Check passport status online

To check the Indian passport status online, visit the passport tracking page on India Passport Seva website. Here you will see a form as shown in image above.

Fill the following details in the passport application tracking form:

    1. Select application type from the four options as below.
      • Passport/ PCC/ IC/ GEP
      • RTI
      • Diplomatic/ Official Application
      • Surrender Certificate

      passport application types in dropdown
      The first option is very common i.e. Passport/ PCC/ IC/ GEP.

    2. You will then have to key in your file number. The file number contains 15 alphanumeric characters and is mentioned on the Acknowledgement Letter. This letter is issued at the end of the application process at the PSK i.e. at the exit counter. It is also issued at the end of the manual application process at the DPC, SPC, CSC.You can check passport status by reference file number.
    3. The last field will require you to fill in your date of birth. You can also check passport application status by date of birth.
    4. If the information submitted on first screen is correct then you will see the following details on the ‘Status Tracker’ page:
      • Your application file number
      • Your first and last name
      • Application submission date
      • Your passport application’s current status

      Now you know the status of the passport. Based on the status either await for your passport to deliver or reach out to them for any questions in case of delays.

Indian Passport Application Status Types

Your passport status is constantly updated as it moves through the entire passport application to delivery chain. When tracking your passport application you may come across these statuses messages indicating its progress through the system.

      • Application submitted:
        This indicates the application form and fees has been submitted and paid.
      • Application under review or under review with reason:
        This indicates the application is being processed or is being reviewed for want of documentation or modification of details. You may have to visit the PSK to sort this out.
      • Police Verification Initiated or Pending:
        This is when the PV request has been raised by the PO with the relevant police department or if raised is yet to be carried out.
      • Police Verification (PV) report submitted or under review or not clear:
        This is when police verification for passport has been completed. Subsequently the PV report to be submitted by the relevant police department to the passport office has caused a hold-up in two ways.

        • It is under review for want of information or
        • The applicant has not cleared the verification process due to incriminating information that the police have uncovered about the applicant.

        If your PV report has been held-up, you may have to rectify this at the police station by providing the police with the required information.

      • Passport application status granted or printed or dispatched or returned undelivered:
        When the passport application has gone through the entire process successfully, your passport will be granted. It will then be printed and dispatched by the RPO. Dispatch is usually done via Speed Post and the same you can be tracked the passport dispatch status on the India Post website. You can also track your passport delivery status by going down to your nearest speed post center. If they are unable to locate your passport, you can contact your Regional Passport Office.If you are not present when your passport is delivered or there is no suitable person to take delivery in your absence, it will be taken back, marked undelivered.

Other ways to check passport status

Passport Tracking By National Call Centre

For passport tracking enquiry / related services enquiries (or information you cannot find on the website), you can contact the passport national call center using a toll-free number. You can either key in your file number directly through IVR or speak to customer representative to whom you will have to provide your file number as well as your birth date.

Tracking Passport Status By Helpdesk

Alternatively, you can also find information in the grievances and feedback section of the passport portal. Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) have a helpdesk which can help with Indian passport inquiries on application status or updates. The passport portal also hosts a helpdesk that deals only with email inquiries. If you wish to you can reach out to your passport office via e-mail or by placing a call to the PO.

Check Passport Status Through SMS

Through your mobile phone you can opt for the Premium SMS service through which you will receive status updates on your passport application (up to 9 status updates). This comes at a charge of Rs.30 that is payable only once at the time of enrollment. You can pay and enroll for this service at the PSK when you go there to submit your application. Besides receiving automatic application progress notifications, you can use this service to make your own text enquiries to track your application. To do so send a text message (SMS) by typing in STATUS, then leave a space and enter the 15 digit alphanumeric file number to 9704100100. E.g. STATUS ABC1234567891011.

Passport Status Tracking by mPassport Seva app

The mPassport Seva app is another way to access information on your passport status. I have curated direct links for each of the mobile platforms below for your convenience. Simply click on the relevant icon below to download on your mobile phone.

