In a welcoming step taken by Government of India, now the Indian citizen can “apply for the passport” from anywhere in country. The government of India has added new features in the “mPassportSeva” app and will now allow citizens to apply for fresh passports from the app itself from anywhere in country. Released on July 11 2013, this mobile app and has been recently updated on June 5. On the occasion of the ‘6th Passport Seva Divas’ on June 26, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the new developments.The app is available for free download on both Android and iOS and has been downloaded over 1 million times on Android. Note that the app is released by ‘Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division’ and not by any other government agency. Be sure to download the right app, there are several fake apps floating on Google Playstore.
What are the new services?
The updated version of the “mPassportSeva” app allows users to apply for the passport along with PCC form filing, online payment for the application form, appointment scheduling/rescheduling or cancellation facilities. Additionally, citizens can apply for a re-issue of a new passport in lieu of an existing passport for any of the following reasons: change in existing personal details, validity expired or due to expire, validity expired more than three years ago, exhaustion of pages, damaged passport and lost passport.
Other services include — issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) along with background verification for Global Entry Program (GEP).
How to use the mPassportSeva app to apply for a passport on your mobile?
Note that there is no separate process to apply for a passport via mPassportSeva app exclusively. The process is exactly similar to the existing system that is being followed by ‘Passport Seva’ website. In other words, there is no change in the application, documentation or verification process of getting the passport and it’s just that the mPassportSeva app is a new way for making the task easier.
The mobile app has a new interface and here is how to apply for a fresh passport from the app:
** open the app, tap on New User Registration.
** Select the Passport Office from the list as per the city of your residence.
** Enter personal details like name, date-of-birth, email id.
** Think about a unique login ID and check for its availability. Add a strong password. (similar to opening an email ID). You can also keep your email ID as a login ID for the app.
** Add a security question and answer. This will help if you forget your password.
** After the confirmation , add the text written inside the small image (Captcha code) and submit.
After that, you can apply for the passport by activating the account. Check for the email sent by the passport office and click on the verification link. On clicking the verification link, it will direct you to a webpage and you will be asked to enter your Login ID for confirmation.
Close the app and relaunch it again. Then go to “Existing User” and enter your Login ID, the password and Captcha code. After that you will be greeted with a screen saying Apply for “Fresh Passport” along with other option. Click on it and fill the form and follow the steps.
For the online passport application click here