How to apply for passport under new rules
The Ministry for External Affairs recently came out with news rules on how to apply for a passport. There are some major changes that have been announced under the news rules.
Here are the documents required while applying for a passport under the new rules.
Proof of birth documents:
- Under the new rules the following documents will be considered as proof for Date of Birth (DOB)
- Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of births and deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other approved authority to register the birth of a child born in India.
- Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board
- PAN card
- Aadhar card/E-aadhar
- The copy of the service record of the applicant's (of govt. servants) or the pay pension order (of retired govt. employees), duly attested/in-charge of the administration of the concerned ministry/certified by the officer/ department of the applicant
- Driving license
- Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
- A copy of policy bond issued by the public life insurance companies
Both parents name not required:
The new passport rules has done away with the mandate requiring names of both parents at the time of application. An applicant now only needs to provide the name of either one of the parents or the legal guardian. This makes it easier for children with single parents or orphans to apply for a passport.
For spiritually oriented people like Sadhus/Sanyasis, there have provisions made for them to mention the name of their spiritual leader in place of their biological parents.
Number of annexes has been reduced from 15 to 9. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been eliminated and some of them have also been merged.
While all annexes needed attestation from a Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate previously, henceforth all these annexes can now be in the form of a self-declaration from the applicant on plain paper. This means no running around for attestation that one had to do previously.
No marriage certificate:
The need for a marriage certificate has been discontinued (along with annexure K). Also, in case of a divorce the applicant will not be required to provide the name of their spouse.
Urgency and work related passports:
In case of urgent passports, if a government employee is not able to procure the NOC (no objection certificate) or identity certificate from their employer's side, they can submit a self-declaration stating that they have given a prior intimation letter to their employer informing that they are applying for an ordinary passport to a passport issuing authority.