The Department of Passport (DOP) is a government agency established on 26th January 2012 (2068/10/12 B.S.) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal. Passport Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) was assigned with the passport and travel document related functions until the establishment of Central Passport Office (CPO) on 25th May 2010 (2067/02/11 B.S). As per the Rules of Business Allocation of the Government of Nepal, MoFA has been assigned with the responsibilities of issuing Passports to the Nepalese citizens and Travel Documents to the legally applicable persons. As this part of the MOFA responsibility increased gradually along with the greater number of service seekers, a separate department was deemed necessary to effectively deliver the services to the public.