The passport office Chennai offers services to citizen of TamilNadu and Pondicherry regions in addition to the neighboring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Once you applied for a passport or any service related to passport, you can check your '''passport status''' either online or through tele-enquiry.
'''Online Status Enquiry'''
For checking status of your passport in Chennai regional passport office, you can log on to http://passport.tn.nic.in/status_enquiry.asp. Once you log onto this site you will be asked to enter your file no which starts with an alphabetic and followed by six digits for example A123456. You also need to select the year in which you applied for the passport. Generally, three consecutive years starting from current year are displayed in the drop down list of the year. Once you enter your file no., select the year and click on submit button you will get status of your passport displayed on the screen. There is a disclaimer on this site which says that “Information provided through this web site are, only informative in nature and should not be constructed as statement of the law”, which means the information is just to you to know the status of the application it may vary in actual.
'''Status through Tele - Enquiry'''
To check your passport status through tele – enquiry, the regional passport office Chennai has provided four telephone numbers. The following are the phone numbers,
91-44-28203591, 28203593, 28203594, 91-44-1250 244. You can call to these numbers between office timings that is from 10.00 AM to 06.00 PM to know your status of passport. You need have your file no. ready when calling the passport office Chennai as this is the reference for your application.
If you are a busy person and cannot do the follow ups of your passport application frequently, then it is better to approach a travel agent. It may cost a few bucks more but its worth. To know your passport status you can just give a call your travel agent; they will let you know all the details of your passport.
There are around 100 authorized travel agents for regional passport office Chennai. For the list of the authorized travel agents of Chennai you can visit http://passport.tn.nic.in. You can identify travel agent nearest to you and contact them.