Reissue or Renewal of Indian Minor (Child) Passport in USA is pretty similar to the one for adults.
Step by step guidance for re-issue of child passport with Cox and Kings (CKGS) in the jurisdiction of Indian embassy New York, Houston (Texas), Washington DC, Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois) and SFO (San Francisco, California) Indian consulate.
The child is issued his/her own passport for 5 years and needs to be re-issued before its expiry.
Processing time: 4-6 weeks. 10 days if last passport was issued by Indian Embassy in USA.
You can apply 1 year in advance of passport expiry.
Please note that US Visa – B1/B2 is not considered a valid visa for passport reissue.
Start new application on CKGS website. Sample information:
All forms except NRI application form are automatically filled up by CKGS online application.
Choose CKGS’s shipping option (UPS or Fedex) to avoid any issues later costing i.e. $15 each way. Total = $30.
Remember that CKGS does not allow USPS as the option.
Payment is accepted only by online mode at step 5 in CGKS.
Please note your application’s web reference here before clicking the ‘Pay Online’ button.
At step 6 in CKGS application, you need to fill Indian passport renewal USA application form. It belongs to Indian embassy.
CKGS creates a web reference ID to attach NRI form and gives you a link to go to Indian government’s website.
If you fill the government’s form before CKGS step 6, then CKGS has a separate process for you. You will find it on their home page. We are assuming you started with CKGS.
DIGITAL photo uploading is optional at this time. NO option to upload it later if you have moved past the upload photo step.
DO NOT try to fill out another new “Online Passport Application Form” if you made a mistake since both CKGS and Online Passport Application Web Reference numbers are linked together. Instead, start all over again and follow the process (CKGS >>>Online Passport Application>>>CKGS) if you have not yet paid the fees.
If you have already paid the fees and made a mistake (which cannot be edited), then cancel your CKGS application with refund and RESTART the CKGS process.
Government form online link – New Form Direct link We recommend you use the link given in Step 6 of CKGS application.
Government form online link – Edit your form – Re-visiting to complete partially filled form. Temporary Application Id required (This is different than CKGS’s own application web reference ID).
Print application form, after ‘saved and exit’ application – Government site’s Web file number (shown to you on LAST page when you are done filling the form) required. This is different than ‘Temporary application ID’ and ‘CKGS web application reference’ ID.
First fill questions/fields online on the form and then take a print for rest. Online form will guide you.
Printed form has 3 pages in total with about 29 questions/points. Q 7 to 29 need to be filled manually with hand using BLUE or BLACK ink pen only.
If your existing passport’s FILE NUMBER is longer than 12 digits and the govt. online passport form ONLY allows 12 digits to be entered, then, enter the LAST 12 digits of your file number.
This is an official response from CKGS to answer this question:
Now, download and print these forms from CGKS online application (they are pre-filled for you):
These are all pre-filled forms based on the information that you have provided to CKGS in your online application.
Why not? Well, your town’s library or your Bank (most famous is Bank of America) and your own office (Almost all have notaries on their payroll) are the FREE options that I know and have utilized.
The paid ones (like USPS and others) should cost you around $5+ per page. So, to make it economical, use the free ones.
CKGS website might confuse you on this point, if you have already started the passport application and saved it. The only way to go back and see your saved documents is to use their web reference number on the box provided at the BOTTOM of the their website.
Here is the sample screen shot:
A bit economical option would be ePassportPhoto. At the time of writing this article, they had the option of free delivery with just $1.5 per picture.
Most people use either CostCo or Sam’s club membership to get the passport photo economically. They charge approximately $4.96 for 2 of them.
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