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  1. Short title and commencement-

(1) These rules may be called the Passport Rules, 1980.

(2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

  1. Definitions- 

In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, –

(a) “Act” means the Passports Act, 1967;

(b) “Form” means a form set out in Sch. III;

(c) “Miscellaneous service” in relation to a passport or travel document, includes-

(i)Varying the entries in a passport or travel document;

(ii) Making additional endorsement on a passport or travel document in respect of foreign countries;

(iii)Adding a supplementary passport or travel document booklet, when all the pages in an existing passport booklet have been almost used up; or

(iv)Any other service in respect of a passport or travel document, which the holder thereof may require;

(d) “Schedule ” means a schedule appended to these rules;

(e) “Section ” means a section of the Act.

  1. Passport authorities. –

(1) In addition to the Central Government the officers specified in Col. (2) of Sch.  I shall, subject to the provisions of sub-rule (2), be the passport authorities for all purposes of the Act and these rules.

(2) An officer referred to in Col. (2) of Sch.  I shall, for the purpose of issue of a passport or travel document, exercise jurisdiction in respect of applications for such issue made by persons ordinarily residing in the territories specified in corresponding entries in Col.. 3 of the said Schedule:

Provided that in exceptional and urgent cases the said officer may entertain an application for the issue of a passport or travel document from a person ordinarily residing in any other territory in India and may issue a passport or travel document to such person for a period not exceeding twelve months and transfer the application to the passport authority having jurisdiction in the territory wherein such person ordinarily resides:

Provided further that no such transfer of an application for passport under the preceding proviso shall be made if the applicant has migrated from the territory where he was originally resident with the intention of settling down in the territory within the jurisdiction of the passport authority which issued the passport under proviso.

  1. Classes of persons to whom the different classes of passports and travel documents may be issued.-

The classes of persons to whom the classes of pass or travel documents referred to respectively in sub-section (1) and sub=n (2) of Sec. 4 may be issued, shall -be as specified respectively in Part I or Part II, as the case may be, of Sch. II.

  1. Form of applications. –

(l) An application for issue of a passport or travel document or for the renewal or for any miscellaneous service shall be made in the appropriate form set out therefor in Part I of Sch. III and in accordance with the procedure and instructions set out in such form:

Provided that every application for any of the aforesaid purpose shall be made only in the form printed and supplied by-

(a) The Central Government; or

(b)   Any other person whom the Central Government may by notification specify, subject to the condition that such person complies with the conditions specified by that Government in this behalf.

(2)The price of the new application forms referred to sub-section (1) shall be specified in column 3 or 4 as the case may be, of Sch.  III-A for that particular category:

Provided however that such application of forms shall be supplied free of cost of their customer or others, in such form, are printed and supplied by  a person referred to in 5[Cl. (b) of the first proviso to sub-rule (1).

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA REGIONAL PASSPORT OFFICE

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Received your application form along with………. fee and other documents mentioned below.  Your reference is No…….. dated………. Please brine this card or quote this reference for inquiries, which should be made only after 40 years.

Signature

For Regional Passport Office

Details of document/received

  1.  Postal Orders/Bank Drafts/Special Passport stamp

Amount Number  Date………………..

  1.  No. of photographs 0
  2.  Old passport, if issued.

*For official use.

**Only for application received by post or through TAs.

O.I.G.S.

To,

Sh/Smt/Kum…………..

House No Street…………

V.P.0……………

Town State……………

Pin Code………….

Provided further that in the course of any inquiry under sub-section (2) of Sec. 5, a passport authority may require an applicant to furnish such additional information, documents or certificates, as may be considered necessary by such authority for the proper disposal of the application.

  1. Financial guarantee:-

Rule 6 omitted by the Passports (Second Amendment) Rules, 1985, vide C.S.R. 860 (E), dated lst November, 1985 (w.e.f. lst November, 1985).

  1. Named foreign country. –

Each of the following countries shall be a named foreign country for the purposes of the explanation to sub-section (1) of Sec. 5, namely

(i)Bangladesh; and

(ii) Sri Lanka.

  1. Fee payable on applications. –

The fee payable of every application mentioned in Col.. (2) of Sch.  IV shall be at the rates specified in the corresponding entry in 1[Col. (3) or Col. (4), as the case may be], of the Schedule.

  1. Collection of fees. –

All fees Payable in respect of such applications be remitted by 1[crossed postal order drawn in favour Of the passport authority] or paid in cash at the counter of the passport authority concerned or by way of passport fee postal stamp, stating in the coupon or receipt the particulars in respect of which such fees -have been remitted or paid.

