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Documents Required For Passport

Passport is a very important document that is issued by the Government of India. The passport certifies the holder’s Identity and their citizenship. This allows a legal permission to travel different parts of the world.

For applying for a Passport, we need quite a number of documents to submit. In this article, we are going to provide you all the information regarding the documents that are required for applying different types of Passport.

Documents Required for the Fresh Passport Application

Fresh Passport is also called as Ordinary Passport. These passports are mainly issued to the ordinary citizens for travel, vacation, and study purposes. It is a personal official document comes in 30-60 pages. If you are applying for a General Passport, then you need to submit the following documents:

  1. Address Proof – You can submit either of one of the following documents:
    • Voter ID with Present Address.
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Phone bill with current address
    • Gas Connection
    • Bank passport
    • Rental agreement if you are staying in a Rent House.
    • Income Tax Assessment Order
    • Water Bill with Current Address
    • Electricity Bill with Current Address
    • Certificate from employer on letterhead with a seal and a signature.
    • Passport of the spouse
    • Parent’s Passport
  2. Age Proof – one can submit the following documents as the age proof.
    • Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any other officer authorized to issue the birth certificate.
    • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
    • Certificate Sworn Before Magistrate.

Documents Required For the Tatkal Passport

Tatkal Passports are applied only to the urgent needs. If there is an emergency call to visit like for medical issues or business etc. The list of the documents that are required for the Tatkal Passport are:

  • Address Proof- You can submit either of one of the following documents:
  • Voter ID with Present Address.
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Phone bill with current address
  • Gas Connection
  • Bank passport
  • Rental agreement if you are staying in a Rent House.
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Water Bill with Current Address
  • Electricity Bill with Current Address
  • Certificate from employer on letterhead with a seal and a signature.
  • Passport of the spouse
  • Parent’s Passport
  • Age Proof- one can submit the following documents as the age proof.
  • Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any other officer authorized to issue the birth certificate.
  • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school leaving certificate.
  • Certificate Sworn Before Magistrate.

List of the Documents that are required for the Passport Application for Minors

If your parents are planning to issue Passports for the Minors then following are the documents that are required for the Minor Passport Application.

  • Current address Proof in the name of the parents.
  • Original and Self-attested copies of the Parents Passport. This document has to be submitted in the Passport Seva Kendra.
  • Documents of minors should be attested by parents.
  • When the minor turns 18 years old he/she will be eligible for the Non-ECR Passport Category. In this case, the Emigration Check is not required.
  • The documents must be self-attested and should be submitted at the Passport Seva Kendra for the further processing.
  • After the processing of the documents, a declaration confirming the details is mentioned in the application about the minor as per the Annexure “D”.

Documents Required for the Passport Renewal for the Minors

Below mentioned are the documents that are required for the Passport Renewal for the Minors:

  • Original Old Passport
  • Self-Attested copy of the First and the last two pages of the Passport
  • Self-Attested Copy of the ECR and Non-ECR page.
  • Self-Attested Copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short Validity Passport)
  • A declaration certificate confirming the details that are mentioned in the application about the minor applicant information as per “Annexure D”.
    • Original and self-attested copies of the Passport of the Parent’s.
    • The Parents can attest the documents of the Minor Applicants.

Date of Birth Certificate Required for the Passport Application

Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced new rules of Passport Application so as to simplify the process. The Ministry of External Affairs has taken interesting steps pertaining to the “Date of Birth” section of the Certificate.

