Check my [previous blog post] on how I renewed my Passport and all hurdles I came across.
The biggest hurdle was the closing of first application file as I created another file without mentioning the first file on the Passport site while applying for a renewal.
The case was, I initiated my passport renewal by applying online and paid one time fee of 1.5k INR, but exhausted all my appointments to the PSK. As you can reschedule appointments only for 2 times in a year after first appointment date is over and the passport fees paid is also valid for a year. And I had missed all my appointments, thus the fee I paid was also lapsed.
Thus I reapplied for renewal on the Passport site and opened a second file. And when I visited PSK after checking all my docs they asked my why I opened a second application file without closing the first one? They asked me to go to Secunderabad RPO (Regional Passport Office) and get the first file closed. They put on hold my second file and told me that I’ll have to pay fine of 1.5k INR as I did all this.
Imp: According to them as I had exhausted all my appointments, I could have mentioned the first application file while opening the second application file for the renewal. And as I had suppressed this information I’m liable to pay a fine, and get the first file closed.
–> Closing Application File: I went to the Secunderabad RPO will all documents in original and duplicate. Had to stand long in separate queues for around 2-3 hrs, and had to go to 2-3 counters A,B,C etc to get the application and documents verified. Finally I ended up with an officer who asked me some questions and why I opened up a new file. I provided him slip from Toli Choki PSK. He asked me to got to some “Inventory room” do some more paper work, again a big queue. Returned back to the same officer, and it was time for lunch break. Waited for around an hour, and finally he closed my file on his system and gave me a receipt. The whole process took almost 5-6 hours, so take some food and water with you.
Later that day I got an SMS for the same:
1. Your File No. HYxyz is closed by RPO Hyderabad on . Please visit Regional Passport Office for details. (Jan-11, 1:32 pm)
–> Final approval: Went to Toli Chowki PSK again on the next appointed day, and provided the receipt form Secunderabad RPO. Had to go through all A, B, C counter again. They verified all things and asked me to pay 1.5k fine. Finally at the last counter my application was accepted.
I got an SMS on the same day:
2. Dear applicant, Penalty of Rs 1000.00/- imposed on your application (File No xyz) has been paid in full. (21st Jan, 11:22 am)
For rest and whole process that I went through, please check my this [previous blog post].