FROM GETTING TOGETHER 15 ANNEXES, GETTING THEM SIGNED BY AN OFFICER, TO LINING UP AT THE PASSPORT OFFICE, THE INDIAN PASSPORT PROCESS WAS KNOWN TO BE A DAUNTING EXPERIENCE. THIS HAS ALL BEEN CHANGED NOW! KEEPING UP WITH THE MODERN AND TECH SAVVY IMAGE OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT, THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS HAS INTRODUCED A NUMBER OF NEW CHANGES TO THE PASSPORT PROCESS. A LIBERAL MOVE INDEED, GETTING A PASSPORT WILL BE MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER!

In a relieving update of passport process, recently the Ministry of External Affairs declared new rules for applying for a passport. Here we have comprised all the new updates done by the government, for you:

DOCUMENTATION FOR PROOF OF BIRTH

OLD:

As per old rules, submission of a birth certificate was compulsory for all applicants born on or after 26th January 1989.

NEW:

But the new rules have brought in some relaxation in this regards. Now, any of the following documents containing the Date of Birth (DOB) of the applicant will suffice:

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

Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board

PAN card | Aadhar card/E-Aadhar

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

Driving license

Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India

A copy of policy bond issued by the public life insurance companies

ANNEXES

The total number of annexes has been reduced from 15 to 9. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been eliminated and some of them have also been merged. Lesser annexes means less worry for people to collate documentation.

ATTESTATION

While all annexes 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 plain paper. This means no running around for attestation that one had to do previously.

MARRIED/DIVORCED PERSONS:

The need for a marriage certificate has been discontinued (along with annexure K). Also, in case of a divorce, the applicant will not be required to provide the name of their spouse. This is another interesting change that has been made taking into consideration changing societal norms.

SOME OTHER CHANGES

Orphaned children who do not have any proof of D O B such as Birth Certificate or the Matriculation Certificate or the declaratory court order, may now submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letterhead of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.

In case of children not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.

In case of issue of passport to in-country domestically adopted children, submission of the registered adoption deed would no longer be required. In the absence of any deed to this effect, the passport applicant may give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.

Government servants, who are not able to obtain the Identity Certificate (Annexure-B)/ No-Objection Certificate (Annexure-M) from their concerned employer and intend to get the passport on urgent basis can now get the passport by submitting a self-declaration in Annexure-‘N’ that he/she has given prior Intimation letter to his/her employer informing that he/she was applying for an ordinary passport to a Passport Issuing Authority.

Sadhus/ Sanyasis can apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual Guru mentioned in the passport application in lieu of their biological parent(s) name(s) subject to their providing of at least one public document such as Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India, PAN card, Aadhar Card, etc. wherein the name of the Guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).

Overall, the above move is set to make the application process easier and hassle-free for everyone. A welcome move, we say! So don’t use your lack of passport as an excuse not to travel anymore. Apply for one now, and get going.

SOURCE: BANK BAZAAR

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