Who doesn’t have a passport these days? But one needs to ask whether the current passport issue process can be simplified or not?
Various proposals have come in the time but apparently, none of them seemed to be worth for the Passport department to implement them. And they still follow the same old method. You need to approach a regional passport office to submit the passport application along with required documents. The next stage will be a police report in which a police office will visit the address mentioned in the application form to verify everything is correct and that the applicant has no police cases (if he mentioned as ‘No police cases’ in the application). After which the report will again be sent back to the passport office and then the passport will be allotted and dispatched by EMS Speed post courier.
If you live in Cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore etc where the regional passport office is located, you can expect the whole process to be completed with in 20 days, if other wise it may take over a month.
Al though the process of application isn’t changed, at least the Passport Status can now be known with a single SMS.
Earlier, you had to visit the Passport website to know your passport status.
Now with the SMS procedure, all you have to do is send an SMS to the number 9493555577 (Only for Andhra Pradesh applicants) and get your status report.
When you apply for passport in the passport office or anywhere else you’ll be given a file reference number. You have to send that reference number along with the year of application for eg. 08 or 09 to the above phone number and a reply SMS comes with the status report with in 12 seconds (that’s what it promises).
You can also track online, at Passportindia.gov.in, using the Track application status link. You will have to use your file number and your date of birth.