Getting Passport in India was once very hard. Lot of process, documentation and formalities were there which used to make it very cumbersome job. However from last few year Ministry of External Affairs are on their task to simplify the process and have taken many step in the same direction too like online form submission, tracking etc. In the same steps, Ministry of External Affairs have recently modified some rules which will further ease out the process of issue of Passport. Here are some highlights on the new rules:

1. Proof of Date of Birth

Earlier : All applicant born on or before 26/01/1989 were required to submit a Birth Certificate (as a proof for Date of Birth) which was mandatory.

Now : As per the new rules, below are the new documents will now be accepted as proof of date of Birth. The documents are :

  • Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India;
  • Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board containing the DOB of the applicant;
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant;
  • Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar having the DOB of applicant;
  • Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant, having his DOB;
  • Driving licence issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government, having the DOB of applicant;
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant;
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.
  • Orphaned children who do not have any proof of DOB such as Birth Certificate or the Matriculation Certificate or the declaratory Court order, may now submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.

2. Name of Parent or Legal Guardian

Earlier : Name of Both the parents was mandatory

Now : The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e., only one parent and not both. This would enable single parents to apply for passports for their children and to also issue passports where the name of either the father or the mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicant.

3. Number of Annexes

Earlier : At present there are total 15 Annexes  which are required to be filled and attestation would be required from Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate.

Now : There has been simplification in the annexes which are as stated below:

  •  Number of Annexes has been reduced to 9. Annexes  A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and certain Annexes have been merged.
  • All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants would be in the form of a self declaration on a plain paper. No attestation/swearing by/before any Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate would be henceforth necessary.
  • Married applicants will not be required to provide Annexure K or any marriage certificate
  • In case of children not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.

4. No Name of Spouse required for separated/divorced applicantsThe Passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons. Such applicants for passports would not be required to provide even the Divorce Decree.

6. Self Declaration for Adopted Children: In case of issue of passport to in-country domestically adopted children, submission of the registered adoption deed would no longer be required. In the absence of any deed to this effect, the passport applicant may give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.

7. For Government Servants: Government servants, who are not able to obtain the Identity Certificate (Annexure-B)/ No-Objection Certificate (Annexure-M) from their concerned employer and intend to get the passport on urgent basis can now get the passport by submitting a self-declaration in Annexure-‘N’ that he/she has given prior Intimation letter to his/her employer informing that he/she was applying for an ordinary passport to a Passport Issuing Authority.

8. For Sadhus/Sanasis: Sadhus/ Sanyasis can apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual Guru mentioned in the passport application in lieu of their biological parent(s) name(s) subject to their providing of at least one public document such as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India, PAN card, Adhar Card, etc wherein the name of the Guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).

Read the full Press Release here

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