A passport is a very important document which should be kept very carefully. However, in the off chances it can get damaged or lost as well. This is a human nature that sometimes we become careless with these documents. There is nothing to be worried about because you can apply for the duplicate passport as well.
What should you do when your passport is lost?
It doesn’t matter if you lost your passport or it’s stolen. With the necessary and appropriate documentation, you can apply for the duplicate passport. First step is to report to the nearest police station about the lost and get the copy of FIR.
After that, you will go to the Passport Seva Kendra or you can apply for the duplicate passport online. It would be easy for you to get the passport of you remember the issuance date of you old passport. If you don’t know the expiration date then it’s not a big issue.
What should you do when the passport is damaged?
There are 2-3 different categories of the damaged passport, Readable, and damaged beyond the recognition. If your passport is damaged then you can apply for the renewal with the Taktal service as well. If your passport is damaged beyond recognition, then you will have to apply with the standard procedure just like the regular passport.
Lost or damage in between a visit
In the event that you misplace your passport in the course of traveling, you will then be able to travel with a certificate known as an emergency certificate. However, this certificate is issued by the respective post or mission of that nation which you are traveling to.
A duplicate passport will not be issued to you if you lost if you lost it 2 or more than 2 times. On the off chance that you are a constant loser, in this manner, you will be subjected to addressing and questioning. In cases this way, a meeting with the passport authorities is necessary before applying for another passport.
Application procedure for damaged or lost passport
Individuals who have damaged or lost passport will have to apply for re-issuance of passport in case if the passport is comprehensible damaged. The application process for re-issue is indistinguishable as the normal procedure. On the off chance that the damage of this passport is to the point of being unrecognizable, at that point you will have to apply again for a regular Passport.
Documents requirements for damaged or missing passport
You will need the below mentioned documents in order to apply for the duplicate passport.
- Current address proof
- Date of birth proof
- Affidavit stating how and where you lost it or the reason of damage passport (Annexure F)
- Original copy of police report
- Attested copies of first and last 2 pages of the passport if available
Annexure F’ for damaged passport
Annexure F is an affidavit expressing how and where the passport gets harmed or lost, and it’s simply like a self-announcement frame (in the name of the candidate) to acquire a new passport to replace a damaged or lost passport. Alongside the first passport and archives application, Annexure F must be filed and attached while applying for the re-issuance of passport underneath the lost/damaged class.
The questions which must be answered in the affidavit Annexure F’
- What were the conditions when the passport gets damaged or lost?
- Did you lost the passport before?
- Did you avail any allowance?
- Are you an Indian residing in abroad, provide your address proofs and accounts?
- Have you been deported on the expenses of Indian embassy?
After answering these questions very carefully, you will have to file this document with all the documents. Make sure to sign the document before submitting.
The online application form
You can apply online for the duplicate passport. The process is same as the regular passports perhaps you will have to provide some different documentation.
You will apply for the duplicate passport with the right category of lost or damage. You will pay the fee and book and appointment. At this time, you can also avail the Taktal service which is up to you. If you can pay the extra amount to get the passport soon, you can do it.
The normal fee for the 36 pages duplicate passport is 3000 INR and for 60 pages, the fee is 3500 INR.