of applicants who cannot apply under the Tatkaal scheme, please refer instruction booklet. Click Here to download Instruction Booklet.
Q4:My passport booklet is damaged. I want to go abroad on urgent basis. What should I do?
A:In case your passport has been damaged but recognizable, i.e. passport number is readable, name is legible and photo is intact, then you can apply for re-issue of passport under the Tatkaal scheme. But, if passport has been damaged beyond recognition, then you cannot apply under the Tatkaal scheme. In that case, you need to visit Passport Officer at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra to get the passport on urgent basis.
Q5:If parents have passport with adverse Police Verification Report or they have a criminal background, can passport be issued to minor on an urgent basis?
A:In such cases, minors can be issued passport under the Tatkaal scheme subject to Passport Officer's (POs) approval.
Q6:Can Indian citizens belonging to Nagaland apply for the passport under the Tatkaal scheme?
Q7:For Tatkaal applications, while booking appointment I am asked to choose appointment quota. What is appointment quota?
A:Two appointment quota 'Normal' and 'Tatkaal' are available for 'Tatkaal' applications. Tatkaal applicants who are not able to book an early appointment under Tatkaal quota may consider booking appointment under Normal quota also. However, Tatkaal fee will be charged irrespective of the quota under which appointment was booked byTatkaal applicant.

A Tatkaal application is not only to get an early appointment but also for faster processing. For example, a Tatkaal application would be processed under post (police) verification. The print queue is also separate thus ensuring faster print of Tatkaal passports i.e. a Tatkaal passport would be dispatched within 1-3 days of applicant visiting PSK as against a Normal application which would take longer.

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