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A lot of us have been here in the United States for a while but are not sure how to go about Renewing our Indian Passports here. Don’t worry. Here’s a guide that will help you out with every step of the passport renewal process here in the U.S.

The process outlined on the official Cox & Kings website is so confusing that you might just give up. So, we understand what all of you might have gone through.


Documents Required:


  • As with any other such process, there are a few documents that you’ll need to submit with your application. Here’s a list of documents that needs to be submitted.
  • Expiring Passport (Original, most recent one). All other OLD passports, if any, are not required.
  • 2*2 inch photographs in white background. Your eyes and years should be visible. Total 3 in number.
  • NRI Government passport renewal application form
  • Change of Appearance / Signature Form
  • CKGS has recently removed Nationality Verification form which needed the third photo. They have not said if this 3rd photo is needed or not. So, you should send one lose photo in package.
  • CKGS (Cox & Kings) Document checklist.
  • CKGS (Cox & Kings) Online Payment Receipt.
  • NRI Government passport renewal application form.
  • Change of Appearance form.
  •  (Optional) If you are Married and want to add your Spouse name to new passport?
  • Then, include Spouse’s Passport’s front (page with picture) and back page (with address) OR Green Card, ONLY if asked for your case in ‘CKGS document checklist’. For some people, this is NOT required.
  • If the Checklist asks for, then you may need to include Marriage Certificate (Indian or any other) too.
  • Photocopy of First 5 pages of YOUR passport + last 2 pages. First page with Photo, then page numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Page number 34, 35, 36 and last page with address. Total of 10 pages.
  • (Optional) – For ECR Stamp – Copy of Highest Educational Qualification Degree. Do you need ECNR or ECR? 
  • USA Address proof : Any 1
  • Rental Lease agreement (Month to Month is acceptable) OR Home Mortgage bill – Should not have expired at the time of submission. 
  • Any utility bill (Electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill) – Must NOT be older than 3 months. Home Internet wifi bill and Mobile bill are NOT accepted.
  • Driver’s License OR State ID – Front and back both are required. Learning / temporary driving license is accepted.
  • US bank statement is NOT a valid address proof.
  • Indian Address Proof – ONLY REQUIRED if you want to ADD or CHANGE current Indian Address on your current passport. You need just one of the below
  • Any Indian utility bill (Electricity/ gas/ water/ landline telephone bill) – Must NOT be older than 3 months
  • Aadhar Card
  • Indian Drivers license
  • Recent Bank Statement from Indian Government bank. Front page required. Should have affixed photograph.
  • US Legal Status
  • Current Valid US Visa (including dependent Visa) OR I-797 OR Green card OR Employment Authorization Card (EAD) or I- 797 approval notice or Valid I-20.
  • B1/B2 is NOT valid visa for passport reissue. i94 is not a valid Proof either.


The Renewal Steps:


There are 2 parts to it. The first part involves you filling a form / application on the CKGS website. This part is to validate your authenticity as a legal immigrant in the U.S.

The 2nd part involves filling a form / application on the Government of India website to validate your authenticity as an Indian National.


Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:

Go to the CKGS (Cox and Kings Global services) website at:

https://passport.in.ckgs.us/get-started


Step 2:


Enter your details by choosing the passport service, residence state and type of application. At the end of this step, you will be shown the complete document checklist, passport fees (including CKGS handling charges), processing times and a temporary reference number. Save the reference number generated.


Step 3:


Now fill the supplementary forms and letters as per your service and type of application. The forms are auto-filled where-ever possible and you should fill the remaining blanks. For example, if you want an Indian address on your passport, you will be required to fill the Nationality verification form. Review, print and sign these forms wherever necessary. Remember that all the signatures on application forms have to be notarized.


Step 4:


Choose the submission mode – Shipping or Walk-in. If you are going to ship them, it is good to use the CKGS’s Fedex Standard overnight service instead of creating your own shipping label. It costs $30 for shipping both ways.


Step 5:


Pay your fees online using Credit/Debit card. This fee includes passport renewal charges, CKGS handling and shipping costs.


Step 6:


At step 6 in CKGS application, you have to fill Indian passport renewal USA application form, separately on Indian government website.

