The ministry of external affairs has announced two major changes that will fast-track the process for first-time passport applicants and make it more convenient to secure an appointment at the local passport seva kendra.
Citizens will be granted a fresh passport under the normal category in a week if their applications are accompanied by three documents – copies of Aadhaar card, electoral photo identity card (EPIC) and PAN card – besides an affidavit in the format of Annexure-I (declaration of citizenship, family details and no criminal record).
Until now, the process would take a month, with the police verification eating up a lot of time.
Police verification of such applications will be conducted after the passport is issued. There will be no extra charge for the service, a statement issued by the ministry said. The process is subject to online validation of the Aadhaar number while processing and an approval from the granting officer.