Indian Passport Processing Times
Your processed application will be returned to you in your chosen way. You should allow 2 to 3 days transit time for courier-returned applications. Transit times differ by type of service chosen, location of delivery, service provider and also account for public holidays.

If the prior approval is required from authorities in India or any other Passport Issuing Authority other than the office where the application is made, the processing time would be in weeks or even months.

Processing of applications by mail generally takes a week longer than the normal processing time.

  • Washington DC:
    Fresh / Reissue / Renewal / Correction of Passport
    • Minimum 1 - 3 week (If your case is referred for clearance then the processing time may increase to 6 Weeks or more).


  • New York, NY:
    Regular processing time: Additional 10 days

  • San Francisco, CA:
    Regular processing time 2-3 Weeks

  • Chicago, IL:
    • Regular processing time: 4 weeks
    • Lost and Damaged Passport: Minimum 3 - 6 weeks (If Original passport details are traceable in the data base, if details are not traceable then the process may be longer than normal and may take up to even 3 months or more).


  • Houston, TX
    • Fresh / Reissue / Renewal / Correction of Passport
    • Minimum 1 - 3 week (If your case is referred for clearance then the processing time may increase to 6 Weeks or more).


  • Atlanta, GA
    • Regular Processing time : 6 to 8 weeks.
    • In case passport is handwritten and referred for clearance: Additional 4 weeks
    • Lost/damaged passport: 7 to 9 weeks - If passport details are traceable in online database. ( If details are not available and clearance is required from original Passport Issuing Authority- Only after receipt of clearance)
    • No Legal Status/Passport expired more than 3 years: No Fixed time frame (Varies on case to case basis)


Note: The Processing time mentioned above is a general processing time however this processing time is dependent on various factors and may vary from time to time. Processing time mentioned above, do not include time taken by courier companies to deliver the passport. Incomplete/ Incorrect applications will increase the processing time and applicants will need to comply with any changes in the procedure that may occur during this time. Passport application center will not be liable for any claims of inconvenience or penalties should applicant need to make changes to their travel plans owing to the delays and/or any inconvenience caused due to any rejections.