Tatkal Passport Services

What is “Tatkaal” Service and which categories of applicants are eligible to apply under the Tatkaal Scheme?

Tatkaal Service is a scheme available to passport applicants who need their passports urgently out-of-turn.
Applications accepted under this scheme will be processed outside the line of applications dictated by
the “first in – first out” principle which is central to the working of all passport offices in the country.
We have an upper limit on the number of Tatkaal passports that can be produced on a given day,
due to constraints of staff and equipment.  We need a margin of a minimum of 4-5 working days between the date
of your Tatkaal submission and the required data of delivery. 
Requests for delivery in 1-2 days will not be considered sympathetically, except in cases of medical emergencies.


Depending on the status of your police verification, the passport-issuing authority could grant
a full-validity passport (10 years) or a short validity passport (1 or 2 years), in response to Tatkaal requests.


Approaching our Counter is the only way to get passports urgently/out-of-turn
(before your passport becomes due for delivery under our "first in – first out" procedure). 
Sending e-mails or faxes requesting dispatch of passports “on priority” does not help,
as it contravenes the “first in – first out” principle.  Only in cases the particular series
of files has already been despatched, will e-mail/fax requests be considered,
as part of our grievance redressal mechanism.

 

The following are the categories of applicants eligible to apply under the Tatkaal Scheme:

·        Patients going abroad for medical treatment.

·        Persons traveling abroad due to death of a close relative

·        Students appearing in examinations such as SAT, GRE.

·        Students going abroad to join foreign universities.

·        Businessmen going abroad urgently for trade, conference, trade fairs etc.

·        Blood relative of a person residing abroad who is seriously ill.

·        Close relatives of individuals working abroad.

·        Winners of promotional awards and schemes foreign travel is a prize or incentive.

·        Spouse of official passport holders going abroad and availing companion ticket.

·        Individuals wishing to go abroad to attend marriage of close relatives.

·        Pilgrimages and travels for religious purposes

·        For marriage or honeymoon after marriage

 

How do I apply for a passport directly under Tatkaal scheme and what is the fee applicable?

a)      Submit Form No. 1 duly filled-in.

b)     For fresh passports under Tatkaal, a Verification Certificate (VC) should be enclosed.
(This is, however, not necessary, if your passport was issued at Shimla, and is still valid,
or has expired less than a year ago). (To download the format of a VC, please click
here

c)     Attach documentary proof of urgency

d)     A request in writing for urgent issue of a passport

e)     Join the queue for normal submissions for fresh passports/re-issue.

f)      At the time of submission, inform the official regarding your need to apply for a passport under Tatkaal.

 

The Tatkaal fee schedule is  as follows:

Sl. No.

Service

Normal Delivery Date after applying under Tatkaal

Tatkaal fee

(Rs.)

1

Fresh Passport, with VC

 5 – 7 working days*

1,500/-

2

Reissue cases

 

 

 

 (1) Without VC

 

 

 

 (a) Valid Passport issued at       Shimla

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

 (b)Pasport office Shimla issued passport but expired less than a year ago.

    

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

 (2) With VC

 

 

 

 (a)  PO Shimla issued passport but expired more than a year ago.

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

 (b)  Passports not issued from PO Shimla .

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

3

 Minor

 

 

 

(a)  When Parents are Holding passport

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

(b)  When Parents are not Holding valid passport

Not Available

Not available

4

 Tatkaal service on Passport

 

 

 

 (a) Additional Booklet

5 working days*

1,500/-

 

 

 (b) Lost/ Damaged

5 working days*

2,500/-

5

 Adoption cases

3-5 working days*

NIL

 

* Conditions Apply  
(The delivery date depends on our existing commitments and our staff/resource position on any given day).

Note: Direct Tatkaal applications for re-issue cases, the earlier passports were issued at Shimla – and have expired within the previous one year – do not need a Verification Certificate.

 

do I find the format of a Verification certificate (VC)
and who are the officers authorized to sign it? 

The format of a Verification Certificate is available in Annex. G of the Information Booklet
attached to the passport application form. ThiFs can also be downloaded from our website.
The list of officers authorized to sign, is included in the format. Please click
here to download.

 

I have submitted my passport under the normal procedure, but I now need my Passport urgently. 
Can I convert my application to a Tatkaal application?

It is generally much faster and more convenient to apply directly under the Tatkaal scheme as you,
with a Verification Certificate, but a normal application can also be converted to Tatkaal,
with the following documents:

a)   Documentary proof of urgency (optional)

b)   If your Police Verification Report has not yet reached us at the time of applying under Tatkaal,
then a Verification Certificate (VC) would be required (as per format in Annex G).

c)  Approach Passport Office Shimla in the 3rd floor for the Tatkaal Request Form, indicating the  proposed date of travel.
duly completed..

Note:

1.   We have a limit on the number of tatkaal passports that can be produced on a given day,
due to constraints of staff and equipments.  We need a margin of a minimum of 4-5 working days between
the date of your tatkaal submission and the required data of delivery. Requests for delivery in 1-2 days
will not be considered sympathetically, except in cases of medical emergencies. We require YOUR cooperation
to be able to provide YOU better overall service.

2.   Depending on the status of your police verification, the passport-issuing authority could grant
a full-validity passport (10 years) or a short validity passport (1 or 2 years) in response to tatkaal requests.

3.   Approaching PO Shimla for Tatkaal is the only way to get passports urgently/out-of-turn
(before your passport becomes due for delivery under our first in – first out procedure). 
Sending e-mails or faxes requesting dispatch of passports “on priority” does not help, as it contravenes
the first in – first out principle.  Only in cases the particular series of files has already been despatched, will e-mail/fax requests be considered.

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