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Machine Readable Passport (MRP) - Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory requirement to produce original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart ID Card for a Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

Yes, Machine Readable Passport system uses the data from NADRA's system and application can only processed if applicant has a valid original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart ID Card. Only exception is the children having Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan. Their applications can be processed without CNIC or NICOP if they have original CRC/Form B.

Is it compulsory that one of the parents should accompany the child for processing the machine readable passport application ?

Yes, either one of the parents should accompany their child for processing the machine readable passport application with identity documents of both the parents.

Are both mother and father's ID cards required in case of children's passport application ?

Yes, both mother and father's Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart ID Card are required in case of children's passport application.

Is it Possible to process child's Machine Readable Passport (MRP) with Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA in Pakistan ?

Yes, child's (upto the age of 18 years)Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application can be processed on the basis of Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan even if they don't have National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

I have an old National Identity Card (handwritten Shanakhti card / Shanakhti_Card) which was issued before the NADRA cards were issued. Can I apply for Machine Readable Passport (MRP)?

No. Machine Readable Passport system uses the data from NADRA's system and application can only be processed if applicant has a valid original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart ID Card. You need to get a one of these NADRA cards before applying for Machine Readable Passport (MRP).

Can female applicants having Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) without their photo on it apply for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) ?

No. Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) with photo is required for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application processing.

I have dual nationality, do I need to declare it for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

Yes. Government of Pakistan has dual nationality agreement with certain countries. Applicants having any other nationality along with Pakistani nationality need to declare it for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application.

My child already has National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), does he/she still needs Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

No. Children who already possess a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) can apply for Machine Readable Passport without Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan.

I want to change my name, date of birth, father's name or place of birth on my Machine Readable Passport (MRP), what will be the procedure for this?

For any of above-mentioned changes you will first need to update your Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Smart ID Card. MRP uses the data from NADRA's system and modification will only be possible when your details are updated in NADRA's system.

I have a valid foreign exchange remittance card, am I entitled to apply for a Machine Readable Passport free of charge?

Yes. Applicants who possess a valid foreign exchange remittance card can apply for Machine Readable Passport free of charge. Their application will be processed in normal processing time.

Is it mandatory requirement to produce original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) for a Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

Yes, Machine Readable Passport system uses the data from NADRA's system and application can only processed if applicant has a valid original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). Only exception is the children having Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan. Their applications can be processed without CNIC or NICOP if they have original CRC/Form B.

Is it compulsory that one of the parents should accompany the child for processing the machine readable passport application ?

Yes, either one of the parents should accompany their child for processing the machine readable passport application with identity documents of both the parents.

Are both mother and father's ID cards required in case of children's passport application ?

Yes, both mother and father's Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) are required in case of children's passport application.

Is it Possible to process child's Machine Readable Passport (MRP) with Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA in Pakistan ?

Yes, child's Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application can be processed on the basis of Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan even if they don't have National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

I have an old National Identity Card (handwritten Shanakhti card / Shanakhti_Card) which was issued before the NADRA cards were issued. Can I apply for Machine Readable Passport (MRP)?

No. Machine Readable Passport system uses the data from NADRA's system and application can only be processed if applicant has a valid original Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). You need to get a one of these NADRA cards before applying for Machine Readable Passport (MRP).

Can female applicants having Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) without their photo on it apply for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) ?

No. Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) with photo is required for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application processing.

I have dual nationality, do I need to declare it for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

Yes. Government of Pakistan has dual nationality agreement with certain countries. Applicants having any other nationality along with Pakistani nationality need to declare it for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application.

My child already has National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), does he/she still needs Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) application?

No. Children who already posses a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) can apply for Machine Readable Passport without Computerized Child Registration Certificate (CRC/Form B) issued by NADRA from Pakistan.

I want to change my name, date of birth, father's name or place of birth on my Machine Readable Passport (MRP), what will be the procedure for this?

For any of above-mentioned changes you will first need to update your Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). MRP uses the data from NADRA's system and modification will only be possible when your details are updated in NADRA's system.

I have a valid foreign exchange remittance card, am I entitled to apply for a Machine Readable Passport free of charge?

Yes. Applicants who possess a valid foreign exchange remittance card can apply for Machine Readable Passport free of charge. Their application will be processed in normal processing time.

 

Manual hand written passports to phase out by November 2015


According to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Manual / Hand written passport (Non-MRP) will phase out with effect from 25th November, 2015. Foreign governments may deny visa or entry to persons travelling on manual passports after November 24, 2015.