Indian Passport for Minor
In India children under the age of fifteen years are considered as minors. To obtain an Indian Passport for Minor has a separate procedure. An ordinary passport for a child below the age of 15 years, containing thirty-six pages shall be in force for a period of 5 years from the date of its issue or until the child attains the age of 15 years, which ever is earlier.
For minors there are some additional documents required for Indian Passport. Following are the additional documents for Indian Passport for Minor,
- Attested Photocopies of first four and last four pages of valid Passport, if any, of at least one parent in which the other parent's name is entered OR photocopies of application fee receipt in case parents’ passports are under process at Regional Passport Office. Parent's passport should have the same address as that in the minor's application in the Present Address column.
- An affidavit by both parents giving their consent to the issue of a passport to their minor child. If one of the parents of the minor applicant is abroad, an affidavit conveying his/her No Objection to issue of passport to the minor, countersigned by the authorized officer in the Indian Mission abroad should be furnished.
- If the minor applicant is solely in the care of a single parent an affidavit should be submitted.
- In case of legally divorced parents, the order from the competent court ordering the custody of the child is required to be attached to the application unless the divorce decree itself contains the order pertaining to the custody of the child.
- In case of separated but not divorced parents, an affidavit to be submitted by the parent applying for minor child's passport.
- If the minor applicant is in the care of legal guardian then sworn affidavits respectively should be furnished.
- Birth certificate/School certificate towards proof of date of birth and name of parents.
For adopted Child
In the case of an adopted child, application should be submitted by the adopting parents along with Adoption Deed registered with the Registrar. A court order in respect of guardianship and permitting the child to be taken out of the country is necessary for issuing the passport. For children adopted from Orphanages / Charitable institutions, the order of the competent Court granting custody of the child to the adopting parents is also required to be furnished along with the application.