Hassles to get a passport made will soon be a thing of the past. In order to conform to the social necessities of the time, the Minister of State for External Affairs has announced new set of rules for the passport application process.
The new rules have been introduced in various categories including orphaned children, single mothers, government employees and sadhus, among others.
Earlier all applicants born on or after January 26, 1989, were mandated to submit a Birth Certificate as proof of Date of Birth (DOB).
Now as per the new rules, eight different documents can now be submitted as proof of Date of Birth. These documents are:
1. Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation
2. School leaving/Matriculation Certificate
3. PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department
4. Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar
5. Duly attested copy of the service record of the applicant of Government servant or the Pay Pension Order of the retired government Servants
6. Driving licence issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government, having the DOB of applicant.
7. Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant.
8. Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.
A committee, comprising the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, was earlier formed in order to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother/child has insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned on the passport and also issues relating to adopted children and children with a single parent. Before these alterations, names of both parents were mandatory to be provided at the time of applying for the passport but now the name of only one parent or legal guardian is required.
The passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons.
No attestation/swearing by/before any Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate would be henceforth necessary.
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.
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 in the list.
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