Indian Passport Renewal in USA

If you are holding an Indian passport which is about to expire soon or all the pages are filled, you may need to apply for a passport reissue/ renewal. In such cases, you will require a new passport or valid extension. To renew your passport, you have to fill a new passport application form. New passports can be reissued for 10 years for adults. For minors (under 18 Years of age) the passport is given for 5 years. Please note that your old passport will be returned to you. However, if you have any valid visas stamped on the passport they will not be canceled.

Note: Passport renewal service is not available for B1/B2 visa holders and temporary visitors to USA.

Important Information about Indian Passport Renewal Process

  • Effective May 7, 2013, the matters concerned with passport application has been outsourced to M/s BLS International Services Ltd. All the Indian Passport services is now handled by BLS International. Individual Indian consulates will no longer accept passport related services directly. All communications and applications assocaited with Indian passport renewal must be through BLS International.
  • Effective August 31st, 2013 all new applicants have to fill an online Order Form whether applying in person or by mail. The application has to include a copy of the form. This is to enable BLS for a real-time tracking of the applications

How to Apply for Passport Renewal:

You can apply either in person or by post to BLS International. Both the modes of application require a common procedure for the applicants to follow:

STEP 1: Identify the consular jurisdiction in which you want to apply for the passport services.

STEP 2: Submit the required documents

  • Complete the Online Application form
  • Select the type of service required in the online application form: Re-issue of Passport.
  • Fill the BLS Order form
  • Attach the supporting documents

STEP 3: Pay the required Passport Renewal Fee



STEP 1: Consular Jurisdiction

Where to apply for Indian passport renewal?

  • Following are the details with applicable processing time, addresses, and jurisdiction based on your residence in USA. Please apply accordingly.
BLS Application CenterAddress/Contact information Consular Jurisdiction Processing time
Washington DC

Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: 800 K Street NW, Suite MR-12, Washington DC 20001 USA

Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
Minimum 1 - 3 weeks. Minimum 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
New York
(NY)

Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: Suite # 202 28 West, 30th Street, NewYork 10001, USA

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Islnd and Vermont.

Additional 10 days
Chicago
(IL)

Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: 29 East Madison St, Suite 1203, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

Missouri, IIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin Minimum 4 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
Houston (TX)

SubCenter Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: Suite 602, 9800 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092 USA

Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska 1-3 weeks. 6 weeks or more if the case is referred for clearance.
San Francisco (CA)

Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: 4837 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming 2-3 weeks
Atlanta
(GA)

Center Timing: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Passport pickup: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday-Friday

Address: Lakeside Office Park 5775 Glenridge Drive,, North East, Building B Suite 390, 30328, USA

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands 6-8 weeks.
4 additional weeks if the passport is referred for clearance.

STEP 2: Documents Required for Re-issue or Renewal of Indian Passport in USA:

  • Copy of the BLS Order Form
  • A Filled and Signed Checklist. Print the checklist, tick it, and arrange the application in that order before submitting the form in person or by post.
  • Online Application Form filled and signed by the applicant.
  • 3 Copies of the filled Nationality Verification Form/ Personal Particulars form and 3 photographs for personal particular form.
  • 3 recent (2" X 2" color, front facing against a white background) color photographs. 8 photographs are required in case the passport is expired for more than 3 years. Glue one photo on the first page of the online application form in the space provided. The second one has to be glued on the Nationality Verification Form and the rest have to be stapled to the last page of the application form. See photo requirements.
  • Attach a notarized color copy of Green Card or Employment Authorization card or copy of legal status in the US such as H1B/ B1/ B2 Visa, whichever is applicable.
  • Attach the original passport. If the passport is less than 5 years old, attach the previous passport too.
  • Attach photocopies of the first 5 pages and last 2 pages of the current passport.
  • Applicable Fee that is non-refundable.

Notarized Documents Required:

If applying in person or via mail, please ensure that all photocopies of supporting documents are notarized. Notarized photocopies of the following are required:

  • Notarized Color photocopy of current valid US visa on passport or Green card or Employment Authorization Card or I- 797 approval notice documents. Student visa holders must attach the I-20 document.
  • If your visa has expired, or you have the receipt notice for extension on the visa, a notarized no status affidavit along with notarized photocopies of the valid passport and the green card of two witnesses are required. 7 Copies of Nationality Verification Form are also required. Each copy must have an original photograph affixed on it. This is only for New York, San Francisco, and Houston applicants. Washington, Atlanta, Houston, and Chicago applicants must go to the consulate in person for an interview before applying at their respective passport application center.
  • In case the current passport does not include spouse’s name a notarized photocopy of the marriage certificate is required. A copy of the passport or US ID of the spouse is also required in the application.
  • Female applicants must include notarized affidavit of change in name from maiden to married.
  • Notarized photocopy of the residential proof of the applicant (State ID, Driver’s License, Utility bills, Rental Lease Agreement or Home Mortgage Bill. For applicants above the age of 60 a copy of State ID can be submitted.
  • If the passport is expired for less than 6 months a letter is required from the applicant explaining “why the passport was not renewed in required time frame." If it is 6 months or more past the expiration date, a notarized affidavit and 7 copies of the Nationality Verification Form are required. Each form must have an original photograph attached to it. Houston Jurisdiction applicants have to submit a 4 points affidavit too.
  • An affidavit form for change of appearance and current notarized photo are required if the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly from the appearance in the current passport.

Note: Some additional documents may be required. Please check with the Embassy/Consulate/Passport Application Center in your jurisdiction for the required information.

STEP 3: Passport Renewal Fee / Re-issue Fee (10 years)

If applying in person the fee can be paid in Cash/ Money Orders/Pay Orders/Cashier's Check/ Banker's Check. If applying by post the fee can be paid by attaching Money Orders / Pay Orders / Cashier's check / Banker's check favoring “BLS International USA". No cash or personal checks are accepted. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. A breakdown of the fee structure and the total fee is given below:

Service Type Service Consular Fee ICWF fee BLS Service charge Total
Regular Charge Ordinary booklet - 36 pages $75.00 $3.00 $13.20 $91.20
Jumbo booklet - 60 pages $100.00 $3.00 $13.20 $116.20
Tatkaal Ordinary booklet - 36 pages $225.00 $3.00 $13.20 $241.20
Jumbo booklet - 60 pages $250.00 $3.00 $13.20 $266.20