- Remembering your passport expiry date will be hassle-free now as you will get text reminders for passport renewal.
- Your Passport Seva Kendra or office will send you two reminders by SMS.
NEW DELHI : Since many people forget to renew their passports on time, Passport Seva Kendras or offices have started sending out reminder alerts before the expiry of their passport.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said SMSes are being sent to passport holders before expiry of their passport starting September 2019. Two SMS are being sent to the concerned passport holders – one before 9 months and another before 7 months of the date of expiry of their passport.
“This has been initiated by the ministry as a citizen friendly proactive service delivery measures to the valid passport holders. As part of the SMS, citizens are also informed about the authenticate website of the Ministry www.passportindia.gov.in for online submission of application related to passport services,” MEA said.
Most countries allow people to travel with passports with a minimum validity of six months and travellers often realise that their passport is about to expire only at the last minute while booking their flight tickets.
An ordinary passport for adults is valid for 10 years from the date of issue and can be renewed for another 10 years while the validity of a minor’s passport is restricted to five years or till they attain the age of 18, whichever is earlier.
Procedure for renewal of passport :
- Go to the official website. Click Register now and register your name. Create Login ID and Password.
- A link will be sent to the email ID entered, click on it and activate your account.
- Login to the online portal of Passport Seva Kendra with your login ID and password.
- Now choose one of the new passport and passport renewal options.
- Download the form and fill in the information. Double check the filled information.
- Now upload the form. Select your nearest Passport Seva Kendra and choose the time as per your convenience.
- Click on the Print button and print the application receipt which contains the ANR number and the receipt number.
- Now visit the Passport Seva Kendra with the complete documents according to the time and day.