Types of Passport in India – Information

Types of Passport in India 

The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division issued to an Indian Citizens as a travel document of their identities such as name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth and Nationality passport, which come under the Ministry of External Affairs. The Passport is issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and can be published from more than 37 RPO’s/PO’s across India and over 170 Indian missions abroad.


There are mainly three types of Indian Passport, which are:

Regular Passport:  It has a Navy Blue cover and is issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips.

Diplomatic Passport: It has a Maroon cover and is issued to Indian diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers.

Official Passport: This has a White cover, and it is issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business.

Indian passport can be applied in two ways; one is through an online application where a candidate can submit its online application and get a prior appointment for the personal appearance of the required documents. And, in the second case applicant can directly have a request form straight away from the Passport Seva Kendra designated in the city and can submit the duly filled application form directly along with residence proof, birth date proof, any name change proof, documents for ECNR, passport size photographs, etc.

At the time of submission of application form, all self-attested copies of certificates/documents would be checked against originals at the Passport Office. The standard time taken for issuance of a passport is five to six weeks. However, in a case of an emergency, you can apply for a fresh or duplicate passport under the ‘Tatkal’ scheme.

This allows visas to be issued on payment of additional fee over and above the regular passport application fee. The ‘Tatkaal’ Scheme would be applicable only in two cases:

  • Either the police verification report is not required (minors less than 15 years of age), or
  • A passport can be issued on post police verification basis (duplicate passport/re-issue of passport without the change in address, Government servants with NOC and their spouses and applications with Verification Certificates).

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