Regional Passport Office Chennai

The Regional Passport Office Chennai serves a number of districts in the state of Tamil Nadu together with Chennai, the capital of the state. It was set up in 1955. At the time of its inception, the Regional Passport Office Chennai was operating from George Town in Chennai (erstwhile Madras). Subsequently, the offices of RTO Chennai were transferred to the government office area of Shastri Bhavan situated in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The area houses various central government offices.

History of Regional Passport Office Chennai

In the beginning, the Regional Passport Office served the requirements of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu over and above the bordering states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala. Because of increased necessities, different passport offices for the three abovementioned states were set up in 1976.

The Regional Passport Office, Chennai was once more ramified in 1983, and another office was set up at Trichy with its own jurisdiction.

RPO Chennai has the overall responsibility for issuing passports to the Indian Citizens who live in its jurisdictional territory.

Important information about the Regional Passport Office Chennai

Office Timings of RPO Chennai

10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Status Enquiry Help Counter.
10.00 a.m. - 01.00 p.m. For application form submission (both general and Tatkal streams)
10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. For issues related to various other services
02.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m. Issue of passport submitted for various services
04.30 p.m. to 05.30 p.m. Issue of passports (which have been assured by the officials)

Jurisdiction of RPO Chennai

The jurisdiction of RPO Chennai covers the following districts:
  • Cuddalore
  • Chennai city
  • Kancheepuram
  • Dharmapuri
  • Krishnagiri
  • Karaikkal
  • Thiruvallur
  • Pondicherry
  • Villupuram
  • Thiruvannamalai
  • Vellore
Other than issuance of passports, RPO Chennai offers a suite of other services such as supplementary approval concerning Emigration Check Not Required, Police Clearance Certificate, and alteration of residential details in passport and so on. These services are offered by RPO Chennai notwithstanding the truth that the original passport has been given by RPO Chennai or not, given that they are residents in the territory of jurisdiction of that particular passport office.

List of Holidays 

The Regional Passport Office Chennai remains closed on the following occasions:

Date Name of Occasion
15/01/2011 Pongal
26/01/2011 Republic Day
16/02/2011 Prophet Mohammed's Birthday
16/04/2001 Mahavir Jayanthi
22/04/2011 Good Friday
17/05/2011 Buddha Purnima
15/08/2011 Independence Day
22/08/2011 Janmasthami
31/08/2011 Eid
01/09/2011 Vinayaka Chaturthi
02/10/2011 Gandhi Jayanthi
06/10/2011 Vijaya Dashami
26/10/2011 Diwali
07/11/2011 Bakrid
10/11/2011 Guru Nanak's Birthday
06/12/2011 Muharram
25/12/2011 Christmas

How to apply to the Regional Passport Office, Chennai

Applicants can apply for passports to RPO Chennai in four different ways and they are listed below:
  1. Applicants can directly submit the application forms at the counters and via their empowered couriers
  2. Via Travel Agents approved by RPO Chennai
  3. Via approved Speed Post centers in Pondicherry and Chennai
  4. Via District Passport Cells established in the three centers based in the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Chennai City at Anna Nagar, Adyar, and Flower Bazar and District Collectorates.
The method of receipt of application forms via courier and post has been relinquished with effect from October 1, 2009.

District passport cells where new applications and application for renewals can be submitted

Given below are the names of the district passport cells where new applications and renewal applications can be submitted:
District/Area Location
Chennai City-Adyar Adyar Police Station
Chennai City-Flower Bazaar Flower Bazar Police Station
Kancheepuram Collector’s office
Chennai City-Anna Nagar Anna Nagar Police Station
Thiruvannamalai Collector’s office
Vellore Collector’s office
Cuddalore Collector’s office
Krishnagiri Collector’s office
Dharmapuri Collector’s office
Villupuram Collector’s office
Thiruvallur Collector’s office

New passport applications and applications for renewal can be submitted via the accredited tourist agencies as well. Passports for which applications were submitted via tourist agencies will be sent by speed post straightaway to the applicants.

Speed Post Centers where new passport applications can be submitted:

  • Anna Road HPO Chennai 2
  • SPBO Greams Road, Chennai
  • IIT SO Chennai 36
  • Triplicane SO Chennai 5
  • Anna Nagar SO Chennai 40
  • Vadapalani SO Chennai 26
  • T Nagar HPO Chennai 17
  • Park Town HPO Chennai 3
  • Chennai GPO Chennai 1
  • Mylapore HPO Chennai 4
  • Adyar SO Chennai 20
  • St. Thomas Mount HPO Chennai 16
  • Ambattur HPO Chennai
  • Tambaram HPO Chennai 45
  • Speed Post Concentration Centre Chennai 16
  • Pondicherry HPO
  • Nungambakkam NDSO Chennai 34
  • T. Nagar North SO Chennai
  • Chepauk SO, Chennai 5
  • Santhome, Chennai 4
  • KK Nagar SO Chennai 78
  • Fort St. George SO, Chennai 9
  • Saidapet SO, Chennai 15
  • Besant Nagar SO, Chennai 90
  • Avadi Camp HPO, Chennai 54
    • West Mambalam SO, Chennai 33
    • Teynampet SO
    • Pallavaram SO Chennai 43
    • Kalpakkam Chennai 603102
    • Kancheepuram HPO
    • Ranipet HPO
    • Tiruvallur HPO
    • Tirupattur HPO
    • Vellore HPO
    • Gudiyatham HPO
    • Arakonam HO 631 001
    • Thiruvannamalai HPO
    • CMC Hospital SO
    • Arni SO
    • Chengam SO
    • Cuddalore HPO
    • Vandavasi SO
    • Neyveli SO
    • Chidambaram HPO
    • Tindivanam HPO
    • Villupuram HPO
    • Krishnagiri HPO
    • Dharmapuri SO
    • Pondicherry University SO
    • Hosur SO

    Pondicherry Passport Application Collection Center

    The inhabitants of Karaikkal and Pondicherry can submit the new passport/ renewal applications and applications for various other services at the Pondicherry Passport Application Collection Center. The contact details are given below:
    • Passport Application Collection Center
      Animal Husbandry Campus
      Marlaimalai Adiagal Salai
      Tel: 0413- 2203428

    Contact Details of Regional Passport Office Chennai

    • Regional Passport Office
      Shastri Bhavan
      26 Haddows Road
      Chennai 600 006
      Fax:    044-28252767
      Tel:    044-28203591, 93, 94
      Telegrams:    Passem
      Email: [email protected]

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    Last Updated on 11/2/2011