Get it on Google Play

Download on Apple Store

Get it from Microsoft

Get it at BlackBerry World

To track applications via the mPassport Seva app, you will have to key in your file number and birth date. Additionally, you can use this app to track the passport delivery status as well.

Got questions or suggestions to update the steps above to help others? Let’s discuss below!

Check Income Tax Refund Status Online

Check Income Tax Return Status Online India

Income tax refund status is just just a few clicks away – no cost, no registration is required! So, have you paid tax more than you were supposed to? Did your employer not consider the last month’s or last few months’ investments for tax benefit? Well, then you will need to claim the refund while you are filing income tax return. And you can check income tax refund status online! Below is how. But before that, did you file your Income Tax Return? If you did it online, you can Check IT Return Acknowledgement Online.

EDIT: IT Refund Status Update over Email

I received an email from SBI email ID with subject “Income Tax Refund Payment Advice – Electronic Payment” that the refund money has been credited to my bank account. I had provided SBI bank account details while filing the return. It’s so cool! It contained a PDF attachment that was password protected with the details of the refund received. Below is the copy of the email they send. This is amazing and it happened quite faster in comparison. Now you don’t have to go again and again to their website to check the status unless you were expecting and it did not happen. Banks these days also send SMS for money deposited but it seemed like a special email for the IT refund which is just great.

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. Aditya Bajaj,
We are pleased to advise that your Income Tax Refund, as determined by ITD had been processed.
Please find attached payment advice for details. The advice is password protected. Please use your PAN number in capital letters to open the attachment.
For more details please contact CPC Bengaluru at 1800-425-2229 (Toll Free) or 080-22546500 if the Return was filed online.
If other cases, you need to visit local Income Tax Ward and contact your Assessing Officer.
For further queries please contact Aayakar Sampark Kendra at 0124-2438000 or 1800-180-1961 (Toll free).
For payment related queries you may contact SBI Contact Centre at 1800-425-9760 (Toll Free).
Please visit
With Warm Regards,
State Bank of India
Cash Management Product Centre

Income Tax Refund Status Check Online Step by Step

ITR Status Online:

Refund credited

SBI Bank Statement for Deposit by IT Department:

it refund deposit in bank

  1. Go to this NSDL website –
  2. Enter your PAN number
  3. Select your assessment year in the given drop down list
  4. Click Submit

And you are done! If you faced any issues while checking income tax refund status online, please discuss via comments below and I will try to help you sort the problem.

UPDATE: Other statuses

A) Refund status: Refund not sent to Refund Banker

  1. Your assessing officer has not sent this refund to Refund Banker.
  2. If this refund has been sent by your Assessing Officer within the last week, you may wait for a week and again check status.
Please contact your Assessing Officer.
Online Tax Statement helps you in filing your income return, Click here for registration
Insist on Computerised Challan Counterfoil from bank for tax deposited.

assessing officer not sent refund to refundbanker

B) Refund status: Unable to credit refund as the account number provided by you is incorrect

* The date corresponds to the status.


  1. In case your electronic refund (ECS) is not credited to your account please contact your Assessing Officer and provide the correct MICR code and account number where credit is to be effected. The Assessing Officer will ask State Bank of India to send a fresh refund cheque to you.
Insist on Computerised Challan Counterfoil from bank for tax deposited.

unable to credit refund

It gives you the date information when the itr was refunded and deposited to your account. I verified it myself. If you check your SBI bank statement for that period, you will see an entry as shown above in the SBI bank statement.

If you are traveling to India

Be ready to be honked at. 

Get stuck in congested traffic where no one can move. Keep loads of buffer time. 

Triple check 360 degrees around you before crossing a road even if you have the right of way. 

If you are traveling in an auto-rickshaw or bus hold tight. They, especially, drive crazy. Even locals are pissed. 

Book a hotel on a well known site and read reviews before booking. If a hotel is cheaper then there is a reason…think. Either the location is down market or service or quality of the hotel is not good. 

If you are in an area where there’s not much happening around or internationals around, avoid wandering alone or late nights. 

Prostitution is legal that is why, I think, that there are so many rape cases in India. So, be careful. 

What you won’t find easily in India:




Creeps; because people are friendly but still be careful.