Indian Passport Renewal Process in USA - Path2USA (2023)

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Indian Passport Renewal Process in USA - Path2USA (1)

If you are holding an Indian passport which is about to expire soon or all the pages are filled, you may need to apply for a passport reissue/ renewal. In such cases, you will require a new passport or valid extension. To renew your passport, you have to fill a new passport application form. New passports can be reissued for 10 years for adults. Forminors (under 18 Years of age)the passport is given for 5 years. Please note that your old passport will be returned to you. However, if you have any valid visas stamped on the passport they will not be canceled. Therefore, you may need to travel both passports in hand to reflect the valid visa, as well as, the renewed passport.


Passport renewal service is not available for B1/B2 visa holders and temporary visitors to USA.

Important Information about Indian Passport Renewal Process

  • All the Indian Passport services are handled by VFS Global ( Individual Indian consulates will no longer accept passport related services directly. All communications and applications associated with Indian passport renewal must be through VFS Global .
  • All applicants for passport related activities have to fill an onlineOrder Formwhether applying in person or by mail. The application has to include a copy of the form. This is to enable VFS real-time tracking of the applications.

How to Apply for Passport Renewal

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    Consular Jurisdiction

    Where to apply for Indian passport renewal?

    • Following are the details with applicable processing time, addresses, and jurisdiction based on your residence in USA. Please apply accordingly.
    VFS GlobalAddress/Contact informationConsular JurisdictionProcessing time
    Washington DC

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 320,, Washington, DC 20005, USA

    Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West VirginiaMinimum 1-3 weeks. Minimum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    New York

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 145 W 45th street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.Additional 10 days

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 180 N Stetson Avenue,20th Floor, Suite# 2075, Chicago, Illinois 60601

    Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and WisconsinMinimum 4 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    Houston (TX)

    SubCenter Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 1001 Texas Ave #550, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska1-3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
    San Francisco (CA)

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 228 Grant Ave, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA – 94108

    Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming2-3 weeks

    Center Timing: 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
    Passport pickup: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

    Address: 5607, Glenridge Drive NE, Suite No.725, Atlanta, GA-30342

    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands6-8 weeks.
    4 additional weeks if the passport is referred for clearance.


    Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:

    • Copy of theVFS Order Form
    • A Filled and SignedChecklist. Print the checklist, tick it, and arrange the application in that order before submitting the form in person or by post.
    • Online Application Formfilled and signed by the applicant.
    • 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.
    • 3 recent (2″ X 2″ color, front facing against a white background) color photographs. 8 photographs are required in case the passport is expired for more than 3 years. Glue one photo on the first page of the online application form in the space provided. The second one has to be glued on the Nationality Verification Form and the rest have to be stapled to the last page of the application form. See photo requirements.
    • Attach a notarized color copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or copy of legal status in the US such as H1B/ B1/ B2 Visa, whichever is applicable.
    • Attach the original passport. If the passport is less than 5 years old, attach the previous passport too.
    • Attach photocopies of the first 5 pages and last 2 pages of the current passport.
    • Applicable Fee that is non-refundable.

    Notarized Documents Required:

    If applying in person or via mail, please ensure that all photocopies of supporting documents are notarized. Notarized photocopies of the following are required:

    • Notarized Color photocopy of current valid US visa on passport or Green card or Employment Authorization Card or I- 797 approval notice documents. Student visa holders must attach the I-20 document.
    • If your visa has expired, or you have the receipt notice for extension on the visa, a notarized no status affidavit along with notarized photocopies of the valid passport and the green card of two witnesses are required. 7 Copies of Nationality Verification Form are also required. Each copy must have an original photograph affixed on it. This is only for New York, San Francisco, and Houston applicants. Washington, Atlanta, Houston, and Chicago applicants must go to the consulate in person for an interview before applying at their respective passport application center.
    • In case the current passport does not include spouse’s name a notarized photocopy of the marriage certificate is required. A copy of the passport or US ID of the spouse is also required in the application.
    • Female applicants must include notarized affidavit of change in name from maiden to married.
    • Notarized photocopy of the residential proof of the applicant (State ID, Driver’s License, Utility bills, Rental Lease Agreement or Home Mortgage Bill. For applicants above the age of 60 a copy of State ID can be submitted.
    • If the passport is expired for less than 6 months a letter is required from the applicant explaining “why the passport was not renewed in required time frame.” If it is 6 months or more past the expiration date, a notarized affidavit and 7 copies of the Nationality Verification Form are required. Each form must have an original photograph attached to it. Houston Jurisdiction applicants have to submit a 4 points affidavit too.
    • An affidavit form for change of appearance and current notarized photo are required if the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly from the appearance in the current passport.


