Passport File Number Explained

After submitting Passport Application for a new passport at your nearby Regional Passport Office (RPO), post office or at any other centre who accept passport application form, they will give you an acknowledgment receipt. You can get your file number on the acknowledgment receipt easily. The real file number always begins with an alphabet and is followed by 6 digits. There is three parts of the file number and it have total 10 alphanumeric characters –

1. First 3 alphabets are City Code ( DHL for Delhi).

2. Next 7 alphanumeric characters are real file number.

3. Last 2 digit represents for year of application (13 for 2013).

Last two digits of file number could be other than the current year and the reason is it depends, in which year you have submitted your passport application form.