If you’ve applied for a Tatkal passport but now wish to switch to a regular passport application, you’re in the right place. While the Tatkal scheme offers expedited passport processing, sometimes circumstances change, and you may prefer the standard application process. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps to change your Tatkal passport application to a normal one seamlessly.
Why Change from Tatkal to Normal Passport Application?
There could be various reasons for wanting to switch from Tatkal to a regular passport application:
- Additional Documentation: You may have realized that you need more time to gather the required documents or want to include additional documents.
- Cost Considerations: The Tatkal passport application comes with higher fees. Switching to a regular application can save you money.
- Avoiding Tatkal Delays: Tatkal applications may sometimes face delays or scrutiny. A standard application may offer a smoother process.
Now, let’s dive into the steps to make this transition:
Step 1: Cancellation of Tatkal Application
- Log in to the official Passport Seva website (www.passportindia.gov.in) using your Tatkal application credentials.
- Go to the ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ section.
- Select the Tatkal application you wish to cancel and click on the ‘Cancel Application’ option.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to cancel the Tatkal application.
Step 2: Gather Required Documents
Now that you’ve canceled your Tatkal application, it’s time to gather the necessary documents for a regular passport application. The typical documents required include:
- Proof of Address (Aadhar card, voter ID, or utility bills)
- Proof of Date of Birth (birth certificate or school leaving certificate)
- Passport-sized photographs
- Old passport (if applicable)
Ensure that you have all the required documents in the prescribed format before proceeding.
Step 3: Start a Fresh Application
- Log in to the Passport Seva website again, and this time, select the ‘Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport’ option.
- Fill in the required details carefully and accurately.
- Select ‘Normal’ as the type of application you want to proceed with.
- Complete the online application form, providing all necessary details and uploading the required documents.
Step 4: Pay the Fees
Calculate the fees for your normal passport application based on your age, the number of pages you require, and any additional services you might need. Pay the fee online through the provided payment gateway.
Step 5: Schedule an Appointment
After successful fee payment, schedule an appointment at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Passport Office as per your convenience.
Step 6: Visit the Passport Office
On the scheduled appointment date, visit the Passport Office with all the required documents in original and a printout of your application receipt.
Step 7: Passport Processing
The Passport Office will process your application and verify your documents. You may be required to appear for an interview if necessary.
Step 8: Passport Dispatch
Once your application is approved, your passport will be dispatched to your registered address.
Changing from a Tatkal to a normal passport application is a straightforward process if you follow the steps mentioned above. Be sure to plan ahead, gather all the necessary documents, and pay attention to the details in your application. With patience and careful adherence to the process, you’ll soon have your regular passport in hand, ready for your travel needs.