    Some additional documents may be required. Please check with the Embassy/Consulate/Passport Application Center in your jurisdiction for the required information.

    Submission:All required documents have to be submitted in either a UPS or FedEx envelope only. Specifications of this envelope are available on the VFS website. Any other form of submission is not encouraged. Envelopes can not be altered in any form either. Shipping labels can be printed out of the website. IMPORTANT – Only ONE application per envelope. Multiple applications in one envelope will be rejected.


    Passport Renewal Fee / Re-issue Fee (10 years)

    If applying in person the fee can be paid by credit card. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. A breakdown of the fee structure and the total fee is given below:

    A(Consular Fee)Passport FeesAs per adult / minor and applicable category
    ICWF – Indian Community Welfare Fund$3
    B(VFS Fee)VFS Service Fee$15.50 per application
    Optional FeeCourier Service, text message etc
    Total Payment A+B


    • Payment has to be made separately for each Applicant
    • Convenience charges will apply for Credit Card.
    • Cash will NOT be accepted.
    • Personal Checks will NOT be accepted.
    • If fees are not paid in full, VFS will not be responsible for any delays and consequential charges that you may incur.

    These forms can also be filled on the Indian Consulate website. However, once you the forms are filled out there, you will be redirected back to VFS wherein you click on the “Already Filled “ tab with the Reference number given to you on the government website and continue the process there.

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    How much time it will take to renew Indian passport in USA? ›

    When will my passport be issued? The normal processing time of passport is 3 weeks. Previous passports issued from Passport Issuing Authorities other than San Francisco could take much longer.

    Can passport renewal be rejected? ›

    If you fail to pay the fee in the given time, your application for a passport could be reject. Failure to complete police verification: While you can get the passport even before the police verification is over, the process of the application is not complete till this verification is done.

    Does Indian passport renewal in USA require police verification? ›

    A:You can apply for a re-issue of passport up to 1 year before the expiry OR within three years after the expiry of the existing passport without fresh police verification, provided there is no change in personal particulars and there is clear police report with respect to your previous passport and there is no adverse ...

    How long does it take to renew Indian passport in USA Tatkal? ›

    Tatkal Applications: Five (5) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate. Normal Applications: Thirty (30) working days from the date of receiving the application at the Consulate.

    How Long Does US embassy take to return passport? ›

    If you were advised on the day of your interview that your application is successful, you should allow approximately 7 to 10 working days for your application to be processed. If additional information or documentation was required in your case, you must allow additional time.

    How do I know if my passport is rejected? ›

    How to check your passport application status via phone. Additionally, you can call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (or 1-888-874-7793 if you're hearing-impaired).

    Why would a passport renewal get denied? ›

    There are a number of reasons why the U.S. Department of State can deny your U.S. Passport application or renewal, including: Owing child support. Receiving an IRS taxpayer notice in the mail about having a large overdue unpaid tax debt. Having a previous passport revoked.

    What are reasons for passport denial? ›

    The principal law enforcement reasons for passport denial are a valid unsealed federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court), or a request for extradition.

    How long does it take to get Indian police clearance certificate in USA? ›

    PCC Processing Time

    It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the whole process.

    What will happen if we miss police verification for passport? ›

    If the passport office receives an incomplete or inadequately filled Police Verification report, it will send the report back to the concerned police station for re-filing or completion.

    How many photos are required for Indian Passport renewal in USA? ›

    Total of 2 photos with size 2×2 Inch are required for passport renewal. The photo should have white background and not off-white.

    Do we need to submit original Indian passport for renewal in USA? ›

    You will need to submit your original passport at the time of lodging your application. It is recommended that you complete all required travel and then submit your application for a new passport as, once your passport application is registered for renewal, you will not be able to use your old passport.

    How can I renew my passport quickly? ›

    Ways to apply
    1. Use the Online Premium service.
    2. Use the 1 week Fast Track service.
    3. Call the Passport Adviceline to book and pay.

    Can we renew expired Indian passport in USA? ›

    Can I renew my expired Indian passport in the U.S.? Yes, you can renew your expired Indian passport in the U.S. via VFS Global. If your passport has been expired for more than 3 (three) years, a fresh police verification will have to take place.

