Indian Passport Reference Number

When you apply for an Indian passport you will receive a number. This number can be used to track the passport application online. Each applicant gets their own unique passport reference number. The details of the Indian passport reference number are listed below. 

Indian Passport Reference Number
Indian Passport Reference Number

Eligibility for an Indian Passport 

Indian citizens over the age of 18 can apply for a passport. Minors under the age 18, including newborns, can also also get a passport given that the appropriate procedure is followed. 

Where to get the Passport Reference Number 

  1. Apply for the passport
  2. Submit the application form 
  3. Pay the registration fee
  4. Receive the passport reference number 

Please remember to keep this number where you can find it. You will need it for passport tracking for your application online. If you are unable to locate the number you will have to get it from the nearest Regional Passport Office (RPO). Here an official will help you to find it 

The application will have to be submitted at the nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). Senior citizens do not need to make any appointment for this and can direct walk into the PSK. Once you submit the required documents and the required biometrics you will be given the number.

How to Use the Passport Reference Number 

  • The number can be used to check the status of your passport application online. Any delays or the general timeline will be communicated through this procedure. You can visit the passport office once you find out your status online. 

How is the Passport Reference Number is Compiled 

It is an alphanumeric code that is made up of alphabets and numbers in addition to your year of application for your passport. The number begins with the letters of the name of the location where you applied for the passport  from. It ends with the year of your application. There are six digits between the alphabets and the year.

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Is the number unique to you ?

Yes it is unique to you.

What do I do if I cannot locate the number ?

You have to go to the nearest regional passport office and request the official to help you find it.

What does the number look like ?

It is a 12 digit code made up of alphabets and numbers.

Are the number and passport number the same ?

No they are not the same. The reference number is given temporarily once you submit the passport application form. The passport number is given once the passport has been issued.

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