Passport Application – Round 3 (failed again!) – Annexure F too old

This is the round 3 in my series of passport application related posts. See my older posts here (round 1) and here (round 2).

This time my wife & I both went. We were pretty confident we had all our documents in order. But the PSK found a reason to turn us away again. We had Verification Certificates (Annexure F) issued by the local customs department on 18 September. Today is 29 October. So the Verification Certificates are more than 1 month old. This was not accepted. We were advised to go back to the person who created the verification certificate, and ask him to change the date on the certificate & initial it.

The documents I took for myself are listed in this old blog post: here (round 2).

The documents I took for my wife are listed below:

  • Marriage Certificate (for name change)
  • Husband’s Passport – for address
  • Letter from her employer stating that she has been employed since April 1 2012 (date mentioned explicitly) and that she has lived at our address since then (address mentioned explicitly). Letter has to be on a company letter head, with a company stamp & HR signature.
  • Verification Certificate (Annexure F)
  • Annexure I

The office said her documents were all in order, except for the expired verification certificate. Let’s hope he remembers this the next time we apply. I am a bit nervous about the name change documents requirement.

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Passport Application – Round 2

You may remember that I’m in the middle of trying to get my passport renewed in Tatkaal (click here for old post about passport renewal). The last time I visited the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Ghaziabad, they sent me away demanding that I bring a Verification Certificate (Annexure F) and Affidavit (Annexure I).

After great pains & 2 months of asking around, I found a friend who has contacts at the Customs Department in Delhi. Thanks to this friend I was able to get a Verification Certificate made. It was signed by a deputy commissioner.

So today I went to the PSK again. This time he didn’t even look at the Verification Certificate. Instead he demanded an address proof (even though I’m not asking for a change of address – my address is on my passport). He also demanded a letter of employment. Both showing that I have been at my address for the last 1 year.

I didn’t have these on me, because they didn’t ask for them when I last went. Also the Document Advisor on the passportindia.gov.in website is the most fucking useless tool. It only ‘advised’ me to take my passport with me. Nothing else. And now I have made 2 trips to the PSK without ‘adequate’ documents.

And I’m dead sure that the next time I go to the PSK, they will find another excuse to send me away. I’m starting to think there’s a government conspiracy here (incidentally all the passport officers there were sending EVERYONE away with some excuse or another – I saw at least 5 people being turned away for lack of proper documents, and NOT A SINGLE person being admitted)

Anyway – this is the running list of documents that the PSK has demanded from me so far (for a Tatkaal Passport):

1. Old Passport (+ 2 photocopies)

2. Verification Certificate (2 originals)

  • Get the official text of this certificate here (also known as Annexure F)
  • Need 2 originals
  • On official letterhead of the signing authority
  • Has to be signed & stamped by the authority
  • There has to be a sign & stamp across the photo and the page
  • Have to include authority’s ID card photocopy (official department ID card showing their designation — not their aadhar card or driving license or something).
  • (Update) Seems that the validity of an Annexure F is only 1 month. Ensure you apply within 1 month from date of issue of the Annxure F. If more than a month as passed, go back to the issuing authority and get the date changed on the certificate (with their initials)

3. Annexure I – Affidavit (click here for text) on judicial stamp paper of minimal value

4. Marriage Certificate (+ 2 photocopies) — if you are married, of course

5. Address proof (address on your passport doesn’t count at all – trust me)

  • Could be a utility bill or bank statement covering the period of the last 1 year
  • Original + 2 photocopies needed

6. Letter from Employer saying you are employed and have lived at above address for last 1 year

  • On original company letterhead with their stamp
  • Better to have your photo on the letter, with the company stamp across the photo

7. They have even asked for a Company ID

 

Not sure what else they will demand when I turn up there next. I’m happy to even pay them a bribe, but that doesn’t seem to be on the cards.