Looking to get a new Indian passport for yourself or your loved ones and don’t know how to go about it? In keeping with the changing times, the Ministry of State for External Affairs has come up with a set of new rules for the Indian passport application.
Indian Passport Application Rules
Wondering what’s new with the passport rules? While there have been a good many changes down the years, the new changes are aimed at a select few of the Indian population. The new Indian Passport Application Rules are applicable to single mothers, orphaned children, government employees. The changed rules are as follows.
acProof of DOB
Before this, a birth certificate was mandatory for people born on or after January 26, 1989. Now, they can submit eight documents as proof of date of birth. These includace birth certificate, transfer or school leaving certificate, PAN card, Aadhar card, a copy of service record for government employees or pension pay order for retired government employees, driving license, election photo ID card, policy bonds.
Earlier, the names of both father and mother had to be mentioned in the passport of a minor. Now, the name of any one parent or the local guardian need be mentioned. For adults who are separated or divorced, mentioning the name of the spouse is not mandatory anymore.
The number of annexes has been reduced from 15 to 9. All the annexes are to be submitted on plain paper in the form of self-declaration.
Married applicants need not produce a marriage certificate as proof of marriage.
Orphaned children who have no birth certificate or any of the other identity cards to show for themselves may submit a declaration made by the head of the orphanage or the home that they have been brought up. For children not born in wedlock, only Annexure G needs to be submitted.
For children adopted in the country, only a declaration on plain paper that declares the adoption needs to be submitted.
Government employees, if they cannot submit Identity Certificate or No Objection Certificate from their employer can now submit a self-declaration in Annexure N, declaring that they have already applied for the said certificates.
Saints, including Sadhus and Sanyasis can apply for a passport by mentioning the name of their spiritual guru in place of their parents’ names. It has to be accompanied by any of the 8 documents of proof of date of birth where the name of the spiritual guru features in place of the parents’ names.
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