Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs declared new rules for applying for a passport. And
the list of some of the major changes that have been done for easier formalities are:
DOCUMENTATION FOR PROOF OF BIRTH:
As per old rules, to submit your birth certificate was compulsory for all applicants born on or
after 26th January 1989. But according to new rules, the passport authority has mentioned
that eight different documents can now be submitted as a proof of your Date of Birth. These
1.Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of births and deaths or the Municipal
Corporation or any other approved authority to register the birth of a child born in India.
2.Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last
attended/recognized educational board
4. PAN card
5.The copy of the service record of the applicant’s (of govt. servants) or the pay pension
order (of retired govt. employees), duly attested/in-charge of the administration of the
concerned ministry/certified by the officer/ department of the applicant
6.Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
8.A copy of policy bond issued by the public life insurance companies
DETAILS OF OF ONLY ONE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED :
In a graceful move, the new passport rules have withdrawn the mandate requiring names of
both parents at the time of application. The online application form now on requires the
applicant to provide the name of father or mother or a legal guardian, meaning only one
parent and not both. This will make the work of single parents applying for passports for their
children hassle free. This makes it easy for orphan children or children with single parents to
apply for a passport. For people like Sadhus/Sanyasis, there have been provisions made for
them to mention the name of their spiritual leader, in the place of their biological parents.
The total number of annexes has been brought down from 15 to 9. Annexes A, C, D, E, J,
and K have been removed and some of them have also been merged. Lesser annexes
means less documents to collate. Married applicants will not be required to provide
Annexure K or their marriage certificate. Orphan children who do not have a proof for DOB
certificate may now submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care
Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.
While all annexes have always needed attestation from a Notary/Executive Magistrate/First
Class Judicial Magistrate previously, henceforth all these annexes can now be in the form of
a self-declaration from the applicant on a plain paper. This means you don't need to run
around for attestation like before.
In the case of urgent passports, if a government employee is not able to collect the No
Objection Certificate or identity certificate from their employer’s side, they can submit a self-
declaration that states that they already have given a prior intimation letter to their
organization mentioning that they are applying for an ordinary passport to a passport issuing
Overall, this graceful move will make your run for passport much easier than before. Apply
for one now and explore your world of opportunities!