Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about lost and damaged Indian Passports.
Definition Of Damaged Indian Passport
A Damaged Indian Passport is classified further based on the extent of damage, i.e.:
- Damaged Passport – Passport number is readable, name is legible and photo is intact
- Damaged beyond recognition
How To Travel Urgently If Passport Is Damaged
As long as your passport is not damaged beyond recognition, that is, if you can read the passport number, the name, and the photo are all legible, you can apply for a reissue under the Tatkaal scheme.
The Tatkaal scheme cannot be applied to a passport that has been severely damaged. In that case, you must attend the Passport Seva Kendra nearest to your home to obtain the passport on an urgent basis.
How To Travel Urgently If Passport Is Lost
In case you have lost your passport while travelling, you can come to India on the basis of an “Emergency Certificate”. You will need to contact the respective mission or consulate of that country for the issuance of that certificate.
What To Do If Indian Passport Is Lost
If you lose your passport, report it to the nearest police station and the Passport Office, if you are abroad. Also, you should apply for a re-issue at a Passport Seva Kendra with the proper documents and submit your passport application form.
Procedure To Apply For Duplicate Passport
If your passport has been lost or damaged, you need to apply for a “Re-issue” of the passport.
Following documents must be submitted along with the application:
- Proof of Present Address
- Proof of Date of Birth
- Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/damaged (Annexure ‘L’)
- Police report in original
- Self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page of old passport, if available.
Photocopy of the old passport is not a mandatory document to be submitted in case of lost/damaged/stolen passport. It should be produced if it is available.
But you will be required to produce, the previous passport details like Passport number, Date of issue, Date of expiry and place of issue while filling the passport application form. If you do not have that information, then contact the respective mission/post of that country.
References: Passport Seva