How to apply for an e-passport?

A passport or e-passport is a very important thing nowadays. Never resort to a broker to get a passport because brokers have nothing to do with digital passports at present. So read today’s complete guide to take your own passport.

What is a passport or e-passport?

A passport is an official international identity document. In a word, this government document is needed to go outside the country. Passports have undergone many changes over time. Bangladeshi passports were completely analog in the early days. It was printed from an ordinary printer with a black and white image and sealed. Next came the MRP or Machine Readable Passport which is the first generation passport of modern technology. Recently, Bangladesh has introduced new e-passport technology to increase the country’s reputation and technical skills in the outside world. E-passport has many advantages.

E-Passport Application or Renewal from MRP

In the case of those who currently have MRP passports, those who want to get an e-passport from MRP or want to get an e-passport completely, the application rules are the same in both cases. If you have an MRP passport just mention its data correctly in the new application without making mistakes.

Before applying for an e-passport, keep all the necessary documents in your collection. Otherwise, there may be confusion if the documents are incomplete at the next stage when the hard copy has to be submitted.

Documents required for passport

What is required to get a passport is discussed below:

  1. The e-passport application form can be filled out online.
  2. No document attestation will be required in the case of an e-passport application.
  3. No photograph attachment and attestation will be required in the e-passport form.
  4. The application form should be filled in as per National Identity Card (NID) or Online Birth Registration (BRC) certificate.
  5. Minor (less than 18 years) applicants who do not have National Identity Card (NID) must mention the National Identity Card (NID) number of their father or mother.
  6. National Identity Card (NID) or Online Birth Registration (BRC) certificate should be submitted as per the following age-

(a) Online Birth Registration (BRC) certificate if below 18 years.

(b) National Identity Card (NID) or Online Birth Registration (BRC) certificate if 18-20 years

(c) National Identity Card (NID) is required if above 20 years. However, Online Birth Registration (BRC) certificate will be accepted in case of application from Bangladesh Mission abroad.

  1. Serial numbers marked with an asterisk must be filled in.
  2. In case of adoption/guardianship, an order issued by the Department of Security Services, Ministry of Home Affairs should be submitted along with the passport application.
  3. The application should be submitted to the concerned Departmental Passport and Visa Office/Regional Passport Office/Bangladesh Mission Abroad at the present address.
  4. For all applications below 18 years and above 65 years e-passport will be valid for 05 years and 48 pages.
  5. Relevant technical certificates (eg: Doctor, Engineer, Driver etc.) should be uploaded/attached.
  6. Relevant GO/NOC/Certificate/Retirement Leave Order/Pension Book should be uploaded/attached to the respective website of the Issuing Authority as applicable.
  7. Marriage certificate/ Nikahnama where applicable and Talaknama in case of divorce should be submitted.
  8. Other charges (if any) including VAT at the prescribed rate shall be payable in addition to the fees applicable to applications within the country. In case of application abroad also the fee prescribed by the Government shall be payable.
  9. For diplomatic passports, applications must be submitted to the Consular and Welfare Wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Head Office of the Directorate of Immigration and Passports.
  10. When applying for a new passport from a foreign mission, the contact address in Bangladesh should be mentioned in the permanent address column.
  11. In case of urgent passport application (new issue) police clearance certificate must be obtained on own initiative and submitted along with the application.
  12. (a) If police clearance is submitted along with the application for an emergency passport within the country, the passport will be issued within 2 working days, provided all other information is correct.

(b) If police clearance is submitted along with the application for an emergency passport within the country, the passport will be issued within 7 working days, provided all other information is correct.

(c) If police clearance is submitted along with the application for obtaining a regular passport within the country, the passport will be issued within 15 working days, subject to all other information being correct.

  1. Original National Identity Card (NID), Online Birth Registration (BRC) and technical certificate as applicable, Government Order (GO)/No Objection (NOC) should be produced/submitted at the time of application.
  2. In case of re-issue of passport original passport must be produced.
  3. Original GD copy to be produced/submitted in case of lost passport.
  4. In case of application below 06 years of age, a 3R size (lab print gray background) photo should be submitted.
  5. If the passport is lost or stolen, it should be reported to the nearest police station immediately. In the case of a new passport, an application should be submitted along with a photocopy of the old passport, a GD copy.

The above documents are required to apply for an e-passport. The original set of all these copies must be carried with you on the day you visit the passport office on the appointment date. Passport authorities will directly ask for the original copy for verification.

Be careful about writing names

Many people suffer from a common problem when it comes to writing names if someone’s name is A.Z.M. If it is NASIR RAHMAN, he will write RAHMAN in the field of Sure Name. And write AZM NASIR in Given Name, no dot or dots can be used here.

And remember that it doesn’t matter how your name is written on your certificate. You will write your name in your application as per your NID.

How much does it cost to get a passport?

Passport fees can be deposited at One Bank, Premier Bank, Sonali Bank, Trust Bank, Bank Asia, and Dhaka Bank. E-passport fees can be paid through A-challan from all government and private banks. For applications within Bangladesh (including 15% VAT):

Passport with 48 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular disbursement within 15 working days / 21 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 4,025.
  2. Urgent disbursement within 7 working days / 10 days from date of biometric enrollment: Tk 6,325.
  3. Urgent disbursement within 2 working days from the date of biometric enrollment: Rs.8,625.

Passport with 48 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular disbursement within 15 working days / 21 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 5,750.
  2. Urgent disbursement within 7 working days / 10 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 8,050.
  3. Urgent disbursement within 2 working days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 10,350.

Passport with 64 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular disbursement within 15 working days / 21 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 6,325.
  2. Urgent disbursement within 7 working days / 10 days from date of biometric enrollment: Tk 8,625.
  3. Urgent disbursement within 2 working days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 12,075.

