The government of India has added new features in the “mPassportSeva” app and will now allow citizens to apply for fresh passports from the app itself from anywhere in country. This mobile app was first released on July 11, 2013 and has been recently updated on June 5, as per the app history on Google Play. On the occasion of the ‘Sixth Passport Seva Divas’ on June 26, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the new developments.The app is available for free download on both Android and iOS and has garnered over 1 million downloads on Android. Note that the app is released by ‘Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division’ and not by any other government agency. There are several fake versions of the app on Android, so, be sure to download the right app.
What are the new services?
The updated version of the “mPassportSeva” app now allows users to apply for a fresh passport along with PCC form filing, online payment for the application form, appointment scheduling/rescheduling or cancellation functionality. Additionally, citizens can apply for a re-issue of a new passport in lieu of an existing passport for any of the following reasons: change in existing personal particulars, validity expired within 3 years or due to expire, validity expired more than three years ago, exhaustion of pages, damaged passport and lost passport.
Other services include — issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) along with background verification for Global Entry Program (GEP).
How to use the mPassportSeva app to apply for a passport on your mobile?
Note that there no separate process to apply for a passport via mPassportSeva app exclusively. The process is exactly similar to the existing system that is being followed by ‘Passport Seva’ website. In other words, there is no change in the application, documentation or verification process of getting an Indian passportand it’s just that the mPassportSeva app is a new mode for making the task easier. The mobile app has a new interface and here is how to apply for a fresh passport from the app:
*Tap on New User Registration after opening the app.
* Select the Passport Office from the list as per the city in which you are residing.
* Enter personal details like name, date-of-birth, email id.
* Think about a unique login ID and check for its availability and then add a strong password. (This process is similar to opening an email ID). You can also keep your email ID as a login ID for the app.
*Add a security question and answer. This will come handy when you forget your password.