    Is Aadhar card mandatory for passport renewal in USA? ›

    Although Aadhaar has become mandatory for many services, it is still an optional document when it comes to the renewal of a passport at PSK. Aadhaar can be used either as proof of date of birth or address. However, it is not the only document that can be used as proof.

    Is Aadhaar card required for passport renewal? ›

    Furnishing of Aadhaar card will expedite processing of passport applications. Aadhaar letter/card or the e-Aadhaar (an electronically generated letter from the website of UIDAI), as the case may be, will be accepted as Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Photo-Identity (POI) for availing passport related services.

    How can I get Indian passport fast? ›

    Tatkaal Passport
    1. Step 1: Register yourself on the official portal of Passport Seva.
    2. Step 2:Login with your ID and password.
    3. Step 3:You will be presented with two options- Fresh and Re-Issue. ...
    4. Step 4:Select 'Tatkaal' option in the scheme type.
    5. Step 5:Download the application form and fill the form.

    Can I pick up my passport from US embassy? ›

    Option 1: Pickup can be done at no charge at the U.S. Embassy without an appointment, between 3 :30 PM and 4 :30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Excluding U.S. and Algerian holidays, the list of holidays is available on our website:

    Do they stamp your passport in USA? ›

    US citizen passports are generally not stamped by CBP. However, officers may even stamp a US passport at the individual's request or at their discretion. Regarding national foreigners, when they enter the US, a CBP officer issues them a passport admission stamp or an I-94 form after inspecting their documents.

    What is the meaning of your passport is still with the US embassy consulate? ›

    Passport Tracking Status

    If your status shows the following message, it means; Your passport is still with the US Embassy or Consulate. Your passport is at the Embassy or Consulate. Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery.

    How do I send an email to the passport office? ›

    Respected Sir, I have to request that due to some problems related to my admission abroad I will have to apply early for the admission process and secondly, they also require a passport for application purposes. (Describe in your own words). But the problem is that my passport is not ready yet.

    How do I check on my passport status? ›

    Check Online

    Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew. During these weeks, your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.

    Do you get a refund if your passport is denied? ›

    Answer: The U.S. Department of State does not refund passport application and execution fees for applicants whose application for a passport was denied. The only fee that may be refunded is the expedite passport fee and that is on a case-by-case basis.

    What happens if they reject your passport photo? ›

    If your photo gets rejected, there is a 90-day threshold to change your photo and replace it with a perfect one that meets all the guidelines and passport photo regulation. If you don't take any step in 90 days, then you again have to apply for passport renewal and pay the fee.

    Why is it so hard to get a passport? ›

    Due to increased demand, a shortage of appointments and delays with the U.S. Post Service, the State Department now says that those applying for a new or renewed passport should expect to wait up to 18 weeks for their document.

    How fast can you get a passport? ›

    Processing Times
    Routine7 to 10 weeks
    Expedited4 to 6 weeks
    Expedited at AgencyMust have international travel within 14 calendar days

    Can police reject passport verification? ›

    A: Passport cannot be issued without police verification in your case. But if you apply under the Tatkaal scheme with required documents, you can be issued a passport on post police verification basis.

    How do I correct a mistake on my passport application? ›

    However, if you find any mistake/error in the particulars printed in the passport booklet as per the application form submitted, please return the passport for necessary rectification at Regional Passport Office concerned.

    What happens when your passport is scanned at the airport? ›

    Travelers are prompted to scan their passport, take a photograph using the kiosk, and answer a series of CBP inspection related questions verifying biographic and flight information. Once passengers have completed the series of questions, a receipt will be issued.

    How can I get Police Clearance Certificate from USA to live in India? ›

    Mail your completed application, including your most recent passport used to complete Registration on Government and VFS Portal, photo, fees, and all requisite documents to the VFS office as stated in the application confirmation letter. You can track your application status online.

    How long it takes for Police Clearance Certificate? ›

    How long does it take before the Clearance Certificate is issued? The average time is approximately 14 working days from the day that the complete application is received at the Criminal Record Centre until the Clearance Certificate is issued.

    How long does it take to get Police Clearance Certificate in USA? ›

    Processing Time[edit]

    Longer than 60 days to process a mail-in (post) request for a police certificate.

    What does police do in passport verification? ›

    Passport verification is conducted by the police station as per the applicant's address and which jurisdiction it falls under. A police officer verifies the details that are submitted in the application form including the applicant's name, age and address.

