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The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card.
~E. L. Doctorow.
Passports are of great importance, especially for the people who are globetrotters and love traveling. Pakistan is packed with hundreds of affordable and full of fun family vacation spots but to travel across borders a passport is a document that is needed. Without a valid passport, you cannot travel to other countries. You also need your passport to apply for visas. In short, a passport is your essential travel partner. Many countries also offer visa-free entry for Pakistani passport holders. If you want to hang out in the city, get to know places to visit in Lahore.
Information in a Passport
A passport carries crucial information about the holder, such as the bearer’s name, place of birth, date of birth, the date of issue, date of expiry, passport number, photo, and the signature of the bearer.
Basic kinds of Pakistani Passports
There are three basic types of passports that the Pakistani government issues to the citizens.
- Ordinary Passports
- Diplomatic Passports
- Official Passports
1. Ordinary Passport
Ordinary Machine Readable Passport is issued to all citizens of Pakistan. They can use it to apply for international visas.
2. Diplomatic Passport
Diplomatic passports are issued to the Diplomats and other entitled categories.
3. Official Passport
Official passports are issued to Pakistani Nationals who are Senators, MNAs, Provincial Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan/High Courts, Officers serving with the Government, and proceeding abroad on official assignments, etc.
Passport Offices in Lahore
If you are a resident of Lahore, here’s what you need to know about the passport office locations in Lahore.
|8-A, Shahrah-e-Awan Tijarat, Shadman, Lahore
|Lahore – I
|4-A, Sher Shah Block, Behind Barkat Market Near Himayat-ul-Islam Girls College, New Garden Town.
|Lahore (Bar Council)
|Lahore High Court Bar Association.
|Zain Park bypass, Sagian Road, Opposite Grand Marriage Hall, Shahdara, Lahore
|14Km Stop, Araiyan More, Main Raiwind Road Lahore.
|Executive Passport Office, DHA Phase 3, Sector 10, Lahore.
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Step by Step Guide of Getting a Passport
Step 1 – This step involves the arrival of the applicant at the customer service counter. For this step, the applicant has to go to the customer service counter at the Regional Passport Office. If you have all the required documents with you, you will be taken to the token counter.
Step 2 – The second step involves arrival at the token counter and capturing a photograph. The applicant will produce the original CNIC/Smart-Card/NICOP or Children Registration Certificate (CRC), in case of below 18 years of age, along with its copies and bank challan form.
Also, the camera operator will take pictures of the applicant. Then, a token will be issued to the applicant.
Step 3 – In the third step, biometric data is captured. The applicant after obtaining a token will approach the Biometric Counter as soon as his token appears at Biometric Capturing Counter. This is where the Data Entry Operator (DEO) will take fingerprints of the applicant.
Step 4 – During this step, the data is being entered by office staff. The Applicant will move to the Data Entry Counters as soon as his token number appears on the Counter. The Data Entry Operator will enter all the required data of the Applicant while the data entry screen will also be visible to the Applicant so that he or she can guide the Data Entry Operator accordingly.
After the data entry is completed Data Entry Form will be printed by the operator and will be presented to the Applicant for verification. The Applicant will verify all its contents by signing the form. The applicant will be asked to collect duplicate tokens from the data entry counter.
Step 5 – This step involves verification as per Office Record (ECL/BL). The verification against office records will be carried out. Verification against Exit Control List (ECL) and Black List (BL) will also be carried out to make sure that the applicant has a clean history.
In case of slightest doubt about the National Status of the applicant, the case may be referred to Special Branch/IB for confirmation.
Step 6 – The last step involves an interview & decision by the Assistant Director. Finally, the applicant will appear before the Assistant Director when his token appears on the AD counter along with all the original documents.
The Assistant Director will interview the Applicant and declare his verdict to the applicant whether his case is to be allowed go-ahead or overruled.
Assistant Director will defer the case of Applicant below 18 years of age and will handover the printed form to the applicant for attestation of his photograph from a Class 1 Govt. officer. The attester will have to write his/her CNIC/Contact No. along with the official stamp on the form.
On production of data form (duly attested) the deferred Token will be allowed go-ahead.
Things Needed at the Passport Office for MRP
To get your machine-readable passport at the office, make sure you carry the following documents with you.
- Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC)/NICOP/Smart-Card or Children Registration Certificate (Form”B”)>
- Original Bank Challan of Rs.3000/- for Normal & Rs.5000/- for Urgent processing for 5 years validity passport & Rs.5400/- for Normal & Rs.9000/- for Urgent processing of 10 years validity passport
- Children under 15 years of age will be issued 05 years validity Passport
- Old Passport (if any)
Validity Period of the Passport
The government of Pakistan issues two kinds of passports.
The Directorate General of Immigration & Passports will issue the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) valid for five years & Ten years subject to fee deposit.
However, you must remember that a passport having validity of 05 years cannot be converted into validity for 10 years. Also, children under 15 years of age will be issued Passport having 05 years’ validity.
Required Documents for the Passport
Normal/Urgent (18 & Above)
- Original Bank Challan (receipt) with prescribed fee deposits.
- Original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC)/NICOP/Smart-Card issued by NADRA with its 2-photocopies.
- OLD Passport with its photocopy, if issued.
- NOC in case of a Government Servant.
- Foreign Passport along with its photocopy, for Dual-Nationality holders only.
Normal/Urgent (Under 18)
- Original Bank Challan (receipt) with prescribed fee deposits.
- Original Computerized Registration Certificate (CRC) issued by NADRA with its 2-photocopies.
- Copies of Parents Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), accompanied by either of them (Father/Mother).
- Foreign Passport along with its photocopy, for Dual -Nationality holders only.
Fee for 05 Years Validity
Fee for 10 Years Validity
This was all you need to know about a Pakistani passport and how to get it. We hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any more questions, please leave a comment in the comment section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.