Earlier in the section of submitting the “Proof of Birth Certificate,” all the applicants who were born on or after 26th of Jan 1989 had to submit the Birth Certificate as the Proof of Date of Birth. But according to the new set of rules, the applicants can now submit any one of the following documents as the proof of Date of Birth while submitting the Passport Application:

  • The Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any prescribed authority whosever has been empowered under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969 to register the birth of the child who is born in India.
  • Transfer/School Leaving Certificate/ Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/ recognized educational board containing the Date of Birth of the Applicant.
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the Date of Birth of the Applicant mentioned.
  • Aadhaar Card / E-Aadhaar card having the Date of Birth of the Applicant.
  • Copy of the extract of the Service Record of the applicant (this is only applicable to the Government Servants) or the Pay Pension Order (Applicable to the retired Government Servants). These documents should be duly attested/certified by the Officer in Charge of the Administration of the Concerned Ministry/ Department of the Applicant having the Date of Birth mentioned.
  • The Driving License issued by the Transport Department of the Concerned State Government having the Date of Birth.
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the Date of Birth of the Applicant.
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporation/ Companies having the Date of Birth of the Holder of the Insurance Policy.

The Government has changed several other changes making the Passport Application more prescribed and easy.

Them-Passport Seva- which is a mobile application that has different features for accessing Passport related information. Some of the other features are:

M-Passport Police App– which will help the Police Officers to carry out the verification process.

Student Connect– This will allow the students to easily apply for the Passport and different programs.

The Ministry of External Officers is adding new features and passport applications each day.

Documents Required for the Diplomatic Passport

A Diplomatic Passport is a type of Passport which is issued to those people who travel internationally and frequently for the Official Trips and State Business purposes and other Government Official Tours and Meetings. The Diplomatic Passport comes in Maroon Cover and in short, is known as “Type D” passports.

The Documents that are required for the Diplomatic Passport Application:

  • Official Identity Card of the Applicant or that of the Head of Office.
  • A certificate that has been issued by the Head of the Office.
  • An Official Request Letter from the Forwarding Officer.
  • PMO or Political Clearance Certificate, if needed.

For Existing Passport:

  1. Official or Diplomatic Passport: If you are reissuing the Passport then you require Original Diplomatic or Official Passport for cancellation. In this case, it has been kept in the custody that of the Ministry of the External Affairs, the Original Safe Custody or the Surrender Certificate will have to be provided. If in case, this has been canceled by the Ministry of the External Affairs, the Original Cancellation Certificate will have to provide.
  2. For Ordinary Passport: Certificate of Safe Custody.
  3. If an Official is retiring is less than 6 months from the application date, he/she will have to submit an undertaking from the Office that the Diplomatic or the Official Passport will be given to the Office as soon as he/she returns.

The applicants must make sure that the documents must be arranged in the following order:

  • A printed copy of the online filled application form.
  • Political or PMO Clearance Certificate
  • Copy of the Identity Card
  • Certificate from the Head of Office
  • Request from a Forwarding Officer
  • And other necessary documents.

Documents Required for the Reissue of the Passport

The Re-issuing of the Passport is done when one needs a completely new Passport. The applicant will receive a new booklet along with along with a new Passport number. The Passports are re-issued in cases when the Passport is about to get expired or is expired or if it’s lost or stolen or exhaustion of pages, damaged or soiled passports or change in the personal details.

Below listed are the following documents that are required to furnish for the Re-issue of the Passport Application:

  1. Documents required due to the Expiry of the Passport:
    • Original Old Passport
    • Self-Attested copy of the First and the last two pages of the Passport
    • Self-Attested Copy of the ECR and Non-ECR page.
    • Self-Attested Copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short Validity Passport)
  2. Due to the Exhaustion of the Pages:
    • Original Old Passport
    • Self-Attested Copy of the First and Last two pages of the Passport
    • Self-Attested Copy of the ECR and Non-ECR Page.
    • Self-Attested Copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short Validity Passport)

Documents Required for the Lost Passport Application

A lost or a damaged Passport is classified further based on the extent of the damage which means:

  • If Passport number is readable, the name is legible and the photo is intact.
  • If the passport is damaged beyond the recognition.

If your Passport is damaged or stolen, the first thing that you have to do is file a complaint in the nearest Police Station and to the nearest Post Office or Indian Mission. You need to apply for the Re-Issue of the Passport.

