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This OER enables you to :

  • define Passport and the basic requirements for fresh application.
  • identify and distinguish between various types of Passports.


Passport is the main important document required when one has to travel abroad. Passports are issued by the national government for purpose of international travel. Passport is also an important document because it is a proof of one’s identity and once issued they are valid for 10 years.


“Passport is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.”

Types of Passport:

There are mainly three different types of Passports namely Regular Passport, Official Passport and Diplomatic Passport. Regular passports in India are issued to ordinary people to travel on vacations and business trips. Covers of such passports are either dark blue or black and contain 36 pages to 60 pages. Official Passports are issued to individuals representing the Indian government on official business. Covers of such passports are white. Diplomatic passports are issued to Diplomats or top ranking government officials and / or diplomatic couriers. These passports are maroon in color.
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Showing ordinary (dark blue), diplomatic (maroon) and official (white) passports. Inscribed in the center of every passport is the national emblem and above the emblem in Hindi and English it is written “Passport” and below the emblem in Hindi it is written “Bharat Ganrajya” and in English “Republic of India”.


Visit the website and find out the requirements for passport.

Requirements for Passport:

When one has to apply for fresh application, there are certain documents to be submitted to the Passport officer along with a duly filled form and fees. One needs to submit Proof of address, proof of birth, passport size photos and citizenship document if he or she is a citizen of India by registration or Naturalization. While applying for a reissue of a passport after 10 years, one needs to apply again with the documents stated above along with the old passport.


Passports are an integral part of every international traveler. This document is issued by the national government of every country and is also a proof of identity for a valid citizen of that country.

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  • Discuss the requirements for application of passport for a newly married woman. She was holding a passport in her maiden name and now she has to apply for change in the name and address. Also, for her husband whose status will change after marriage and he has a valid US visa in his old passport.
  • Discuss the kinds of passports issued to people travelling on vacation, ministers travelling abroad to attend conferences and a Diplomat travelling with wife on an official visit.
  • Which is the most authentic document required while applying for a new passport- applicant’s birth certificate, sister’s birth certificate or father’s telephone bill?

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