Passport with 64 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular disbursement within 15 working days / 21 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 8,050.
  2. Urgent disbursement within 7 working days / 10 days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 10,350.
  3. Urgent disbursement within 2 working days from the date of biometric enrollment: Tk 13,800.

In case of application from Bangladesh Mission abroad (General Applicants)

Passport with 48 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular distribution: USD 100.
  2. Urgent delivery: USD 150.

Passport with 48 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular distribution: 125 USD.
  2. Urgent delivery: 175 USD.

Passport with 64 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular distribution: 150 USD.
  2. Emergency delivery: USD 200.

Passport with 64 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular distribution: 175 USD.
  2. Urgent delivery: 225 USD.

In case of application from Bangladesh Mission abroad (Workers and Students)

Passport with 48 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular distribution: 30 USD.
  2. Urgent delivery: 45 USD.

Passport with 48 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular distribution: 50 USD.
  2. Urgent delivery: 75 USD.

Passport with 64 pages and 5 years validity

  1. Regular distribution: 150 USD.
  2. Emergency delivery: USD 200.

Passport with 64 pages and 10 years of validity

  1. Regular distribution: 175 USD.
  2. Urgent delivery: 225 USD.

Note: Holders of NOC / Retirement Certificate (in case of Government Servants) will get emergency benefits subject to regular fee submission.

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Fill out the passport form

Step 01

First, open your account as per the instructions by going to epassport.gov.bd from a valid email id. Use your active valid mobile number to open the account which you will keep with you at all times. Save account passwords carefully.

Step 02

You can apply for an e-passport for yourself and your family members from one of your accounts.

Step 03

Once the account is created, feel free to fill out your application form slowly and take your time. Feel free to press save and continue at each step while completing it and proceed to the next step. Because even if there is a mistake here, you will get a chance to correct it.

In this way fill all your cells one by one. One thing to note is that at the last step of filling out the application form, the confirm option will appear. Please check thoroughly what you have filled out so far before clicking here.

If necessary, print a copy of this draft and check the information carefully. There is no problem if you log out of your computer in this state. Everything you fill in the form will be saved.

Step 04

If all information is correct click on the “Confirm and Submit” button. Your application is done. At this stage, you will be asked for the appointment schedule of when you will go to the passport office to take photos, give fingerprints, and Irish. Now make an appointment at your convenience. And print a copy of this appointment sheet. Now print the original copy of 3 pages of your application. diameter

Passport Fee Deposit Rules

After printing the application form you deposit your passport fee in the specified bank. Remember to write the same name on the bank deposit slip as you wrote in your application.

After depositing the money in the bank, the bank will give you a receipt slip, which will have a reference number. Enter this reference number carefully in the space provided on page 3 of your original application. And at the bottom of the 3rd page you sign and date.

Submit the application form at the passport office

All the documents from top to bottom, bank deposit slip, appointment letter, original application form, copy of own NID, photocopy of old passport (if any), copy of wife’s NID, photocopy of Kabinnama and make a set together. Save and wait for the appointment day with peace of mind.

Meet at the passport office on a pre-arranged date. With those printed papers and bank deposit receipts. Later, they will check the application forms and national identity cards in various ways and seal them and ask them to go to the computer room.

After going there, photographs will be taken, and fingerprints and eye iris will be taken. Along with the file submission, a passport verification slip will be issued.

After that, you can check your passport status from https://www.epassport.gov.bd/authorization/application-status

Passport Police Verification

Your file will be sent to the District Special Police for police verification after issuing the passport slip. Then your file will go to your concerned local police officer for investigation. He may ask you for the following information for police verification.

(1) National identity card of you and your parents.

(2) Proof of occupation given in the passport application, eg Student ID card if student.

(3) Photocopy of electricity bill or photocopy of the card if recharged on electricity bill card.

(4) Determination of permanent place.

(5) Details of house boundaries.

etc.

Collection of passports

Visit the passport office again according to the date of the passport issue slip. On that day, an e-passport will be issued after a fingerprint check.

Benefits of e-Passport

According to the sources of the passport department, an e-passport will have 38 types of security features. The information currently in the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) database will be transferred to the e-passport. The passport will be valid for five and 10 years. But if one’s passport expires, he/she has to get an e-passport instead of MRP.

E-passport

As the present passport is in book form, the e-passport will also have the same type of book. However, the two pages containing personal information at the beginning of the passport book at present, will not be there in the e-passport.

There will be a card made of polymer. This card will contain a chip. The chip will store the information of the passport holder. All e-passport information will be stored centrally in the Public Key Directory (PKD).

This international database is managed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All aviation and land port authorities around the world, including Interpol, can access this database and verify the information.

For the introduction of e-passport, an automatic border control management system will be introduced by setting up e-gates as per the demand at each airport and land port of the country.

Legal advice

Do not give any wrong or false information while receiving the passport. Do not use incorrect or false addresses as these are criminal offenses. If there is any problem related to your passport, contact the passport office immediately. In case of bribery for police verification, inform the passport investigation officer immediately or contact the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Police.

If there is any problem at the passport office, ask the police, Ansar, army, or other officials in charge there. They will tell you what to do or which room to go to.

Source of information: Emigration Branch 1, Department of Security Services, Ministry of Home Affairs Memorandum No. 58.00.0000.040.01.003.16-1234

Shipta Barua
Shipta Baruahttps://legalhome.org
Shipta Barua has been Completed LL.B(Hon's) from Cox's Bazar International University and completed LL.M in Human Rights at Southern University Bangladesh. Writing and discussion about the critical and important topics of law in his choice. For primary Legal support and enrich to the general people legal knowledge he working in the Legal Home.

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