Documents that are required for the Lost Passport Application are

  • An affidavit that gives the information regarding where and how the passport was stolen.
  • An original Passport Report
  • Self-attested copy of ECR and Non- ECR page.
  • Self-attested copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short validity passport)
  • Address proof- you can submit any one of the following (Election ID with present address/Aadhaar card/Phone Bill with current address/Gas Connection/Bank Passport/Rental Agreement if you are staying in a rented place/ Income Tax Assessment Order/ Water Bill with Current Address.
  • Passport of the Spouse
  • Parent’s Passport
  • Age Proof- You can submit any one of the following documents as the proof of age: Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any other officer authorized to issue the birth certificate.
  • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school Leaving Certificate
  • Certificate swore before a magistrate.

Documents Required for Damaged Passport Application

The documents that are required for the Damaged Passport Application:

  • Original old passport
  • Self-attested copy of the first and the last two pages of the Passport.
  • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR Page.
  • Self-attested copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short validity passport)
  • An affidavit that gives the information of how the passport is damaged
  • Age Proof: You can submit any one of the following documents as the proof of age: Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any other officer authorized to issue the birth certificate.
  • School leaving certificate/ Secondary school Leaving Certificate
  • The certificate is sworn before a magistrate.

Change in the Existing Details

You will need the following documents for the change in the existing details:

  • Original old passport
  • Self-attested copy of the first and the last two pages of the Passport.
  • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR Page.
  • Self-attested copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short validity passport)
  • Anyone of the following documents: Attested copy of the marriage certificate issued by the Registrar of the Marriages.
  • A joint affidavit of wife and husband along with a photograph together.
  • Affidavit as per Annexure K
  • Self-attested photocopy of the Spouse’s Passport.

Documents Required for the Renewal of Passport Application

A passport is renewed when the validity of the Passport needs to be extended. In case of the Renewal, the passport number will remain the same and the validity will be changed. Below are the documents that are required for the Renewal of the Passport Application:

  • Original old passport
  • Self-attested copy of the first and the last two pages of the Passport.
  • Self-attested copy of ECR or Non-ECR Page.
  • Self-attested copy of the Validity Extension Page (in case of Short validity passport)
  • Proof of the documents that eliminate the cause of the issuance of the Short Validity Passport (SVP).
Point to Remember
  • The minor applicants can present their proof of address in the name of their parents.
  • If the applicant is only submitting Ration Card / Voter ID / Aadhaar card as their address proof then they must also submit an extra address document other than that.
  • If the applicant is born on 26th of January 1989 then, submission of Birth Certificate is mandatory.
  • If the applicant is a minor then, Annexure H must be submitted.
  • If the applicant is a Government Employee, then Annexure B and M is submitted.

FAQs about Passport Documents

Is Aadhaar Card required for Passport?

No, It is not mandatory to provide Aadhaar Card while Applying for a Passport but Aadhaar Card can be used as an Address Proof. Also note that your Aadhaar Card should be 1 year old prior to the Appointment Date at the Passport Seva Kendra.

What is ECR and Non ECR Page in Passport?

There are two categories of an Indian Passport: ECR and Non ECR, applicant belongs to the ECR Category if he/she has educational qualification less than Class 10th. Applicants having educational qualification above than 10th Class automatically belongs to the Non ECR Category.

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How to Apply for a Passport in Delhi | Passport Seva Kendra

A Passport is an Official document issued by the Government of India. It certifies a holder’s identity as well as citizenship. The document allows traveling anywhere around the world under its protection. In this way, the Passport is used as a Travel document. Similarly, the Passport serves as an Identity Proof as well as Address proof for the citizens.

Applying for a Passport is a long process and recently, the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced an online method to apply for the Passport.

The Residents of Delhi can apply for a Passport in both ways either Online or Offline. In this article, we will be providing you the information regarding the methods to apply for a Passport in Delhi.

