High Commission of India

Note for Handwritten Passports

Note for Handwritten Passports

Standard Documents for all Passport Related Services:

Documents required for Passport Renewal: Following documents are required to be submitted along with the passport application form, which can be registered online via the following link A print-out of the registered application form, along with one recent coloured photograph with white back ground, size (51mm x 51mm) and taken within the last 6 months, duly signed in the appropriate column, a copy of the existing (or expired) Indian Passport, valid residential status proof (NRIC/EP/SP/DP/WP) in Singapore (along with validity page), are required to be submitted, with the originals produced for verification, if asked for.  

For fee details for various services, please click on the ‘Passport & Consular’ or the ‘Download Centre’ tab at the top of the HCI website homepage, and select the required option from the drop-down menu.

Processing times for all Passport services are between 5-8 working days. However, for Lost/Damaged Passports, Change of Particulars, Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) and Emergency certificates, we are unable to indicate a clear timeline, as these services require police verification in India. To give a broad indication, the average turnaround time for these services is 30-40 days (estimated), subject to clearance from the concerned police authorities in India. Tatkaal passport services (where permitted) take a maximum of three working days.

For details on documents required for tatkaal service,  Please Click here.... 

Photograph Requirements

Photograph Guidance for Applicants (pdf) 

Note for Handwritten Passports

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had set a deadline of 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine-Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments can deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine-Readable Passport.

The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. However, Passports issued before 2001, and particularly those issued during mid-1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are considered non-MRPs.

Indian citizens residing abroad and holding such passports or those Indian Citizens whose passports’ “Date of Expiry” has been extended through an endorsement in their passports with validity beyond the 24th November, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visas or international travel document.