In recent years, senior citizens are more likely to travel abroad, either for visiting their children staying there or just to see the world.
Also, as the status of people has improved, most senior citizens are independent and can afford travelling to foreign.
And, we all know how much passport is important for travel. In current system, passport process for older ones is very easy. So, they can easily get their passport at any Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Who can be eligible for Senior Citizen Category?
In India, anyone who is 65-year-old and above is considered as a senior citizen. Despite of that, for passport application, to be qualified as senior citizen, a person need to meet the following requirements:
- A person should be of 65 years or above and you’re not resident of Jammu and Kashmir.
- If you are a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, then men’s age should be 65 years or above. And, women’s age should be 60 years and above.
You’ll be considered as Jammu and Kashmir resident if you fall under any of these below categories:
- If you have born in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Your permeant residence is in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Your current address is in Jammu and Kashmir.
This is not applicable to Indian citizens who are from other states and carrying out their official duty in Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Government.
How to get passport for Senior Citizen?
It’s very easy and quick process for older ones to get their passport. There is no special passport issued to them. An ordinary passport will be provided with validity of 10 years.
- To avail passport, applicant need to apply for passport online by filling application form and paying relevant fees.
- As walk-ins are allowed at Passport Seva Kendra for senior citizens, no need to book appointment online.
- Presence of applicant is must needed while visiting PSK.
- You have to carry ARN (Application Reference Number) when you visit PSK.
- You can choose to get passport with post police verification process.
- Furthermore, a designated counter is there for them so that they don’t have to wait in long queues and process completes faster.
If you’re planning to walk-in without an appointment, you should know the timings of Passport Seva Kendra:
|Working Days||Monday to Friday|
|Working Hours||9.30 AM to 4.30 PM|
|Lunch Break||1.30 PM to 2.00 PM|
|Token Issuance||9.30 AM to 4.00 PM|
You can fill the form online or download it from Passport Seva website. You can also obtain the form at PSK. However, online mode will be easy, fast and less time consuming than offline.
Documents required for Fresh Passport for Senior Citizen
Documents required for fresh passport for senior citizen are the Current Address Proof and Proof of Date of Birth.
However, this is subject to change as per your case as well as type of passport application.
The normal passport applications of first time applicants, presenting details like, Voter ID card, Aadhaar Card, PAN card and an affidavit in format of Annexure-E, will be processed on Post-Police verification basis.
This enables the passport issue process faster without any additional fees. However, this relate to successful online validation of Aadhaar Number.
1. Proof of present address
Though, any one of the below address proof is sufficient, sometimes RPO demands more documents and their decision remains final.
- Aadhaar / PAN / Voter ID
- Bills such as – water bill, telephone bill, electricity bill
- Gas connection proof
- Rent agreement
- Photo passbook of bank account
- Income tax assessment order
- Certificate by the employer of reputed companies on letter head
2. Proof of Date of Birth
You can attach any of the following:
- A valid birth certificate
- School leaving certificate / 10th SSC, 12th HSC certificate
- SC, ST, OBC certificate
- PAN / Aadhaar / Driving License
- Freedom Fighter Identity card / Arm License
- Property documents / pension documents
Normally, the process of passport application and documents required for passport are somewhat same as of Fresh Adult passport.
At the same time, if you want to know the different cases applicable to you, visit document advisor of Passport Seva to find out other documents required for passport with mandatory ones.