Reasons for which your passport application may be rejected

  • If you want to travel outside, you will need your passport. Getting your passport requires lot of paperwork. Although the process of applying for passport has become a lot easier, you must know about the common reasons why a passport application is usually rejected. This will help you to avoid making potential mistakes that lead to denial.

    Missing Documents

    One of the most common reason for a passport being denied is not submitting important documents. The consequences of this mistake is that you are unable to prove his/her citizenship. So the most important thing for you to do would be to submit all those important documents that are able to prove your national identity.
    Documents like your driver’s license, birth certificate, voter’s ID card, pan card and other similar documents should be submitted along with the appropriate fees; otherwise your passport application will be rejected.

    Unclean Copies

    If the document submitted you have stains or incomprehensible to look at, then there are chances your application may be denied. Make sure that the documents that you are submitting are legible, clear and look as close to the original as possible.
    Present your documents well, and you should have no problems getting a passport.

    Signature Issues

    If your signature is not consistent across the various forms and documents, your application could be rejected. Make sure your signatures match across all the documents and forms you have to submit.

    Application Fees

    This is one of the most obvious reason for your passport application rejection. Ensure you pay the right stipulated application fee when applying for a passport. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of the application.

    ‘Enemy of the State’

    A state can refuse to issue a passport if for any reason it suspects you may engage in behaviour that is detrimental to the country.
    It’s also possible that a misunderstanding about your name could very easily result in you being mistaken for some most-wanted criminal. So be clear with your documents to avoid any confusion. Don’t give them any reason to think you pose a threat to the country.

    Criminal History

    If your name is under investigation, your passport is likely to be denied. The state could also deny you a passport if it treats you as a controversial figure. Also, if you have in the past served time in a prison for any crime, the state has the right to review your application closely and deny it on the grounds of threat. 

    Overdue Payments

    If you have any outstanding loans, debts or tax payments that are due by a certain date, then your passport application could be rejected. Make sure that all your tax filings (if applicable) are correct and current before applying. Check with your bank on your loans or debts (if applicable) and repay any outstanding payment.

    Residential Address

    Another reason for your application rejection may be that your current residential address coming in conflict with the permanent address you listed in your application. For example, if you are living elsewhere, but have applied citing a different address then you may face complications related to the police address-verification process. So you could be denied a passport on the grounds that your address could not be verified by the police.


    These guides are not legal advice, nor a substitute for a lawyer

    These articles are provided freely as general guides. While we do our best to make sure these guides are helpful, we do not give any guarantee that they are accurate or appropriate to your situation, or take any responsibility for any loss their use might cause you. Do not rely on information provided here without seeking experienced legal advice first. If in doubt, please always consult a lawyer.

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