All Indian citizens who depart or intend to depart from India are required to have a valid passport or travel document. Under the Passports Act 1967, the Government of India may issue different types of passports and travel documents. Applicants in the United States of America are required to apply for their passports through VFS Indian Consular Application centres.
- Your Indian passport establishes your identity in a foreign country. Hence it is important to have it re-issued before the date of expiry. The passport can be submitted for re-issue up to one year before the date of expiry.
- Your Indian passport is a valuable document. It should always be either in your custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by you. If lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Mission and the local police.
- All minors are required to have a separate passport. The old practice of including a child’s name in the Passport of either of the parents has been discontinued.