Indian Passport Rules: Go ahead, get your passport made or renewed and live your travel your dreams this year. The new Indian passport rules, announced, finally bid adieu to the archaic rules and definitely seems to be more in sync with the modern times. It is by far the most efficient and time friendly process, especially for applicants like single or divorced parents. Here is a gist of all that you need to know about the new rules.
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Wider options for proof of date of birth
All applicants born on or after January 26, 1989, were earlier required to submit a Birth Certificate as proof of Date of Birth (DOB). It has now been decided that all applicants of passports can submit any one of the following documents as the proof of DOB while submitting the passport application:
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.
Name of only one parent or legal guardian required
It was earlier mandatory to mention the names of both the parents at the time of applying for the offspring’s passport. Now the applicant can share the name of either his/her father, mother or legal guardian, i.e., only one parent and not both in the online passport application form. This step will also help single parents to apply for the passport of their child with ease without any hassle. Furthermore, if the applicant is separated or divorced, it is not mandatory for him/her to mention the name of the spouse in the passport application form. Such applicants for passports will not be required to provide even the Divorce Decree.
Number of annexes has been cut down
The total number of Annexes prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been brought down to 9 from 15. 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.
Marriage certificate not mandatory for married applicants
Married applicants will not be required to provide Annexure K or any marriage certificate. This has mainly been done because the process of acquiring a certificate, if it had not been done on the same day of marriage, can be little tough.
Easy rules for orphaned children
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.
Adoption deed not required for domestically 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.
Government servants can submit a self declaration
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.
Sadhus can apply with the name of their Guru
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).