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Information for Renewal of OCI Card

OCI card holders may need to renew their OCI cards or re-issue their OCI cards or transfer them to new passports.

There are various situations when the applicant may need to do this. For example,re-issuance of OCI is mandatory every time passport is renewed up to the age of 20 years, and again after attaining the age of 50 years in view of frequent biological change in facial features in these age group.

Similarly, you may wish to change the OCI card due to change in personal details like the name, address etc. You may also need a new OCI card if the current one is damaged or lost.

The application process as well as the processing times remains the same as new OCI Card Application. The documents required also remains the same as a new application, except you do not need to prove your Indian Origin again. Instead you need to provide documents to prove your circumstances.

Depending on your circumstances, below is the list of documents required to process renewal/reissue of OCI card-

Transfer of OCI on renewal of passport

Applicants who has renewed their old passports owing to expiry can transfer the OCI stamp from the old passport to the new passport.

This is mandatory requirement for those below 20 and above 50. The documents needed are a) Copy of the OLD passport along with the original b) Copy of new passport along with the original c) Copy of all the pages of the current OCI card along with the original

Re-issue of OCI owing to loss/stolen of OCI booklet or Passport

If your passport or the OCI booklet is lost than you need to apply for re-issue of a new OCI card. In this case, you would need to produce a) Copy of old passport, copy of new passport and copy of OCI booklet.

Originals of the documents in possession (not lost) are also required along with the copies. b) Copy of police report/crime reference number is required. c) A letter /declaration from the applicant detailing the circumstance in which the documents were lost.

Issue of new OCI Visa and OCI booklet in case of damaged OCI booklet OR change of personal particulars (change of name, address, wrong date of birth in OCI booklet etc.)

If your OCI booklet or the passport with OCI sticker is damaged than you have to apply for re-issue of a new OCI card.

Similarly, you need to apply for a new OCI card if you wish to change name or address or correct any information like the date of birth or the place of birth.

In such cases you will need to produce a) Copy of all the pages of the OCI booklet along with the original b) copy of your current passport along with the original c) in case of damaged OCI sticker, copy of the old damaged passport along with the original.

If the damaged passport is not returned by the passport office on renewal of the passport, you are required to include a letter detailing the circumstances in which the passport was damaged.

You are also required to confirm the fact that the old/damaged passport is not returned by the passport office.

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