A passport is an essential and one of the most important travel document for those who are travelling aboard for family visits, education, tourism, Medical Attendance, Business, pilgrimage and another purpose. It is necessary that you need an essential identity and address proof.
The Indian passport was issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Government of India under the passport act 1967. It helps to certify the holder’s identity as a citizen of India by birth or naturalization and ensure that he/she can travel to foreign countries under the Indian Government protection. In Indian, passport service provides through Central Passport Organization (CPO) and Passport Seva Kendras ( PSKs).
Indian passport are issued at more than 93 passport office located across India. According to Wikipedia, IN 2015 India issued a total of 12 million passport and approximately 65 million Indians held a valid passport at the end of 2015. To meet this increased demand for a passport the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched the passport Sava Project ( PSP ).
Mandatory online Payment before Booking Appointment
Online payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at passport Seva Kendra(s) under this Passport Office.
Here is the process how to make payment briefly for booking passport appoinment. If you are new to this blog then please go through our previous blog so that you will know how to register yourself in passport seva website and apply new passport or re-issue of passport.
Online payment can be made using any one of the following modes
- Credit/Debit Card ( Master Card & Visa)
- Internet Banking ( State Bank of India(SBI) and Associate Banks only )
- SBI Bank Challan
Applicants applying under tatkaal need to pay only the fee as applicable under normal Category while making online payment. The balance fee as applicable for tatkaal will be payable in “Cash” at Passport Seva Kendra/Passport Office, once Tatkaal application is accepted by passport officails.
To pay using Credit/ Debit Card OR Internet Banking
Step 1. Click the “ Schedule Appointment” link, select the appointment quota ( I,e. Tatkaal or normal Quota) (required only for Tatkaal ARN cases ) select the desired passport Seva Kendra, and click the Next>button.
Step 2. Click the pay and Book Appointment button to redirect to state Band of India’s Multi Option Payment System( MOPS)
Step 3. Select the Mode of Payment (NET BANKING or CARD PAYMENTS), follow the instructions and make payment. Please do not click the Bank button or refresh the page, as this may lead to failure of transaction.
Step 4. Once the payment is successful, an appointment will be booked automatically for the selected Passport Seva Kendra and the “Appointment Confirmation” screen of PSP Portal will be displayed.
Step 5. Take a printout of the Appointment (ARN) Receipt, and carry it along while visiting the Passport Seva Kendra on the given appointment date/time.
To pay using a Challan
Step 1. Generate and print SBI Bank Challan through the “Pay using Challan link
Step 2. Submit the Challan along with indicated application fee at the nearest SBI branch after at least three hours of Challan generation.
Step 3. Payment will be reffected after at least two working days of depositing the fee in the SBI branch Click the “Track Payment Status” link to track payment status.
Step 4. If payment status is displayed as success, click the “Schedule Appointment “ link to schedule an appointment.
Step 5. Select the Appointment Quota (i.e. Tatkaal Quota or Normal Quota( required only for Tatkaal ARN cases), select the desired Passport Seva Kendra, and click the Book Appointment button. An appointment ( if available ) will be booked automatically for the selected Passport Seva Kendra.
Step 6. Take a printout of the Application (ARN) Receipt, and carry it along while visiting the Passport seva Kendra on the given appointment date/time.
Online Payment will remain valid for one year from the first appointment date. The paid fee will be forfeited if applicants do not submit application at PSK within this period.
- Reschedule/Cancel an Appointment
- Once am appointment at passport Seva Kendra is confirmed, it can be reschedule/cancelled only two times within a year of first appointment date.
- Applicants who have booked an appointment earlier ( before introduction of the Online payment facility) and want to reschedule it now, will also need to make online payment of indicated application fee to do so.
- PAYMENT ONCE MADE FOR AVAILING PASSPORT SERVICESWILL NOT BE REFUND
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