    Can I travel with tatkal passport without police verification? ›

    Your passport cannot be issued without police verification. You can apply through the Tatkaal scheme along with the required documents. This will enable your passport to be issued on a post police verification basis. 6.

    Do we need physically present for passport police verification Quora? ›

    Yes, its mandatory for the person to be present at current address (specified in the passport application) for police verification.

    How much time does it take for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

    The normal processing time of passport is 3 weeks. Previous passports issued from Passport Issuing Authorities other than San Francisco could take much longer.

    Where can I upload photo for Indian passport renewal in USA? ›

    Go to websites such as ePassportPhoto. Choose the country and the type of document you would like to use the photo for. e.g., India and Overseas Citizenship or the United States and Visa or any other combination you need, and click on 'Get My Free Passport Photos'. Upload the photo and click 'Next'.

    Can I smile in US visa photo? ›

    Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squinting or frowning are not acceptable. When having their photos captured, applicant may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The 'Mona Lisa' smile is recommended. Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant's photo.

    Is police verification required for passport renewal with address change India? ›

    No, police verification is not required for the reissue of passports, provided the application for re-issue is submitted before the expiry of the passport or within 3 years of expiry of the passport.

    Can NRI renew Indian Passport? ›

    For NRIs in India Renewal of Passport in India

    Once you are logged in, opt for Renewal/Reissue Service. while submitting the details. Specify the type of application – Normal or Tatkal. Fill the application form online.

    What does passport application is under review at Indian Embassy Consulate mean? ›

    Passport application is under review at Indian Embassy/Consulate- the application is under process. Your passport has been printed and being forwarded to Embassy/Consulate. The Embassy/Consulate will contact you once they receive the passport for dispatch.

    Is police verification required for minor passport in India? ›

    These documents need to be submitted with your application for police verification after a passport is issued. However, minors below 18 years old do not need to go through police verification.

    What documents should I carry for passport renewal appointment? ›

    Documents Required for Passport Renewal

    Original old Passport. Self-attested copies of the first two and last two pages of the passport. Self-attested copy of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)/Non-ECR page. Self-attested copy of the page of observation, if any, made by the Passport Issuing Authority.

    Will my passport number change after renewal? ›

    So what happens when you renew or update your existing passport details? Your passport number will change, as the number is allocated to the passport rather than the person, when every single document is produced.

    What does police do in passport verification? ›

    Passport verification is conducted by the police station as per the applicant's address and which jurisdiction it falls under. A police officer verifies the details that are submitted in the application form including the applicant's name, age and address.

    What is proof of NRI status? ›

    Documents required to open NRI account

    ID Proof - Photocopy of Valid Passport. ID Proof - Copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN)/ Form 60 (in absence of PAN) Proof of NRI Status - Copy of valid visa/ work permit / Overseas Resident Card.

    Is Aadhaar card mandatory for NRI passport renewal? ›

    Aadhar card is mandatory for EPF withdrawal, transfer etc. Aadhar card has been made compulsory for application as well as renewal of passport. It is also compulsory for NRI and their bank accounts.

    What happens if your Indian passport expires while abroad? ›

    Loss of passport should be immediately reported to the nearest Police Station and to the Passport Office or Indian Mission, if abroad. If required, you can apply for "Re-issue" of passport.

    Why is my passport under review? ›

    You need to check the reason forobjection. If it was due to failure of police verification or improper documentation, etc. you can correct the mistake and apply again. If the reasons are not clear, you can write to the RPO or visit RPO or register a grievance.

    How do I track my passport from US embassy? ›

    You can check the status of your application any time at this website: Please wait at least three business days following your visa interview to check on the status of your application.

    How do I check the status of my passport renewal? ›

    You can call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY) to check on your status. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays. You can use the automated system to check your passport information 24 hours a day.

    Does reissue of passport require police verification? ›

    No PV: Police Verification (PV) is not necessary in case of renewal/reissue of passport, if the passport application is submitted before expiry or within three years of expiry of the Passport, provided the system shows clear PV and nothing adverse is noticed.

    How can I get police clearance certificate from local police station? ›

    How to Get a PCC from a Local Police Station?
    1. Visit your nearest police station.
    2. Answer the queries of a police officer. ...
    3. Submit the self-attested documents mentioned in the official Passport Seva portal.
    4. Pay the requisite fee in cash or through a cheque.
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    Do we need witness for passport police verification? ›

    A: You do not need to worry about this. Apart from your neighbor, any other sane and sober person will be accepted as a witness in the police verification process. The witness is meant to confirm that you are of good character.


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