Indian Passport Application
Effective May 7, 2013, Indian Embassy and Consulates have outsourced passport application services to BLS International. (Please note that this service has NOT been outsourced to Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS), unlike India Visa, OCI, PIO, Renunciation services which have been transferred to CKGS from May 21, 2014) You must apply at the India passport application center and NOT at the Embassy/Consulate.

Unlike earlier passports, new passports that are being issued do not carry "ECNR" endorsement because ECNR is included by default.

Application Procedure
  • Documents:
    Collect Required Documents

  • Application:
    Submit the documents in person or by mail, to BLS Internatioanl, according to your jurisdiction.

    Application Tips

    • Application in Person:
      Carry originals of all supporting documents whose photocopies are enclosed with the application. The originals have to be presented to the Consular Officer for cross checking.

      Present the original print out of the completed application with all supporting documents at the application center at the time of your appointment.

      The application can be submitted in person either by the applicant or immediate family member of the applicant, with a proper authority letter and proof of relationship.

      In case you are applying for minor child, both parents have to present themselves at the counter. If one of the parents is unable to attend, an authority/consent letter must be given by the parent not attending, authorizing the other parent to apply alone.

    • Application by Mail:
      Photocopy of all supporting documents should be notarized and attached to the application. Any original document submitted with the application does not need to be notarized.

      Send the application irrespective of the date of appointment generated on the application. You can send the application and the documents as soon as possible.

      India passport application center oes not have a mechanism to acknowledge applications received by mail. You should therefore send the applications by trackable means such a certified mail with return receipt, express mail or private courier. The Consulate is not responsible for documents lost in mail or misplaced by Travel Agent/Third Party. Whether you send the application by regular mail, certified mail, express mail, FedEx, UPS or any other way, all the applications are treated equally.

      Your passport will be returned to the address given on the application. If your address changes while your application is in process, please file the change of address form with the USPS (United States Postal Service) and arrange for mail forwarding, as India passport application center is unable to change the address for the return of a passport.

      Send the application irrespective of the date of appointment generated on the application. You can send the application and the documents as soon as possible.

      For lost/stolen passports and tatkal passport, mailing application is not an option.

  • Processing and Tracking