Dummy’s Guide to a Minor Passport
Alright, this is going to be one of those posts you should immediately bookmark. It is so epic it’s almost a public service announcement.
This post will tell you how to get a passport for your minor child. An Indian passport, to be precise. We don’t do China.
Let’s start with a little checklist. If you say no to any of the following, then this is not for you.
1. Are you Indian? By Indian we refer to the country of Pillai and Kalmadi, not Pocahontas and Crazy Horse.
2. Do you have a child?
3. Is the child less than 18 years old?
4. Was the child born in India? (Please refer to first question.)
Alright, so we have established that you are an Indian who has a child less than 18 years, which makes him a minor. (Which also means that you don’t have a life and are on track to baldness and/or craziness, but that’s besides the point.)
Now why would you need a passport for such a little precious thing? Tick the one that applies.
1. He has entered that NASA wala contest along with a million kids, and you are confident his solar system model will land him that trip to the land of H1B visas.
2. His International school has a trip planned to Egypt over the upcoming summer vacation, and you dont have the option of saying no without making a shrupnakha out of your darling. (‘naak katwa diya’)
3. You want to take him on a phoren trip while he can still travel without a ticket, which i believe is for children less than two years.
4. <Insert your own weird reason that, frankly, nobody cares about.>
Here’s what happens next.
Stage 1: Denial
Establish whether this is really required.
Can the school be changed? Will DRDO work instead of NASA? Will Mahabalipuram substitute for Egypt? It is very important that careful thought be given to this stage, because if you can nip this in the bud, you save yourself a lot of hassle.
Stage 2: Planning
Alright, so you didnt try hard enough. Now suffer. Tell your bosses that over the next month you will need a few leaves from work.
Stage 3: Documents
To get a passport for a minor child, you need the following documents
1. Duly filled passport application
2. Original birth certificate of the child.
3. Passport photographs. (Not yours. The kid’s)
4. Two address proofs for the parents. Not two each. Two overall. These address proofs can be:
4.2 Driving license
4.3 Pan card
4.4 Ration card: If you still have a full head of hair you probably dont know what this is.
4.5 Bank statements from a nationalized bank. And no, ICICI is not a nationalized bank, in case you didnt know.
5. Copies of passports of both parents
6. Duly notarized Annexure I. We were told to get this on a 10 Rupee stamp paper.
7. Duly completed Annexure H (Declaration of applicant parent). This will be self filled, by the parents.
8. If you apply for a Tatkal passport (which gets delivered within two weeks of application), then you may be asked for an application on plain paper requesting for a Tatkal passport for your child.
9. A marriage certificate (of the parents, duh!) will be helpful.
Some websites mention a verification certificate for the child. We weren’t asked for one, though we did have it ready. This needs to be attested by a government officer.
Also, the fact that the mother’s surname as per her passport was still her maiden name did not cause problems. Neither did the fact that we hadn’t got her name added to my passport.
Remember to carry originals of all documents.
Now getting all this material together may be easier said than done. Once everything is ready, lets prepare for the trip to the local RPO
Stage 4: The Application
Never assume that since this is a minor child he doesn’t need to go. My experience was in Ghaziabad, and they definitely want to see the baby. Take him along. Even if your RPO doesn’t require his attendance, take him. (The baby can be leveraged on application day – nobody wants to make a baby cry.)
Make sure the application is completed. Get the baby to sign at all required places. If he is like normal babies he will be unable to do so. Get an ink pad and get his thumb impressions instead. Try to get edible ink because that thumb is going to go into the mouth as soon as the form is attended to.
Get the baby to sign at all required places.
There will be a specific counter for the tatkal applications. At Ghaziabad, they gave us our number in line and asked us to sit. No real standing in line. Once the number came, we met the officer who inspected the documents and pointed out the missing ones, as noted in the list above.
All done, went in again. This time everything was in order. Got directed to the other gentleman in the same room, who did some entries in their register, made a file, and asked us to make the payment.
Payment of Rs 2100 (1500 + 600) will be required. I didn’t check, but very likely they will not accept credit cards. In return you get a receipt with an application number, which can be used to check the application status at their website.
A week (or two) later, the passport will be there. The postman will need some reward for his troubles, and you are all set.