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Passport Fees: Passport Application Fees in India How to pay Passport Fees?

Team AckoFeb 17, 2024

A passport is one of the main identification documents required, if you wish to travel to any country outside India. Citizens of India can apply for a new passport or renew an existing one at their nearest Passport Office. Over the years the process of applying for a passport has been made convenient and streamlined by the Government of India. The task of passport form filling, fixing an appointment and paying passport fees in India has been made completely online. The passport application fees in India can vary depending on your application. You need to visit the passport office physically for document verification and a photograph.

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Passport fees in India: Normal vs Tatkaal passport fees

Passport fee in India is the fees charged by the passport-issuing authority to issue a new passport or renew an existing passport. This amount varies and is determined depending on the category of passport, Required Scheme (Tatkaal or Normal), age, whether it is a new passport or renewal and the total pages required in the new passport booklet. Passport charges in India can range between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5500. For a general 36 page booklet fresh or new passport fees charged by the authority is Rs. 1500. If you opt for a 60 page booklet then the passport charges are Rs. 2000. The same passport under the Tatkaal scheme will cost Rs. 3500 (36 page booklet) and Rs. 4000 (60 page booklet). 

As a general passport applicant, you can apply for a passport either under the normal or Tatkal scheme. The main differences between the two passport schemes are the time in which your application is processed and the new passport fees charged.

A normal passport in India is issued within the time frame of 30 days post-application submission. This is applicable provided all your documents, data and police verification are approved. As the name suggests a Tatkaal passport in India is a fast-track application process where the applicant receives his passport in under a week. If you need your passport on an urgent basis then you can apply for the Tatkaal passport service. Tatkaal passport charges are higher compared to a normal passport price. The passport authority in India charges additional passport fees of Rs. 2000 for all Tatkaal passports. 

How to pay passport fees?

The Ministry of External Affairs provides passport services across the country via the Central Passport Organisation (CPO) and its network of Passport Seva Kendras (PSK), Passport Offices, and Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK). 

The process of applying for a passport has been simplified over the years. There is no need to physically go to a passport office to reserve a spot. While booking an appointment, passport application forms are also filled out online. It is mandatory to pay passport fees in India online. You can pay the required fees online via the following channels: 

  1. Credit card and debit card - All Visa and Master cards are accepted to pay passport fees online. Keep in mind that for all card transactions banks charge an additional 1.5% plus service charge. 

  2. SBI Bank Challan - While filling out the passport application form you can opt for SBI Challan for payment. Once the Challan is generated you can physically visit your nearest SBI Branch to make the payment. The payment can be done after 3 hours from challan generation to up to a maximum of 85 days. The payment via Challan takes around 2 working days to process and after that, you can fix your appointment online. 

  3. Internet Banking - Passport fees in India can be paid via internet banking through the State Bank of India(SBI) and other approved banks. 

  4. SBI Wallet Payment - If you are a passport applicant applying under the Tatkaal scheme then while booking an appointment you only have to pay normal category fees. The additional fees for expediting your passport application will be charged directly at the passport office once your application is accepted. This additional Tatkaal fee is payable in cash at the passport office. In most cases, the Tatkaal passport fee is Rs. 2000. Make sure to carry the required amount in cash when you visit the passport office. 

You can also visit a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) without a prior appointment. All Walk-in applicants can pay passport application fees in cash. A prior online appointment is highly recommended if you want a hassle-free passport application experience. 

Passport fee calculator: Key points to remember while paying passport fees

The homepage of the official Indian Passport Seva website has an efficient and useful passport fee calculator. It can help you accurately calculate the passport fees you need to pay depending on your application and the services availed. . To access the passport fee calculator, visit the homepage of the Passport Seva website. The calculator is simple and convenient to use. There are three calculators available on the website related to - 

  1. Passports

  2. Identity certificates

  3. Surrender certificates

To use the passport fee calculator, you need to input your exact requirements. The fees will depend on your application and will vary for different people. For instance, whether you are applying for a normal or tatkal category, the total pages you need in the new passport booklet, fresh or renewed passport, whether you are a minor or not, etc. Below are the details of the passport fee calculator:

Step for Passport Fee Calculator 

Step 1: First, choose your application type from Passport, Police clearance certificate (PCC), Identity certificate or Surrender certificate. 

