How to apply Tatkal Passport in India
If you plan to travel abroad for work, studies or for vacations and do not have a passport yet, you should apply for a passport well in advance. However, if you need to travel urgently within few days only, the only option you are left is to apply Tatkal Passport in India.
Tatkal service for passport is available on special grounds, where the authorities validate that a passport is instantly required on validated conditions. If you are applying for a Tatkal passport, you would have to pay additional fee over the normal fee that is required for passport. The additional amount of fee for Tatkal service is Rs 2,000. (as of 6th May 2015)
You can apply Tatkal passport in India through both online and offline methods. The process to apply Tatkal passport in India is more or less the same as that of a regular passport application. The only change would be that you would have to select Tatkal passport in your form and would have to pay an additional fee of Rs 2,000.
List of additional Information required to apply Tatkal Passport in Inda
Moreover, following are the list of documents that would be required in addition to the regular documents while applying for Tatkal passport in India:
- Name of the applicant
- Birth Date
- Passport Number, if any
- Date of Issue
- Place of Issue
- Date of Expiry
- Specific reason for which applying through Tatkal service
Time taken for deliverance in case of Tatkal Passport In India
Tatkal passport in India means the passport would be made keeping in mind the urgency of the situation of the applicant. Hence, the time taken for a Tatkal passport is quite short, i.e. one to three working days. This happens in case of fresh and normal passport cases.
In certain cases such as application on behalf of a minor, name change (major), adoption, duplicate passport, etc., the time taken may be well extended to more than a month after submission of the form. It is noteworthy here that the time taken often depends on police verification process and the government holidays that fall within the duration.
Who is eligible for Tatkal passport in India?
Anyone on emergency grounds can apply for a Tatkal passport and state the reason why they are applying for the Tatkal service. However, the approval of application in case of Tatkal service lies solely with the passport office.
If a passport is damaged and you want to travel urgently, can you apply Tatkal Passport service?
There are two possible situations here. First situation could be that your passport is little damaged and your photograph and other details are inferable. In that case you can apply Tatkal passport service if you have an urgency to travel abroad.
However, if your passport has been damaged absolutely and neither your photograph, nor any information is visible, you can’t apply for the Tatkal service. In that case, you need to undergo the normal process of passport.