Know Indian Passport Reference File Number

Why is the Indian Passport Reference File Number Necessary?

The Indian Passport Reference File Number refers to the number that is given to a person at the time of application for a passport. This number is useful for helping people track their passport application status online. It is a unique number that is assigned to the applicant of each passport, and the number is that of the application file for the passport that is submitted to the Passport Seva Kendra or Passport Office. With this unique identifier, authorities can easily verify the applicant’s documents whenever they need.

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It is important to understand that the file number is not the passport number. The latter is present at all times in the Identity page – on the top right hand area. The Passport file number is located at all times at the Address page or the Last page, at the bottom section.

What is the Process of Determining this Number?

The alphanumeric code, that the Passport Reference File Number is, comprises of numbers and alphabets along with the passport application year. This code begins with the letters of the name of that location from which an individual makes an application. It ends with the application year, or the year when the person made the application for the passport.

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For example, if anyone applies for an Indian Passport in Madras in 2018, the code will begin with the letters MASW and terminate with 18. You can find 6 other digits between the code of the alphabet and the code of the number. There will be 12 digit unique numbers in the Passport Reference File Number.

What is the Objective of the Passport Reference File Number?

In some cases, there is a delay in issuing an Indian Passport. This could be due to some issues with the attached documents or some other problems. The intimation given through this code in these cases. Everyone applying for an Indian Passport can make use of the number to find out about their passport application status. Once the status is checked, the applicant can go to the local passport office for handling any issues related to his or her passport application process. The individual can also get a clear idea of when he or she is likely to receive the Indian passport.

When and how the Passport Reference File Number given to an Applicant?

PRF number offered only after a passport application made by an applicant. The applicant supposed to pay the passport processing fee. Then he should submit the passport application. It is after the submission is made that the applicant will be provided with the number.

The number kept safe in a secure location, as it serves as a means to check the passport application status.

How Passport Application Status Tracking is Possible by File No. and Name?

You can easily track the status of your passport application at the Indian Passport Seva website. Once you visit this website, you need to complete these steps:\

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  • Choose “Track Application Status
  • Check the drop-down menu for the Application and choose the option “Passport/PCC/IC
  • You have to type in the application file number as well as the date of birth (DoB) in the fields that have been provided
  • Click on the option “Track Status
  • After completing this, you can look at all the information about your passport. If any more documents asked, you can visit your nearest Passport Seva office and submit the requested ones.

What are the Additional Documents asked for?

Some of the extra documents commonly asked are the following:

  • Proof of education – 10th, 12th and graduation certificate (if completed)
  • Proof of marriage – marriage invitation (if unmarried) or Marriage certificate (if married)
  • Name, phone no and address of two references
  • Proof of Residence, such as Income Tax Assessment Order, Telephone / Water bill, Proof of Gas Connection etc.
  • Original old passport (if any)
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