Modi government introduces big changes in Indian Passports! Top 6 things one must know


Indian Passports get lotus symbol, more security features! In a move to check the menace of fake passports, the national flower ‘Lotus’ has been imprinted on Indian Passports, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said. The central government has stated that it would also use other national symbols in a rotational way. People who have recently obtained an Indian Passport, as well as those who want to apply, must take note of the changes that have brought in by the central government.

Indian passports: Here are the top changes

1. Lotus is the national flower and has been imprinted on the passports as part of the enhanced security features to check fake passports, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

2. If we compare the old passports with this highly secured and changed one, we will find that the ‘Lotus’ has replaced the space for the signature of the passport officer. The old passport used to have a space for a passport officer’s signature and seal on the second page. Lotus has been imprinted in the rectangular shape on the second page of the new passport.

3. Old passports used to have separate columns for entering passport holders’ names and addresses. New passports no longer have these separate columns.

4. There are new codes which are being used in the new Indian passports. New passports with special features were first made available at passport offices in Kochi in November.

5. It has been learnt that better quality of paper has been used for new Indian passports along with improved printing technology. The printing process has been done in Maharashtra’s Nashik.

6. National Informatics Centre (NIC), and the Indian Security Press (Nasik) have worked in tandem with MEA to upgrade passport for travellers.

United Nations specialized agency International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has given its approval for the new features. The MEA has also revealed that a plethora of changes will come pertaining to passports from time to time.

The MEA is also working on e-passports with an aim to prepare a new passport booklet with modern security features. The E-passport is basically a biometric-based passport. This will include a chip and can be used at automated ePassport gates.


  1. I have passport, which was made in 2015 along with my family members, my wife and son. Do I need to
    submit the passport for the changes, in Passport seva kendra?

  2. Daniel P Jogal,
    Thanks for the information. I want to renwe my passport which is going to expire in the month of March. Guide me.

  3. We have passport in the name oof my self and my wife , which is valid up to 26.09.2026 & 21.06.2026 and also USA Visa stamp valid up to 2027. Do I need to submit passport for changes in passport seva kendra.

  4. I have passport, which was made in August, 2019 along with my family members, my wife and son. Do I need to submit the passport for the changes, in Passport seva kendra?
    Kindly guide me

  5. Modification initiative appreciable. But what would be of old passport? Would it require replacement to new passport or else. Kindly suggest.

  6. How many days Passport PSK should take to issue new Passport after expiry?
    Secondly for Senior citizen above 62 years, Police verification is required when she holds earlier Passport which is expiring in the next three month.
    The only change is present address in the Passport.

  7. Sir thanks for the information.
    Does marriage certificate must to include spose’s name in passport.


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