PIO Card Documents
It is mandatory to submit two sets of all documents. Submit the documents in the order listed below. You may be asked to provide additional documents that are not mentioned below.
  1. Order form:
    Applicable only for the jurisdiction that process PIO Card through Cox & Kings Global Services (which is at least the entire United States):

    Complete the CKGS Order Form and print it.

  2. Additional Particulars form:
    Applicable only for the jurisdiction that processes OCI through Cox & Kings Global Services (which is at least the entire United States):

    Complete the Additional particular form and print it.

  3. Application form:
    Download Fillable Form.

    As handwritten forms are not accepted, you must type in the form on your computer before printing it.

    Fill an entire form except signature and photograph, make a copy and then put a signature (or thumb impression if the application is unable to sign) and paste a photo on each copy.

    Please make sure to write your day time phone number in the application.

    • Applicant's signature under the photograph and specimen signature:
      If your child is below the 5 years of age, thumb impression (left for boys and right for girls) is fine. For any child 5 years and above, signature of the child is mandatory (Complicated signature is not required. Just writing name is enough). In any case, the signature of parent is not allowed.

    • Parents/Legal Guardian signature:
      In case of application for minor child, both parents should sign and it must be notarized.

    • Father's signature:
      Father must sign under the Declaration section on the last page.

    • Do not use a thumb impression and sign in the same box. All thumbprints should be in black or blue ink. There are total four places to sign in the PIO card application. The application will be rejected, if any of the signature or thumbprint is outside of the boxes.

    • Third page of PIO application form must be notarized for minors.

  4. Passport:
    Original US passport (non-US and non-Indian passport for non-US citizens).

    Additionally, photocopies of the following pages:
    • Information page that contains the picture and basic details of the passport.
    • Endorsement/amendment pages. That is, for 24 pages US passport, copy of pages 22, 23, 24. For 28 pages US passport, copy of pages 25, 26, and 27.

    If you are applying for minor child(ren), and if parents are naturalized, also submit:
    If you have foreign (non-Indian) passports that have a valid Indian visa, you should send them as well. Valid Indian visas will be cancelled and the foreign passports will be returned to you.

  5. Photograph:
    Four photographs.

    Do not wear glasses in the photo.

    Photograph instructions
    Instructions on getting the photographs

    One to be pasted on each application (first on original and second on the copy). Do not staple rest of the photographs but provide along with the application.

  6. Birth certificate:
    For all applicants that are born abroad (outside India), a photocopy of birth certificate or any government issued document that shows parents name, date of birth and nationality.

  7. Naturalization certificate:
    Copy of naturalization certificate, as appropriate.

  8. Proof of former Indian citizenship or Indian origin

  9. Proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship:
    Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender Certificate, as appropriate.

    If required, you can just send the renunciation documents and the fees along with the application, instead of first getting the surrender certificate.

  10. Spouse documents:
    If you are applying for PIO on the basis that your spouse is of Indian origin, you must submit the following documents:
    • One of the following:
      • Your spouse's original Indian passport and proof of renunciation, or

      • A copy of your spouse's PIO card

    • A notarized copy of your marriage certificate.

    To be eligible, the marriage must have taken place more than a year before the date of application.

    If the spouse is a non-US passport holder, proof US legal status must be provided.

  11. Proof of address

  12. Proof of name change

  13. Legal status:
    If you are non-US citizen, provide a copy of one of the following:
    Non-US citizens who are applying for their minor children must also provide their US legal status.

    Do not send as original document as they can't be held responsible for loss or damage to original documents.

  14. Address in India:
    If the address in India is different from the one in the Indian passport, please provide proof in r/o new address.

  15. Fees:
    As described in the fees section.

  16. Prepaid return shipping envelope:

    If applying for renunciation certificate at the same time as visa, send two envelopes instead.

  17. Minor applicants:
    For minors under the age of 18 years, please complete parental authorization form for minors.

  18. If you are applying for a duplicate PIO card in lieu of a lost or damaged PIO card, read about getting the duplicate PIO card.