Ministry of External Affairs (MEA),
who is the sole governing body authorized with the task of issuing Indian
passports, has amended rules yet again in an attempt to make the application
process easier. The new changes, which were announced in December 2016, will
make it easier for categories such as orphans, single mothers and government
employees to receive their passports with minimum hassle.
MEA has made a number of changes with regard to documentation to be submitted,
which are listed below.
for Date of Birth Certificate:
Applicants, who are born after 1
January, 1989 had to submit birth certificates in order to obtain a
passport. Applicants can submit any one from the list of options provided when
applying for a passport. Birth certificate as issued by the Registrar of Births
and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other authority empowered to
issue the same under the Registration of
Births and Death Act of 1969 to register a Child’s Birth in India. PAN
card. Aadhaar card or E-aadhar card
mentioning the applicant’s date of birth. Transfer certificate/school leaving
certificate/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended by the
applicant and recognized by an educational board. Driving license. Election photo identity card (EPIC). Policy bond issued by a public life insurance
company mentioning the applicant’s date of birth.
of only one Parent or Legal Guardian mandatory: Applicants can now choose
to fill in the details of only one legal guardian or parent, making it easier
for single parents to obtain a passport for their child/children. It is now no
longer mandatory for the father’s name to be mentioned in the passport
application form. This is especially true in the case of children being raised
by single mothers and adopted children. This change was implemented after a
special committee was set up to examine issues relating to passport
applications for adopted children and children of single parents.
in Number of Annexure: Earlier, passport forms had 15 Annexure, however
this has now been reduced to 9 as some have been merged.
Attestation Required on Annexure: Previously, passport application form
annexure required to be attested by a notary/executive Magistrate/first class
judicial Magistrate. However, the new changes stipulate that there is no
requirement for attestation of annexure. A self-attestation on plain paper is
all that is required.
Certificate not required in case of Separated/Divorced Applicants: Earlier,
the passport application form mandated the submission of the marriage
certificate for all married persons, even if they were separated or divorced.
The new rule states that a marriage certificate need not be attached for
applicants who are separated or divorced. The applicant is also not required to
provide the name of his/her former spouse on the application form.
Orphaned Children: In the case of
orphaned children without proof of their date of birth such as a court order or
a matriculation certificate, a declaration by the Head of the orphanage/child
care home on the organization’s official letterhead can be submitted in that
NOC From Government Servants:
Government servants who are unable to obtain annexure B/no-objection
certificate(annexure M)from their superiors and are in urgent need of a
passport may submit a self-declaration in annexure-N stating that the applicant
has provided prior intimation to his/her employer informing them that he/she is
applying for an ordinary passport. This annexure-N is to be submitted to the
passport issuing authority at the time of applying for an ordinary passport.