Reasons for which your passport application may be rejected

June 24, 2019
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

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.

Connect with an expert lawyer for your legal issue

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.

Consult: Top Immigration Lawyers in India

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.

Connect with an expert lawyer for your legal issue

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.

Consult: Top Immigration Lawyers in India

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.

Connect with an expert lawyer for your legal issue

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.

Googling your legal issue online?

The internet is not a lawyer and neither are you.
Talk to a real lawyer about your legal issue.

Popular Immigration Lawyers

Advocate Bala Janaki
330 Thambuchetty Street , Chennai
35 years Experience
Advocate Rajeev Nigam
Kanpur Nagar , Kanpur
26 years Experience
Advocate Suksham Aggarwal
District and Sessions Court , Ambala
7 years Experience
Advocate Ricky Chopra
Sector - 49 , Gurgaon
19 years Experience

Related Articles

Connect with top Immigration lawyers for your specific issue

Immigration Law Articles

All you need to know about Australian visa refusal and re-application

A guide to Canada visa refusal and re-application

Here's what you need to know if your UK visa has been refused

All you need to know about US visa refusal and re-application

User Reviews

4.5 - 18 reviews

Very helpful in understanding the law.

Vaishali on May 27, 2020

thanks for the information

Raghavendra on Apr 24, 2020

Written in a very simple language.

Prabhat on May 25, 2020

good article. Can you share more detail

Bharath on May 27, 2020

thank you for the information

Tanvi on May 10, 2020

Written plainly to be understood by anyone who is from a non-legal background.

Vandana on Apr 28, 2020

very informative. Can you tell more about this

Amol on Apr 22, 2020

needed more information on the law

Anshu on May 12, 2020

how to contact a lawyer from your website

Dipak on May 19, 2020

good legal subject

Rekha on Apr 18, 2020

learned all the basics about the legal issue. Good article. Keep it up.

Prabhat on May 17, 2020

nice artcile

Sarita on May 18, 2020

very well written

Raman on Apr 21, 2020

needed a lawyer….what is the procedure?

Pankaj on May 11, 2020

excellent article. Very informative

Vikrant on May 14, 2020

Very good work with the article. Gave a nice clarity about the subject.

Preeti on Apr 18, 2020

very helpful

Priyanka on May 11, 2020

Gave me a very clear idea of the subject.

Rahul on Apr 21, 2020