Step 2: Select the service type from ‘Fresh’ or ‘Reissue’. In case of reissue, also select the reason for reissue: 

  • Validity has expired.

  • Is expiring soon.

  • Lost/damaged passport.

  • Delete ECR/change in personal particulars.

  • If all the pages in the booklet have been used.

Step 3: Select the age of the applicant from less than 15 years, between 15 and 18 years or 18 years and above. Also, select the required validity from (for applicants between 15 and 18 years) 5 years or until the age of 18 or 10 years validity. 

Step 4: Choose the total pages required in the passport booklet. You can opt for a 36-page or 60-page booklet. If you are a frequent traveller then opt for a 60-page booklet.

Steps for Identity Certificate Fee Calculator 

Step 1: Opt for the identity certificate option in the application type. 

Step 2: Step 2: Select the service type from ‘Fresh’ or ‘Reissue’. In case of reissue, also select the reason for reissue: 

  • Validity has expired.

  • Is expiring soon.

  • Lost/damaged passport.

  • Delete ECR/change in personal particulars.

  • If all the pages in the booklet have been used.

For the Surrender Certificates Fee Calculator 

Step 1: Opt for the Surrender certificate option in the application type. 

Step 2: Choose from a foreign nationality acquired before 1 June 2010 or a foreign nationality acquired on or after 1 June 2010. 

The fee calculator can also be used to check fees for the Police clearance certificate (PCC) and Background verification for GEP. The standard fee charged for both of these documents is Rs. 500.

Passport fees for new or fresh passport

If you are above 18 years of age and applying for a new passport with 10-year validity, the passport charges are as under: 

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 1500

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 3500

  • For a 60-page booklet under the normal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 2000

  • For a 60-page booklet under the Tatkal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 4000

If you are under 18 years of age and applying for a new passport with a 5-year validity, passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 1000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 3000

If you are between 15 to 18 years of age and are applying for a new passport with a validity of 5 years or until 18 years of age, passport charges will be as under: 

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 1000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 3000

If you are between 15 to 18 years of age and are applying for a new passport with 10-year validity, passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 1500

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkal scheme, the passport fee is Rs. 3500

Passport fees for reissuing passports

The re-issuance of an Indian passport can be categorised into two types: minor and adult. Within these categories, there are various types of requirements that citizens may have, such as validity, change of ECR status, etc.

If you are under 15 years of age and applying for a reissue of passport with 5-year validity due to the following reasons 

  1. Validity has expired or is expiring soon

  2. Delete ECR or change in personal particulars

  3. All the pages in the booklet have been used 

  4. Lost or damaged but expired passport then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 1000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3000

If you are under 15 years of age and applying for a reissue of a passport with 5-year validity due to a lost or damaged passport which is still within validity, then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 5000

If you are between 15 to 18 years of age and applying for a reissue of passport with 5 years or till 18 years of age validity due to the following reasons 

1) Validity has expired or is expiring soon, 

2) Delete ECR or change in personal particulars

3) All the pages in the booklet have been used

4) Lost or damaged but expired passport then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 1000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3000

If you are between 15 to 18 years of age and applying for a reissue of passport with 10-year validity due to the following reasons 

1) Validity has expired or is expiring soon

2) Delete ECR or change in personal particulars

3) All the pages in the booklet have been used

4) Lost or damaged but expired passport then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 1500

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3500

If you are between 15 to 18 years of age and applying for a reissue of a passport with 5 years or till 18 years of age validity due to a lost or damaged passport which is still within validity, then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissue passport fee is Rs. 3000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissue passport fee is Rs. 5000

If you are above 18 years of age and applying for a reissued passport with 10-year validity due to the following reasons 

1)Validity has expired or is expiring soon. 

2) Delete ECR or change in personal particular.

3) All the pages in the booklet have been used.

