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Applying for Indian Passport, some tips (non-technology)

Recently I happened to visit passport office, Pune to to renew my passport and to my surprise it got rejected. I said "to my surprise" because while filling up the application form, my wife has done enough homework and ensured couple of times that there is no mistake in it. But then the officer who was scrutinizing the application form rejected in few minutes by saying that I should not have written my parents name in full. Rather it should be just like "last_name first_name" as was in my current passport. But if this is the case, then why its written in the application form "write FULL name"?

During my whole experience, I am putting down few tips which would be useful esp. for Pune based people:
  1. Make sure you take online appointment from http://passport.gov.in 
  2. While filling the application form, if its renewal, make sure you carry EXACTLY same information to the application form as is on your "to be expired" passport. This is very important because any change in that would either need to be furnished with appropriate proof or you will have to be ready to revisit the office!
  3. Typically appointment time would be 10:00am on any working day (they work 5 days of the week). So make sure you reach to office (located on Senapati Bapat Road) by 9:30am so that you can be in front position in the long queue.
  4. Don't carry laptop like stuff in your bag because you will be asked to keep your bags outside literally on the open ground.
  5. See if you can have one person accompanied as it will be useful to manage additional photocopies or other outside stuff if required, while you are standing in the queue.
  6. If you are adding your spouse' name, you must have marriage proof.
  7. All the documents should be in set of two with self attested.
  8. In case of dispute, don't argue with the passport officer as it will be meaningless. Rather keep patience and have your actions goal oriented!
  9. Come prepared with one full day leave as half day may not be sufficient.
  10. If you don't have time, there is alternative. You can catch some agent there and he will charge you just INR900 and then even your presence is not required to submit the application.
  11. After submitting the application, it takes around 15 days for police verification and then after another 15 days if aal izz well, you would receive the passport. voilĂ !
Hope this info is useful for someone who can save their time

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