FORM V - No Original Photograph Identification

What is Form V?

Form V is the Affidavit in Lieu of Lost or Damaged Passport. It is the form required by the VFS, on behalf of the Indian Consulate, that you must complete in order to apply for a new/replacement Indian passport to replace your passport that has been lost or damaged.

Form V identification requirements

Before we can assist you with the FORM V, you must be able to prove your identity. You can only do this by providing us with original photograph identification such as:
  • Indian Passport. If your Indian Passport is damaged, your photograph and your name/date of birth must clear and identifiable - you should contact us if you have any concerns whether your Indian Passport can be used to prove your identity.
  • Other passport. If you hold another passport, in addition to your Indian Passport, you may use that passport.
  • Australian Drivers Licence or Photocard. You must have obtained this from a driving authority in Australia.
  • Other Australian Government issued photograph identification. Please contact us and provide us with a copy of your proposed photograph identification for confirmation.
The kinds of identification that we do NOT accept include:
  • Photocopies or certified photocopies of a passport or any other original photograph. We will only accept original photograph identification.
  • Medicare card. The Medicare card is a form of Australian Government identification however it does not include a photograph.
  • Indian Drivers Licence or PAN card. We are unable to identify you in Australia by non-Australian identification documents.
  • Police Report. You may receive a Police Report if you have reported that your Indian Passport has been stolen, however we do not accept this as a form of identification.
If you do not have the necessary photograph identification document, you should contact VFS directly and advise them of your issue and ask for guidance as to your other options.

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Ern Phang
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Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

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