4) Lost or damaged but expired passport then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissue passport fee is Rs. 1500

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3500

  • For a 60-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissue passport fee is Rs. 2000

  • For a 60-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 4000

If you are above 18 years of age and applying for a reissue of a passport with 10 year validity due to a lost or damaged passport which is still within validity, then passport charges are as under:

  • For a 36-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissue passport fee is Rs. 3000

  • For a 36-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 5000

  • For a 60-page booklet under the normal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 3500

  • For a 60-page booklet under the Tatkaal scheme, the reissued passport fee is Rs. 5500

Key points to remember while paying passport fees

There are a few key points to remember when paying passport fees. 

  • The passport fees in India once paid cannot be transferred from one application reference number to another. 

  • In case multiple payments are done for passport fees, the excess payment would be refunded.

  • There is no need to carry a printout of the application receipt during your passport appointment. SMS with appointment details like the application reference number is accepted as proof by the passport office. You can reschedule your passport appointment only twice within a year of the first appointment date. 

  • Applications for online payment must be filed within one year of the first appointment date. If you don't, the payment will be regarded as forfeited, and you'll have to make a new one.

  • On the day of the passport appointment make sure to carry an original copy of all the required documents. 

  • When you pay passport fees online don’t forget to click on Print Application Receipt to generate the receipt and application reference number. 

  • When paying passport application fees using an SBI challan there are no additional fees or bank charges. 

  • Even if you are not an SBI bank account holder you can pay online for your passport application using another bank credit or debit card or SBI challan.

  • For SMS updates about your passport application, there is a one-time fee of Rs. 50. 

Frequently asked questions

Here are some related answers to the most asked following questions related to Passport Application Fees in India

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Which documents are required while applying for a passport? 

The basic documents required while applying for a passport in India are: 

  • Proof of Date of Birth like a Birth Certificate, school certificates like transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate, a Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations, aadhar card, a voter ID, PAN card, driver's licence, etc.

  • Identity proof with a photograph like an aadhar card, voters ID, PAN card, driving licence, etc. 

  • Proof of residence like electricity, water or telephone bill, rent agreement, gas connection, aadhar card, voters ID, Spouse's passport copy, etc.

  • Proof of nationality like an aadhar card, voters ID, PAN card, etc.

Is passport service free or paid?

The passport is a paid service. Your passport fees in India will depend on your application type. Passport charges in India can range between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5500. You can calculate the exact fees using the passport fees calculator available at passport seva portal. 

What is Passport tatkal fees?

In case you need your passport on an urgent basis then the Passport authority charges an additional fee. Tatkal passports are issued in under a week. In most cases, the passport tatkal fee is an additional Rs. 2000 above the normal fees. 

What is a 36 and 60 page passport booklet?

A normal passport booklet in India comes with 36 pages for visa and immigration stamps. The passport authority gives the option to opt for a thicker 60 page passport booklet for frequent travellers. If you want a 60 page passport booklet then there is an additional fee.

How can I pay for my passport fee?

The application fee can be paid through an SBI gateway or the e-Services Portal with a credit or debit card. However, those opting for offline passport services can pay the fees at the passport office.

Is it possible to opt for a challan payment if I don't have an SBI bank account? 

Yes, an SBI account is not mandatory for challan payment. You can generate the challan and then visit your nearest SBI branch and pay in cash. Payment can be done after 3 hours of challan generation for up to 85 days. There is no additional fee charged for payment via challan.

Is it possible to get a passport in one day in India?

The Tatkaal Passport is a fast-track passport service that allows Indian citizens to get their passports processed within one working day without police verification, or within three working days if police verification is needed.

How much do I have to pay for a Police Clearance Certificate?

You need to pay an amount of Rs. 500 for a police clearance certificate.

Can I get the fee if my passport appointment is not booked?

No, once you make the payment, you won’t get a refund.

What does ECR or non-ECR mean?

ECR refers to Emigration Check Required and ECNR/non-ECR refers to Emigration Check Not Required.

What is a PCC in a passport?

PCC refers to the Police Clearance Certificate.

Can my passport be rejected during police clearance?

Yes, it can; however, the reasons can be incorrect or discrepancies with the data provided.

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Disclaimer: The above content is sourced from secondary sources on the internet and is meant for informational purposes only. It is subject to changes. It is recommended to take the help of an expert before making any related decision.

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