  1. Refund of fees. –

Fees shall be refunded if applied for within one year from the date of payment thereof in the following cases:

(i)If after-paying the fee, a person does not submit the application for issue of passport or travel document or for any service on a passport or travel document already held by him as the case may be;

(ii) If the fee paid is in excess of the prescribed fee; and

(iii)If the fee paid is for a service for which no fee has been prescribed.

  1. Forms of pass ort or travel documents. –

A passport or travel document issued under the Act shall be in the appropriate form set out in Part III of Sch. III.

Provided that with effect from the date of the commencement2 of the Passport (2nd Amendment) Rules, 1990, the form of ordinary passport shall be as specified in Form P-3A of Pt.  III of Sch.  III.

Provided that with effect from the date of the commencement of the Passport (2nd Amendment) Rules, 1992, the forms of diplomatic, official of India, and Sri Lanka passport shall be as specified in Form P-lA, Form P-2A and Form P-7A, respectively, of Part III, the following form shall be inserted, namely:

(ii) In Sch.  III, in Part III, the following forms shall be inserted, namely:

(a) After Form P-1, “Form P- IA”

(b) After Form P-2, “Form P-2A”

(c) After Form P-7, “Form P-7A”

  1.  It is clarified that Passports issued in the existing format, i.e. P-1, P-2 and P-7, upto the date of enforcement of this notification as mentioned above in rule (2), shall remain valid till the period of validly indicated on each such passport by the concerned Passport Issuing Authority.
  2. Duration of passports or travel documents. –

(1) An ordinary passport shall continue in force for a period of ten years from the date of its issue.

(2) An India-Bangladesh passport shall continue in force for a period of four years from the date of its-issue.

(3) An India-Sri Lanka passport shall continue in force for a period of four years from the date of its issue.  ‘

(4) An emergency certificate shall continue in force for a period of six months from the date of its issue.

(5) A certificate of identity shall continue in force for a period of two years from the date of its issue.

(6) A diplomatic and an official passport shall continue in force for a period to be decided in each case by the Central Government or the passport authority which issues the passport:

Provided that the total life of a diplomatic or an official passport shall be ten years from the date of its issue.

  1. Issue of additional passport or travel document in special circumstances. –

A person holding a passport or travel document shall not be entitled to another passport or travel document unless he surrenders to the passport authority the passport or travel document already held by him –

Provided that separate passports or travel-documents may issued to the same person in respect of different countries if it is necessary so to do for facilitation his visits to such countries.

14 Appellate authorities. –

For the purpose of the Act and these rules, the appellate authority to whom an appeal shall lie from an order specified in Col. (1) of the table below shall be that specified in the corresponding entry of Col. (2) thereof and every such appeal shall be filed within thirty days from the date on which the order sought to be appealed against is communicated to the appellant :

TABLE

Orders appealed against Appellate Authority
1.An order of the passport authority, other than the Central Government, under-

(i)Cl. (b) or Cl. (c) of sub- section (2) of Sec. 5; or

The Chief Passport Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
(ii)Cl. (b) of the proviso to Sec. 7; or
(iii) sub-section (1) or sub-section (3) of Sec. 10;
2. An order under sub-section (6) of Sec. 10 of the authority to whom the passport authority is subordinate. Additional Secretary or Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
  1.  Fee payable in respect of appeal. –

Every petition for appeal shall be accompanied’ be a fee of twenty-five rupees which shall be paid in cash at the treasury and a copy of the receipted challan shall be enclosed with such petition.

  1. Procedure to be followed appeal, the appellate authority. –

On receipt of an appeal the appellate authority may be call for the record of the case from the authority, which passed the order, a reasonable opportunity of representing his case, pass final order.

  1.  Authority and form for special endorsement under Sec. 19.-

(1) The authority for the purposes of Sec. 19 shall be the passport authority.

(2) Ever special endorsement referred to in Sec. 19 shall be in the following form namely:

“FORM

This passport is hereby made valid under Sec. 19 of the Passports Act, 1967 (15 o 19, for travel through, or visiting ———– for a maximum period of ———– days months from the date of this Endorsement.”

  1. Inspection of passport or travel document. –

The authorities for the purpose of Cl. (c) of sub-section (1) of Sec. 12 shall be-

(i) Any passport authority;

(ii) Any officer of police not below the rank of a sub-inspector; and

(iii)Any officer of customs empowered by general or special order of Central Government in this behalf.

  1. The condition of a passport or travel document. –

The conditions subject to which a passport or travel document shall be issued or renewed shall be as set out in Sch.  V.’

  1. Repeal .-

The Passports Rules, 1967, is hereby repealed

Provided that such repeal shall not affect previous operation of the said rules or anything duly done or suffered, or an right, privilege, obligation or  liability acquired, accepted or incurred or incurred there under.

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Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Sundays and Holidays Reserved for urgent & prior appointments.

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