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Regional Passport Office

The Regional Passport Office (RPO) was first established in Chennai in the year 1955. During that time, it was located at George Town and was later shifted to government owned premises of Shastri Bhavan in the year 1966. The Passport Office of Madras was initially taking care of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry and also the neighbouring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. However, in the year 1976, separate passport offices were established for all the three states. Presently, the districts which come under the jurisdiction of Chennai Passport Office are:
  • Chennai city
  • Coimbatore
  • Cuddalore
  • Dharmapuri
  • Erode
  • Kancheepuram
  • Karaikkal
  • Krishnagiri
  • Namakkal
  • Nilgiris
  • Pondicherry
  • Salem
  • Thiruvallur
  • Thiruvannamalai
  • Villupuram
  • Vellore
The Regional Passport Office, in the beginning, served the requirements of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu over and above the bordering states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The increased necessities led to the creation of separate offices for the three states. The Regional Passport Office was divided when a separate office in Trichy was opened having its own jurisdiction. The RPO Chennai has the overall responsibility of issuing passport to the Indian citizens who live in its jurisdictional territory.

The Regional Passport Office has a host of responsibilities to take care of. It primarily issues passports to the Indian citizens residing in its jurisdiction area. In addition, it also offers services like change of address in passport, additional endorsement regarding Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR), Police Clearance Certificate, etc. To obtain a passport, you need to apply to the Passport Office. You can submit the application in a number of ways such as
  • Direct Submission at counter & through authorized representatives of applicants,
  • By post,
  • Through Travel Agents authorized by the Regional Passport Office of Chennai,
  • Through authorized Speed Post centres in Chennai and Pondicherry,
  • Through District Passport Cells set up in the District Collectorates, and
  • Three centres set up in the office of the Deputy Commissioners of Police in Chennai City at Adyar, Anna Nagar and Flower Bazaar
Regional Passport Office
IInd Floor, Shastri Bhavan
26, Haddows Road
Chennai - 600 006

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. - 04.30 p.m. - Issue of passport submitted for various services
04.30 p.m. - 05.30 p.m. - Issue of passports (which have been assured by the officials)

List Of Holidays
The Regional Passport Office Chennai remains closed on the following occasions (few exceptions, concerned person are advised to enquire first before heading for the RPO):
New Year's Day 01.01.201 Independence Day 15.08.2012
Pongal 15.01.2012 Ramzan 20.08.2012
Thiruvalluvar Day 16.01.2012 Krishna Jayanthi 08.09.2012
Uzhavar Thirunal 17.01.2012 Vinayakar Chathurthi 19.09.2012
Republic Day 26.01.2012 Gandhi Jayanthi 02.10.2012
Milad-un-Nabi 05.02.2012 Ayutha Pooja 23.10.2012
Telugu New Year's Day 23.03.2012 Vijaya Dasami 24.10.2012
Mahaveer Jayanthi 05.04.2012 Bakrid 27.10.2012
Good Friday 06.04.2012 Deepavali 13.11.2012
Tamil New Year's Day 13.04.2012 Muharram 25.11.2012
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Birthday 14.04.2012 Christmas 25.12.2012
May Day 01.05.2012