Online Method of Applying for a Passport in Delhi

Step by step procedure of applying for a Passport online in Delhi:

  • Visit the official Passport Seva website run by the Ministry of the External Affairs.
  • Register on the site.
  • Login to the site, and click on the “Apply for a Fresh Passport/Re-issue of the Passport” present on the homepage of the site
  • Complete the online form and submit.
  • After the submission of the form, go to the View Saved/ Submitted Applications tab and select the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link.
  • Make the processing payment. The payment can be done either online or offline (through debit/credit card, internet banking or SBI Challan).
  • Click on the “Print Application Receipt” link after booking an appointment and then print a copy of the receipt which contains the application reference number.
  • On the date of appointment, visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Regional Passport Office (RPO) and submit the required documents mentioned along with the application receipt.
  • After the completion of the Verification process, the passport can be collected as in a person.

Offline Mode of Applying for a Passport in Delhi

If you are not acquainted with the online process, then you can opt for the offline process as well. In the offline process, the passport application is done through the Passport Seva Kendra or the Regional Passport Office.

Step by step procedure to apply for a passport offline is as follows:

  1. Buy an application form from the Regional Passport Office or a Passport Seva Kendra. You can also download it from the Passport Seva Website.
  2. Now fill in the application form with the required details and submit it to the RPO along with the required documents and processing fee.
  3. A file number is issued as an acknowledgment receipt of the application. This acknowledgment receipt can be used to track down the application through the Passport Seva Website.
  4. Once you are done with the verification process, the passport can be collected from the RPO in person.

The procedure for applying for a passport is similar to that of the above. Visiting a PSK, with an appointment is made to submit the documents and pay the application fee.

The walk-in applicants are considered if they fall under the following categories:

  • Minors
  • Senior Citizens
  • Tatkal cases or Urgent Issues or
  • Handicapped applicants.

These passport application procedures are applicable for a new passport as well as in the re-issue of an expired passport.

How To Apply for Passport in Kolkata | Passport Seva Portal

A Passport is an Official document that is issued by the Indian Government. The Passport certifies a holder’s identity and citizenship and allows them to travel anywhere under its protection. In this way, the Passport is used as a Travel Document. The Passport also serves as an Identity Proof and Address proof and can be used in many cases such as while buying a house or taking a loan.

Applying for a passport is a long process as it includes paying frequent visits to the Regional Passport Office (RPO). Therefore, to make simple the Ministry of External Affairs has introduced an online application process so that it can be easy and convenient to use.

Online Method of Applying for a Passport in Kolkata

The Passports applicants of Kolkata can follow the below steps to apply for an online passport

  1. Visit the Passport Seva Official Portal.
  2. Click on the “Register Now” link present on the homepage.
    Registration passportindia.gov.in
    Registration passportindia.gov.in
  3. Sign up and Log in to the Passport Seva Online portal using the login credentials.
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    Registration passportindia.gov.in
  4. Click on “Apply for fresh passport/re-issue of the Passport” link on the page.
  5. Enter the required details asked in the online application form and submit it.
  6. Go to the “View saved/submitted applications” tab and book an appointment for the PSK Office (Passport Seva Kendra) or Passport Office.
  7. Make the payment to complete the appointment booking. The payment can be done online as well as Offline. Payment can be done through (debit/credit cards, internet banking or State Bank of India Challan).
  8. Print the application receipt, the receipt includes the application reference number and appointment number.
  9. Visit the Passport Seva Kendra/ Passport Office with the application receipt and all the required documents.

Offline Method of Applying for a Passport in Kolkata

The Passport Seva Kendra are the service centers for the Passport and its related issues. Here the applicants can submit their documents and complete the additional formalities.

Generally, a fresh Passport cannot be filed in the PSK without an appointment until and unless it is an urgent case or Tatkal passport, or the applicant is a handicapped, minor or a senior citizen.

