Passport

A passport is a document used when travelling. It is issued by the central government of India to its citizens, for certification of identity and nationality of a person for international travels purposes. The standard form passport contains the holders full names, date and place of birth, signature, photograph and additional details used for ID. In India, Passports are being digitized to have biometric material on a microchip implanted on to the document thus allowing them readable by a machine and therefore dispiriting counterfeit. India has a just in recent times started on the first phase of the project.

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The passport is used as a document for citizenship proof according to the passport act created in 1967. The consular visa and passport department of the office of peripheral affairs, serve as the central organization for issuing the Indian passport. There are various places where passports can be obtained they include 37 places all across the country and at 162 diplomatic Indian missions.

Having the passport does not guarantee one any constitutional rights such as protection from the consulate although it may also indicate a holder has access to such rights. Some passports are used to attest to diplomatic status or other official status. In such instances one is authorized to certain privileges and constitutional rights like in susceptibility to any type of trial and arrest rising from agreements involving other universal countries.

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The ordinary regular Indian passports are blue-black or deep blue in colour and a golden imprint on top. The Indian emblem is nicely emblazoned on the cover of the passport. The word passport in both Hindi and English is inscribed just above the symbol while the words republic of India in English is written below. A regular and ordinary passport contains at 36 pages however regular travelers opt for 60 page passport. It will service them for longer before the need for renewal arises.

The passports opening cover contains several types of information including surname, gender, date of birth, place of issue, country code, nationality, passport number, date of expiry, signature of the owner, the date it was issued, photo of the holder while the end cover contains parents names both mother and father, name of the holders spouse, the holders address and file number.

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As from 25th November 2015, passports which are written by hand or if it has an expiry duration of 20 years are not valid under the ICAO rules. The modernized version of the passport, the personal information is now imprinted on the second leaf of the passport booklet. There is another additional security measure which is that it has a ghost picture of the owner on the right section of the second booklet leaf. Apart from eliminating criminals who print bogus passport, the new improved changes on the passport also greatly helps in preventing the smudging of the passport booklet through inkjet  printers.

For one to be able to acquire a passport he or she is charged a certain fee for the process. However the price range depends on several factors such as the number of years for its validity and also the number of pages in the passport booklet.

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Indian Passport Website :

http://passportindia.gov.in/