Dummy’s Guide to a Minor Passport

August 21, 2010

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:

4.1 Passport
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.

Useful links:
Indian Passport - Official website
Few points for a Chennai application
Apply for a fresh Passport - Official version
Immihelp - Passport for a minor
Naveen Kapoor’s blog

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25 Responses to “ Dummy’s Guide to a Minor Passport ”

  1. lata on August 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Lucky guy,getting his passport even before he can sign and face verification hassles.

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  3. B K CHOWLA on August 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    While overseas, we got the minor’s PP

  4. xylene on August 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Now the Passport dept gives fresh passports if you would want to enter your spouse name. Previously it was done in the same passport and they charged only 300. Nows its 1000 + each.

    I guess getting a passport for minor kid is hassle free, the best part that they have a separate queue for minor passports . whew ! I got my kids done in an hours time.

  5. Upasana on August 28, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Wow I like your blog!!

    And true…Once a desi. Always a desi.



    • amreekandesi on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

      Thanks Upasana!

  6. Kiran on August 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Such a comprehensive list. Thanks for the heads up ;)

  7. Mee on September 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Our systems are anal! Makes me supremely angry but sadly either u comply or no way out…:(

  8. rajinder on September 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    comprehensive guide for getting passport for minor child.
    Thanks for this post as it is quite useful.

  9. pozycjonowanie on September 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Look nice. Indian passport. very imprtant information

  10. Gaurav on October 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Lol! My kid is totally fucked as I got him a Chinese passport. As he was born in china. I thought can change later. Well god knows how much fucking money I would have to pay to get it done.

  11. Shikhar on September 4, 2011 at 11:48 am


    Please help!!!

    I am trying to get tatkal passport for my kid (4 month). I have Online application and supporting documents as:
    1) Annexure I (two copies on 10rs stamp paper)
    2) Annexure H (2 copies on plane paper)
    3) Birth certificate
    3) My and my wife passport
    4) My address prof (not of my wife) as pan card, driving license
    5) Marriage certificate

    I have few questions:
    a) Non of us have spouse name on our passport however surname is same and we have marriage certificate. Will this be problem?

    b) On passport application form, do I need to sign on first page? or my kid dhumb impression is only required?

    c) Is there any other certificate I am missing other then Annexure I , H and homy many copes I need to take.?


    • amreekandesi on September 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      a) Not having the spouse’s name on the passport should not be a problem. We didnt have it.

      b) I think both, but they will tell you. You will need to take the kid along.

      c)Everything i remember is listed here. One copy might be sufficient. That said, different RPOs seem to work differently - check if yours are finicky about anything specific.

    • Raj on December 26, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Hi Shikhar,

      Can you please share if you are had any issue not having spouse name in either of passport and sirname match (same case for me)
      please reply.

  12. nitin nimbalkar on November 2, 2011 at 4:43 am


    My wife’s passport has her surname as before marriage(chavan) and in my daughter’s birth certificate has my wife’s surname as after marriage (Nimbalkar).

    I am applying for my daughter’s passport now.

    Will there be any issue because of difference in wife’s surname in her passport and daughter’s birth certificate?

    If this a problem; what I need to do to get my daughter’s passport?

    • Ganesh on January 31, 2014 at 3:23 am

      You could submit a copy of your marriage certificate along with your daughter’s passport application. I assume your wife has her maiden name on the marriage certificate.

  13. Umesh on June 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    ********** LATEST UPDATE ***************

    don’t go to the passport.gov.in for any online application

    Pls visit the passportindia.gov.in website as only the forms there are getting accepted

    Pls pls be careful else you will have to make multiple visits to the passport office

    I have just returned from the passport office in Pune (so Pune passport applicants pls make note)


  14. FA on August 22, 2012 at 4:36 am

    funfilled comprehensive reply.. Thanks ! It was a stress buster reading after a long day at work :)

  15. Sameer on September 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Wow! what a way to write such comprehensive guide. It’s fun! specially i like most.
    “Try to get edible ink because that thumb is going to go into the mouth as soon as the form is attended to.” :)

    Thanks for the useful info.

  16. Sanish kokkodan on July 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    This info was really very helpful for me…
    bt i have a doubt..
    Iam 17 years old. Iam applyin online for tatkal passport.
    I have made the annexure I with notary and all.
    but for annexure H they have specified “ON A PLAIN PAPER”.
    does that mean the A4 size paper or the green coloured legal paper?
    and my another doubt is..can i create annexure H on myself as per the given format?

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  18. vandita on August 19, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Need help…consider this as a distress request..
    We are applying for our baby’s passport but facing some issues
    1. My passport (pp) carries my maiden name n address
    2 was told its necessary to get spouse name inserted in pp. Is it??
    3. My baby’s birth certi carries my husband’s surname.
    4. My baby was born in city A but we stay in city B but right now we are in city A which is our hometown. So is thst a problem?????
    It would be great if someone can share their experience or suggest
    Oh yes want to apply in tatkaal ……phew sooo much…why cant they make things lil less complicated.


  19. surabhi gupta on November 20, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I need to apply for my newborn baby’s passport. My husband has already left for abroad and will not be able to attend the passport office.
    what specific documents do I need in this case apart from
    1. Annexure H on plain paper
    2. passport copies
    3.address proof
    4. photographs.

  20. Sandeep on April 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm


    I need few information regarding minor (my kid’s - 2 years old) passport.

    I want to apply for his passport in tatkaal mode. I am residing in abroad(UK). My wife, she is in india and she has passport with my name. I want to know what are required document is needed to apply kid passport in Ghaziabad.

    I have following documents:

    My Passport copy attached myself
    Wife passport(Endorsed my name)
    Child Birth Certificate
    Address Proof
    Marriage Certificate
    Sworn Affidavit (UK Mission)

    Please let me know if any gazetted officer letter required to apply in tatkaal scheme. or any other document is required except these which i mentioned above.

    Thanks in advance.

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