All the other applicants are requested to schedule an appointment and visit the Passport Seva Kendra on the appointed date.

Step by step procedure to apply for a Passport in Kolkata

  1. Buy an application form from the Passport Office or download it from the Passport website.
  2. Now submit the filled in application form along with the supporting documents in the Passport Office.
  3. A file number is generated or issued after the submission of the application form and the documents.
  4. Pay the mentioned processing fee, after that the application will be processed.
  5. You can track the application form on the Passport website by mentioning the file number.
  6. After the successful verification and processing, the applicant is then notified and can collect the passport in person.

All About The ECR Passports | Emigration Check Required

In order to protect the vulnerable sections of the society, such as the illiterate workers or labors, children etc. the Office of the Protector of the Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has introduced a new category for such citizens while applying for a Passport. The Category is nothing but the Emigration Check Required (ECR) Category.

The Emigration Check Required Passport is mainly issued to those applicants who have not cleared or passed their 10th grades officially in the Indian Education System.

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ECR Passport

The ECR Passports are required for those Indians who wish to travel to different countries in search of employment. It is a required status for the junior citizens who did not clear their 10th exam or high school standard graduation exam.

The Citizens who are applying for the ECR Passports has to go through the Immigration Office who would certify that these citizens are clear and are eligible to leave the country and there are no restrictions on them. Even a senior citizen can also apply for an ECR Passport if he/she has not cleared the 10th-grade exam. The ECR Status will be printed in the passports of the applicants who fall under the ECR Category.

Countries that allow the ECR Passports Citizens

  1. Yemen
  2. Saudi Arab
  3. Thailand
  4. UAE
  5. Syria
  6. Sudan
  7. Qatar
  8. Malaysia
  9. Lebanon
  10. Jordan
  11. Iraq
  12. Indonesia
  13. Brunei
  14. Bahrain
  15. Afghanistan
  16. Oman
  17. Kuwait
  18. Libya

The following people are not subjected to the Emigration Check Required Passport even if they travel to the above-mentioned countries:

  • Gazetted and Diplomatic Passport Holders
  • Gazetted Officers
  • Income Tax Payers
  • Professional Degree Holders such as Engineers, Doctors Etc.
  • Dependent children and spouse of professional degree holders Etc.
  • People who have passed 10th standard and above.
  • Sea cadets and Seamen having CDS who have passed the finals of Nautical Science (3 years course) from the institutes mentioned below.
  • Rehman
  • Chanakya
  • Jawahar
  • NIPM, Chennai
  • MTI, Chennai
  • People who hold visas for a permanent immigration like Visas for the US, UK, and Australia.
  • People holding a degree or diploma in Polytechnic
  • Individuals who hold a diploma in nursing under the Indian Nursing Council Act 1947.
  • People who are above the age of 50 years.
  • The individuals who have spent their three years overseas with their spouses.
  • Children below the age of 18 years with one or both parents.

Documents Required

Proof of Date of Birth Documents

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority, whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Births and 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.
  • Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/ Companies having the Date of Birth of the holder of the insurance policy.
  • Copy of an extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government Servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of the retired Government servants, duly attested/ certified by the officer/ in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/ Department of the applicant.
  • Aadhaar Card/ E-Aadhaar
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India.
  • PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department.
  • Driving License issued by the Transport Department of Concerned State Government.
  • A declaration was given by the Head of the Orphanage/ Child Care Home on their official letterhead of the organization confirming the Date of Birth of the applicant.

