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How To Apply For a Passport in Pakistan

How To Apply For a Passport in Pakistan

In Pakistan, Directorate General of Immigration & Passports is the governing body which is authorized by the Ministry of Interior to issue passports to citizens of Pakistan. There are various types of passports issued by this authority including Ordinary, Official, and Diplomatic passports. This blog is on how to apply for the Ordinary Passport in Pakistan.

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The following documents are required for the 1st time, machine readable passport (MRP) applicants.

Documents Required for Passport 

These are mandatory documents which you must have with yourself when visiting the passport office. Later in this blog, you’ll find information on the location of these passport offices all over Pakistan.

Normal/Urgent (18 and Above (Adults))

  • Valid CNIC/NICOP (Original + Copy)
  • Bank Paid Fee Challan Receipt (Original)
  • NOC (For Government servants only)
  • Foreign Passport (Original + Copy) for Dual-nationals only
  • Police Report (only if previous passport lost)

Normal/Urgent (Under 18 (Minors))

  • Bank Paid Fee Challan Receipt (Original)
  • CRC/Form B or FRC from NADRA (Original + Copy)
  • Valid CNICs of both parents (copies)
  • Minor to be accompanied with one of the parents/legal guardians appointed by court with valid CNIC/NICOP (Original)
  • Foreign Passport (Original + Copy) for Dual-nationals only
  • Police Report (only if previous passport lost)
  • If either of the parent is deceased, his/her Death Certificate (Original + Copy)
  • If parents are divorced or separated, custody papers of the applicant granted by court
  • If applicant is accompanied by guardian, guardianship certificate issued by court + valid CNIC (Original + Copy)

Passport Fee in Pakistan

Before we go any further to answer the question of how to apply for passport in Pakistan, let’s talk about the fee you have to pay. The fee will vary depending upon the duration of your passport, pages in it, whether you want it urgently, Fast Track, etc. 

Before we tell you about the fee structure, you need to know that a passport’s validity is for either 5 or 10 years. It can take you anywhere from 2 to 10 working days to get it delivered. 

Normal10 days 
Urgent 4 days 
Fast Track2 days 

Now to the fee structure:

Passport Application Process

It is the step that is going to help people a lot who are concerned about how to apply for passport in Pakistan. Once you’ve gathered all the mandatory/required documents for passport application, head over to your nearest passport office (locations later in the blog). But before you go there, make sure you’ve paid the required fee at a designated branch of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and take the Original paid bank challan receipt with you. Otherwise, you will not be able to go through the following steps:

  1. Arrive at the Customer Service Counter – Once you’ve reached a passport office, go to the Customer Service Counter where you will be told about the whole process.
  2. Token Counter and Capturing of Photograph – Here all the required documents will be checked. Once they are found to be in order, an official will take your photograph and issue you a token. Read the details on the token carefully and if there is any discrepancy, inform the official immediately for correction. 
  3. Biometrics – Once your token number has been displayed or called, approach the Biometric Counter and have your fingerprints taken. 
  4. Data entry – Once done, your token number will appear again on the display screen or called in which case you must approach a Data Entry Counter. An official will take all the required data from you. While he/she types, you can see the screen and in the case of any mistake have your record corrected. Once done, he/she will print out a form which you must check meticulously. Once you are satisfied, sign the form. 
  5. Verification – You will now proceed to the Exit Control List (ECL)/Black List (BL) counter with the form. An official will run your record through the ECL/BL list and once he/she is satisfied, a clearance stamp will be affixed on the form. 
  6. Interview – The final step is to appear before Assistant Director/Officer In-charge along with your documents and Data Form. Once your token number appears on the display screen, approach the said officer. Once he/she is satisfied with your credibility and national status, he/she will approve your application with “Go ahead”. The said officer has the power to ask for further documentation, defer your case, refer your application to a security agency for further investigation into your Pakistani citizenship, etc. 
  7. Passport Delivery (Collection of Passport) – If everything is cleared, you will be asked to visit the centre again along with the original token on the given date to collect your passport. The passport will be given to the applicant only, to his/her blood relative or on authority letter with original token (adults only). For minor applicants, an authority letter does not work. 

How To Check Passport Status? 

Once you’ve submitted your application successfully, how would you know your passport is ready for pickup?

Once your passport is ready for pickup, you will receive an SMS from the 9988 number. 

Passport Office Locations

Passport offices are all over Pakistan, including many districts and tehsils in every province, including FATA, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan embassies and consulates in the world.  

Passport Office Lahore

There are multiple passport offices in Lahore. Including,

AddressPhone
Lahore-I(Garden Town)4-A, Sher Shah Block, Behind Barkat Market Near Himayat-ul-Islam Girls College, New Garden Town.Lahore.042-9201836
Lahore-II (Shadman)8-A, Shahrah-e-Aewan Tijarat, Shadman, Lahore042-9201997-9201916
Lahore-III (Raiwind)14 kilometer, Main Raiwind Road, Araiyan Morr, Lahore.
EPO Lahore (Defence)27-xx phase 3, DHA, Khayaban e Iqbal Road, Lahore.042-99264396
Lahore (Shahdrah)Saeed Park, near Ravi Toll Plaza, Shahdara, Lahore.042-37921900
Lahore (Punjab Bar Council)Lahore High Court Bar Association.
Lahore Chamber of Commerce(LCCI)Passport Counter at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry 11-A, Shara-e-Aiwan-e- Sanat-o-Tijarat, Lahore.042-99264396

Passport Office Karachi

There are multiple passport offices in Karachi. Including,

AddressPhone
Karachi-I (South)Shahrah-e-Iraq, near Mosque, adjacent to National Bank, Saddar, Karachi.021-99203092-3
Karachi-V (Awami Markaz)1st Floor, EOBI House, Ex (Awami Markaz), Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi.021-99203091
EPO Karachibehind South City Hospital, adjacent to ATC court building, near “Karachi Beach Residency” ground floor, commercial plot # 2/5 Clifton 3, Karachi.

Passport Office Islamabad

There are multiple passport offices in Islamabad. Including,

AddressPhone
Islamabad HQDGIP Headquarter,G-8/1 Mauve Area, Islamabad.051-111-344-777
Islamabad G-10Regional Passport Office, 13-C, Al-Hussain Plaza, G-10 Markaz, Islamabad.051-9239308
Islamabad EPOPassport Office, plot 19-a ground floor, Pak plaza, Fazal-e-haq road Blue Area, Islamabad.
Islamabad OPF (For Overseas)OPF Head Office Building, 2 Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5, Islamabad.

Passport Office Rawalpindi 

There are multiple passport offices in Rawalpindi. Including,

AddressPhone
Opposite Station High School No.3, Gunjmandi More, Railway Workshop Road, (Near Bakery Chowk).051-9237253
EPO RawalpindiNear Rehmanabad, Murree Road, Rawalpindi.+9251111786100

We hope you found this guide helpful. We believe anyone who have read this has got the answer of how to apply for passport in Pakistan. In any case, no one should be contacting the “agents” sitting outside passport offices when they can fill out their application themselves.  

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