Ministry of External Affair announces the new passport rules 2017 in August 2017. Find them all in this article.
New Passport Rules 2017:
1) DOCUMENTATION FOR PROOF OF BIRTH:
As per the earlier rules, submitting a birth certificate was compulsory for all applicants born on or after 26th January 1989. But, now as per the new rules, you can submit any of the following documents as Proof of Birth:
- Birth Certificate (BC) 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 Birth & 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
- PAN card
- Aadhar card/E-aadhar
- Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the pay pension order (in respect of retired government servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the administration of the concerned ministry/department of the applicant
- Driving license
- Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
- Policy bond issued by the public life insurance corporations/companies
2) DETAILS OF PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN:
In a welcome move, now you don’t need names of both parents at the time of application, which was mandate earlier. So, you can 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. Provisions have also been made for spiritually oriented people (Sadhus/Sanyasis) who can now mention the name of their spiritual leader instead of their biological parents.
Now, there are only 9 annexes out of 15. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and some of them have also been merged. Lesser annexes means less trouble for you to collate documentation.
So, a big relief here. Now, you don’t need attestation from a Notary or Executive Magistrate or First Class Judicial Magistrate on any annexes. Henceforth, you can self-declare all these annexes on plain paper. Isn’t it a big relief? It saves your time and energy. Also, you don’t have to run after people; and, pay bribes to get your work done.
5) MARRIED/DIVORCED PERSONS:
Now for applying an Indian Passport, you don’t have to provide your marriage certificate. And, if you are a divorcee, you do not need to provide name of your spouse. I see this as a change as a progressive move for the society.
6) WORK RELATED URGENT PASSPORTS:
Are you a government employee? Are you not able to procure the NOC (no objection certificate) or identity certificate from your employers? Do not worry ! You can submit a self-declaration stating that you have given a prior intimation letter to your employer about you application for an ordinary passport.
To view the press release from the Ministry of External Affairs regarding the new passport rules, you can visit their website which has the complete details.
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This is a Welcome Move to make the Passport Application process easier and hassle-free for everyone.
Hence, if you do not have a passport, don’t make it an excuse for not to travel abroad. Apply for your Indian Passport now, and plan for a holiday abroad.
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