Indian Passport Stolen - What to do?
First thing to do is to report in the nearest police station. To give your complaint it is always better to go in person along with the persons (if anybody) that were present at the incident. You have to give a written complaint of the incident, how your Indian Passport was stolen and did you see the person while stealing your passport or do you have doubt on anybody. Give complete description of the incident as it will help the police to find your passport easily.
After giving a complaint, the police will ask you to visit again on some date, to know whether they were able to find your Indian Passport or not. You have to go to the police station on the given date then, police will give your passport if found or will issue a police certificate which is useful to obtain a duplicate passport. Then go to passport office and apply for a duplicate passport.
It is better to report in the passport office also as soon as your Indian Passport is stolen. The whole process from giving complaint in the police station to getting a duplicate Indian Passport (if original Indian Passport is not found) will take approximately one month or more. If you have an emergency need to travel then you may be eligible for an emergency limited validity passport. This passport is issued by the passport officer after checking your details. To apply for a duplicate passport you need to fill a duplicate passport application form and submit it in the passport office along with the required documents and fees. Generally, the Indian Passport is delivered to the address specified in the application form by post.
It is always recommended that you take more care about your Indian Passport as it is one of the valuable documents.
Guidelines for Indian Passport Holders
- Your passport is a valuable document. It should always be retained either in your private custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by you.
- Passport should not be sent out of the country of residence by post.
- If the passport is lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the nearest Indian Mission and the local police. Please keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place.
- Without details of the lost/damaged/stolen passport, the issue of a duplicate passport may be delayed.