Passport Registration and Renewal Process in Pakistan

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Whether you want to travel abroad for leisure purposes or wish to obtain employment in a foreign country, you need a passport. A passport is a mandatory (international) travel document issued by the government that certifies your nationality and identity.

Every citizen of Pakistan has the constitutional right to acquire a machine readable passport, subject to the fulfillment of all formal policies and procedures. The Government of Pakistan issues three different types of passport including ordinary, diplomatic, and official. Diplomatic passports are issued to the diplomats and other individuals as specified in Para-45 of Passport & Visa Manual, 2006. Whereas, official passports are issued to the government officials and other individuals as specified in Para-9 of Passport & Visa Manual, 2006.
However, in this article, we will only cover the registration and renewal process of ordinary passport. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to acquire or renew a Pakistani passport.

Step One – Acquisition Of Original Fee Challan Form

For the registration or renewal of a Pakistani passport, first of all, you need to obtain a challan form from the authorized branches of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

Step Two – Depositing Prescribed Fee For Pakistani Passport

Once you have acquired a challan form from any of the authorized branches of the NBP, the next step in the process of registration or renewal of Pakistani passport is payment of prescribed fee. The fee structure for acquisition or renewal of a Pakistani passport vary depending on the validity period, number of pages and the chosen category.

There are two categories of ordinary passport:

  1. Normal
  2. Urgent

Passport Fee In Pakistan

Please note the following fee structure, decide the category and number of pages you need and then deposit the fee accordingly.

CATEGORYFEE
Normal (36-Pages)Rs. 3,000/-
Urgent (36-Pages)Rs. 5,000/-
Normal (72-Pages)Rs. 55,00/-
Urgent (72-Pages)Rs. 9,000/-
Normal (100-Pages)Rs. 6,000/-
Urgent (100-Pages)Rs. 12,000/-
CATEGORYFEE
Normal (36-Pages)Rs. 5,400/-
Urgent (36-Pages)Rs. 9,000/-
Normal (72-Pages)Rs. 9,900/-
Urgent (72-Pages)Rs. 16,200/-
Normal (100-Pages)Rs. 10,800/-
Urgent (100-Pages)Rs. 21,600/-

Step Three – Gather Required Documents

The third step is to gather the required documents. If you are 18 or above then you need the following documents for acquiring or renewing a Pakistani passport:

  • Receipt of paid original bank challan.
  • Original and two photocopies of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)/NICOP/Smart-Card issued by NADRA.
  • Old passport with a photocopy (if issued).
  • Foreign passport with a photocopy (only for dual-nationality holders).

NOTE: Government servants are required to present an NOC as well.

If you are below 18 then you need the following documents for acquiring or renewing a Pakistani passport:

  • Receipt of paid original bank challan.
  • Original and two photocopies of Computerized Registration Certificate (CRC) issued by NADRA.
  • CNIC copies of parents.
  • Old passport with a photocopy (if issued).
  • Foreign passport with a photocopy (only for dual-nationality holders).

NOTE: Minors must be accompanied with a guardian.

Step Four – Locate Regional Passport Office In Pakistan Near You

The next step is to locate the regional passport office near you. To find the regional passport office in Pakistan near you, click here.

Step Five – Obtain Token

Once you arrive at the passport office, you need to obtain a token and wait for your turn. Only, if you have all the required documents (original and photocopies), then at token counter your picture for the passport will be clicked and you will be issued a token. Otherwise, you will be asked to bring your documents and will not receive a token.

Step Five – Move To Biometric Counter

Now wait for your token number to appear at biometric capturing counter. Once it appears, move to the counter, where the operator will capture your fingerprints impressions. Then wait for a while, until your token number appears on the data entry counter.

Step Six – Proceed To Data Entry Counter

When your token number appears on the data entry counter, go to the counter where the data entry operator will enter your information, and provide you a printed form for verification. You have to verify that all the information entered is correct after which you will be asked to sign the form. From the data entry counter, you should also collect a duplicate token number.
It is important that you point out any change in the information at this stage, otherwise, your token will be cancelled (if you suggest a change in the information after this step) and you have to start the process again.

Step Seven – Record Verification

Your provided information will be verified against the office records including Exist Control List (ECL) and Black List (BL). In case, there is a slightest doubt about your record, Directorate General of Immigration & Passports will refer your case to Special Branch or Intelligence Bureau to confirm your national status. However, if your record is clear then your application will be forwarded to the assistant director.

Step Eight – Appear For An Interview With The Assistant Director

If you follow each and every step appropriately, then finally you have to appear for an interview with the assistant director. After the interview, the assistant director will provide his/her verdict either to provide you with a machine readable passport or not.
For applicants below the age of 18, the assistant director will hand over a printed form to the applicant, which s/he must get attested from a Class 1 government officer. The attester should also provide his/her CNIC and contact number on the form and should attest it using his/her official stamp. The application of children below 18 will only be accepted at this stage after presenting the duly attested form to the assistant director.

Step Nine – Collection Of Passport

Once you have been given a go-ahead by the assistant director, then you will be informed about the time to collect the passport. If you have applied for a normal machine readable passport then you have to wait for at least 10 working days to collect your passport. Whereas, if you have applied for an urgent passport then you can collect it in 4 working days.

Online Tracking Of Pakistani Passport

You can also track the shipment or status of your passport through Directorate General of Immigration & Passports’ website. For online tracking of machine readable passport, you have to first create an account on the website.

Once you have created your account then log-in to the website using the log-in credentials to track your passport. The online passport tracking in Pakistan is free and you can check the status of your passport three times a day.
You can also send an email to opts@dgip.gov.pk to request information or seek answers of your questions. However, for such queries you must enclose the following details in your email:

  • Complete Name
  • Contact Number
  • CNIC
  • Contact Address
  • Token No. (11 digits)

Pakistani Passport Tracking Via SMS

You can also track the status of your passport application by sending an SMS to 9988 containing your 11 digit token number.

Conclusion

After receiving your machine readable Pakistani passport, you can now travel abroad. If this step-by-step guide has helped you to learn the process of registering or renewing a Pakistani passport, then help others by sharing this article.

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