CKGS creates a unique web reference ID to link to this govt. application form and provides you a link on Step 6. Click this link to fill the form.

Ensure that applicant’s name, father’s name and signature given on the form match with that on the current passport.

You will get a NEW WEB REFERENCE NUMBER from Government online NRI passport application form which is later required on CKGS website. Save this new web reference number too.


Step 7:


Print the completed application form.


Step 8:


Now, go back to CKGS website and fill in the government passport application reference number. Visit this page:

https://passport.in.ckgs.us/already-filled-NIC-form

or go to their home page and choose “Already filled in the Government Online NRI Passport Form”.


Step 9:


Once you complete the online process, you will now have to submit your physical application via shipping or walk-in option as selected by you to the CKGS Indian Passport Application Center as per the Jurisdiction of your application.


Important Points:

Only you should sign yourself on the photocopy.

  • Your passport copy of First Five and Last two pages.
  • Copy of Visa or Green Card or I797 approval notice.
  • USA Address proof.
  • Indian Address proof (If Applicable for you case).
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate (ONLY If you are married).
  • Spouse Passport copy (ONLY If you are married).

Notarize - Change of Appearance Form


Where can you Notarize?


Your local city library, Bank (like Bank of America, Chase), your own office are the FREE notary options for Indian passport renewal.

USPS, Fedex and other local mail shops would charge around $5+ per page of notary.


Package, Mailing and Tracking


  • Arrange documents in the order of CKGS document checklist with checklist on top.
  • (Optional) Use a small letter style envelope to keep the passport just to have an extra layer of protection.
  • Original Expiring Passport.
  • Use paper clip or paper pins to tie all the documents together. Do NOT use stapler.
  • Visit UPS/FedEx office, pick up the FREE envelope (included in the shipping fees you paid to CKGS) and send with CKGS shipping label within 15 days of generating label.


NOTE: No need to send return envelope. It will be taken care off by CKGS if you opted for CKGS shipping.


Is ECR or ECNR Proof Required for Indian Passport Renewal in USA?


The ECR, ECNR proof is not required for Indian passport renewal in USA. The ECR/ECNR status is available on page 2 of Indian passport. If it is not there or nothing is mentioned in your passport, you can select option ECNR (Emigration check not required) on point 13.


Can I send ECR, ECNR Proof even if it is not required?


You can send photocopy of your highest educational qualification degree like MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) for ECNR proof. If you do not attach any proof and your old passport did not have the ECR stamp, you will automatically be considered eligible for ECNR.

No notarization needed. Just Self-attest with your signature and clearly mark the photocopy with “For ECNR – Documentary proof”.


How long will it take to get me new Passport?


Though the website mentions 2-3 weeks, you usually get your passport within 10 days.

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George
Cox &kings usa is the agency like tata in India
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Gaurav
Ckgs website
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Mahi
Help me to renew my passport
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Mahi
If I don’t have any Legal document then how I renew passport
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Mahi
Anybody help me
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Some one in a devon street..who does.. I don't know name but I 'll figure out n let u know
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Mahi

Komil Thank you

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Jimmy

Ya Mahi did you know anyone who can renew passport without any other legal documents?

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Dhanush
Hi Mr. anwar can you please tell me the contact number of the person.
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Swayam Prakash
Please let me know the steps about online payment.i m renewing my son’s passport
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George
Same as apply Indian passport plus green card or other visa more than 6 months validity no renew for visiting or short visa
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Rohit
What’s the fee to renew ??
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Mohammed
Depends person to person i guess. It cost me 135.95 including shipping.
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Anwar
For all your work to be done easy no hassle for your passport concern visa etc etc plz call Mr Atul his no is 2817971103 he is honest reasonable loyal person I have had many of my problems solved through him
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Anwar
Give him my reference my name is Anwar. Dosani
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Ckgs
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Sanjay
No
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Mohammed
I just filled mine last week via CKGS website and its almost processed.
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Narendra
Just apply at ckgs and u will get in within 10 days max
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Mann
Plz send me cell no
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Vishal
How early I can start the passport renewal process is it 12 months before only ??
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Kartavya
U can when ever you want
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