Proof of Address Documents

  • Water bill
  • Telephone bill (landline or postpaid bill)
  • Electricity Bill
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Election Commission Photo Identity Card
  • Proof of Gas Connection
  • Certificate from the Employer of reputed companies on the letterhead
  • Spouse’s passport copy (first and last page including the family details mentioning applicant’s name as the spouse of the Passport Holder, provided by the applicant’s present address matches the address mentioned in the Spouse’s passport.
  • Parent’s Passport Copy, in case of Minors. (First and Last Page)
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Rent Agreement
  • Photo Passbook of running Bank Account (Scheduled Public Sector Banks, Scheduled Private Sector Indian Banks, and Regional Rural Banks only)
  • How to check whether the Passport is ECR or Non-ECR
  • If the passports are issued before Jan 2017 and if there are no endorsements/notations on the second page of the notification then your Passport is denoted as ECR.

Mandatory Documents

  1. Demand Letter
  2. Employment Contract
  3. Copy of Visa
  4. Copy of first and last page of Passport
  5. Copy of Aadhaar Card
  6. Copy of PBBY Policy
  7. Copy of 20 Lakhs Life Insurance Policy (Mandatory if incase destination country is Libya)
  8. Affidavits, as applicable as per the jurisdiction PoE office

How to Apply for the ECR Passport

Step by step procedure to apply for an ECR Passport

  • Open emigrate public website- emigrate.gov.in
  • Go to the Emigrant section and apply for the registration for the ECR Countries and under that option select the option Employer not registered on eMigrate System.
  • After selecting, the option the Emigrant Registration Form opens:
    • Name of the employer
    • Select the Employment Country from the given list
    • Emigrant’s Passport Number
    • Enter the captcha code/ image

It can be the case where the information is already saved in the system (if some emigrant has entered the same employer details in the past). In such case, the system displays the employer details whose name sounds similar to the entered employer name.

  • Now select the row and click next to proceed and update the selected employer details if required.
  • Fill in the rest emigrant registration form which consists of the following details:
    • Employment Details (after filling the details click save and next and move to the next screen)
    • Passport Details (after filling the details click save and next and move to the next screen)
    • Visa and Insurance Details (after filling the details click save and next and move to the next screen)
    • Personal Details (after the filling of details click save and next and move to the next screen)
    • Travel Details (after filling the details click save and next and move to the next screen)
    • Contact details (after filling the details click save and next and move to next screen)
  • Now upload the required documents
  • Next step is the payment. The emigration form allows two payment procedures: Online Payment (debit card/credit card/net banking) OR Click Challan to make the payment in cash. The eMigrate System generates the bank challan.
  • A confirmation page appears which displays that you have successfully made the payment.
  • The Confirmation page comprises of the following information:
    • Application Reference Number (ARN generated by the system)
    • Option to download the filled application form in pdf format (file)
    • Option to download the payment receipt/bank challan in pdf format (file)

Suspension of ECR Status

If you are planning to travel to any one of the ECR Countries for any purpose other than the employment then you need to submit the following documents:

  • Filled in application form
  • A fee of Rs 400
  • Visa Copy
  • Original Passport and a copy of the passport
  • Copy of the return tickets
  • Attested sponsorship declaration from Indian Consulate/ Mission
  • FTS
  • Address Proof

Note:

  • If in case a child has an ECR Passport, then the parents have to apply for the re-issue of a passport from the Passport Seva Kendra website or by visiting one of the centers.
  • If any of the Indian Citizens are traveling to the above-mentioned countries then they do not require an emigration clearance. They will just have to provide a valid passport, return ticket and valid visa at immigration counters of International Airports in India.

Non Registered Rent Agreement is now a Valid Address Proof for Passport Applications

If you are an Indian, and you do not hold a Passport just because you don’t want to follow the complicated formalities and the procedures, so here comes a good news for you. Taking ahead an excellent workmanship Sushma Swaraj led the Ministry of the External Affairs and introduced some new modifications in the process of applying for a Passport. The objective of these rules is to minimize the complexity in the process of Passport Application. Today in this article, we are going to discuss the new rules which has introduced for Indian Passport Application.

Below mentioned are all the amendments that are required for filing a Passport.

