New Passport Rules in 2017

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The Ministry of External Affairs just as of late reported another set of new rules for the passport. What’s more, some of the major changes that have come up in the application of passport are as follows:

DOCUMENTATION FOR THE PROOF OF BIRTH

According to the prior rules, presenting a birth declaration was obligatory for all the candidates born on or after 26th of January, 1989. In any case, the new rules have bought in a relaxation in this regards. Presently, any of the accompanying reports containing the DOB of the candidate will suffice:

  • Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of births and the deaths or the Municipal Corporation or some other recommended expert whosoever has been enabled under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969 to enlist the birth of a new child born in India.
  • Transfer or school leaving or matriculation certificate issued by the school last went to/recognized educational board.
  • Aadhar card or E-Aadhar
  • PAN card
  • Driving license
  • Election Photo Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • The copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only for Government servants) or the pay pension order (only for retired government servants), duly attested or certified by the officer or in-charge of the administration of the concerned department or ministry the applicant is serving or served.
  • Policy bond issued by the public life insurance corporations.

DETAILS OF PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN

In a welcome move, the new passport rules have done away with the mandate requiring names of both parents at the time of application. An applicant now only needs to 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.

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 will spare you all the running around for attestation that you would have had to do previously.

ANNEXES

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 trouble for you to collate documentation.

WORK-RELATED URGENT PASSPORTS

For urgent passports, if a government employee is unable to procure the NOC (no objection certificate) or identity certificate from their employers, they can submit a self-declaration stating that they have given a prior intimation letter to their employer informing that they are applying for an ordinary passport to a passport issuing authority.

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.

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.

Overall, this 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. Don’t forget to visit our website to get insured before you leave on your next adventure!

 

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