  • Proof of Address: Earlier, the applicants were finding it difficult to obtain a passport, as the rent agreement they possessed is not the registered one. Therefore, to solve these issues faced by the Bonafide applicants, the Ministry declared that
the unregistered agreement will also be considered and accepted as a valid proof of address by the Passport Issuing Authorities for the grant of Passport Facilities to the applicants
  • Proof of Date of Birth: Earlier, an Indian resident who was born on or after January 26, 1989, has to submit their Date of Birth Certificate as the Proof of Birth. But according to the new rule of Indian Passport, it is not mandatory to submit the Date of Birth Certificate. The person who is born on or after January 26, 1989, can submit any one of the following:
  1. Birth Certificate
  2. PAN Card
  3. Matriculation Certificate
  4. Aadhaar Card
  5. For the Government Employees: The ones who are currently working can submit a copy of the extract of their Service Record of an individual. And for the retired employees, they can submit the Pay Pension Order with the Date of Birth mentioned. Both the certificates must be duly signed and authorized by the administrator in charge Ministry of Department.
  6. Driving License
  7. Election Photo Identity Card
  8. Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Companies/Corporations mentioning the Date of Birth.
  • Name of Mother and Father: Earlier, while issuing for a Passport, mentioning both Mother’s and Father’s name was mandatory. But now according to the New Rule, any individual can mention any one of the following names in the application form: mother/father/legal guardian.
  • Number of Annexures: Previously, there were 15 annexes to be filled as prescribed under the Passport Rule 1980. But in the new rule, you have to file 9 annexures as some annexures have been merged whereas, some annexes (A, C, D, E, J, and K) has been removed.
  • Passport for the Children of Single Parents: Earlier, while applying for a Passport providing names of father and mother was mandatory and both the names should be printed on the passport. But according to the new rule of Passport issuance, the single parents who want to issue the passport for their children have an easy application form. They can also even file a request for not printing the name of the father and mother in the passport.
  • Attestation of the Annexes: Earlier, there was a rule that all the annexes that was prescribed under the Passport Rule 1980, must be attested by any Notary/ First Class Judicial Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate. But according to the new rule, all the annexes can be submitted self-declared on a plain paper and no attestation is required.
  • Marriage Certificate for Filling a Passport: Before, the Annexure A or Marriage Certificate was compulsory during the issuance of the Passport. But in the new rule of issuing a passport, there are no such obligations and a married couple may file for an Indian Passport without a Marriage Certificate.
  • For Divorced or Separated Person: Earlier in the old Passport Rule, the divorced applicants were forced to mention their spouse’s name while issuing for a Passport whereas, in the new rule the divorced or the separate applicants can file for a passport without mentioning their spouse’s name.
  • Orphaned Children: Earlier, the orphaned child was supposed to submit proof of date of birth like Birth Certificate or Matriculation Certificate or a declaratory letter by the court mentioning the Date of Birth. But in the new rule, a letter declaring the date of birth of the Orphaned Child in the letterhead of the Orphanage which is attested by the Head of the Orphanage is acceptable while issuing the passport.
  • No-Objection Certificate for the Government Employees: Earlier, an identity certificate (Annexure B) or a Non-Objection Certificate (Annexure M) from the employer was a must for an Indian Passport. Whereas, according to the New Passport Rule the Government Employee who is seeking for a Passport can just submit a self-declaration in Annexure N, stating that he/she has been given a prior notice to the Head of the Department that he/she is applying for the Passport.
  • Passport Rule for Sadhus and Sanyasis: Earlier, according to the old passport rule the Sadhus and Sanyasis had to mention their parent’s name. But according to the new rule, if the Sadhu or Sanyasi want to mention their Guru Name then they have to present at least one of the following documents- Aadhaar Card, Election Photo Identity Card, PAN Card etc. that has the name of their Guru mentioned under the Header of the Parent’s Name.

Introducing these new rules have made the issuing of the Indian Passport for easy and clear.